Volume 152 • Issue 1
The Newspaper of Amherst College Since 1868
Sunday, January 29, 2023
By Kobe Thompson '24
December 7, 2022
Kobe Thompson ’24 sits down with Freeman Rabb ’25 to discuss their latest EP, “At A Catalyst,” how they create and name their work, and the friends and other artists who have provided inspiration along the way.
November 30, 2022
In this edition of 3 C’s, Kobe Thompson ’24 sits down with rapper Kiiren Jackson ’24 to discuss an upcoming project that’s been years in the making.
November 16, 2022
For the inaugural edition of 3 C’s (Context, Creation, Come-Up), Kobe Thompson ’24 interviews musician Alex Russell ’23 ahead of his debut album “Stardust,” exploring his influences and creative process.
By Alex Brandfonbrener '23
November 9, 2022
For Family Weekend, Amherst musical ensembles collaborated on a performance to celebrate 100 years since voting rights were extended to women in the U.S. Managing Arts and Living Editor Alex Brandfonbrener ’23 recounts the powerful and thought-provoking concert.
By Brianne LaBare '25
November 2, 2022
Taylor Swift’s latest album, “Midnights,” dropped last week to online buzz and record sales. Managing Arts and Living Editor and resident Taylor Swift expert Brianne LaBare ’25 analyzes Swift’s newest work.
By Miles Garcia '25
Carly Rae Jepsen’s latest album “The Loneliest Time” was released on Oct. 21, 2022. Miles Garcia ’25 details the well-rounded album’s sparse weaknesses and many strengths.
By Victoria Thomas '25
Concerts have returned in full force, but are they as impactful as iconic pop performances of the past? Victoria Thomas ’25 reflects on her recent experiences seeing Harry Styles and Bruno Mars live.
By Madeline Lawson '25
October 5, 2022
On Oct. 1, the Amherst Symphony Orchestra held its first performance of the semester. Managing Arts and Living Editor Madeline Lawson ’25 recaps the concert, which welcomed the Class of 2026 and President Michael Elliott to Amherst.
By Sylvie Wolff '25
Neko Case’s music transcends genre and generation. WAMH e-board member Sylvie Wolff ’25 reflects on two of the artist's albums, tracking their presence in her life.
By Helen Feibes '23
September 21, 2022
Arlie’s “BREAK THE CURSE” is the band’s debut album, taking listeners on a journey full of nostalgia and relief. WAMH Publicity Director Helen Feibes ’23 reviews the album and relives her beloved band’s live concert in Cambridge.
By Piero Campos '25
September 7, 2022
Bad Bunny’s newest album, “Un Verano Sin Ti,” skyrockets up the global charts. Piero Campos ’25 breaks down how the artist embraces his Latinx heritage through evocative lyrics and bachata and merengue inspired beats.
By Nii-Ayi Aryeetey '23
This summer, Beyoncé dropped her hit album “Renaissance.” WAMH Events Coordinator Nii-Ayi Aryeetey ’23 delves into the album’s joyous and dynamic tracks, heavily inspired by Black music genres, including House, Ballroom, and disco.
May 11, 2022
The Amherst Symphony Orchestra performed their last concert of the season last Saturday. Managing Arts and Living Editor Madeline Lawson ʼ25 reviews the performance, which featured a concerto from violinist Marie Leou ʼ22.
By Davis Rennella '24
[email protected] Room has been an important recurring social event on campus amid a slow return to “normalcy.” Davis Rennella ʼ24 chronicles the founding of the program’s predecessor, [email protected]
By Tiia McKinney '25
Looking to explore new music? Tiia McKinney ʼ25 recommends soca, a genre of Caribbean music that originated in Trinidad and Tobago and is popular at Carnivals.
May 4, 2022
Last Friday, the Amherst College Choral Society performed their Spring concert, “Everlasting Voices.” Managing Arts and Living Editor Alex Brandfonbrener ’23 recaps their first performance since the Glee Club’s merger with Chorus.
April 20, 2022
Miley Cyrus’s new album, “ATTENTION: MILEY LIVE,” is a collection of the singer’s classic tracks performed live. Victoria Thomas ’25 reflects on the performer’s history and journey of self-discovery, as expressed through the album.
April 13, 2022
The Amherst Symphony Orchestra performed on April 9, expressing solidarity with Ukraine while showcasing senior soloists. Managing Arts and Living Editor Alex Brandfonbrener ʼ23 reviews the performance with insights from Music Director and Conductor Mark Lane Swanson.
In memory of the lives of two influential music legends, Piero Campos ʼ25 explores the careers and legacies of The Notorious B.I.G. and Selena. Both artists continue to influence new generations of performers decades after their passing.
March 23, 2022
Charli XCX’s newest album “CRASH” is an evolution of the pop star. WAMH Events Coordinator Nii-Ayi Aryeetey ’23 explains that she updates her signature pop style with layered references to musical movements from past decades.
March 9, 2022
“Shoestring” by Felix Ames was released on Feb. 4. Victoria Thomas ʼ25 takes us through the experiences, emotions, and images the song reminds her of.
By Olive Amdur '23
February 23, 2022
Olive Amdur '23 details how David Berman's 2019 song "Snow is Falling in Manhattan" has sparked a newfound appreciation for chilly Amherst winters and the beauty of slowing down.
