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

Lana Del Rey: From Lizzy Grant to ‘Lust for Life’

On Sept. 18, singer, songwriter and producer Lana Del Rey played her most recent single, “Venice Bitch,” on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show on Apple Music. The 10-minute song is the second release from her work with producer Jack Antonoff, whose past credits include Taylor Swift’s “1989” (2014) and “reputation” (2017), as well as Lorde’s “Melodrama” (2017) […]

Goo Goo Dolls wax nostalgic, think forward in 20th anniversary album tour

“It’s a 20-year-old album, what the f***? On one hand, it’s cool that it’s held up,” lead singer and guitarist of the Goo Goo Dolls Johnny Rzeznik said to a packed audience at the House of Blues on Wednesday night. “On the other hand, it’s like, ‘You’re old Johnny, what the f***?’ But what am […]

October box office roundup: Frighteningly good

The October box office has a history of under-performing releases, often mired by overdone horror movies in honor of Halloween. Prior to this year’s record-breaking “Venom” release, “Gravity” (2013) held October’s highest opening weekend, followed by a line of horror films, including most of the “Saw” saga and some random outliers, like “High School Musical […]

‘A Star is Born’ is an absolutely authentic, rich remake

Content warning: This article discusses alcohol abuse, drug abuse and suicide. In a scene from “A Star Is Born,” Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) invites love interest and up-and-coming singer-songwriter Ally Campana (Lady Gaga) on stage at a concert to perform “Shallow,” a song Ally had just begun writing. It is at this moment that both Cooper […]

Timeless pop icon Cher releases perfect ABBA cover album ‘Dancing Queen’

Pop icons come and go — their domination of the music industry is usually marked by a few hit singles, successful tours and then a Las Vegas residency (just look at Lady Gaga). Many stars follow this formula, but rarely do they ever match their peak success later in their career — other than Céline Dion, […]

‘Winnie the Pooh: Exploring a Classic’ brings out inner child in all

Inside the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), Boston, a hallway with larger-than-life blue balloons stuck to the ceiling leads the way to an enchanting exhibit. The MFA’s newest adventure, “Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic,” runs from Sept. 22, 2018 to Jan. 6, 2019 in the Lois B. and Michael K. Torf Gallery. While at first glance it may seem aimed […]

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 […]