Geoff Tobia Jr. is an assistant arts editor at the Tufts Daily. He is a sophomore who has not declared his major yet. Geoff can be contacted at

New artists, old favorites dominate 2019 music scene

As this year comes to a close, I wanted to write this article as a music wrap-up for 2019. Honestly, I never would have thought that I’d do such a thing, but I felt it was necessary because this year was actually pretty solid for music. While albums from this year didn’t necessarily blow me […]

The best albums of the decade

Three arts editors came together to decide on their top 10 best albums of the decade — no easy task when the 2010s have spanned music from artists like LMFAO to Billie Eilish. Christopher Panella’s list Honorable mentions: “Plastic Beach” (2010) by Gorillaz, “Trouble in Paradise” (2014) by La Roux, “Emotion” (2015) by Carly Rae […]

Tool impresses Boston fans with a wondrous, mind-bending set

Thirteen years after their last album, “10,000 Days” (2006), was released, Tool made shockwaves across the music scene with the release of  a new album: “Fear Inoculum” (2019). A Los Angeles-based rock band, Tool has been hailed as one of the best bands across many genres, including alternative metal, prog metal, math rock and experimental […]

Q&A: Lady Lamb discusses tour, ‘Even in the Tremor’

Brunswick, Maine-based singer/songwriter Aly Spaltro, better known as Lady Lamb, gave an electrifying yet heartwarming performance at the Royale in Boston on Nov. 4, opening for The New Pornographers. The Daily got a chance to interview Lady Lamb to discuss her recent album and her tour experience. The Tufts Daily (TD): First things first, how […]

The sinister beauty of Swans’ ‘leaving meaning.’

Across all mediums, effective art shares the ability to encapsulate and challenge our perceptions of what it means to be alive. Music is no exception: It is a universal language, and a constantly evolving reflection of the human condition. Plenty of artists create music that we can relate to, but few tackle the task of […]

88rising’s ‘Head in the Clouds II’ shows group’s continuing improvement

88rising’s debut album, “Head in the Clouds” (2018), radiated a perfect summertime vibe full of bright hip-hop and R&B tunes. In a similar way, the label’s follow-up album, “Head in the Clouds II” (2019), serves as a fitting sequel, once again revolving around a summertime theme. However, this latest album takes a completely different approach […]

King Crimson’s ‘In the Court of the Crimson King’ and Zappa’s ‘Hot Rats’ turn 50

Very few people at that time knew it, but Oct. 10, 1969 marked an incredible day for music culture. Fifty years ago this Thursday, two of rock’s most influential albums of all time were released: “In the Court of the Crimson King” (1969) by King Crimson, and “Hot Rats” (1969) by Frank Zappa. “In the […]

Injury Reserve holds nothing back at Brighton Music Hall

It should come as a surprise to nobody that the punchy beats and powerful vocals that are staples of alternative hip-hop trio Injury Reserve attract large crowds. On that note, it also shouldn’t be surprising that Injury Reserve sold out its show at the Brighton Music Hall Friday, Sept. 27. Native to Tempe, Ariz., Injury […]

Q&A: The Blank Quintet talks performing live, blending genres

Editor’s note: This interview has been edited for length and clarity. Tufts-based band The Blank Quintet (previously The Blank Quartet until the addition of trumpeter Pat Wright) has begun taking its jazz endeavors off campus, and its latest show on Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Lilypad in Cambridge was the most recent concert in its […]

Tyler, the Creator brings the ‘Igor’ experience to Agganis Arena

Considered by some music publications and online music critics as one of the best albums of 2019 so far, “Igor” (2019) served as a musical summer highlight for many Tyler, the Creator fans. “Igor” is Tyler’s fifth studio album, and it certainly stands out from the rest of his discography. Besides pushing the boundaries of […]