Tufts Jazz Orchestra features unique students in collaborative atmosphere

Playing at Scullers Jazz Club on Wednesday, March 14, the Tufts Jazz Orchestra added another performance to its already impressive repertoire. Currently composed of 14 students ranging from first-years to seniors, the group blends experience and talent and has a history of musical achievement. Led by Director Joel LaRue Smith since 1996, the Jazz Orchestra has toured […]

Is This Thing On?: What we talk about when we talk about music

Content warning: This column mentions sexual assault. For my last column of the semester, I have to tackle a topic that is being discussed in all areas — on the hill, on the big screen, even in academia. Yes, I’m going to get in a fight with rap music and the harassing culture it perpetuates toward women. […]

Is This Thing On? Dialing into mental health with music

Hey everyone! It’s only week four of the semester, but you may already be starting to feel overwhelmed — I know I am. In this vein, today’s topic is a little more solemn from a lesser known rapper, Logic. When I think of Logic, I associate him with the genre of hip hop that boys in […]

Is This Thing On? Outkast for every occasion

What’s good! This has been one heck of a week. I’m feeling emotionally drained, and checking the news right now is giving me heartburn. If it’s alright with everyone, I would like to write this one for fun. Okay? Okay. So, without further ado, I present to you: “Outkast for Every Occasion.” Sounds like something my […]

Is this thing on? Waka Flocka 101

Looks like it’s Monday again. As you may be aware, on Saturday, Secretary of State John Kerry hosted several of his European counterparts at Tufts for a discussion only open to delegations and the press. Only slightly less exclusive, Waka Flocka Flame will also deliver a speech of sorts to the Tufts community this coming […]

Kendrick Lamar’s new album dazzles with new, raw material

Did Kendrick Lamar have anything left to prove? Fresh off a year that included the release of his widely acclaimed third album “To Pimp a Butterfly,” a few virtuosic live performances that set the Twittersphere ablaze and his sweep at the Grammy’s, the answer seemed to be a resounding “no.” With two (arguably three) masterpiece albums under […]

Kanye West’s newest album, ‘The Life of Pablo,’ is a gripping, yet inconsistent triumph

The release of Kanye West’s seventh studio album, “The Life of Pablo,” has been mired in uncertainty ever since its initial announcement on March 1 last year. Dubbed a “gospel” album by West, “The Life of Pablo” went through many  titles, including “So Help Me God,” “Swish” and “Waves.” This ambiguity surrounding a Kanye release […]

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 […]

Kid Cudi remakes mold, again

On Dec. 4, Kid Cudi dropped his year-in-the-coming “Speedin’ Bullet 2 Heaven” (2015). The album was first announced as a project at the beginning of the year, and was named in March. From the outset, Cudi, born Scott Ramon Seguro Mescudi, pitched the album as a standalone piece apart from his “Man on the Moon” series, the […]

Mac Miller displays newfound energy, endearing contradictions on ‘GO:OD AM’

To try and understand Mac Miller, it’s somewhat necessary to understand the conversations people are having about him. One might start by mentioning some of the talked-about contradictions of the young, white rapper from Pittsburgh: Miller has been able to flaunt his white-Jewishness like a badge of honor and make a name for himself, but he has […]