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Allison J. Scharmann

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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.


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

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

Arts Love <3

Arts Love <3


‘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.

Still from the "Shrek 2" trailer.
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.

Patti Smith on the cover of "Horses."
Arts Blog

This Year in Rock Music: 1975

The year 1975 was characterized by a series of rock album releases that defined careers, pushed boundaries, and inspired musicians for generations to come.

Screenshot from "A Nightmare Before Christmas" trailer.
Arts Blog

Five Halloween Movies for the Easily Frightened

These five movies are great for getting in the Halloween spirit without any of the scares!


Pop-Punk and Powdered Sugar

I put on “12 Feet Deep,” closed my eyes and I swear, for a second, I could smell powdered sugar.


Julien Baker and Singing in Church

My mother likes to tell me that she has seen God. That years ago, at the intersection of unspeakable loss and grief, what she felt in that moment convinced her to keep going. In listening to Julien Baker that afternoon, I felt something similar.

"Room 25" by Noname

Noname is Everything on 'Room 25'

Lyrical complexity is not a reach for Noname. She strikes a delicate balance between self-reflection and social commentary, at times in the same song.

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‘Eighth Grade’ Tackles Adolescence with Honesty

Everything about the world of Kayla Day is equally saturated in nostalgia and modernity.

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2018 Tony Award Predictions

​We’re less than two weeks away from Broadway’s biggest night—The Tonys—and there are still so many questions that need answering. Who will win? Who should win? Here are our predictions.