Sammy Park is a columnist at the Tufts Daily. She is a sophomore who has not yet declared a major. Sammy can be reached at

Bangers and Bops: Until you can make it, fake it

In the center of a Venn diagram showing boys in high school before JV basketball games and me before final exams is just the song “All Me” (2013) by Drake. I am not from Canada nor am I a famous rapper who began his career as an actor on “Degrassi” (2001–15), but can I wholly […]

Bangers and Bops: Too old for TikTok, too young to die

The song “Ribs” (2013) by Lorde should be banned by the FDA for being a paralytic. From its pulsing instrumentals to Lorde’s constant declaration that “It drives you crazy, getting old,” the song evokes such a primal fear that my youth is slipping away by the minute. Now, I’ve never been one to define myself […]

Bangers and Bops: Confessions of an uncool girl

I’m always slightly disappointed when Spotify releases its year-end report of what kinds of music I’ve been listening to. Despite that dark period of October where I only listened to Death Grips and the inevitable Kreayshawn-spiral (also known as a downward spiral) that happens at 3 a.m. the night before a paper is due, my […]

Bangers and Bops: Mitski and the death of the American Dream

I am a piano lesson dropout. Despite my parents’ best wishes, the only keyboard I touch these days is on my laptop and the only tune I know how to play is the storied “Mary Had a Little Lamb.” So this column, ostensibly centered around not only bangers but also bops, will not be about […]