Matt Mastricova Staffwriter

Class of 2014


  • Twink's latest album innovates dance music

    What is dance music? Even though it has thoroughly permeated popular culture, the phrase “dance music” is nebulous at best. Does it have to be electronic? Does it need a drop? Can music still be called dance music if it’s rock, hip-hop, or country? Does dance music even need to have a definition, or does it just need to get people out of their seats? Does it even need to do that?

    Pillbox | February 2, 2014
  • Paperhouse

    2013 was an awesome year for music, but also for hype machines. From massive, multimonth long media-engulfing campaigns like Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories to the surprise release of Beyoncé’s self-titled album, it seemed as if every major release last year could be remembered as much for the media campaign as the actual music. In the middle of the constant competition between artists’ media...

    Pillbox | January 20, 2014
  • Time to wage war for minimum wage

    In his State of the Union Address earlier this month, President Obama proposed raising the minimum wage from $7.25 to $9 by 2015 and then continually adjusting it to inflation. Obama’s proposal is a breath of fresh air; the United States is long overdue for a raise in minimum wages.

    Forum | February 25, 2013
  • Paperhouse

    If you have the misfortune of living near me, you’ve probably heard me blasting Radiohead’s Amnesiac over the past couple of days. Earlier this week a friend recommended I read a review of the album by John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats on his blog, Last Plane to Jakarta. After reading the review, I couldn’t help but listen to the album on repeat.

    Pillbox | January 28, 2013
  • Fade upholds band's quality

    After 27 years of music making, there is really only one question that accompanies the release of a new Yo La Tengo album: Will this be the Yo La Tengo that thrives in guitar freak-outs and stylistic eclecticism, or the Yo La Tengo that meticulously crafts gentle, quiet, introspective love songs? Regarding Fade, Yo La Tengo’s 13th album, the answer is a lot less trivial than it initially appears.

    Pillbox | January 21, 2013