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After 37 years, Night of the Living Dread goes off the air

Matt Hooke, Executive Editor

September 13, 2019

For 37 years, 31 of them on WRUW, Rich Lowe has been playing obscure 45 records and gushing about reggae artists who often never left the island nation that birthed the genre. On Friday, Sept. 6, Lowe signed on for the last time at 7 p.m. for a special two-hour broadcast of “Night of the Living Dread...

Sudol suddenly surfaces

Sudol suddenly surfaces

Yvonne Pan, A&E Editor

September 13, 2019

After a six-year hiatus, Alison Sudol (former stage name: A Fine Frenzy) returned onto the music scene with “Moon” on Nov. 2 of last year, under her own name. She finished out the Midwestern part of her tour at A&R Music Bar in Columbus on Monday, Sep. 9. However, it wasn’t as if she had gone off ...

Studio-A-Rama excites University Circle for the 37th time

Studio-A-Rama excites University Circle for the 37th time

Matt Hooke, Executive Editor

September 13, 2019

For 10 hours on Saturday, Sept. 7, the outside of Mather Memorial Building transformed from a staid lawn for study sessions into an all-day music festival as WRUW launched its annual Studio-A-Rama. If the Hessler Street Fair, with its tie-dye shirts and Grateful Dead cover bands, is as a reflection o...

Post Malone Demonstrates His Versatility on New Album

Aimee Wiencek, Contributing Reporter

September 13, 2019

This past Friday, Austin Richard Post, better known as Post Malone, released his highly anticipated third studio album “Hollywood’s Bleeding,” which is already predicted to reach number one on the charts.  Post Malone, 24 years old, is quickly becoming one of the biggest artists of our gener...

EARTHGANG debut studio album exceeds expectations

EARTHGANG debut studio album exceeds expectations

Chris Heermann, Photo Editor

September 13, 2019

Prior to “Revenge of the Dreamers III,” I had never heard of the musical duo EARTHGANG. The highly-praised compilation album was released on July 5 and featured dozens of artists signed to the Dreamville label, most of whom I had previously never heard of.  Of the many bangers on the album, “Down Ba...

An underwhelming release from Lana Del Rey

Emily Young, Development Editor

September 6, 2019

Lana Del Rey released her sixth album last Friday, Aug. 30 titled “Norman Fucking Rockwell!” All six albums have been released over a nine-year period, starting with her first album “Lana Del Rey” in 2010, with another planned release for next year. Despite having such a wide library, Del Rey ha...

“GINGER” indicates new era of BROCKHAMPTON

“GINGER” indicates new era of BROCKHAMPTON

Chris Heermann, Photo Editor

September 6, 2019

The musical ensemble BROCKHAMPTON released its latest album “GINGER” on Aug. 23, 11 months after its last album, “iridescence.” “Iridescence” came directly after the “SATURATION” trilogy, a highly-reviewed series of albums that brought in many fans.  The “SATURATION” trilogy was full of hig...

Mosh pits and madness

Mosh pits and madness

Yvonne Pan, A&E Editor

September 6, 2019

University Program Board (UPB)’s announcement last week that Desiigner would perform at the Tinkham Veale University Center on Saturday, Aug. 31 surprised most. However, more surprising was the artist’s performance. The Brooklyn-born rapper, most known for his 2015 song “Panda” and 2016 song “Tiim...

Swift emerges from the dark in new album “Lover”

Swift emerges from the dark in new album “Lover”

Aura Rossy, Copy Editor

September 6, 2019

With a shift of tone—from dark imagery and a rebellious voice to butterflies, rainbows and kittens—Taylor Swift released her newest album, “Lover.” The album was first anticipated after the release of her hit-single, “ME!” featuring Brendon Urie from Panic! At The Disco.  It is immedi...

Desiigner? I hardly know her!

Desiigner? I hardly know her!

Chris Heermann, Photo Editor

August 30, 2019

When I first heard Desiigner was coming to campus, I was really excited but also a little confused. As far as I knew, he had dropped “Panda” and “Tiimmy Turner” then ghosted. Sure, those two songs are absolute bangers, but until now I hadn’t bothered to check out his past discography or new...

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