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Stolas defies overwhelming odds, releases encapsulating self-titled album

Stolas defies overwhelming odds, releases encapsulating self-titled album

Fitzgerald Pucci, Writer

March 31, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Music, Showcase

"Stolas" is riddled with power moments. The instrumentation is tighter and cleaner than ever. Even without screams, the band manages to preserve contagious, maddening energy in a way only Stolas can.

Drake’s ‘More Life’ — Would less have been more?

Drake’s ‘More Life’ — Would less have been more?

Jonathan Kermah, Writer

March 29, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Music, Showcase

There’s just so much content in “More Life” that it becomes hard to take in, however, there's so much diversity in the sound throughout the project that there's at least something most viewers will enjoy.

Deconstructing ‘Decasia’: A UMass Production

Deconstructing ‘Decasia’: A UMass Production

Sarah Strangie, Contributor

March 27, 2017


Filed under Around the Valley, Features, Music, Showcase, Student Life, Travel

Director Bill Morrison’s experimental film is a 70-minute series of decomposing film stock played alongside composer Michael Gordon’s original score.

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

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

Fitzgerald Pucci, Writer

March 22, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Music, Showcase

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


Filed under Entertainment, Features, Music, Showcase, Travel

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

Listen to Friday’s hip-hop releases

Liam O'Connor, Assistant Entertainment Editor

February 27, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Music, Showcase

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’

Migos at the top of the charts with ‘Culture’

Jack Hamm, Contributor

February 22, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Music, Showcase

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

The ugly side of the songs we love

Fitzgerald Pucci, Contributor

February 20, 2017


Filed under Music, Opinion, Showcase, Voices

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

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

Jonathan Kermah, Contributer

February 16, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Music, Showcase

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

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

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

Jaylene Lopez, Writer

February 1, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Features, Music, Showcase

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

Yookeroo: The new jam band of Amherst

Isaac Simon, Contributor

December 8, 2016


Filed under Around the Valley, Entertainment, Music, Showcase, Student Life

“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

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

Alexandra Pigeon, Entertainment Editor

November 10, 2016


Filed under Entertainment, Music, Showcase, Uncategorized

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.

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