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Panic! At The Disco inspires fans in “High Hopes” video

Julia Knight, Staff Reporter

September 21, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Panic! at The Disco (P!ATD) frontman Brendon Urie’s encouraging message reaches beyond his music. Along with a new album, “Pray for the Wicked,” and an upcoming tour, Urie recently announced the launch of the Highest Hopes Foundation. The organization is dedicated to assisting nonprofit organiza...

Local musicians highlight intimate Heights Music Hop

Matt Hooke and Aura Rossy, Staff Reporters

September 21, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Local Events, Music

On the first day of the three-day Heights Music Hop Festival, Madeline Finn performed poetic songs at Mac’s Backs-Books. Mac’s Backs, a three-story Coventry institution since 1984, feels more like a living room than a concert venue with wood panels and pictures of Cleveland literary legends cove...

On Willie Nelson’s “My Way” one icon pays tribute to another.

Matt Hooke, Arts and Entertainment Editor

September 21, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

In the wake of one of the most manufactured news stories of the year, when fans of Willie Nelson supposedly boycotted him for being politically outspoken, he released “My Way,” a decidedly neutral album of standards. The faux controversy illustrated how in our virtual world, a couple people angrily ...

Botox, drama in California: A review of “The Real Housewives of Orange County”

Botox, drama in California: A review of “The Real Housewives of Orange County”

Sophia Yakumithis, News Editor

September 21, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music, Top Stories

If you’re a potential suitor, please note that I am not my politics. Now, let’s discuss some serious issues: “The Real Housewives of Orange County.” I have been a fan since season four, and I fully blame my mom. She became addicted to the franchise after a broken leg left her in traction for ...

Playlist of the Week

Playlist of the Week

Kyle Smith, Staff Reporter

September 21, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music, Top Stories

Grow your scruffiest beard, and put on your starchiest pair of blue jeans. On Saturday, Sept. 22, the Student Sustainability Council and the Farm Administration are putting on Case Western Reserve University’s ninth annual Farm Harvest Festival. This week’s playlist is a selection of Americana fol...

Playlist of the Week

Playlist of the Week

Kyle Smith, Staff Reporter

September 14, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music, Top Stories

Gray clouds have rolled in and the rains have started. Fall is on the way, and that means months of dreary wet and cold. But summer is not over until Sept. 22, so in the meantime, enjoy the last few drops of summer with this week’s playlist.   “The Sound of Sunshine” - Michael Franti...

Omar Sosa on the meaning of jazz, his upcoming album

Omar Sosa on the meaning of jazz, his upcoming album

Matt Hooke, Arts and Entertainment Editor

September 14, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music, Top Stories

What is jazz? Is it a swinging rhythm? Is it a big band wailing on standards? Is it a piano trio in Little Italy? For seven-time Grammy nominee Omar Sosa the answer is simple. Jazz is freedom. “Jazz as a philosophy is freedom. Jazz has no borders,” said Sosa. “If you look at jazz as a sty...

Travis Scott’s “Astroworld”: A masterful rollercoaster ride

Matt Hooke, Arts and Entertainment Editor

August 24, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

As the title suggests, Travis Scott’s “Astroworld” plays out like an amusement park, with enough attractions to keep any listener engaged. Exciting high-speed rides, mind-altering Tilt-A-Whirls and heartfelt carousel rides come together for an hour well worth the price of admission. “Stop...

No thank you, Death Cab for Cutie

No thank you, Death Cab for Cutie

Kyle Smith, Contributing Reporter

August 24, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Death Cab for Cutie’s “Thank You for Today” is a concept album that sounds like coming home to find that a loved one has been replaced with an unconvincing robot copy. The album sees the longtime giants of indie rock take their sound in a synth-heavy direction that doesn’t mesh well with their ...

Album reviews: “Beyond Our Dreams” and “August 1791”

Matt Hooke, Arts and Entertainment Editor

July 25, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

“Beyond Our Dreams,” by pianist and singer-songwriter Anita Aysola, is an album that has it all. Few songwriters can boast of having both detailed poetic lyrics and a unique, instrumental sound. Aysola showcases a brilliant mix of forms, including classical Indian and jazz. Instrumentally, the...

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