Here in Amherst, the weather is just starting to warm up, and summer is just around the corner. And with summer comes a slew of music festivals across the nation. With nearly every weekend from now to the start of the next academic year booked with festivals of various genres in myriad locations, the opportunities to sport Chocos (or Tevas, if that is more your thing) and appreciate mellifluous jams are endless.

The first episode of the HBO series “The Jinx”, which investigates the unnerving life of multi-murder suspect and New York real estate heir Robert Durst, feels like a cheesy “Law & Order” episode. An innocent civilian embarks on a stroll by the bay and notices many mysterious trash bags floating on top of the water. The police arrive and discover that the bags hold four dismembered limbs and a headless torso. There is no head to be found.

In June 1999, Sean Parker and childhood friend Shawn Fanning revealed a homebrewed business that challenged the way in which music reached music listeners worldwide. Shortly after Napster’s launch, music labels and artists alike assailed the file sharing service with numerous lawsuits concerning the pirating and leaking of songs prior to their commercial releases. Napster eventually succumbed to corporate rebuke and closed its doors in 2001. However, during its fleeting yet wildly successful run, Napster revolutionized the music industry and signaled the death knell to the album era.

In a 2013 Rolling Stone interview, keyboardist Ben Lovett announced, “There won’t be any Mumford & Sons activities for the foreseeable future,” signaling the end of the band’s four year monopoly on the folk rock industry.

As students shuffled into Converse Hall’s Cole Assembly Room last Wednesday night, a gray-haired, casually dressed, beefy, not-quite-6-foot-man with a Van Dyke mustache lounged in the front row of the auditorium. The Amherst Political Union, who hosted the event, soon introduced the man as Kirk Noble Bloodsworth, the first American on death row to be exonerated by DNA evidence.