The Observer

“The College Dropout,” 15 Years Later

Chris Heermann, Social Media Editor

February 22, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Fifteen years ago, Kanye West began his iconic discography with “The College Dropout,” (TCD) which came out on Feb. 10. West began as a producer and originally made a name for himself by selling beats on a local level. Eventually, he was able to get recognition from rappers such as Jay-Z and Nas thro...

“The Umbrella Academy” challenges superhero stories

“The Umbrella Academy” challenges superhero stories

Henry Bendon, Staff Reporter

February 22, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television, Top Stories

A little over a decade ago, My Chemical Romance (MCR) lead singer Gerald Way decided he wanted to tell stories using a different medium. So, in September 2007, he released his first limited series of graphic novels, illustrated by Gabriel Ba, that imagined an entirely new universe of superheroes ent...

Gravy train stops at the House of Blues

Christopher Heermann, Social Media Editor

February 22, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Last Tuesday night brought Yung Gravy to Cleveland’s House of Blues. The Minnesota-born rapper came as part of his “Experience the Sensation” tour with musical artist bbno$ and Tiiiiiiiiiip. The venue was a good fit for the sizable crowd—there was enough space to breathe, but it was tight en...

Playlist of the Week – 2/22/2019

Playlist of the Week – 2/22/2019

Jackson Rudoff, Opinion Editor

February 22, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Playlist of the Week, Top Stories

It’s the week after Valentine’s Day, which means you’re probably recovering from one of two things: a day filled with love or one filled with Tinder-assisted heartbreak. If you do fall into the latter category, not to worry, we’ve got a playlist catered to you. Enjoy these five tracks from th...

Not your average pop concert

Emily Young, Copy Editor

February 22, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

There is no greater joy than watching a 65-year-old man do a kick that would make even the Rockettes jealous, except watching his 71-year-old brother show him up by performing a flawless jump-kick combination that would put any professional dancer to shame. This is the kind of energy and panache that ...

“Games of Thrones” in space

“Games of Thrones” in space

Henry Bendon, Staff Reporter

February 15, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television, Top Stories

On Friday, Feb. 8, all three seasons of “The Expanse” appeared on Amazon Prime. “The Expanse” is based on a book series by James S.A. Corey, the pen name for Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck, who also write for the show. The books and show are set in a future in which a United Nations-governed Earth...

Poetry for People Who Hate Poetry

Poetry for People Who Hate Poetry

Dave Lucas, Poet

February 15, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television, Top Stories

It’s happening again. Even as we speak, elsewhere—in a college dorm, maybe, or some recess of the internet—a word is changing. Just as “cool” evolved in African-American jazz circles of the 1930s and 40s, coming to refer to musical temperament instead of temperature, so this word—w...

Bas, other rapper visit Grog

Yvonne Pan, A&E Editor

February 15, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

The rapper Bas was welcomed to the Grog Shop on Feb. 13 by screaming crowds on the Cleveland stop of his Milky Way tour, promoting his third album, “Milky Way,” which was released this past August. The Paris-born rapper spent much of his childhood in New York City, the birthplace of many of lege...

Dorothy’s not in Kansas, she’s at the House of Blues

Yvonne Pan, A&E Editor

February 15, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Shrouded in a cape of smoke, the members of the rock band Dorothy entered the stage at the House of Blues on Feb. 10. Lead singer Dorothy Martin wore her trademark fur coat and red lipstick, lit a match and held it above her head. Just half an hour earlier, the show’s opener, Spirit Animal, mesmerized t...

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