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.…

Joyce Manor serves up energy at The Sinclair

by Bobby Wieder California pop-punk band Joyce Manor took the stage on October 20 for a sold out show at The Sinclair, their second show in the city. Touring to promote the recent release of their fourth album, Cody, the band didn’t let up as far as energy is concerned. They opened the show with…

The Lost Art of the Album

by Noreen Plabutong Don’t really care for that fourth song on the Arctic Monkeys’ last album, AM? Skip it. Obsessed with Adele’s big hit “When We Were Young” off the critically acclaimed 25? You can search that online. Done. There are few things in our society more convenient, or more widely used, than social media…

JoJo’s Mad Love for a comeback

by Carissa Dunlap After ten years trapped in a recording contract and unable to officially release music, singer and actress JoJo (Joanna Levesque) is making her comeback with her third studio album, Mad Love. At the age of twelve, JoJo was signed to Blackground Records and Da Family Entertainment for a seven-album deal. Her first…

Emerson’s Hip-Hop Society takes on House of Blues

by Carissa Dunlap Emerson’s Hip-Hop Society is bringing the love, good vibes and originality to Emerson’s rap scene. Beginning in the fall of 2014, Car Lyle and Sean Clampett came together to create an alternative organization centering on a mutual appreciation for the art of hip-hop. Since then, the organization has grown immensely, not only…