Christopher Panella

Christopher Panella is an assistant arts editor. He is a sophomore double-majoring in Film and Media Studies and English. He can be reached at

Gaming the system: How select artists dominate the music industry

On the fourth episode of her new Beats 1 radio show, “Queen Radio,” Nicki Minaj called out Travis Scott after his “ASTROWORLD” (2018) stole the top Billboard 200 spot from Minaj’s “Queen” (2018). Scott accomplished this by selling ticket-bundling album packages — a common practice in today’s music industry. The difference was that Scott bundled “ASTROWORLD” […]

An interview with Ryan Smith: Arts careers, the Career Center and the NYC Arts and Entertainment Trek

Tufts students will have the opportunity to travel to New York through the Tufts Career Center’s NYC Arts and Entertainment Career Trek on Oct. 5. According to Ryan Smith, assistant director of the Career Center and career advisor for the arts, the trek will be a one-day trip stuffed with meeting various Tufts alumni, organizations and […]

Ariana Grande’s ‘Sweetener’: A sugar rush headache

At the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 20, the celebrity roster was notably missing some of pop’s biggest divas – Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Katy Perry et al. Alone stood Ariana Grande, performing her newest single “God is a woman” from her fourth album “Sweetener” (2018). It was a Last Supper-inspired performance, rife with gorgeous visuals […]

2018 summer music roundup

Summer 2018 was full of surprise releases, a standalone popstar, viral dance challenges and fantastic comebacks. In no particular order, this roundup highlights some of this summer’s best music. Honorable mentions include Ariana Grande’s “Sweetener”, Drake’s “Scorpion”, Travis Scott’s “ASTROWORLD” and, of course, the soundtrack for “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.” Florence + The Machine: “High […]

A Column From a Galaxy Far, Far Away: Commencement

One of my favorite moments in Star Wars is the end of “A New Hope” (1977). Luke, Han and Chewbacca enter a gorgeous throne room on Yavin IV and walk down a row of fellow Rebellion members. They’re greeted by Princess Leia, who gives them a smile and then places medals over their heads. R2-D2 and […]

A Column From a Galaxy Far, Far Away: Episode 11

Wait a hot minute. This is my last column of the semester! I guess time really does fly when you’re talking about what you love. I’d really like to spend this time talking about some hopes I have for the future of this saga. I’ve spent a lot of this column yelling about the past, […]

Boston student band Squitch releases its new album ‘Uncle Steve in Spirit’

At a recording studio at Northeastern University on a recent Saturday morning, student band Squitch was finishing up recording songs for their simply brilliant second album, “Uncle Steve in Spirit” (2018). For over an hour, Emma Unterseher, Emma Spooner (who prefers to go by Spooner) and Denzil Leach recorded melodic vocals and bass lines, planned […]

A Column From a Galaxy Far, Far Away: Episode 10

Today’s column is dedicated to Red Bull, which is the only reason I am physically typing right now. Lately, there’s been a lot of fan love regarding the prequel trilogy. As anyone with an ounce of pop culture knowledge will say the prequel trilogy, which tells Anakin Skywalker’s fall from Jedi to Darth Vader, is widely considered […]

‘Invasion of Privacy’ is an iconic debut for Cardi B

When Cardi B’s 2017 single “Bodak Yellow” broke records and knocked Taylor Swift from the No. 1 chart spot on Billboard, it was clear that the Bronx-bred artist was here to stay. After the release of “Bodak Yellow,” Cardi, who first gained widespread attention via Instagram and her appearances on “Love and Hip Hop: New York” (2011–), established herself […]

A Column From a Galaxy Far, Far Away: Episode IX

The Canto Bight sequence in “The Last Jedi” (2017) definitely polarized the fan base (as did the entire film). Following Rose and Finn as they made their way through the casino planet, it generated intense reactions. Some fans hated the sequence and found it too similar to the prequels, others praised it and some questioned its […]