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Allison J. Scharmann

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From Boston Calling 2018: How Perfume Genius 'Utilizes the Space'

Perfume Genius’s greatest asset is his voice. Whether it be in quiet musings or booming vocal riffs, his voice reaches out from the stage, between each person in the audience, to fill the space before it.


From Boston Calling 2018: Friday Sound Bites

On the first day of Boston Calling, Chicago rapper Noname made it halfway through a song into her Friday afternoon set on the Green Stage before she stopped the band, turned to the audience, and said “I’m going to be completely transparent, I am a little bit drunk.”

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Hayley Kiyoko Defies ‘Expectations’

Kiyoko is back with the perfect combination of relatable lyrics and infectious beats to propel her beautiful and unapologetically queer debut into the pop mainstream.

My Dear Melancholy,

The Weeknd’s Falsetto Falls Flat on ‘My Dear Melancholy,’

Objectively, the EP is not bad. There are a few catchy tracks, but it pales in comparison to Tesfaye’s previous work.

A.R.T. Workshop

The Foundations and Dreams of the Technical Theater Scene

At Harvard, technical directors are few and far between. They build the sets for the dozens of plays produced on campus, often taking on long hours in the shop. While the work can be time-consuming, there are reasons for staying, and perhaps, changes to come.

Kelela Live

Kelela Takes Boston Apart

In just seconds, the electronic R&B songstress transformed the venue’s unadorned, black stage into a deeply intimate musical spectacle.

SZA in the "All the Stars" music video.

Music Video Breakdown: 'All the Stars' by Kendrick Lamar and SZA

The music video for Lamar and R&B goddess SZA’s “All the Stars,” the pair’s single from the recent “Black Panther” soundtrack, is visually stunning and mysterious. One would expect nothing less from a creative team that includes Lamar, SZA, and director Dave Meyers.

Poetry and Race
On Campus

Dissecting Whiteness in the American Poetic Canon with Claudia Rankine

Rankine, the author of “Citizen: An American Lyric,” examined the way whiteness pervades American culture, and how this dominance is so often ignored by canonical white writers.

Visual Arts

Romance Meets Art: Valentine’s Day at the MFA

Couples milled about Boston's Museum of Fine Art holding hands and pausing for quick kisses, taking advantage of the museum’s free admission to wander the seemingly endless galleries and enjoy special events and exhibitions in honor of Valentine’s Day.

Lynette Roth
On Campus

Inventur: Forgotten Art Rediscovered at the Harvard Art Museums

Named after a 1945 poem by Günter Eich, “Inventur” investigates a previously ignored movement in modern German art, an artistic journey from the immediate, post-war period to the early 1950s, and presents over 160 works by German artists in a detailed historical context.

SZA in "Drew Barrymore"

Music Video Breakdown: ‘Drew Barrymore’ by SZA

The loneliness is an undercurrent—it fades in and out, but never quite goes away.


Top Five Grammy Moments That Could’ve Been a Lorde Performance

The best possible welcome would have been giving the only female nominee for the coveted Album of the Year award an opportunity to perform.

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‘They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us’ Blends Art And Life

To share every quote from “They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us” that is enticingly beautiful or haunting would be to write no review at all, but rather to print an abridged serving of words from Hanif Abdurraqib’s first collection of essays. The spoken word poet’s pieces are deep, uncensored analyses of topics ranging from music to death, from culture to sports, saturated with the weight of his memories and experiences.

A Charlie Brown Thankgiving

Top Five: Thanksgiving Movies

Grab yourself some pumpkin pie and escape to the other room, because we’ve put together a list of movies guaranteed to put you in the Thanksgiving spirit!

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‘Mean:’ A Memoir of Touch

The memoir examines themes of gender, race, and sexual assault in a way so accessible and raw that it challenges us to see each of the three not as distant concepts, but as tangible realities. Each story, each memory, reaches out and touches us. “Mean” is, more than anything, a memoir of touch.