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On the power of pure rage: A conversation on the makings of 'The Girl on a Bulldozer'

Tedious chores moonlight as signifiers for a young adult’s coming of age. Paying taxes, doing your own laundry, learning how to cook. During my college days, I often winced and skimped as much as I could on the “essentials,” hoarding weeks of dirty clothes to save on trips to the dormitory wash-and-dry machines. So goes the story of a low-income child of immigrants, who shares an innate and intimate understanding of frugality as if inherited and handed down through their genes. And although we

What’s Hot in Music This Month: Local Concerts, New Releases

Welcome back, Terriers, to our monthly column “What’s Hot in Music.” This month, bump the long-awaited return of rapper Kendrick Lamar on a road trip, immerse yourself in rising emo-indie star Ethel Cain’s latest, or venture out to Cambridge to see the lively Girl Ultra. Five years since the release of his critically acclaimed Pulitzer-winning album DAMN., rapper and storyteller Kendrick Lamar returns with the highly anticipated Mr. Morale and the Big Steppers. The project is a stunning, intim

What’s Hot in Music This Month: Local Concerts, New Releases

Welcome back, Terriers, to our monthly column “What’s Hot in Music.” This month, take a break from studying for finals with indie band Wet Leg’s tongue-in-cheek debut or check out Boston’s live music scene with shows from R&B singer Omar Apollo and the return of the annual Boston Calling festival. Dreampop singer-songwriter Harriette Pilbeam, known as Hatchie, has just released her second studio album, Giving the World Away, three years after the release of her 2019 debut album Keepsake. The A

What’s Hot in Music This Month: Local Concerts, New Releases

Welcome back, Terriers, to our monthly column “What’s Hot in Music This Month.” April is a chance to de-stress before finals. And what could be a better way than listening to the latest inspired hyperpop from the duo Bladee and Ecco2k or pop-infused lo-fi from singer-songwriter Keshi. How about checking out a concert at Boston’s latest live music venue, the Roadrunner? It’s a great way to spend a spring evening. The story of Bright Eyes began almost three decades ago with lead singer Conor Obe

What’s Hot in Music This Month: Local Concerts, New Releases

Welcome back, Terriers, to our monthly column, “What’s Hot in Music This Month.” This month, we want you to know about the next project from promising new band Black Country, New Road, listen to the low-profile, rising shoegaze artist Parannoul, and rock out with Aminé at House of Blues. Senior Terriers may remember the 802.1x concert held in the spring of 2018, headlined by rapper and songwriter Aminé. The artist had gained notoriety with his debut single, “Caroline,” which the singer refers

What’s Hot in Music This Month: Local Boston Concerts, New Releases

Welcome, Terriers, to our new column, “What’s Hot in Music.” This month, get settled into the groove of the semester with some angelic, relaxing tunes from rising star Linying, have a night out with friends to see the iconic Boyz II Men, or stay up all night waiting for the (potential) drop of Ye’s highly anticipated Donda 2. There Could Be Wreckage Here, Linying Singaporean song-writer Linying may have had a stressful time going in and out of the studio meetings with various producers for the

What’s Hot in Music This Month: Local Concerts, New Releases

In our new column, “What’s Hot In Music This Month,” we bring you a list of don’t-miss concerts coming to town, as well as new releases you’ll want to hear. So this month take a break from studying for finals with some relaxing nature-infused folk from Moses Sumney, celebrate the upcoming holidays with Jingle Ball’s annual lineup, and get nostalgic with Garbology, the latest album by Aesop Rock, aka Ian Bavitz (CFA’98). A force to be reckoned with since the day he joined the R&B scene, Khalid h

Baby Keem Gives Fans Maximum Effort On “The Melodic Blue” Tour

On what would have been a relatively quiet Sunday night for most, hip-hop fans dutifully filled up Boston's tiny Paradise Rock Club from front to back, and began chanting "Baby Keem" with increasing intensity, as they attempted to coax Baby Keem onto the stage for his most recent stop on the "Melodic Tour." The sound engineer, after seeing how anxious the fans were, decided to tease them by dangling one finger above the sound system as if he was about to start the music, and bring Keem out-- onl

Freddie Gibbs, Roddy Ricch, Lil Uzi Vert & More Hit Day N Vegas

Day N Vegas wrapped up its music festival for the first time since 2019. The three-day event also marks the first major music festival since the Astroworld tragedy just one week ago, and thus, fans and promoters themselves went into the event with both care and caution. The festival went off without a hitch, apart from a disgruntled Uzi after his set was abruptly cut off. Apart from Lil Uzi Vert, the star-studded lineup included artists like Baby Keem, Doja Cat, Lil Uzi Vert, SZA, Post Malone,

Who Is Malu Trevejo?

