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Chance the Rapper stuns in an eccentric virtual concert at Ralph Lauren’s Chicago store

Chance the Rapper performing at an event pre-COVID.

Lauryn Clarke, Journal Contributor

September 22, 2020

In the age of technology combined with a global pandemic, creatives are reinventing ways to display their work. Virtual concerts are now the best way for artists to express their creativity and engage with their fans. Electrifying, warm, intimate and thoughtful are just some ways one can describe Chan...

Run The Jewel’s newest album “RTJ4” tackles racial injustice

Killer Mike and El-P of the hip hop duo, Run the Jewels.

Ashley Fairchild, Journal Contributor

September 22, 2020

“F*** it, why wait?” These four words would serve to catapult the rap group Run the Jewels, better known as RTJ, from an underground indie group with a cult following to the voice of a social movement.  Killer Mike and El-P of RTJ serve as the “murder rappers,” whose music is the perfect background to...

The show must go on(line): Boston musicians share how COVID-19 impacted them

Boston-based singer, Alissa Musto performing on her piano at home.

Sarah Lukowski, Arts & Culture Editor

September 22, 2020

Singer-songwriter Alissa Musto’s last routine live show was on March 13 aboard a cruise ship in Mexico before the long months of quarantine began. Musto performed to a packed crowd that night and had no idea that the next time she would perform in person would be at the end of August to a socially...

Taylor Swift is no longer a pop princess with her new alternative album “Folklore”

Taylor Swift in a photoshoot for

Sarah Lukowski

July 29, 2020

Taylor Swift’s surprise quarantine album “Folklore” has proved that the former country darling and pop princess is also an indie queen, with the 16-track album that transcends into something magical and nostalgic.  Swift, who is known for huge fanfare and celebrity drama surrounding her albu...

Suffolk alum Jillian Ann’s debut EP is truly romantic

The cover of Jillian Ann's debut EP

Sarah Lukowski

May 19, 2020

Suffolk University alum and 2020 Berklee College of Music graduate, Jillian Ann, recently released her debut EP “Truly, Madly, Deeply” that is ultimately honest in navigating the complicated feelings that come with a romantic relationship.  The five songs on the album were written and composed over the s...

You’ll be falling for Trevor Daniel after hearing his debut album ‘Nicotine’

You'll be falling for Trevor Daniel after hearing his debut album 'Nicotine'

Morgan Hume

April 5, 2020

Like smoking a cigarette, Trevor Daniel’s album “Nicotine” is addictive.  On March 26, the 25-year-old musician released his debut record and the collection of 10 short pop songs each deserve a spot on the radio.  Daniel kicks off the record with the title track “Nicotine,” incorporating them...

Remain ‘CALM,’ 5 Seconds of Summer’s newest album is also their best

Sarah Turley

April 5, 2020

On Friday, March 27, 5 Seconds of Summer released their fourth album “CALM.” The album takes inspiration from older styles of pop and rock, using styles from the 70s, 80s and 90s. This album is their best they have ever produced. Bassist Calum Hood stated in an interview with Billboard Magazin...

Conan Gray brings cinematic energy to debut album

Sarah Turley

March 31, 2020

Conan Gray released his debut album “Kid Krow” on Friday, March 20, which feels like the soundtrack to a coming-of-age film in all the right ways.   The album features pre-released fan favorites like songs “Maniac,” “Checkmate,” “Comfort Crowd” and “The Story.” “Comfort Crowd” begins...

Gordon Lightfoot steps back into the music scene with warm and simple folk album

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot accompanying himself on acoustic guitar

Morgan Hume

March 23, 2020

When most of us envision life in our 80s, we see grandchildren playing in the backyard, a steady retirement and loads of free time for relaxation. 81-year-old Gordon Lightfoot, however, has been spending this period of his life creating a folk record that feels oh so sweet.  Lightfoot dropped “Solo” on March 20, hi...

Animated show proves bbno$ is the artist to watch

Animated show proves bbno$ is the artist to watch

Ainsley Miles

March 18, 2020

With an exciting setlist, bbno$ (pronounced baby no money) had an action-packed night during his sold-out concert on March 5 that never ceased to excite the crowd at the Middle East Nightclub in Cambridge.  Performing his hits, “Lalala,” “tony thot” and a new collaboration with Lentra, “...

Stop using celebrity deaths for clout

Stop using celebrity deaths for clout

Eddie Reinhardt, Arts Editor

March 4, 2020

When an artist or a celebrity dies, social media is immediately flooded with posts remembering the person and sending condolences to their loved ones. This is fine and gives fans a space to grieve together and be nostalgic which is healthy and sometimes necessary for people who are looking for an outlet...

Lil Tjay makes a splash in Boston

Lil Tjay makes a splash in Boston

Eddie Reinhardt

March 4, 2020

A flock of anxious teens waited in the cold as the line for up-and-coming Bronx MC Lil Tjay extended out the door of the Paradise Rock Club and down the street, blocking the entrance to the restaurant, Raising Cane’s. Once inside the show, it would be a few hours before the artist finally hit the stage...

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