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Music

Third Day Gospel Choir gives passionate performance

Third Day Gospel Choir, a massive gospel singing group of over 200 Tufts students, performed its first concert of the year, “Everything I Need,” on Friday. Directed by Music Lecturer David Coleman, "Everything I Need" consisted of ten masterfully arranged gospel songs, some classic and ...


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Music

Five upbeat pop songs with surprisingly sad lyrics

With spring break starting tomorrow, it's time to craft the perfect spring break playlist. For those who are looking for some thought-provoking lyrics to muse over during a long bus, car, plane or train ride, the following five songs from the past fifteen years provide catchy beats while also provoking deeper ...


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Music

Op-Ed: Is anything apolitical?

“I don’t want to get all political” is a phrase I heard countless times while being home last month. It’s a phrase I myself said a few times at family holiday parties and other events where I knew I couldn’t contain myself otherwise. I am also a bit ashamed of that, because I am convinced ...


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Columns

Is This Thing On? While my computer gently weeps

Greetings again! It is my last column of the semester, and I wanted to bring things full circle. I opened by introducing this as a commentary on popular music in the context of college and beyond. This is the music I will look back on with both fond memories and embarrassment and perhaps have difficulty explaining to my kids.


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Columns

Is this thing on? #Only90sKidsWillRemember

Happy (post-) Halloween! Here's something that is probably scarier than checking your Venmo history from this weekend — your iTunes library from 2008! As a tween, you probably dabbled a little -- or a lot -- in the emo-pop-punk scene or whatever name you gave to the music of Fall Out Boy, The All-American Rejects, Panic! At The Disco and many more. It’s just one part of our adolescence that the middle schoolers in 2016 don't have. Perhaps today’s youth aren’t any less embarrassing than we were, but they do have VSCO filters, which kind of take the edge off. Technically speaking, real 90s kids experienced their formative years in the mid-2000s, and what a time it was. Yes, I’m talking about sleepovers spent playing Rock Band (2007) and texting on LG flip phones with monthly SMS limits. What better way to get over your ex than by blasting “The Great Escape” (2006) by Boys Like Girls? So I have a few questions: Why did this music end? Where are they now? And will there ever be a resurgence of our angsty teenage anthems?




The Setonian
Columns

Is thing on? Albums in the making

In high school, I was fortunate enough to have permission to drive my mother’s 2007 Volvo station wagon. It was in relatively good condition but lacked one element: an AUX cord. As a teenage girl doomed to listen to the crackly Top 40 radio waves of central Mass., I only had one choice. When life gives you a CD player, you start burning ~sick~ playlists.



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Music

VMAs deliver some drama, epic Beyoncé performance

From Britney Spears and Madonna’s surprise make out to Kanye West crashing Taylor Swift’s Best Female Video acceptance speech to Nicki Minaj's “Miley, what’s good?,” MTV’s Video Music Awards (VMAs) have always been delightfully unpredictable. While nothing during this year's show ...


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TrapFest Festival highlights local artists and community

Anyone walking down Professors Row on Friday afternoon would have heard the flying verses of Dutch Rebelle, seen students gathered on the grass of the Africana Center yard, felt the energy and come to the same conclusion about TrapFest that was being shouted by the crowd: it’s lit. Tufts' first ...


The Setonian
Columns

A 21st century bard

I’ll admit that music is probably the medium of art I know least about. Despite having played some sort of instrument on and off for most of my life, I am just not as music savvy as I would like to be. Music is very meaningful to me, and I spend my day listening to an insane hodgepodge of playlists, ...


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Beyoncé turns lemons into visual epic 'Lemonade'

“Ashes to ashes, dust to sidechicks.” Queen Bey is back, everybody. And we aren’t ready for what she’s brought us.Going into Saturday night, very little was known about “Lemonade," Beyoncé’s hour-long HBO event that had been announced just a week earlier. The special’s mysterious ...


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News

Matt and Kim, Shaggy, and BØRNS to perform at Spring Fling

Concert Board announced that this year’s Spring Fling headliner will be indie-pop duo Matt and Kim, with opening acts by rapper Shaggy and indie-pop artist BØRNS. The announcement was made last night at the annual Battle of the Bands event in Hotung Café  through a video that was played to a crowd of approximately 50-60 attendees.




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Music

Kendrick Lamar's new album dazzles with new, raw material

Did Kendrick Lamar have anything left to prove? Fresh off a year that included the release of his widely acclaimed third album "To Pimp a Butterfly," a few virtuosic live performances that set the Twittersphere ablaze and his sweep at the Grammy’s, the answer seemed to be a resounding "no." With ...


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Sunflower Bean impresses at The Middle East Upstairs

Just three weeks following the release of its debut LP "Human Ceremony" and almost exactly a year since its last visit, Brooklyn’s Sunflower Bean returned to The Middle East Club Upstairs in Cambridge for a nearly sold-out show on Saturday, Feb. 27. "Human Ceremony" is the latest ...


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Columns

Jumbo Steps: As I faced the music

I felt like Sean Connery upon entering Ryan’s hotel room last night. In true James Bond fashion, Ryan closed the blinds, immediately cut to the chase and opened one two jet black cases lying on the floor.But then, it all stopped being so “MI6,” for Ryan wasn’t an enemy, I wasn’t there to assassinate ...


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St. Lucia's 'Matter' is unadulterated synthpop

If you visited any independent coffee shops or juice bars in 2014, you are undoubtedly acquainted with “Elevate,” the infectious synthpop hit from South African indie musician St. Lucia. “Elevate” exemplifies the unique sound on St. Lucia’s debut album “When the Night” (2013): 80s synth, ...