Malu Trevejo is a name that's recently come into the pop culture lexicon, thanks to an announcement of a Travis Scott Cactus Jack signing which has since seemingly been overturned (more on that later). The young star was born in Cuba, and immigrated to America at the age of 12, settling in Miami, Florida with her mom, where she would grow her now-impressive following. Malu, who has been belly-dancing since she was a kid, began to find followers through the app Musical.ly (now TikTok), thanks to

WITH MASS RECOGNIZING JUNETEENTH, LOCAL UNIVERSITIES HONOR OFFICIAL HOLIDAY

“I would challenge all organizations who adopt Juneteenth as a holiday to not just do the performative gesture of making it a holiday.” This year marks the first year that Massachusetts is celebrating Juneteenth as an official state holiday, since Gov. Charlie Baker signed the holiday into law last July. Institutions across the Commonwealth added the occasion onto their academic calendars for the first time as well, with Boston University, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technolo

Boston musicians reflect on long term impact during uncertain times

With city shutdowns and stay at home orders, every work sector has been hit hard. But Boston’s creative community has been struggling to stay afloat as event cancellations attempt to flatten the curve. Genie Santiago, a Boston-based rhythm and blues musician, said COVID-19 lockdowns have meant much more than mere forced-seclusion inside her home. She had recorded a single to be released in May, she said, but the work can no longer be completed by then. “I have a new single and we just finished

Gallant uses music to bring mental health struggles to new light

Two weeks ago, singer-songwriter Christopher Joseph Gallant III, known as Gallant, was busy preparing for his tour in promotion of his latest studio album “Sweet Insomnia.” With venue closings and safety precautions being taken against large gatherings due to COVID-19, all of Gallant’s shows have since been postponed or cancelled, including his show at Paradise Rock Club which was scheduled for March 18. In his newfound time, Gallant has been focused on finding peace in the surprises of simply

REVIEW: 8-Bit Big Band delivers nostalgia through video game-inspired jazz

Behind every popular video game is a nostalgic soundtrack, something that the 8-Bit Big Band understands better than anyone. The 33-person jazz-pop ensemble is conducted by founder Charlie Rosen, an alumnus of Berklee College of Music and Broadway. The band returned to Berklee Performance Center Sunday to revitalize video games in a never-before-heard way: through the charms of live jazz. Current Berklee student and YouTuber Carlos Eiene, known by his stage name insaneintherainmusic, opened th

Billy Raffoul prepares for latest EP, world tour starting in Boston

Canadian soul and rock songwriter Billy Raffoul wants to take music one step at a time. The Ontario native released his debut single “Driver” in 2017 and built a name for himself with popular singles, such as “Acoustic,” and “Easy Tiger” and “When We Were Young.” Raffoul said in an interview with the Daily Free Press that he has high hopes for 2020, with his upcoming EP “A Few More Hours at YYZ” set to release on April 3, along with his worldwide tour starting at the end of February, with the

REVIEW: Eric Nam charms crowds on “Before We Begin” tour

Korean-American pop star Eric Nam came to Boston Friday on tour for his first English album “Before We Begin,” filling the Royale Boston with love felt by every audience member in attendance. The audience was eased into the set with a toned-down and relaxed opening by pop duo Frenship, each equipped with only a guitar and their voices. After the sincere performance, which included the popular track “Capsize,” Nam appeared and was greeted by screams of excitement for the opening song, “Come Thro

REVIEW: Oh Wonder sings about love, heartbreak in latest uplifting album

Oh Wonder released their third studio album, “No One Else Can Wear Your Crown” Friday, using their close relationship with each other to spread love through music. In 2015, the British duo Josephine Vander Gucht and Andrew West set out to release a single each month, culminating in their debut album, “Oh Wonder.” Despite the restrictive deadlines, critics deemed the album cohesive and well thought-out. Similarly, their last album in 2017, “Ultralife,” was well-received by fans. The two channel

REVIEW: “Birds of Prey” sets Harley Quinn free in her own story

Most people tend to think of Harley Quinn’s relationship with the Joker as her primary claim to fame. But the new solo Harley movie looks to change that idea. “Birds of Prey,” directed by Cathy Yan, serves as a Harley-centric follow-up to “Suicide Squad.” Harley, played by Margot Robbie, must fend for herself after a breakup with the Joker — and it’s for real this time. Dubbed as “the Joker’s girlfriend,” this movie proves to be no easy task for Harley with all the new bounties put on her head.

REVIEW: Halsey’s true self sings through in “Manic”

It’s been over two years since electro pop singer Halsey’s album “Hopeless Fountain Kingdom” premiered. Since then, the singer has matured right before her fans’ eyes, and her latest album “Manic” is evidence of that. While “Hopeless Fountain Kingdom” sounded like a confused teen with anxiety, “Manic” sounds like a much more mature and passionate adult, capable of facing her past demons. “Ashley,” the first song in the album, showcases a hauntingly sincere and new side of Halsey. On this track

Review: Brockhampton give it their all at Agganis Arena

When one thinks of boy bands, they normally think of flashy bands with at most five members. Brockhampton isn’t your typical boy band. Consisting of 13 members, the energetic hip-hop and rap collective returned to Boston for the fourth time throughout their career at the Agganis Arena Sunday night. The night kicked off with two eccentric openers: bubblegum-bass duo 100 gecs, and British rapper Slowthai. After two hype-inducing performances, Brockhampton appeared, accompanied by the heavy bass o
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