Articles by Ben Eastman
Jun. 9, 2017
June 6, 2015 was the most important day of my life.
May. 12, 2017
‘Guardians’ sequel marks another success for Marvel
The Marvel franchise, while beloved, has become a bit bloated. Each new installment adds a new superhero, along with multiple secondary members, who are then stacked alongside the already enormous list of characters in the Marvel Universe.
Apr. 21, 2017
Kung Fu Kenny unleashes hell on new album, ‘Damn’
“So I was taking a walk the other day …”
Apr. 7, 2017
Alina Baraz treats Coda to ‘electric’ performance
On March 18, Alina Baraz brought her “Let’s Get Lost” tour to the Coda. The nightclub and concert venue began to fill up around 8 p.m., when the opener IAmNobodi took the stage. The German-raised disc jockey ran through classic hits from the early 1990s and 2000s, including Justin Timberlake’s “Senorita” and Bell Biv DeVoe’s “Poison,” as well as his own mixes.
Mar. 10, 2017
TV show review: ‘My Brother My Brother and Me’
Podcasts have developed as a major media force in the last few years.
Feb. 10, 2017
Sampha drops powerful debut album, ‘Process’
Sampha Sisay, better known mononymously as Sampha, is one of R&B’s most prolific stars: an impressive title to hold considering he hadn’t released a proper album until Feb. 3.
Feb. 3, 2017
Migos hit their stride with newest album, ‘Culture’
Every once in a while, a song reaches a height of viral popularity and becomes a meme.
Jan. 27, 2017
D.R.A.M. takes his love of veggies to the Foundry
Virginia rapper D.R.A.M. brought his “Big Baby D.R.A.M.” tour to the 450-capacity Foundry, with openers River Tiber and Ari Lennox Jan. 19. Due to some minor issues at the ticketing office, I was unable to see River Tiber’s set, but I can imagine it was terrific. The Canadian based R&B singer released his debut album “Indigo” last year. Not only is he a talented vocalist, but he produces his own music and is a multi-instrumentalist who has been sampled by Drake. He has also worked with heavy hitters such as Pusha T and Kaytranada.
Nov. 18, 2016
James Vincent McMorrow scintillates crowd at UT
To get my mind off of the election results, I went to see James Vincent McMorrow and Dan Mangan play at Union Transfer on Nov. 10.
Nov. 4, 2016
A$AP Mob drops collaborative ‘Cozy Tapes, Vol. 1: Friends’
In January 2015, tragedy struck the New York hip-hop community. ASAP Yams, one of the founders and de-facto leader of hip-hop collective ASAP Mob, died suddenly from an overdose.