Christopher Panella

Christopher Panella is an Arts Editor. He is a sophomore double-majoring in Film and Media Studies and English. He can be reached at christopher.panella@tufts.edu.


Solange’s ‘When I Get Home’ is a well-crafted, nourishing experience

On March 1, American singer and songwriter Solange released her fourth studio album, “When I Get Home” (2019). It was a relatively low-key release: no singles, no promotion — aside from an interview last October and a page on Black Planet — and barely any time for fans to prepare for the musical genius’ latest work of art. […]


Hozier shows he is back on his fulfilling album ‘Wasteland, Baby!’

A lot can change in the music industry in five years. An artist’s outlook and creative process can be completely different — as can their degree of mainstream success. La Roux’s album “Trouble in Paradise” (2014) came five years after “La Roux” (2009), with “Trouble in Paradise” (2014)  barely capturing the essence of the success […]


The 91st Academy Awards: Did you expect anything other than a hot mess?

The 91st Academy Awards last Sunday were full of memorable moments. From historic — and long overdue — wins for black women in non-acting categories to a sultry “Shallow” performance that sparked plenty of online chatter, it seems the 2019 Oscars were not a ceremony to be forgotten. Viewers agreed: the 91st ceremony saw a 12 percent increase in viewership […]


‘Thank U, Next’ is Ariana Grande’s most cohesive, consistent album to date

Ariana Grande is arguably one of the biggest pop stars in the world. She’s practically breaking records left and right, from becoming just the fifth artist to have multiple songs debut on top of the Billboard Hot 100 with “7 rings” to her music video for “thank u, next” breaking YouTube’s 24-hour views record for […]


2019 Grammys predictions: probable winners, should-be winners, outcasts

This Sunday, some of the most famous names in music will gather for the 61st Annual Grammy Awards. There will be plenty of performances from artists like Cardi B, Brandi Carlile, Janelle Monáe, Kacey Musgraves and Dolly Parton. It’s certainly going to be an interesting ceremony with plenty of changes after last year’s backlash — which included […]


Maggie Rogers shows she is here to stay on debut ‘Heard It in a Past Life’

She’s the very definition of a breakout star, a dream come true. From that fateful and viral New York University masterclass with Pharrell Williams in 2016 to her major label debut, “Heard It in a Past Life” (2019), which debuted at number two on the U.S. Billboard 200, Rogers has already risen to fame. She is talented, but […]


The 2019 Oscars: predictions, discussions, the voting process

This past Tuesday, the 2019 Oscar nominations were announced and, to the surprise of no one, there was plenty to cheer and kvetch about — an inevitable consequence of subjectivity. There were some surprise contenders, including Yalitza Aparicio’s Best Actress nomination for “Roma” (2018). It was the actress’ film debut and the first Best Actress nomination […]


Five things to expect at the 2019 box office

Watching how blockbusters perform at the box office can be somewhat of an event. The large-budget films open big, break a few records and then go on to gross millions, possibly billions, of dollars across the world. Each year, it seems that more blockbusters are watched, especially as they cross the billion-dollar mark or have a […]


Top ten films to look forward to in 2019

2019 is going to be quite a big year in film. There will be even more superhero blockbusters, exciting spinoffs and surprising continuations of popular television series. Sequels and franchises seem to be 2019’s biggest offerings — plenty of series are getting reimagined, added to and concluded. Despite the number of films to choose from, […]


Top 10 albums of 2018

This year’s music releases have taken listeners across every range of emotion, from soaring ballads to hard-hitting rap, country pop and disco to slow-burning R&B. It is a year of well-written lyrics — the best albums are not only the ones that feel personal and raw, but also those that are able to maintain honest songwriting while branching […]


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