Tommy Bruzzese

  • May 30, 2018By Tommy Bruzzese

    If you haven’t been following Affinity’s Boston Calling coverage about the IKEA dance party stealing the weekend and the emerging female artists you need to listen to this summer… where have you been? It’s a few days after the festival has ended and I’m still reminiscing about Khalid’s incredible performance. With his killer trendy dance … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/how-i-almost-met-khalid-at-boston-calling/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • May 29, 2018By Tommy Bruzzese

    With festival season upon us, there’s no better time to expand your music playlists with some fresh new artists. We did some of the legwork for you at Boston Calling over the weekend and are pleased to share some of our favorite female artists (along with some interviews). From folk to hip-hop to alt-pop and … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/behind-the-scenes-at-boston-calling-interviewing-emerging-female-artists/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • May 25, 2018By Tommy Bruzzese

    Hammocks. Ping pong. A personal DJ. Strobe lights. And good vibes. That’s what you will find (and more) at the IKEA Food and Music Labs at Boston Calling this weekend. Regarded as a “festival within a festival,” walking into the IKEA space feels like you are walking onto a new planet — one where the … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/the-winner-of-boston-calling-is-ikea-seriously-check-this-out/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • May 13, 2018By Tommy Bruzzese

    From Khalid to Paramore to BROCKHAMPTON and to many more, Boston Calling is a dream for teen festival-goers. The lineup is stacked with teenagers’ favorite artists/bands — including Tyler, the Creator and Portugal. The Man. Music festivals are seldom catered towards teenagers. But Boston Calling has always been distinctly different. Built on the foundation of … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/why-boston-calling-music-festival-is-every-teenagers-dream/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • March 10, 2018By Tommy Bruzzese

    When I first saw the trailer for Love, Simon, like almost any other gay teen, I cried. Like genuinely, tears-rushing-down-my-face sort of crying. I was so overwhelmed with happiness, I watched that trailer again. And again. And again. I couldn’t believe I was finally getting the blockbuster rom-com I had waited for all my life. … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/why-teens-are-in-love-with-love-simon/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • February 22, 2018By Tommy Bruzzese

    (Note: Mae is non-binary identifying and goes by they/them) On the surface, Mae Krell looks like your average teenager. They wear their hair occasionally pink and sport a band T-shirt whenever they can. They hang out at rock shows and love watching Post Malone’s early acoustic videos on YouTube. However, Mae has an extraordinary talent that is … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/meet-mae-krell-the-non-binary-music-legend-making-everyone-feel-welcome/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • January 28, 2018By Tommy Bruzzese

    We polled our staff of over 400 teen writers about who we think is going to win the top Grammys (or at least who we really want to win). Tune in tonight to watch the 60th Annual Grammys at 7:30 EST! And follow Affinity on Twitter, where we will be live-tweeting the award show! via … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/affinitys-2018-grammy-predictions/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • December 9, 2017By Tommy Bruzzese

    An Interview With Teenage Electronic Rock Duo ‘Semblance’ And Their LGBTQ+ Activism Tommy Bruzzese Meet Semblance, the electronic rock duo made up of two of the coolest 17-year-olds, Maeve Gorman and Connor LeFevre. The duo met online, hit it off, and began trading demos, despite living over 100 miles apart. Within their first in-person meeting, they wrote … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/27755-2/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • July 13, 2017By Tommy Bruzzese

    Kesha wastes no time getting started on her powerful, feminist catharsis. The music video begins with very country-esque lyrics of “I wanna be your baby / your angel all in black / Your little blue eyed gypsy,” but Kesha hilariously and empoweringly yells “Okay shut up,” which is when the real track begins. Without hesitation, the … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/kesha-just-dropped-woman-the-feminist-anthem-of-the-year/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • June 10, 2017By Tommy Bruzzese

    Love this. Thank you. https://t.co/xbG8Mgaobp — allie x (@alliex) June 10, 2017 Allie X is the perfect blend of grunge and mainstream. Her sophomore release is the album I did not know I needed, but am so glad to have. Paper Love Definitely my favorite song off the album, “Paper Love” is a synth-pop powerhouse and … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/allie-xs-collxtion-ii-a-track-by-track-analysis/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • June 3, 2017By Tommy Bruzzese

    My fav reviews always come from fans who 👀 the details. Very observant interpretation of the narrative. Great work! https://t.co/LOWsW5HPYT — h (@halsey) June 3, 2017 The Prologue As Halsey recites the famous prologue of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, she brings new, modern life to a story recounted throughout history. What all of the previous versions … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/halseys-hopeless-fountain-kingdom-a-track-by-track-analysis/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read