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Tech N9ne celebrates new album N9NA at the Agora

Yvonne Pan, A&E Editor

June 18, 2019

Rapper Tech N9ne has had quite a year, after briefly being mistaken for dead when battle rapper Tech 9 committed suicide on March 24. Just weeks later, Tech N9ne released “N9NA,” his fourth album in five years, on April 19. Few artists, if any, share the extent of his legacy. Tech N9ne, born Aaron...

Beachweek makes a debut

Beachweek makes a debut

Yvonne Pan, A&E Editor

May 17, 2019

With a name like Beachweek, this band, formerly known as The Sublets, evokes a lively, yet unfamiliar scene in often overcast Cleveland, with music to match. Lead singer and guitarist George Chase explains the original band name belonged in the pop punk genre that the band felt they had grown out of...

Laurelive 2019

Ryan Yoo, Director of Design

May 16, 2019

LaureLive is an annual music, arts, and culinary festival hosted from June 8-9 2019 at Laurel School’s Butler campus, located about 35 mins away from campus in Russell and Chester Townships. Through the festival, the Laurel School, an all-girls K-12 college private independent preparatory school, aims...

Faimous band stops in Cleveland on North American tour

Faimous band stops in Cleveland on North American tour

Yvonne Pan, A&E Editor

May 10, 2019

With a name that is a homophone of “fame,” it’s no wonder The Faim has earned international recognition. As the band explained on Instagram, “The word FAIM means Hunger and we felt it truly represents our ever growing and undying passion for music.” The Australian band has almost 300,000 month...

“Ventura” combines best of Anderson .Paak

Chris Heermann, Social Media Editor

April 19, 2019

If I could only use one word to describe Anderson .Paak’s new album, it would be “Groovy” with a capital G. With “Ventura,” .Paak returns to the mellow tones that gained him his initial audience. While his albums “Oxnard” and “Malibu” had a certain appeal, their sounds were different fro...

Aaron Lee Tasjan rocks Beachland Ballroom

Aaron Lee Tasjan rocks Beachland Ballroom

Sunayana Jampanaboyana, Staff Reporter

April 19, 2019

Aaron Lee Tasjan pulled out a blank page from his notebook and a black Sharpie, titling the page “Cleveland Rocks.” He then casually posed a question to bassist Tommy Scifres: “Hey Tommy, what do you think we should open the show with?” They decided that “The Rest is Yet to Come” was the ...

Music Industry rebounds after a period of decline but how are artists affected?

Matt Hooke

April 12, 2019

After a long period of decline, the music industry celebrated a return to pre-2007 revenues earlier this year with the release of the latest annual report from the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI). Worldwide music sales totaled 19.1 billion dollars in 2018, finally surpassing t...

Who are the Springfest headliners?

Who are the Springfest headliners?

Chris Heermann, Social Media Editor

April 12, 2019

Much like Butch Cassidy, my first thought when the Springfest committee released the headliners to this year’s concert was, “Who are those guys?” Coast Modern? Echosmith? MadeinTYO? As someone who rarely listens to the indie pop genre, I was lost. So naturally I opened up Spotify and searched u...

Student band sticky to open Springfest

Student band sticky to open Springfest

Yvonne Pan, A&E Editor

April 12, 2019

University Program Board's (UPB) potato prank on April 1 was only the first of many events planned for this month. UPB recently announced the headliners for this year's Springfest: MadeinTYO, Echosmith and Coast Modern. Another familiar name on the list is sticky the band, the band that won Battle of the B...

Tokyo Police Club visits Grog

Tokyo Police Club visits Grog

Yugan Sakthi, Staff Reporter

April 5, 2019

Tokyo Police Club (TPC) is a big enough name in music that most of the audience at their Grog Shop concert on Friday, March 22 knew at least a song or two. For those unfamiliar with the Canadian indie rock band, I can only imagine they assumed it was a Japanese electronic dance music duo or an undergrou...

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