As you probably know by now, Bob Dylan is our newly inaugurated Nobel Laureate. Here at Boston University, we find ourselves extremely lucky to have a world-renowned Bob Dylan scholar on faculty here, Sir Christopher Ricks. On Thursday night, Ricks gave his final lecture of the year for the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center. This […]

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Every time an artist changes their style, fans explode. They feel betrayed. Whether it’s Bob Dylan’s choice to go “electric” at the Newport Folk Festival, Kid Cudi’s transformation into a punk rocker or even Taylor Swift’s step in the pop direction. Childish Gambino’s new album, “Awaken, My Love!” can be seen as a step into […]

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No matter which side you were on, the election results came as a shock to everyone. Unfortunately, many have been feeling hopeless, distressed and fearful since Nov. 8, and rightfully so. It seems like every time I go online, I come across another viral post about someone facing discrimination for being Muslim, Jewish, African-American or […]

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1. Sparks My thing for this band is very, very inexplicable for many reasons. Sparks has been around for almost 50 years and released 22 albums, including a musical album about the classic Swedish director Ingmar Bergman. The band is composed of two brothers: Russell, the frontman who favors a more glam rock look and […]

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On Thursday, Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize in literature. For those who don’t know, Bob Dylan is one of the most influential musicians and songwriters in American folk music. His unexpected win perplexed and enraged critics. They didn’t understand why a musician (not a professional writer) won the prize for literature. Even though it’s […]

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What would you want out of your favorite show? You might be seeking the energy of an exciting show, or the intimacy of a small venue. Ultimately, you just want to have a fun time, but maybe you want more. “Light Upon the Lake” is a brief 29-minute album released in June by Chicago-based band […]

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I went to TD Garden on Thursday to see Adele perform on her “25” tour, and she was so much more than I expected. Of course, I knew she has an incredible voice, but let me tell you — if she is anything like she was on stage, she is one of the most real people […]

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We have seen documentaries illustrating the lives of various famous artists­ — Katy Perry, One Direction and Amy Winehouse, to name a few. We were given different, more intimate perspectives on these famous icons that are constantly living behind their on-stage personas. Another documentary is in the works, and this time, it is featuring internationally […]

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Madonna is in the news again, and not for anything very Madonna-esque. This time, it’s because she’s old. Sunday, BBC Radio 1 (the largest Top 40 station in the UK) released its new playlist. Guess which 56 year-old pop star’s new single “Living for Love” wasn’t included on it? Madonna’s. In response to the radio […]

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