Announcing Boston Calling 2017

  By Brendan Kane Boston Calling has quickly grown into one of the biggest music festivals in America and this year’s edition boasts an especially impressive lineup that has been praised by both Rolling Stone magazine and the Boston Globe. On average the festival has attracted 20-22,000 attendees over the past couple years and it…

Playlist: 90’s throwbacks

by Carissa Dunlap The 90s brought us much more than chokers, bomber jackets, Friends, and Leonardo DiCaprio. Some of the most iconic songs and musicians were brought to the masses during the 90s. And to this day, we can’t help but jam along. This Playlist Friday, I am throwing it back to the most popular…

Mac DeMarco announces his new album: This Old Dog

By Anna Newton Mac DeMarco, the “jizz jazz” singer-songwriter and instrumentalist, announced last Tuesday that the release of his new album This Old Dog is slated for May 5. In celebration, Demarco also released two tracks “This Old Dog” and “My Old Man.” This will be the musician’s third full-length album since Demarco’s most notable…

Instant Disassembly: Music for Anxiety

By Ronan McGuire “Fall back into place,” Victoria Legrand sings on Beach House’s “Space Song.” Those four words served as a mantra for me that Thursday night in January. Over and over, Legrand chanted those words, and I repeated them, out loud, the incessant refrain, until I really did fall back into my natural state.…

Playlist: This is how you end an album

By Brendan Kane The last song on an album gives the artist or band one last opportunity to leave an impression on the listener. So, often times at the end of the album we’ll see the most epic or experimental track on the album. Here are few of the best closing tracks in music.  

Anticipated albums of 2017

By Brendan Kane At the start of a new year, it’s always exciting to anticipate all the new music that will be released. This year will be full of new jams from all different kinds of artists and bands. Here are five albums to look out for in 2017: St. Vincent (Title TBA) Annie Clark,…

Top 3 most influential black artists

By Anna Newton During the month of February, we celebrate Black History Month in which we remember integral individuals and moments that helped shape African American history. In doing so, we remember cultural icons as well who are essential to establishing this history. One significant facet of cultural icons is that of music icons. They…

The Lights Out light up Arts Emerson

By Carissa Dunlap Arts Emerson brought in the sweet sounds of rock n’ roll to the Black Box theater Friday night, featuring four local Boston bands—The Lights Out, Gene Dante and The Future Starlets, Zip Tie Handcuffs, and The Sun Lions. The Lights Out, which formed back in 2005, comprises four talented musicians—Rishava Green, Adam…

Slack Tide finds identity with new album

by Janii Yazon Slack Tide, a band that identifies strongly with the East Coast, displays a universal understanding of music, its functions, and its possibilities. Their debut album Water Monkey dedicates itself to the inconsistencies of identity. It finds home throughout New England; the band moves across state lines as seamlessly as they switch between…

Artist Spotlight: Lela

By Lindsey Gonzalez One of many artists to emerge from Berklee College of Music, Lela distinguishes herself with electropop beats that are straight out of the ‘90s. Her single, “Pendulum,” which debuted on October 7, impressed listeners with soulful vocals, an infectious beat, and a tight rap verse from Ryan Easter of Trap Music Orchestra.…