Nicholas Darell is a Contributing Writer for the Tufts Daily. He is a first-year who has not yet declared a major and can be reached at [email protected]

FKA twigs’ ‘MAGDALENE’: An exhilarating dance through the dark

Who was Mary Magdalene, and why has her story been written into contemporary culture? This is surely a question on many minds as the controversial biblical figure sees her name bannered across the second studio album from FKA twigs. Throughout the promotion of her new record, FKA twigs cited Mary Magdalene as a strong influence […]

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 […]

‘On the Rvn’ shines in vocal experimentation, collaboration

Atlanta rapper Young Thug, born Jeffery Lamar Williams, is one of the most intriguing figures in hip-hop, representing a dichotomy of classic hip-hop appeal and the avant-garde. Young Thug’s eccentric vocals and lyrics combined with his unique, often androgynous personal style have made him the subject of both acclaim and rejection in the hip-hop world. The rapper remains unfazed by his […]

The Weeknd’s pain is our joy in ‘My Dear Melancholy’

Since his debut mixtapes in 2011, The Weeknd has captivated listeners with tales of heartbreak and empty hedonism. Born Abel Tesfaye, the singer spent much of his early career as an R&B enigma and steadily acquired a devoted fan base. Though The Weeknd has since become a household name, appearing on the “Black Panther” (2018) […]

The introspective braggadocio of Rich Brian’s ‘Amen’

At a time when artists are rewarded most by social media savvy and internet virality, there are fewer barriers than ever to mainstream music success. Indonesian rapper Rich Brian (real name Brian Imanuel), exemplifies this trend of internet phenomena being able to grow beyond their internet roots. Rich Brian continues steadily rising above expectations and surpassing limitations in a harrowing ascent to […]