NY Fashion Week designers begin to embrace diversity to stay relevant

As the chaos that is New York Fashion Week (NYFW) unfolds, the eyes of the industry are scrutinizing designers’ every move as they look for momentum that has been lacking in the past couple of seasons. Many designers, including Alexander Wang and Proenza Schouler, decided in recent years not to show in the Big Apple (though the latter returned […]

2018 summer music roundup

Summer 2018 was full of surprise releases, a standalone popstar, viral dance challenges and fantastic comebacks. In no particular order, this roundup highlights some of this summer’s best music. Honorable mentions include Ariana Grande’s “Sweetener”, Drake’s “Scorpion”, Travis Scott’s “ASTROWORLD” and, of course, the soundtrack for “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.” Florence + The Machine: “High […]

On ‘The Kids Are Alright,’ Chloe x Halle are the voices of a generation

At 19 and 18, respectively, Chloe and Halle Bailey are doing more than most superstar musicians working today — and they’re doing it better. After making an appearance on Beyonce’s “Lemonade” (2016) visual album and opening for the pop legend on the European leg of her “Formation” world tour, the Atlanta natives landed roles playing twins […]

The singles bar: Spring Break edition

With break right around the corner, check out some of this season’s biggest releases that will be the perfect soundtrack for the week off! “Top Off” — DJ Khaled featuring Jay-Z, Future and Beyoncé In perhaps what was one of 2017’s most unlikely turn of events, DJ Khaled finally became a star. After 10 studio albums, the […]

Is This Thing On? The power of musical activism

How would you feel if your best friend told you they didn’t vote in the last presidential election? Confused, maybe upset? Some might even ask, “Don’t we have a responsibility to use our voices?” I was reading a Tufts Observer article which asked a similar question: Do artists have a duty to be political? This could be the economics major in […]

Beyoncé snubbed at 59th Annual Grammy Awards

Though Beyoncé received only two Grammy awards on Sunday, she proved to the world that “Lemonade” (2016) is a cultural achievement with her performance of “Love Drought” and “Sandcastles.” The performance was an awe-inspiring combination of poetry, breathtaking footage, powerhouse vocals and striking backup dancing. Wearing a crown and a sheer, sparkling gown that accentuated her baby […]

Is This Thing On? Dangerous women

New week, same question: what’s popular in the music world and why should we care? Second question: is it just me, or is it hot in here? 2016 has been a particularly steamy year in reference to the female music scene. I’m talkin’ Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez, Fifth Harmony...the list goes on. To set the […]

Is This Thing On? Making music great again

The opening line of Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth,” (1967), in which he sings “There’s something happening here / But what it is ain’t exactly clear,” is something you’ve probably said to yourself (many times) in the past year with regard to the 2016 presidential election. Let’s get right into it. Music is a creative outlet for […]

After comeback semester, the Ladies of Essence prepare for their Fall show

At Sharewood Projects’ annual Spookapella show, more than half a dozen Tufts groups took the stage, but one arguably stood out the most: the all-female a cappella group the Ladies of Essence. Performing Estelle’s 2008 single “Come Over” and Stevie Wonder’s 1976 soul masterpiece “Isn’t She Lovely,” the Ladies of Essence’s mini-show ended with loud applause […]

Solange creates musical medicine for the soul on long-awaited ‘A Seat at the Table’

Solange is tired of being silent. Like so many other black artists this year, the 30-year-old singer-songwriter sees the ongoing struggle to define what it means to be black in America, both in regards to the current discussion on police brutality and the larger historical narrative going back decades to the Civil Rights Movement. What […]