Experimental rock group Black Country, New Road recently released their sophomore album "Ants From Up There," which marks the end of frontman Isaac Wood's time with the group. Miles Garcia '25 breaks down the ethereal and intense album.
February 9, 2022
WAMH Events Coordinator Nii-Ayi Aryeetey ’23 reviews electronic pop artist yeule's new album, "Glitch Princess," an ambient yet unsettling exploration of body dysmorphia through immersive soundscapes and cathartic songwriting.
November 17, 2021
Joni Mitchell's birthday on Nov. 7 provides a perfect chance to look back on the varied, introspective, and moving music she created. WAMH host Olive Amdur '23 reflects on "Blue," one of her favorite albums, finding both newness and memories in each of its songs.
By Sarah Weiner '24
Abba's "Voyage" is the Swedish group's first album since 1981. Staff Writer Sarah Weiner '24 argues that it might also be the group's worst. Still, she finds a few songs that manage to stand out from the surrounding mess, retaining the groups signature high-energy style.
With the release of "Red (Taylor's Version)" last Friday, Nov. 12, Taylor Swift ignited her fan base and redefined standards in the music industry. This week, Staff Writer Brianne LaBare '25 discusses Swift's monumental re-recording of her beloved album "Red."
By The Arts and Living Staff
May 19, 2021
With the spring semester drawing to a close and summer rapidly approaching,
finals are undoubtedly on everyone’s mind.
To liven up your study sessions, the A&L team has put together a colorful array
of unique songs that have frequented our playlists in these last few weeks of
the semester. Although this collection is thematically disconnected, the beauty
of our playlist is the wide variety of genres, from indie to hip-hop, EDM to
rock, that make an appearance. We encourage you to take a casual
By Lauren Kisare '22, Theo Hamilton '23, and Brooke Hoffman '23E
In a year bereft of lively, in-person assembly, the Sabrinas have stepped up to
fill the void. Despite the pandemic and its misfortunes, the stellar a cappella
group has trudged forward, coming back stronger than ever this spring with a
modified audition process, revamped social media promotions and an optimistic
outlook for in-person performances. As the last segment in our pandemic-inspired
feature series, “Performance Gone Virtual,” the A&L editorial team spoke with
current music director May
May 12, 2021
As the only Christian a cappella group at Amherst, faith is central to Terras
Irradient’s performance. In a normal year, the choir shines on stage, making
music only with the sounds of their voice. But do these key elements of their
performance translate to Zoom? Even with their members spread across the nation,
Terras Irradient, or TI for short, has managed to maintain their identity,
defined not only by their music and faith, but also by their close-knit
When students were suddenly
By Noah John '21
With Covid-19 vaccines becoming increasingly available to all Americans and
national infection rates on the decline, several large outdoor music festivals
are scheduled to return this summer and fall. Most notably, Rolling Loud
(Miami), Governors Ball (New York), Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival (Houston)
and the Lyrical Lemonade Summer Smash (Chicago) have all been rescheduled after
having their 2020 editions postponed. For fans of today’s popular music, this is
particularly exciting news, gi
April 28, 2021
Throughout the late 2010s, Young Thug proved himself as one of this era’s
most significant rappers, shaping the genre both sonically and stylistically.
While his eccentric delivery and untamed vocal inflections have inspired
countless imitators, Thug has also directly promoted several relatively unknown
artists by signing them to his Young Stoner Life (YSL) Records imprint under 300
Entertainment. With YSL’s latest release “Slime Language 2,” the follow-up
compilation album to 2018’s “Slime Lang
By Milo Leahy-Miller '24
April 22, 2021
There are many who seem to believe that the death of genre is imminent.
Publications like the New Yorker
and Varsity [https://www.varsity.co.uk/music/18485] have already described such
a demise. Varsity references Portugal. The Man’s 2017 hit song “Feel It Still,”
noting that it broke down the walls between its pop, rock and funk inspirations.
The New Yorker cites Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” for i
By Lauren Kisare '22
A typical fall semester kicks off with the First-Year Showcase in Johnson
Chapel, where Amherst’s six a cappella groups —DQ, Bluestockings, Route 9,
Zumbyes, the Sabrinas and Terras Irradient — dazzle the new first-years with a
medley of captivating songs, establishing their presence with a variety of
performances sprinkled throughout the semester. But ever since the pandemic
disrupted the way of life on campus, in-person gatherings have been severely
restricted, forcing many performance-based
March 31, 2021
The pandemic has been hard for everyone. First-years like myself have come to
campus missing out on so much that we’re not even aware of. Many on-campus
organizations are dormant or have strict limitations in place. Music ensembles
have been hit especially hard due to the inherently intimate nature of music
performance and rehearsal. With many students off campus and others discouraged
from participating in as many club activities, most musical groups are now much
smaller in size and facing chal
The 2014 Grammys featured perhaps the most stacked list of nominees for “Best
Rap Album” imaginable. Between Drake and Kendrick Lamar’s instant classics “Take
Care” and “good kid m.A.A.d City,” Kanye West’s then polarizing but now widely
acclaimed “Yeezus,” and Jay-Z’s impressive “Magna Carta Holy Grail,” the voting
committee certainly had a tough decision to make. While I hoped and expected
that Kendrick Lamar would walk away with the award, I was excited by the
prospect of any of these talente