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BTS’ “Map of the Soul: 7” is deeper and meaningful

BTS’ “Map of the Soul: 7” is deeper and meaningful

Aimee Wiencek, Staff Reporter

February 27, 2020

On Friday, Feb. 21, K-pop superstars Bangtan Sonyeondan (BTS) released their highly anticipated album, “Map of the Soul: 7.” Over the course of seven years, the group has experienced major success and become one of the most influential groups of our generation.  The seven-member boy band, consisting of rap...

Playlist of the Week

Playlist of the Week

TJ Disabato, Contributing Reporter

February 13, 2020

In honor of couples walking even slower down the middle of the sidewalk, I made this playlist specifically for people celebrating Valentine’s Day. If you wanted more vulgar and graphic love songs, I apologize, but this is a wholesome, family-friendly holiday, and kids might be reading this. “Yo...

Young: What am I listening to?

Emily Young, Developmental Editor

February 6, 2020

Spotify has been giving me some truly awful suggested playlists, lately. The Daily Mixes either have songs from artists I haven’t listened to in years or overly produced noise, instead of music. Normally, I use the skip function with impunity, but today, I decided to stop skipping and review what S...

“IGOR” wins best rap album, despite not being a rap album

Despite Tyler, The Creator's assertion that

Chris Heermann, Photo Editor

January 30, 2020

At the 62nd GRAMMY Awards, Tyler the Creator won his very first GRAMMY for “IGOR,” his latest studio album. This was shocking for many reasons. First of all, because of the incredible competition; YBN Cordae’s “The Lost Boy” was also nominated, as was the Dreamville collective album “Revenge of ...

Chelsea Cutler’s debut album “How To Be Human” is what everyone needs to hear

Chelsea Cutler's debut offers an introspective look at the EDM genre.

Aimee Wiencek, Staff Reporter

January 30, 2020

On Jan. 17, Chelsea Cutler released her highly anticipated debut album “How To Be Human.” Cutler, only 22, has quickly been on the rise throughout the years. She began releasing original music in 2015 while she was a first-year soccer player at Amherst College. Her first few original songs, “Wa...

Halsey’s new album “Manic” is raw and reflective

In “Manic,” Halsey becomes more introspective.

Aimee Wiencek, Staff Reporter

January 23, 2020

On Jan. 17, Ashley Frangipane, better known as Grammy-nominated singer Halsey, released her highly anticipated third studio album, “Manic.” Since her debut studio album “Badlands” was released in 2015, Halsey, 25, has quickly become one of the biggest artists of our generation, producing songs t...

Selena Gomez’s new album “Rare” is vulnerable and empowering

Aimee Wiencek, Staff Reporter

January 17, 2020

This past Friday, Jan. 10, pop singer Selena Gomez released her third solo studio album, “Rare.” The album released by Gomez, 27, has been highly anticipated by fans since her last album “Revival,” which came out nearly five years ago.  The album mainly reflects on her relationship (and heartbreak) w...

Bieber begs fans to boost new single to Billboard No. 1

Justin Bieber, who came into prominence in 2010 with his hit song

Chris Heermann, Photo Editor

January 17, 2020

Justin Bieber’s campaign to boost his new single “Yummy” to number one on the Billboard Top 100 chart seemed ordinary at first. The musician had not released any solo singles in four years, so it makes perfect sense that the artist would push fans to go stream it on social media, as he likely l...

A brief interview with James Ehnes

James Ehnes, a Canadian violinist, has won numerous awards, including two Grammy's.

Jackson Rudoff, Staff Reporter

January 17, 2020

Canadian violinist James Ehnes is considered one of the most gifted violinists of his generation. On Jan. 14, Ehnes performed Beethoven Violin Sonatas numbers 5, 6 and 9 with pianist Andrew Armstrong at the Maltz Performing Arts Center. It was the second portion of a three-part cycle concert cycle through the...

DJ Hydra goes from making Coldplay remixes to releasing a new single, “Want Your Love”

Yvonne Pan, A&E Editor

January 17, 2020

What do a fourth-year computer science student and a nine-headed water snake have in common? “The name Hydra came from a Greek mythology phase I went through as a kid,” Jeremy Novak, also known as DJ Hydra, said. “And when I started DJing, it stuck.” Novak started producing music his sop...

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