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The Tortured Poets Department review

Niamh Linehan, Staff Writer May 2, 2024

Pop star Taylor Swift has released her 11th studio album, The Tortured Poets Department. After announcing the new album in February 2024, the new album is a double album with 31 songs.   Having dropped...

Billy Joel has returned! Looking back at his biggest hits

Connor Coppola, Arts Entertainment Editor February 22, 2024

The “Piano Man” has returned with a new single, his first since 2007. Billy Joel released “Turn the Lights Back On” on Feb. 1 to much anticipation from fans all around the world. Joel previously...

Photo from “Turn the Lights Back On” official music video. The music video made use of AI de-aging to show the various stages of Joel’s music career and life. 

Billy Joel returns from a 17-year hiatus with the debut of his new single “Turn the Lights Back On”.

Billy Joel makes a sentimental return to music at the 2024 Grammys

Adrian Vazquez, News Editor February 22, 2024

It seems like Billy Joel’s “Famous Last Words” in 1993 weren’t so final after all.  After a 17-year hiatus from songwriting, New York music icon Billy Joel released the piano ballad single...

The Final Beatles Song

Eric Mincin, Contributing Writer November 16, 2023

On Nov. 2, The Beatles released their final song titled “Now and Then,” a song originally written and recorded by the late John Lennon in the mid 1970’s that has been revived by the remaining Beatles,...

Swift is in her popstar prime in 2023, 17 years after her debut album.

‘ERAS’ Tour Film Breaks Box Office Records

Connor Coppola, Arts and Entertainment Editor November 2, 2023

Taylor Swift has had a year that will go down as one of the most successful runs in the entertainment world history. From her record breaking tour around the United States that will soon be kicking off...

John Mayer is on the road again.

John Mayer ‘Solo’ Tour Kicks of 2023 Second Leg

Connor Coppola, Arts and Entertainment Editor October 19, 2023

For over twenty years, the singer-songwriter John Mayer has treated fans to a variety of different songs and guitar riffs that always lead to a standing ovation. The musician from Fairfield, Conn., has...

KISS returns for the stage for their final tour.

KISS returns to stage for their final ‘End of the Road’ World Tour

Joseph Ferrer, Arts & Entertainment Editor April 20, 2023

For decades, the phrase, “You wanted the best, you got the best! The hottest band in the world, KISS!”has been used to introduce one of the world’s hardest rock groups prior to each of their concerts....

Samara Joys Linger Awhile marks a young artists impressive entry to the world of Jazz

Samara Joy’s music may let jazz Linger Awhile longer

Niomi Nunez, Features & Lifestyle Editor March 12, 2023

What does a 23-year-old know about jazz, let alone singing it? Well, apparently everything, because jazz musician Samara Joy sings with the same tender yearning and playfulness that is recognized amongst...

Rihanna wows audiences across the country with her first performance in over half a decade.

Rihanna makes waves with her comeback in the Super Bowl Halftime Show

Connor Coppola, Staff Writer February 25, 2023

While Super Bowl LVII was one of the best sporting events from the last 20 years, Rihanna's halftime performance stole the show and the numbers prove it.  Rihanna made her musical comeback six years...

After a lengthy hiatus, Paramore marks their musical return with their latest album “This is Why.”

Paramore returns after years-long hiatus with sixth studio album “This is Why”

Joseph Ferrer, Arts & Entertainment Editor February 23, 2023

Paramore is a group that needs no introduction. Since setting themselves as a cornerstone of early 2000s punk rock, their sound has grown and evolved over the years, most evidently with 2017’s “After...

Kanye Wests Donda finally releases despite troubled development.

“Donda”: One of Kanye West’s Most Creative Albums Despite Troubled Production History

Jason Piccolomini, Staff Writer September 9, 2021

After 401 days and three listening parties, Kanye West released his highly anticipated 10th studio album, “Donda.” The album, named after his late mother Donda West, was initially scheduled to release...

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Julien Baker’s self-loathing star shines bright on ‘Little Oblivions’

Owen Conway, Staff Writer March 8, 2021

In popular music full of depressing and gloomy songwriting, several contenders have thrown their hats into the ring for the title of Number One Debby Downer. Phoebe Bridgers’ Elliott Smith-inspired...

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