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Allison J. Scharmann

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Twenty One Pilots at Boston Calling

From Boston Calling 2019: Twenty One Pilots Earns Its Place

Dun and Joseph proved themselves to be more than deserving of their headlining slot — marrying concept, deft musicianship, and high-energy antics.

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From Boston Calling 2019: Friday Sound Bites

Not even the band could keep from nodding and dancing to their own tracks.

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From Boston Calling 2019: Mitski Breaks The Fourth Wall

At Boston Calling, Mitski broke this fourth wall just a few times, letting the beauty of her music and performance art speak for itself.

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Boston Calling 2019

The Harvard Crimson sends three writers — Allison J. Scharmann '21, Jack M. Schroeder '21, and Shruthi Venkata '22 — to cover Boston Calling Music Festival.

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From Boston Calling 2019: The ‘Weird Beauty’ of Christine and The Queens

Equal parts eccentric and elegant, euphoric and composed, Christine and the Queens let loose its “weird beauty” onstage, and Boston Calling was better for it.

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From Boston Calling 2019: Saturday Sound Bites

After Boston Ballet wrapped up their performance, current Northeastern University student and Boston-based musician Sidney Gish took to the Red Stage.

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Portrait of an Artist: Kacey E. Gill ’20

I don’t intend to make money off of fashion, that’s not my goal, but I want people to look at what I make or look at the messages that are behind what I’m making and feel something.


2019 Grammy Award Predictions

Female artists old and new to the industry dominated charts and delighted critics in 2018, sending a message to Portnow, Grammy voters, and the American people that women in music aren’t just “stepping up.” They’ve been here and they’re taking over.

Arts Love <3

Arts Love <3


My Guilty Pleasure is The Crimson Arts ‘Internal Server Error’

All you have to do to get a copy for yourself is hit “Print.”


‘Perfect Places’

I was just one month into my freshman year of high school, reluctantly confined to the tobacco-farming hilltown I had called home for 15 years, when Lorde released her debut album “Pure Heroine.”


Vote Yes on Ballot Question 3

When Massachusetts votes on equality, the nation watches.

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Arts Blog

Unpopular Opinion: ‘Shrek 2’ is Better Than ‘Shrek’

The sequel takes everything that’s great about “Shrek” and makes it 10 times more entertaining.

Music as memory

‘Movin’ Out’

My father named me, in part, after an Elvis Costello song. I know this both because he tells me and because he shows me, a microphone in one hand and a beer in the other, any time he finds himself within 10 feet of a karaoke machine.

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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Does Queen In Style

“Bohemian Rhapsody” gives a survey of Queen that strikes the perfect balance between nuance and entertainment.