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Amherst Wire

The digital-first, student-run magazine of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Journalism Department

Amherst Wire

The digital-first, student-run magazine of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Journalism Department

Amherst Wire

Amherst Wire Staff Picks: Valentines Day Playlist

Amherst Wire Staff Picks: Valentine’s Day Playlist

Amherst Wire Staff February 14, 2024

It’s the season of love, that time of year where you hear a love song and either embrace it with open arms or press skip upon hearing the first note. For this Amherst Wire Staff Pick, staff members picked...

Wire Staff Playlist: Staff’s Current Favorites!

Wire Staff Playlist: Staff’s Current Favorites!

Amherst Wire Staff October 11, 2023

Take a look at what current Wire Editors are listening to for the first Amherst Wire Staff playlist of the year. Ranging from different genres across different decades of music; there is definitely something...

BShara performing at a local concert (bsharamusic on Instagram)

Becoming B’Shara: Embracing your musical identity

Lance Airasian, Contributor May 10, 2023
Within the past year, senior UMass engineering major Eli Feldman began performing across UMass under his stage name, Bshara. However, Bshara wasn't always backed with a full band of passionate musicians pooling their talents and skills together to bring a friend’s project to life. Originally it was just Feldman in a bedroom with a laptop, passion, and a drive to be different.
Rihanna dressed in red in a sea of white puffy outfits (The New Yorker)

Rihanna in Red: Super Bowl LVII Halftime Show

Rachael Dufault, Writer February 27, 2023
Receiving more viewers than the actual Super Bowl game, Rihanna's performance will go down in history as truly remarkable.
Kim Petras and Sam Smith receiving Best Pop Duo Performance (Pitchfork)

A recap of the 2023 Grammy Awards

Rachael Dufault, Writer February 19, 2023
As it does every year, the Grammys have good, bad, and shocking moments. From Kim Petras being the first transgender artist to win a Grammy, Beyoncé being robbed of the album of the year, and Harry Styles’ controversial remark in his acceptance speech, it is nearly impossible to make everyone happy. Although there is voting that determines the winner of the Grammys, some say that it is a rigged system and a premeditated program.
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Wire Staff Playlist: Happy Holidays

Amherst Wire Staff December 23, 2022

Now that finals are over, it’s time to spend time with friends and family and enjoy the holiday season! No matter what you celebrate, there’s plenty of music to ring in the holiday cheer. Our editors...

Boston Band Ski Club opens their set with a long, instrumental rock song. Photo by Emilee Klein

WMUA’s Fall Concert rocks Amherst with Massachusetts bands

Emilee Klein, Podcast Editor November 30, 2022
Complete with The Drake's disco ball and dancing!
Midnights Album Cover (Spotify)

Pop Taylor Swift is back!

Mohit Ahuja, Contributor October 28, 2022
With the release of "Midnights," Swift broke the all-time record for the largest streaming week for an album by a female artist.
Being Funny in a Foreign Language Album Cover (Pitchfork)

The 1975’s “Being Funny in a Foreign Language” deserves a standing ovation

Sean Dunham, Music Editor October 26, 2022
Lead singer Matty Healy opens up about hardships with love and how to heal from the pain in a masterpiece of an album.
Hold The Girl Album Cover (Pitchfork)

New Music Roundup: What I Listened to This Week

Eric Strong, Contributer October 7, 2022

Rina Sawayama - Hold The Girl Rina Sawayama’s breakout album, “SAWAYAMA”, was one of my favorites of 2020 and positioned her as a rising star in the pop scene. Her announcement of a new album had...


Wire Staff Playlist: Let’s Go Live

Amherst Wire Staff October 6, 2022
Once you listen to this playlist, you'll realize how life-changing live music can be!
Post Malone in Rio de Janiero, Brazil in September 2022 (Rolling Stone)

Injury-riddled Post Malone faces tough decisions during ongoing tour

Sean Dunham, Music Editor September 30, 2022
Following the release of Malone’s fourth studio album, “Twelve Carat Toothpaste,” the celebratory tour is off to a bumpy start.
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