Matt Mastricova Staffwriter

Class of 2014


  • Hologram performances diminish worth of live concerts

    The relationship between a musician’s life and the consumption of his or her creative output is pretty unpredictable. This past February, both Sony and Apple were slammed for increasing the price of Whitney Houston’s albums The Ultimate Collection and The Greatest Hits in the United Kingdom iTunes store within a day of her death.

    Forum | April 23, 2012
  • Passion Pit to headline Carnival concert

    For many students, the Spring Carnival concert, hosted by AB Concerts, is one of the most exciting parts of Carnival. The combination of the growing expectation of a large concert by a well-known band and the strong sense of tradition associated with Carnival results in an inimitable cohesion within the Carnegie Mellon community. This year, Passion Pit has been chosen to headline the concert, with...

    Pillbox | April 16, 2012
  • Paperhouse

    The mixtape is a criminally underappreciated art form. You have probably seen them used as novelty items — goodie bags at Sweet Sixteens and Bar Mitzvahs — that will never be played again. Such a waste of potential.

    Pillbox | April 9, 2012
  • Reactive legislation doesn’t stop bullying

    The release of Bully, a documentary following four families dealing with bullying problems in American public school systems, has come with controversy surrounding initial rumors of an R-rating by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).

    The movie has been the most recent addition to the slew of anti-bullying activism occurring within the United States.

    Forum | April 9, 2012
  • Crowd goes loopy for Cursive

    Given the chill and nostalgic music that has been trending recently, it is not uncommon to go to a concert in which a majority of the crowd simply stands and watches a band play. Listeners check their phones and talk to their friends. They have the exact same experience they would have listening to an album in their car. This is not, however, the experience of a Cursive concert. Last Wednesday, Cu...

    Pillbox | April 2, 2012