Amherst Wire

808s and Ankle Breaks Podcast: Episode 1

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Jonathan Kermah and Trevor Wilson

March 3, 2018

Tune in for some hot takes on the latest singles, projects and stories in hip-hop, as well as big performances and trending topics of the week in basketball.

“Cool Blue Jewels”: Riff Raff and DJ Afterthought throw a house party, and you’re probably invited

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Jack Hamm, Contributor

February 26, 2018

Two artists with a history of collaboration invite 16 features onto a 13-track collection, supplying your next Saturday night banger with a cornucopia of artists.

“Black Panther: The Album” — Three elements that make it more than a film score

Kendrick Lamar performing. (Creative Commons/ Øyafestivalen)

Trevor Wilson, Contributor

February 18, 2018

By incorporating artists from America to South Africa, Lamar curates a phenomenal soundtrack that touches on the cultural and thematic elements to be seen in the film while also providing songs that absolutely slap.

Migos “Culture II” album review: It’s deja vu with “Culture II”

Quavo of Migos at live performance. (Moses Vega/Unsplash)

Jack Hamm, Contributor

February 9, 2018

You might need a break from the Migos after the album's nearly two-hour runtime, but there are tracks and trends that will last a whole lot longer.

“Super Slimey” and “Without Warning”: A comparison

Young Thug and Future (glenjamn3 and thecomeupshow [left and right]/ Wikimedia Commons)

Jonathan Kermah, Contributor

December 5, 2017

“Super Slimey” seemed like a slam dunk at first glance, but it feels a bit mailed in.

Hail the Sun EP review: “Secret Wars”

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Fitzgerald Pucci, Contributor

December 5, 2017

Every cathartic low and hysterical high Hail the Sun brought me has been cranked up to eleven in this project.

Album review: Lil Pump’s self-titled debut gets old quick

Lil Pump's new album. (Liam O'Connor/Amherst Wire)

Jonathan Kermah, Writer

October 29, 2017

Lil Pump doesn’t make music to digest and think about; he makes music to ingest and wild out to.

Greeno Sub Shop’s Halloween series showcases student talent

Student musicians provided musical entertainment as patrons of Green Sub Shop celebrated day two of “Spooktacular.” (Brian Choquet/Amherst Wire)

Sifa Kasongo, Writer

October 29, 2017

Greeno Sub Shop is hosting “Spooktacular,” a three-day event to get everyone in the Halloween spirit.

Free Keys project brings painted pianos to campus

Sam the Minuteman attempts to play piano in the Campus Center on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017. (Brian Choquet/ Amherst Wire)

Jordan Allen, Entertainment Editor

October 23, 2017

The Free Keys Project is bringing music and visual art to the University of Massachusetts campus.

Album review: I the Mighty’s ‘Where the Mind Wants to Go / Where You Let It Go’

I the Mighty album art

Fitzgerald Pucci, Writer

October 23, 2017

I the Mighty refined their high-octane instrumentation and storyteller lyricism into their most provocative and mature sound yet.

Turning up the demand for vinyl

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Amanda Levenson, Video Editor

October 23, 2017

Of all the trends the 21st century has brought, consider the revival of vinyl the one thing grandma won’t complain about.

Hip-hop artists NliteN, Warren the Alchemist perform at ‘ZooMass Takeover’ show

Hip-hop artists NliteN, Warren the Alchemist perform at 'ZooMass Takeover' show

Liam O'Connor, Assistant Entertainment Editor

October 22, 2017

“Everyone agreed that we’re bringing an authentic culture and energy that should be shared with more people,” Tolbert said.

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