Justin Krakoff

Justin Krakoff is an arts editor at the Tufts Daily. He is a senior majoring in International Relations and History. He can be reached at justin.krakoff@tufts.edu

The singles bar: The comeback edition

Welcome back to another year of the singles bar! With fall only two days away, it is very clear that this season’s theme will be the tried-and-true comeback, which is especially welcome after radio’s relative monotony this summer. See how the latest pop comebacks stacked up below. Taylor Swift, “Look What You Made Me Do” and […]

Summer album roundup: the late-2000s pop star strikes back

Pop music is back with vengeance this summer, led by three women who are breathing new life into the moniker for the 2010s: Lorde, Lana Del Rey and Kesha. How do their latest albums stack up? “Melodrama,” Lorde (4.5/5) Considering the cultural impact of Lorde’s debut album “Pure Heroine” (2013), evidenced by her minimalist sound currently all […]

25 years into its career, Tufts’ Guster keeps on rocking

For most Tufts students, Guster needs no introduction. The indie rock band –consisting of Ryan Miller, Adam Gardner, Brian Rosenworcel and Luke Reynolds — came of age here on the Hill in 1991 and is now in the midst of celebrating its 25th anniversary. In honor of the occasion, Rosenworcel, the group’s drummer, sat down […]

Do it this weekend: Dec. 2-4

With the end of the semester almost upon us, don’t miss one of your last chances to check out some of these events happening on campus this weekend! FRIDAY AND SATURDAY “Torn Ticket II Presents: Fly By Night” Details: Directed by junior Corinne Thomas, Torn Ticket II’s latest musical is a dark comedy, detailing love and […]

Miranda Lambert feels ‘The Weight of These Wings’ on first album since divorce

The canon of break-up albums includes some of the most iconic albums ever recorded. Whether it be Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours” (1977), Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill” (1995), Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black” (2006) or Adele’s “21” (2011), records such as these capture the tumultuous emotions that come with the end of a relationship and help […]

The Weeknd shoots for the stars on uneven ‘Starboy’

When Canadian singer-songwriter Abel Tesfaye first began releasing music under the moniker The Weeknd back in 2010, no one could have predicted his emergence as a cultural phenomenon on the scale that he is now. Sure, there were glimmers of pop stardom beneath the surface, especially with the release of his electrifying cover of Michael Jackson’s […]

Do it this weekend: Nov. 18-20

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, here are some big shows to check out before the mini-vacation. You don’t want to miss any of these! FRIDAY Tufts Amalgamates Concert  Details: The Amalgamates’ latest show will feature a guest performance from the Brown University Derbies. No tickets required. When and Where: 6:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m., Barnum […]

The singles bar: playing catchup edition

While the past couple of weeks have been hectic to say the least, this fall has seen a steady stream of music releases, though all are not uniform in their quality. Without further ado, The Singles Bar is back and ready to breakdown the songs worth listening to (or skipping). “Don’t Wanna Know (feat. Kendrick […]

Trump sweeps path to White House

Donald J. Trump was elected as the 45th President of the United States of America, defeating former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in perhaps the closest race since the 2000 election between then Gov. George W. Bush and Vice President Al Gore. In a redux to the 2004 presidential election, early exit polls badly […]

Swedish pop star Tove Lo takes us through an emotional roller coaster on ‘Lady Wood’

Tove Lo has never been one to play by the rules. The Swedish singer-songwriter’s breakout hit, “Habits (Stay High)” (2013), introduced a style of pop that had little precedent on American Top 40 radio as Tove sang about the need to numb her emotional pain via substances and partying. The track’s dark chorus is built […]