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 […]

Q4 music madness: upcoming LP releases to look out for

For some, the beginning of October heralds the first month of a long, arduous holiday season. For music fans however, it represents something truly glorious: the start of Q4, or quarter four. During this time of year, big album releases are a pretty good bet, with records from Solange and Bon Iver paving the way […]

VMAs deliver some drama, epic Beyoncé performance

From Britney Spears and Madonna’s surprise make out to Kanye West crashing Taylor Swift’s Best Female Video acceptance speech to Nicki Minaj’s “Miley, what’s good?,” MTV’s Video Music Awards (VMAs) have always been delightfully unpredictable. While nothing during this year’s show topped these infamous moments in the award show’s history, the 2016 VMAs, which aired […]

Frank Ocean shows vision, mastery on long-awaited “blond”

In the weeks preceding the release of his now iconic debut album “channel ORANGE” (2012), R&B singer Frank Ocean published a letter in the middle of the night on his Tumblr page detailing a previous love affair with a man. While the letter refrains from ever explicitly announcing Ocean’s sexuality, the letter and subsequent album […]

How Beyoncé out-Beyoncé’d herself: a Daily conversation about ‘Lemonade’

On April 23, the queen of the world-stopping digital drop, Beyoncé, released her sixth studio album, “Lemonade.” The 12-track record, which dropped on the music streaming service Tidal during the HBO broadcast of an accompanying hour-long visual experience. The album surprised fans, just as her self-titled “Beyoncé” did in 2013. Pop music aficionado and Daily […]

Beyoncé turns lemons into visual epic ‘Lemonade’

“Ashes to ashes, dust to sidechicks.” Queen Bey is back, everybody. And we aren’t ready for what she’s brought us. Going into Saturday night, very little was known about “Lemonade,” Beyoncé’s hour-long HBO event that had been announced just a week earlier. The special’s mysterious trailer featured the pop icon whispering questions in her distinctive rasp over […]

The singles bar: Waiting for ‘Lemonade’ edition

As tomorrow’s release of Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” inches ever closer, let us enjoy the time we have left with the catchy hits set to dominate the airwaves this summer. After all, the past couple of weeks have yielded a number of outstanding singles. With the stage finally set, the battle for the title of “Song of the Summer” has […]

Top 10 totally unrealistic Spring Fling headliner suggestions

Last week, BØRNS revealed via an inadvertent leak on his Facebook page that he would be performing at Spring Fling on May 1. It remains unclear whether the indie pop artist of Hulu commercial fame will be headlining this year, and since the announcement, speculation about other potential headliners has run rampant. Assuming the name has […]

MSNBC’s firing of Melissa Harris-Perry and minimization of José Diaz-Balart betrays network’s values

Over the weekend Melissa Harris-Perry, professor, author and former MSNBC host of “Melissa Harris-Perry,” wrote an email to her staff which was posted on Medium. In it, she explained her decision to not host any programming for her show over the weekend, effectively finishing a four-week process of freezing her out at the nominally liberal news […]