Beyoncé celebrates her black Southern roots with ‘Formation’

“What happened after New Orleans?” asks the voice of the late Anthony Barre, better known as Messy Mya, over the intro to Beyoncé’s new surprise single, “Formation” (2016). Barre, a black comedian, rapper and social media celebrity who was killed at the age of 22 in November 2010, isn’t really asking us so much as […]

Coldplay releases (potential) last hurrah

In case anyone has not noticed the banner on top of the iTunes store or the excited articles all across the music-related parts of the Internet, Coldplay released a new album on Friday. With songs like “Yellow” (2000), “Viva la Vida” (2008) and “Paradise” (2011) comprising just a smattering of its hits across the years and an […]

Top 10 songs of the summer

The academic semester is in full swing, TV shows are coming back for season premieres and there’s a definite chill in the air. All these things signify the end of summer 2015, which officially concluded on Sept. 22. This summer was filled with impressive singles and albums alike, and this is the perfect time to reflect […]

Hil, round two

Dear Hillary, Wowza. Look at you. You may remember that I wrote you in September, actually in the first column of my “Reply All” series. I’m so glad you took my advice and declared your candidacy for the next presidential election! I mean, you never called to thank me, but it’s whatever. You also may recall […]

Speedy Ortiz delivers nonchalant feminist anthem, ‘Raising the Skate’

Female-fronted rock groups have had quite the year thus far, with 90s punk Sleater-Kinney making its triumphant return and more contemporary bands like Florence + the Machine and Screaming Females announcing new albums. Massachusetts’ own noise punk hero, Speedy Ortiz, is now joining the ranks. Released Feb. 10, Speedy’s latest single, “Raising the Skate” (2015), is […]

‘If I Stay’ struggles to keep audiences in their seats

“Isn’t it amazing how life is one thing and then, in an instant, it becomes something else?” asks Mia Hall (played by Chloë Grace Moretz), the teenaged girl at the center of “If I Stay,” released in August. When a car crash changes her life and family forever, Mia falls into a coma, hovering near […]