Charlotte Gilliland

Charlotte Gilliland is an editor for both the Arts and Features sections of the Tufts Daily. In the past, she worked as the Executive Features Editor.

Some hip-hop artists speak out, others stay silent over Brown, Garner decisions

“I urge and challenge musicians and artists alike to push themselves to be a voice of the times that we live in.” Ahmir Khalib Thompson, aka Questlove, drummer for the Roots, posted the above sentiment last week to his Instagram account as part of a lengthy caption underneath a photo of a person’s silhouette centered in […]

The Velvet Underground release six disc ‘super deluxe’ reissue

In October, The Velvet Underground announced they’d be releasing a reissue of their third album — “The Velvet Underground” (1969) — to celebrate its 45th anniversary. However, what came out on Nov. 24 was certainly not an average reissue from the legendary band, but instead a six disc, 65 track, “super deluxe” reissue of their work […]

Taylor Swift versus Spotify: is streaming the future?

You probably heard — perhaps while trying to stream “1989,” Taylor Swift’s new album, released on Oct. 27  — that Swift herself removed all her music from Spotify earlier this month. And you were probably pretty bummed that you actually had to (God forbid!) buy the album just to avoid becoming a social pariah. But […]

Arca releases exhilarating, experimental debut album

If you haven’t heard of Alejandro Ghersi (aka Arca) yet, you’ve probably heard of some work with which he has been involved. He helped produce four of the darkest “Yeezus” (2013) tracks with Kanye West, worked as a producer on FKA Twigs’ “EP2” (2013) and is slated to co-produce Bjork’s next album. And on Nov. 4, […]

The Flaming Lips release cover of legendary Beatles album

Covering any work of rock genius is a pretty huge feat to take on, especially when that work is the Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” (1967) — an album hailed for its influence in the music industry and the psychedelic era, the soundtrack to the “summer of love.” You know it, you’ve heard it and […]

Tufts alumni close out three seasons of ‘My Gay Roommate,’ strive for mainstream TV

Chances are, you’ve heard of TUTV. Yep, Tufts University Television — a student group producing music videos, documentary and news content, fiction series and a retelling of the William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” through the modern day series “Jules and Monty.” But before Jules and Monty ever met, TUTV helped kick off another popular mini-series […]

B.J. Novak publishes children’s book

For many, B.J. Novak is “that guy from ‘The Office’” (2005-2013). But apart from being “Ryan the Temp” with whom Michael Scott (Steve Carell) and Kelly Kapoor (Mindy Kaling) are infatuated, Novak is beginning to make every “Office” lover wonder, “Is there anything he can’t do?” According to Novak, he’s just “a writer who wants to […]

Alt-J fails to innovate with sophomore release

Indie-rock band alt-J certainly had big shoes to fill after its first full-length record, “An Awesome Wave” (2012), peaked at No. 13 on the U.K.’s Top 20 chart. It seemed like every radio station from here to Switzerland played the popular single, “Tessellate” (2012), on repeat. This “folk-tronica” crew formed in 2007 in Leeds, England, the inspiration […]

Sun Kil Moon’s crass frontman delivers provocative, unapologetic performance

If Sun Kil Moon makes anything clear on stage, it’s that frontman Mark Kozelek is certainly not singing for love of his fans. Performing at the Somerville Theater on Sept. 19, Sun Kil Moon gave a raw — and sometimes incendiary — performance. Begging the audience for ibuprofen and cigarettes, or else pressing a seltzer […]

Junior Olivia Portegello takes to the street for art

In an era of photography where the “Humans of New York” Facebook page has over 9 million likes, junior Olivia Portegello is striving to make her mark. A BFA student at both Tufts and the SMFA, Portegello balances her time between creating, commuting and snapping the lens of her Nikon D7100. Portegello describes herself as […]