Yas Salon is an arts editor at the Tufts Daily.

Sufjan Stevens doesn’t peak with ‘The Ascension’

The album itself is strong, and doesn't fall flat in many areas, save for some disappointing lyrics. The melodies are well constructed and beautiful, and Stevens' vocals are consistently enjoyable. However, it simply lacks the resounding greatness of his past work.

Senior Profile: Hong expresses identity through fashion

“Fashion isn’t as hugely represented, it’s whitewashed. There’s not a lot of interest in it at Tufts,” graduating senior Kaitlynn Hong said over Zoom. “Before [The Lewkk] there weren’t a lot of events highlighting students of color and also people who were interested in fashion, together.” The Lewkk, a student-run fashion show, was the brainchild […]

Cosentino talks ‘Always Tomorrow,’ how Best Coast has changed

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.  “It’s not that bad/And I have no reason to be sad/But I find a way/Almost every day to stay this way/ When will I change?” asked Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino nearly five years ago on the indie rock duo’s album “California Nights” (2015). Now, with the […]

Hanno discusses ‘Elephants,’ future projects, dining hall debate

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. On Feb. 5, The Daily chatted with Tufts alum, former Daily arts editor and indie filmmaker Alex Hanno (LA’14), who made his feature film debut with his latest work, “Elephants” (2018). The sentimental drama centers around a former couple, consisting of professional Kate Caldwell (Allison Blaize) […]

Julia Jacklin brings heart-wrenching folk songs on tour

Going through a breakup? Missing an ex? Just feeling a crushing, existential loneliness and wanting to curl up in bed and be emo for an hour or so? Or, are you perfectly content and satisfied by your relationships and just want to hear some impactful, to-the-point but powerful music? Look no further — Julia Jacklin’s […]

JPEGMAFIA provides high-octane experience at The Sinclair

“I just pray that I peak before my decline.” This line, spit by JPEGMAFIA on “Jesus Forgive Me, I Am A Thot,” the lead single off his self-produced 2019 studio album “All My Heroes Are Cornballs,” is an obvious statement of the anxieties of a creative artist; every artist fears for the time when their […]

Glitter, grunge collide at Kero Kero Bonito concert

There’s no simple way to describe Kero Kero Bonito. The three-piece outfit isn’t like anything you’ve ever seen or heard before. The best summation (which still doesn’t begin to do the band justice) is a band with the lyrical style of a “Sesame Street” (1969–) song, the glitter-fueled grunge aesthetic of Ke$ha circa 2010 coupled […]

Boston-born DIY outfit Twen comes to Brighton Music Hall

For many bands, making it out of one’s original scene means a certain decline in authenticity. Sure, they still retain the same face-value humility when peddling their new cassette at their merch stand after the show, but especially in the age of Instagram popularity and the saturation of indie acts, it’s easy to fall down […]

Royale hosts ’90s French-English band Stereolab

Stereolab is the innovative, fiercely influential band you’ve probably never heard of. The band was founded in 1990 by Lætitia Sadier and Tim Gane, and their songs can best be summed as the soundtrack to a cerebral pop spaceship ride, with distinctive motorik beats and heavy synth melodies culminating into a unique lounge sound. In […]

Q&A: Folk rock band Saintseneca talks tour, new record

Editor’s note: This interview has been edited for length and clarity. The rock band, Saintseneca, from Columbus, Ohio, who has been featured on NPR’s “Tiny Desk Concert” series and whose track “Happy Alone” (2014) has amassed over 1.4 million streams on Spotify, has experienced acclaim and recognition in both the realm of the folk scene […]