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Beyoncé celebrates her black Southern roots with 'Formation'

“What happened after New Orleans?” asks the voice of the late Anthony Barre, better known as Messy Mya, over the intro to Beyoncé’s new surprise single, “Formation” (2016). Barre, a black comedian, rapper and social media celebrity who was killed at the age of 22 in November 2010, isn’t ...





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The biggest 2016 Grammy nomination snubs

The nominations for the 58th Annual Grammy Awards, highlighting the best and brightest talents in the music industry, were released Monday morning and, as always, caused a bit of controversy. Though the committee recognized many deserving artists, many more musicians were not recognized, and my job ...


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Johnny D's, music club for both local, Tufts musicians, to close in early 2016

Johnny D's, a local restaurant and music club, announced over the summer that it will be ending its 46-year-long history of celebrating and hosting musical performances in Davis Square in late January or early February. The local joint, which has hosted famous artists like Alison Krauss, Ben Harper, the Avett Brothers and the Dixie Chicks, has also provided a stage for several Tufts bands and musicians.



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Streaming is king

Something changed over the summer. The change was probably imperceptible to most people, but it is meant to fundamentally affect the music industry.For years -- since 1989 in fact -- new music in the United States had gone on sale on Tuesdays; in Canada and the U.K., Mondays; and in Australia and Germany, ...


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Making the case for country

If anyone at Tufts asks me what music I like, I immediately respond with “hip-hop,” usually getting a nod of approval in return. However, when I go back home, slip into my car and jet across the New Jersey Turnpike, the playlist blasting from my car speakers is exclusively country. I know what ...


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Pentatonix continues to redefine a cappella music

Here are two of the most common reasons music listeners either refuse to listen to a cappella music or are quickly bored by it: 1) It's almost always covers of popular songs, and 2) It's difficult to keep arrangements of songs as interesting as music with actual instruments. In its self-titled ...


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Guide to upcoming music releases of 2015

The past 10 months or so have been jam-packed with great music releases. From industry legends like Sufjan Stevens and Björk, to newer artists such as Julia Holter and Vince Staples, music-lovers have had a lot to be excited about. There has, of course, been a fair share of forgettable projects, ...



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Power ranking Drake's albums

If you are Aubrey Drake Graham, it really is a great time to be alive. The Toronto rapper’s recently released surprise collaboration album with rapper Future, “What A Time To Be Alive," debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 Chart.It was Drake’s second No. 1 album in 2015, following the success ...


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Second annual Fall Fest puts Commuter House in spotlight

There are not many places you can go if you want to taste traditional German food at one table and New England cider doughnuts at the next, but this is what the Off-Hill Council’s Fall Fest provided this past Saturday, Sept. 26.Enclosed in a fence on the Residential Quad, the Fall Fest represented ...




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Q+A: Stephan Pennington talks music history, cultural appropriation

Assistant Professor of Music Stephan Pennington’s most recent research studies structures of cultural appropriation in the music industry. He describes three phases of cultural appropriation, by which the appropriated sound or style is taken farther away from its roots in steps. Pennington sat down with the Daily to explain these phases, point to past and present examples and talk about ways in which cultural exchange can be accomplished without appropriation or erasure.


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Boston Symphony Orchestra takes listeners on exciting journey

Last weekend’s program at the Boston Symphony used music to tell a powerful story of art, politics and fear.The concert opened with an excerpt from the Shostakovich opera "LadyMacbeth of the Mtsensk District." Several years after its opening in 1934, Joseph Stalin saw the piece and was ...


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The sound of protest music in 2015

“I’m the biggest hypocrite of 2015,” Kendrick Lamar began, and it only got more honest from there. Just hours after winning the Grammy Award for Best Rap/Hip-Hop Song, Kendrick released “The Blacker the Berry,” a song that palpitated with rage and self-loathing. Just months before, Kendrick ...


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27th time around, Kidz Bop refuses to grow up

In the midst of this second-wave snow storm, what’s better to warm the heart than a choir of harmonious pipsqueak voices singing America’s top 40 hits in perfect harmony? The ever-popular Kidz Bop franchise has released its highly-anticipated  27th album, surprisingly entitled “Kidz Bop 27” ...


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Will Freeman's wintry EP shows off maturing sound, vintage charm

Junior Will Freeman is about to embark on his semester abroad in Uruguay, but not before gracing listeners with a chilling new EP, entitled “Dispatches from the Snowglobe Heart.” Freeman, a political science major, is a familiar face in the Tufts underground music scene as the bassist/vocalist ...