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Geoff Tobia Jr. is an assistant arts editor at the Tufts Daily. He is a junior with a major in Mathematics and a minor in Music Engineering. Geoff can be contacted at [email protected]


Porter Robinson’s ‘Nurture’ showers the world with hope, musical splendor

Seven years of hard work and navigation through life has led Porter Robinson to create another masterpiece in "Nurture."


Revisiting the impact of Jethro Tull’s ‘Aqualung’ 50 years later

Inspired by The Beatles, Jethro Tull formed in the U.K. to write music and cashed in on sounds that progressive rock bands like Cream, Led Zeppelin and King Crimson were pioneering in the mid-to-late 1960s. As lead singer Ian Anderson explained in a 2018 interview with Decades TV, “It was the beginning of that improvised music slipping into the popular format. It came via blues, it came via Black American blues and it had impacted a whole generation of young, middle-class, white British boys, most of whom went to art colleges.” 


King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard’s ‘L.W.’ is organized chaos

The band is hard to classify as anything. Psychedelic rock, art rock and acid rock are decent attempts at trying to describe the overwhelming variety of genres that King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, also known as King Gizz, has experimented with. The six-member Australian group has grown their fan base mostly thanks to their musical explorations beyond the scope of rock. 


‘Tyron’ is a two-headed dragon of emotions, hard-hitting rap

The release of “Tyron” (2021) was on every fan’s radar, and Slowthai has once again delivered an excellent piece of work. A two-part album, Frampton’s sophomore record is chock-full of life-spilling details and streams of consciousness over a wonderful array of instrumentals.


‘Origin of the Alimonies’ explores identity, philosophy through black metal

If you're prepared to endure the contents of "Origin of the Alimonies," you will be amazed by what Hunter Hunt-Hendrix brings to the table musically. Yet again, Liturgy has brought one of the most mind-blowing albums of its year.


“Hey u x” serves as a remarkable debut for BENEE

As if she somehow had more to prove, BENEE's debut album "Hey u x" (2020) is an incredible, filler-free collection of songs. It's a wild ride of fun storytelling, emotional depth and total bangers, all showing different facets of BENEE's talents.


Puscifer’s latest project is one of 2020’s most well-layered albums

While there’s a lot to unpack with this record, its sound is as solid as any of Keenan’s other work and is a solid return after over four years since their previous release.


Omar Apollo continues to shine on ‘Apolonio’

Omar Apollo is a sight to behold. This is clearly evident, judging by the album cover for his debut album "Apolonio" (2020). Pictured with his bright teal hair, Apollo is seen bathing in a shimmery purplish liquid, his skin glowing brighter than his shiny white guitar, and butterflies resting on his legs, chest, and fretboard. He set a high bar of expectation for his debut album to meet, and he had no problem meeting it.


The stunning (and scary) beauty behind ‘All Thoughts Fly’

To get a taste of Neoclassical darkwave, Anna von Hausswolff is the best place to start. While her music can be classified or categorized in numerous other ways, von Hausswolff definitely blends classical and darker, drone-y elements into her compositions.


No Suits discusses ‘SEX’ — their newest EP

Back in the doldrums of summer quarantine, The Daily had the opportunity to interview No Suits – a music group you may not have heard of, but you should know. Self-described as a blend of “hip hop, funk and alternative with live instrumentation…”, their sound draws on those of artists like Still Woozy, Pink Floyd and Kota the Friend -- an eclectic but effective mix.


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