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Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

SOPHIE, a complex whole made of intricate parts

SOPHIE, a complex whole made of intricate parts

By Joshua Sokol, Staff Writer
February 3, 2021

SOPHIE, a Grammy-nominated electronic-pop producer and artist who revolutionized the genre of hyperpop, died on Saturday in Athens, Greece. At 34 years old, she was known for her reinvigoration of the...

Plastic Hearts: Why Miley Cyrus is the musical chameleon of Gen Z

“Plastic Hearts:” Why Miley Cyrus is the musical chameleon of Gen Z

By Karissa Schaefer, Emerson Los Angeles Bureau Chief
January 31, 2021

Gen-Z follows Miley Cyrus through it all. From living a double life on screen as Hannah Montana to a Tiktok trend where fans do whatever Cyrus comments. Throughout her career, fans appreciate her authenticity...

Released in isolation: The top 10 albums of 2020

Released in isolation: The top 10 albums of 2020

By Joshua Sokol, Staff Writer
December 22, 2020

2020 has been a year of disappointment. Internships were cut. Intense feelings of isolation and general melancholy reigned in relation to the state of the world. People turned to baking, crafts and other...

President-elect Joe Biden holding a toddler Pete Wentz beside his mother, Dale Wentz. The 41-year-old Fall Out Boy lyricist and bassist is best known for his impact on the emo music genre.

Emo Never Dies: How Joe Biden helped kickstart the emo music genre

By Kaitlyn Fehr, Chief Copyeditor
November 18, 2020

When I think of emo music, I used to think of Gerard Way, Patrick Stump, Brendon Urie, or Hayley Williams. After the 2020 presidential election, I now know the truth—President-elect Joe Biden is the...

Media courtesy of Kaitlyn Fehr

Emo Never Dies: The Black Parade keeps marching on

By Kaitlyn Fehr, Chief Copyeditor
November 4, 2020

This October, I celebrated the birthday of an emo icon. My Chemical Romance’s third album,  The Black Parade, officially turned 14 years old in October 2020, meaning the album beloved by angsty teenagers...

Kyle Bray - Graphic by Ally Rzesa / Beacon Staff

Using music to find inner peace after a breakup

By Kyle Bray, Former Managing Editor: Visual and Design
October 11, 2019

It’s late May, and I’m sitting in the driver’s seat of my mom’s car parked in front of my now-ex-girlfriend’s apartment. I’m sobbing uncontrollably into my hands as they rest on the steering...

Kyle Bray - Graphic by Ally Rzesa / Beacon Staff

The B Side: Less is more in the streaming age

By Kyle Bray, Former Managing Editor: Visual and Design
November 14, 2018

My first listen of Vince Staple’s newest project FM! disappointed me. It had nothing to do with the quality of the album but rather the length. FM! clocks in at 22 minutes in length, 14 minutes...

Kyle Bray - Graphic by Ally Rzesa / Beacon Staff

The B Side: Brockhampton breaks the hip-hop mold

By Kyle Bray, Former Managing Editor: Visual and Design
October 17, 2018

Brockhampton self-proclaimed itself as the “best boy band since One Direction." Its quick rise to fame and early success proves the group earned the title. The hip-hop collective set a new career...

Music Column: Chicago rap rises from underground

Music Column: Chicago rap rises from underground

By Joseph Green
April 11, 2018

The history of hip-hop tends to focus on music from the coasts. When the genre was born in the 1970s, most of its early pioneers came from New York City. Later, in the 80s and early 90s, California artists...

Joseph Green is a junior visual and media arts major and the Beacons music columnist. Illustration by Enne Goldstein.

Music Column: Road to recovery runs through Camp Cope

By Joseph Green
March 21, 2018

I have a confession to make about Australian rock band Camp Cope: I can’t listen to their music on public transit without crying. After my first few times listening to their 2016 self-titled debut, I...

Music Column: Warming up from winter blues

Music Column: Warming up from winter blues

By Joseph Green
February 14, 2018

Winter is not a good time of year for my mental health. It happens like clockwork every February—the rejuvenation I get from seeing my family and friends over the holiday fades, and soon depression and...

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