Amherst Wire

Can’t Swim’s ‘Fail You Again’ whips energy dynamic on pop rock tightrope

Courtesy of Pure Noise Records

Fitzgerald Pucci, Writer

March 22, 2017

Incorporating destruction, a recurring theme of drowning and a one-way magnifying glass towards the self, “Fail You Again” creates a typical “me-first” narrative focusing on love and women.

The splendid spontaneity of my spring break

The splendid spontaneity of my spring break

Isaac Simon, Contributor

March 8, 2017

Then, one night, as I was hosting a soiree at my house, I took my phone out and made the executive decision of all executive decisions. I was going to take Jeremy and myself to see Drake in London. I bought two tickets, texted him and it was done. It happened about as fast as the idea originated. The only thing I needed to think about next was how I was going to get there.

Listen to Friday’s hip-hop releases

Future and Calvin Harris on the Spotify radar. (Liam O'Connor/Amherst Wire)

Liam O'Connor, Assistant Entertainment Editor

February 27, 2017

New music from a wide range of hip-hop artists dropped this past Friday, and there may not be enough time to hear it all before the next batch.

Migos at the top of the charts with ‘Culture’


Jack Hamm, Contributor

February 22, 2017

The Migos may not give you the culture you want, but it’s the culture we have from the nucleus of North Atlanta — “DAT WAY!”

The ugly side of the songs we love

Fitzgerald Pucci, Contributor

February 21, 2017

Wrapping up ugly lyrics in sweet and repeated layers of sound makes for catchy hooks people learn to sing before understanding.

Big Sean’s latest album ‘I Decided’ is his best project yet

Jonathan Kermah, Contributer

February 16, 2017

The Detroit rapper's latest album shines with iconic Motown influence.

UMass Amherst rapper NliteN releases music video for ‘Lite It Up’

(NliteN Facebook)

Jaylene Lopez, Writer

February 1, 2017

Growing up in the inner-city, NliteN shares his experiences with racism, violence, absentee fathers, drugs and alcohol through his music.

Yookeroo: The new jam band of Amherst

The band performs both originals and covers throughout the semester, including Friday night shows at The Pub in Downtown Amherst.

Isaac Simon, Contributor

December 8, 2016

“We’re all trying to make the best kind of music possible and since we’re all on the same page with our approach it makes it much easier to play,” Cornetta said. “It is important that we don’t take ourselves too seriously, we’re just having fun and hoping the crowd will have fun with us.”

Martin Shkreli leaks unreleased Wu-Tang Clan album after Trump wins the presidency

(Kyleigh Pitcher/Flickr)

Alexandra Pigeon, Entertainment Editor

November 10, 2016

The sole copy of the album "Once Upon A Time In Shaolin" was purchased by Shkreli in 2015 for $2 million, with the condition that he not release it commercially for 88 years.

Rapper Noname addresses tough topics in her music

(Photographer/Noname album art)

Jaylene Lopez, Contributor

October 20, 2016

Chicago hip-hop artist Noname addresses topics such as poverty, inequality and police brutality in her songs, straying away from typical subjects discussed in mainstream music.

Cymbal: The app where music talks

Photo contributed by Gabe Jacobs

Jordan Allen, Entertainment Editor

October 7, 2016

"Cymbal is about expressing yourself musically, and finding like-minded people who you can learn from and who will expand your musical taste."

Young The Giant mixes funk and political influence on latest indie rock album

(Nan Palmero/Contributed Photo)

Jaylene Lopez, Contributor

October 3, 2016

Hailing from the origins of structured indie rock, Young The Giant mixes funk and political influence on newly-released album.

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