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“Her Loss” didn’t live up to its potential

“Her Loss” didn’t live up to its potential

By Vivi Smilgius, Editor-in-Chief
November 9, 2022

On Friday, Nov. 4, rappers Drake and 21 Savage dropped the 16-track project “Her Loss,” produced under Drake’s record label, OVO Sound. The two have teamed up for a handful of projects before...

Illustration of guitar player and music sheets

Student musicians make Emerson’s lack of music education work for them

By Dionna Santucci
November 2, 2022

Within the first few months of her freshman year at Emerson, Taj Dharmadji released two singles, one of which dropped the first day of orientation week. Now, a year later, she embodies the quintessential...

Sabrina Carpenter: emails I cant send tour hits Boston

Sabrina Carpenter: ’emails I cant send tour’ hits Boston

October 12, 2022

Sabrina Carpenter performed at Big Night Live on October 3rd with her "Emails I can't Send Tour." Carpenter's performance was incredible, including some of her top hits "because i liked a boy" and "Nonsense."...

Bad Bunny ‘Baby’: The Rise to Stardom

Bad Bunny ‘Baby’: The Rise to Stardom

By Melodie Vaval, Correspondent
October 12, 2022

Puerto Rican musician Bad Bunny prompted confusion and pride alike as his unexpected rise to stardom quickly made him the face of reggaeton. Topping his musical strides, he’s reformed societal stigmas...

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Paramore is for the Blacks. Argue with the wall

By Hadera McKay, Opinion Editor
September 28, 2022

On Sept. 28, punk rock band Paramore released its new single “This is Why,” after a five-year hiatus, ultimately signaling its reigning return with a quirky, upbeat and instant classic. Social media...

Photo: Karissa Schaefer

‘You’ve Got To Let Go If You Want To Be Free,’ and boy did I let go

By Karissa Schaefer, Emerson Los Angeles Bureau Chief
May 19, 2022

After consistently having Disclosure as a top artist since middle school, I can finally say the dream of seeing the DJ duo in concert has been disclosed and the anticipation was worth the wait. I jumped...

Sittin in 317 EP cover. Courtesy of Vritika Thadhani.

First-year releases EP ‘Sittin in 317’

By Abigail Lee, Magazine Editor
April 20, 2022

Halfway through the semester, first-year marketing communications major Vritika Thadhani and her friends set goals for themselves to accomplish before the summer—Thadhani’s goal was to create new music.  The...

Sidney Gish at the Paramount Theater April 6. Photo by Grace Yewon Lee.

Sidney Gish performs at Emerson’s WECB show, with openers JOBIE and Jo & The Average

By Payton Cavanaugh
April 13, 2022

An enthusiastic crowd of Emerson students gathered at The Paramount Theater this past Wednesday to enjoy a free concert put on by WECB. Emerson musicians JOBIE and Jo & The Average opened for the headliner...

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Chelsea Cutler made 15-year-old me very happy this past weekend

By Campbell Parish, Magazine Editor & Operations Managing Editor
March 30, 2022

15-year-old-me was singing about heartbreak and falling in love before I even had my first kiss. I was blasting Chelsea Cutler's music ever since her first single "Your Shirt" came out in 2017. Needless...

Drawing by Lucia Thorne

Soundtracks to your slainte

By Payton Cavanaugh
March 16, 2022

St. Patrick’s Day in the City of Boston is in full swing, and what better way to kick off the festivities than listening to some authentic Irish music—and no, I’m not just talking about the Dropkick...

Photo: Karissa Schaefer

Tyler, The Creator sure knows how to create a memorable performance

By Karissa Schaefer, Emerson Los Angeles Bureau Chief
March 16, 2022

Tyler, The Creator hit Worcester’s DCU Center on Mar. 3 with his “Call Me If You Get Lost” tour—well Tyler, what’s your number because five Bostonians got lost.  A nearly two-hour rail ride...

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BCE senior capstone students work to provide Boston Music Project a new PR plan

By Karissa Schaefer, Emerson Los Angeles Bureau Chief
March 2, 2022

As part of the business of creative enterprises senior residency capstone class, four seniors are partnering with Boston Music Project nonprofit to promote their local school music programs.  The 501(c)(3)...

My Green Bananas, coordinated and directed by Hayley Kaufer. Photo credit: Maya Seri.

My Green Bananas to have a gig at The Tourist Trap

By Hannah Nguyen, Deputy Express News Editor
February 24, 2022

What started as a group of five friends “jamming in their dorms” has turned into a local band set to play its first outside gig at the Tourist Trap Saturday, Feb. 26.  My Green Bananas is an Emerson...

Mitski at Showbox SODO. Photo by David Lee.

“When I’m done singing this song I will have to find something else to do to keep me here”; on Mitski’s “Laurel Hell”

By Payton Cavanaugh
February 16, 2022

It comes as no surprise that Mitski’s recent release Laurel Hell induces pretty much every human emotion in the book. From the heart-shattering misery of “Valentine Texas,” “Working for the Knife,”...

Kendrick Lamar on The DAMN. Tour at TD Garden in Boston on July 22, 2017. Photo by Kenny Sun.

The ‘22 Super Bowl Halftime Show: a memorable, multi-generational performance

By Karissa Schaefer, Emerson Los Angeles Bureau Chief
February 16, 2022

There’s a reason I write about living arts and not sports, so the real celebratory moment on Super Bowl Sunday for me was the halftime performance, not the actual football game between…what teams?  Well,...

Dancing the night away, Kaytranada style

Dancing the night away, Kaytranada style

By Karissa Schaefer, Emerson Los Angeles Bureau Chief
January 9, 2022

A disco ball, blinding colorful lights, and a non-stop flow of dancing and R&B represent the perfect concoction for DJ Kaytranada’s Dec. 9 set at Boston’s House of Blues.  This concert was...

Chvrches lead singer, Lauren Mayberry, performs at The House of Blues, Boston on Wednesday, December 1, 2021.

Chvrches closes out year with powered performance at House of Blues Boston

By Marcus Cocova, Multimedia Managing Editor
January 5, 2022

Scottish synth-pop band Chvrches brought an electric performance on Wednesday Dec. 1 to the House of Blues in Boston, a recent stop on a tour to promote their latest album, “Screen Violence.”  The...

Tim Davis (left), Jane Lynch (middle), and Kate Flannery (right) performing A Swinging Little Christmas at City Winery, with The Tony Guerrero Quintet on the instruments.

Thank you, Jane Lynch for beautifully commencing Christmas

By Mariyam Quaisar, Content Managing Editor, Business Managing Editor
December 9, 2021

On Wednesday Dec. 8, I walked into the City Winery with the brightest smile plastered across my face. Want to know why? Jane Lynch’s “A Swingin Little Christmas.” The show is named for the former...

One of the recording spaces in The Record Company.

The Record Company, an affordable and accessible space for student musicians

By Adri Pray, News Editor
December 1, 2021

The Record Company, a non-profit, Boston-based studio, offers a vast selection of rehearsal and recording studios to Emerson students and the people of Boston alike. The expansive building houses four...

WILLOW performing her new album.

11 years later, I’m still whipping my hair to Willow

By Karissa Schaefer, Emerson Los Angeles Bureau Chief
October 21, 2021

In 2011, I vividly remember using my iPod touch voice memos to record WILLOW’s “21st Century Girl” off YouTube. I’d repeatedly replay it, singing along while on my trampoline. Now, 10 years later,...

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