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The Gator

The student news site of Brimmer and May School | Chestnut Hill, MA

The Gator

Kolja Westhues

Kolja Westhues, Journalist

Kolja Westhues is a current 10th grader, who has been at Brimmer since first grade. He writes far-left political op-eds and music reviews.

All content by Kolja Westhues
Music Review: Brave Little Abacuss Just Got Back from the Discomfort

Music Review: Brave Little Abacus’s ‘Just Got Back from the Discomfort’

May 19, 2021
The 2010 album is an amazing math-rock emo record that uses weird time signatures, wacky instruments, and satisfying dynamics.
Music Review: Radioheads OK Computer

Music Review: Radiohead’s ‘OK Computer’

April 22, 2021
This experimental masterpiece will forever have impacted all of music with its experimentation.
Dennis Prager, the founder of Prager University, speaks at Turning Point USA, a right-wing advocacy organization. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Op-Ed: PragerU, Conservative Media Outlets Fuel Disinformation

April 2, 2021
PragerU is the culmination of disinformation pushed by the online right.
Music Review: Rage Against The Machines Evil Empire

Music Review: Rage Against The Machine’s ‘Evil Empire’

March 8, 2021
Although it is weak at some points, the politically charged lyrics and high energy make the album well worth a few enjoyable listens.
Music Review: Molchat Doma’s Этажи

Music Review: Molchat Doma’s ‘Этажи’

February 23, 2021
The Belarusian post-punk band's sophomore LP is one of the best new wave revival albums of the 2010s.
Photo illustration purchased from BigStock.com.

TV Review: ‘The Mandalorian’ Continues to Surprise

February 8, 2021
The second season of the Star Wars series is a thrilling follow-up to the already amazing first season.
Illustration by Gator Staff.

Music Review: Phoebe Bridgers’s ‘Punisher’

January 21, 2021
"Punisher" is the perfect culmination of everything enjoyable about Bridgers's music.
President-elect Joe Biden and Vice Preisdnet-elect Kamala Harris during a 2019 campaign rally. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Op-Ed: Complacency Is Harmful Under Biden Administration

January 8, 2021
People need to hold their elected officials accountable, including President-Elect Joe Biden.
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Bernie Sanders, two U.S. politicians who are self-proclaimed democratic socialists. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Op-Ed: Democratic Socialism Isn’t Socialism (And That’s Bad)

November 17, 2020
Self-proclaimed socialist politicians in U.S. government are almost never actually socialists.
Music Review: Elliot Smiths Either/Or

Music Review: Elliot Smith’s ‘Either/Or’

October 21, 2020
Elliot Smith's music channels a perfect balance of complexity and silence.
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Op-Ed: The First Presidential Debate

October 7, 2020
Last week’s presidential debate was one of the worst I have ever watched.
Music Review: The Hoteliers Home, Like NoPlace Is There

Music Review: The Hotelier’s ‘Home, Like NoPlace Is There’

May 18, 2020
The album takes an untraditional path to success.
American flag and folded military uniform jacket. Photo purchased from BigStock.com.

Op-Ed: Is the United States Truly Exceptional?

May 18, 2020
From aiding foreign coups to ineffective healthcare, the country is not all it's cracked up to be.
Illustration purchased from BigStock.com.

Music Review: Mac Demarco’s ‘Salad Days’

March 18, 2020
Mac Demarco is the king of the indie scene at the moment.
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia commons.

Op-Ed: My Concerns with Biden’s Candidacy

March 12, 2020
A few days after Super Tuesday, Joe Biden is leading in the 2020 Democratic Party presidential primaries. As a supporter of Bernie Sanders, I am disappointed in this turn of events, as Sanders seemed to have a significant lead until recently.
Music Review: Tyler the Creators IGOR

Music Review: Tyler the Creator’s “IGOR”

March 11, 2020
Tyler the Creator has been prolific in the past decade, releasing six albums in the 2010s. However, in my opinion, his best album is his most recent: IGOR.
Head-to-Head: Student Politics

Head-to-Head: Student Politics

March 2, 2020
Two students debate the upcoming Democratic presidential primaries.
Music Review: Weezer

Music Review: ‘Weezer’

February 25, 2020
"Weezer" is one of my favorite records of all time.
Music Review: American Football

Music Review: ‘American Football’

February 13, 2020
The band's first self-titled album is a masterpiece.
Music Review: Rage Against the Machine

Music Review: ‘Rage Against the Machine’

February 4, 2020
The debut record is not only their best album, but also one of the best records of the modern era.
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