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How 21 Savage could represent the American Dream

Chris Heermann, Social Media Editor

February 8, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

By now we’ve all heard the story and seen the memes. Rapper 21 Savage has been arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents for reportedly overstaying his visa by 13 years. If this comes as a shock to you don’t worry, you are not alone. Millions were left reeling by the news that ...

Jay Sean performs at the first UPB concert of the semester

Jay Sean performs at the first UPB concert of the semester

Sunayana Jampanaboyana, Staff Reporter

February 8, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Local Events, Music, Top Stories

This past Friday, University Program Board (UPB) hosted Jay Sean in the first UPBeats concert of the semester. Best known for throwback hits including “Down” and “Ride It,” English singer and songwriter Jay Sean, born Kamaljit Singh Jhooti, entertained students in Tinkham Veale University Center....

Chaz Bear’s artistry shines through on “Outer Peace”

Chaz Bear’s artistry shines through on “Outer Peace”

Jackson Rudoff, Opinion Editor

February 1, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music, Top Stories

Toro y Moi, the solo project of Chaz Bear, has never really been confined to a single genre. It’s for that reason that he’s featured with artists ranging from Tyler, the Creator to The Avalanches. He fits the pattern of modern indie pop, which in recent years has become less about acoustic guitar riff...

Revisiting MGMT’s “Oracular Spectacular” 11 years later

Revisiting MGMT’s “Oracular Spectacular” 11 years later

Jackson Rudoff, Opinion Editor

February 1, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music, Top Stories

It’s probable you have heard a cut from “Oracular Spectacular” in your lifetime. The 2008 indie-pop album made waves when it was released, and its songs have since been repurposed in a number of commercials and video game soundtracks. Besides its mass popularity, though, the album itself was well-r...

Playlist of the Week – 2/1/19

Playlist of the Week – 2/1/19

Kyle Smith, Staff Reporter

February 1, 2019


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

Unfortunately, last week’s playlist was dedicated to songs about the snow and cold, so this week has to be something different. Instead of wallowing in the oppressive cold, this week’s playlist contains some sunny and positive beats to keep you warm and upbeat through the low temperatures. “All W...

“So Social” tour brings Smallpools back to Cleveland

“So Social” tour brings Smallpools back to Cleveland

Henry Bendon, Staff Reporter

January 25, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music, Top Stories

Remember fall? So many great things happened: you could go outside without freezing your eyebrows off, the Patriots weren’t going back to the Super Bowl and University Program Board (UPB) brought in Smallpools as one of their fall concert artists. While there have been unfortunate developments on two...

Playlist of the Week: 1/24/2019

Playlist of the Week: 1/24/2019

Kyle Smith, Staff Reporter

January 25, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music, Playlist of the Week

Winter has arrived with a vengeance. With the temperature plummeting and the snow piling up in a matter of days, your music taste might have a hard time adjusting to the weather. This week’s playlist contains plenty of music for a cold, snowy winter. “If Winter Ends” - Bright Eyes “If Winter Ends”...

Kendrick Lamar deserves an Oscar

Christopher Heermann, Social Media Editor

January 25, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

At the upcoming Academy Awards, Kendrick Lamar is up for a chance to add the Oscar for “Best Original Song” to his collection of awards for “All the Stars” featuring SZA. Lamar has won hundreds of awards for his music, and rightly so. In his trophy case, Lamar holds such prizes as “Best Ra...

James Blake pens a love letter in “Assume Form”

James Blake pens a love letter in “Assume Form”

Matt Hooke, Staff Reporter

January 25, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music, Top Stories

James Blake is an artist who has always fluctuated between two modes. One part of him is piano balladeer who covers Joni Mitchell; the other is an electronic producer whose songs blend dubstep-inspired bass drops with atmospheric synths. “Assume Form,” marks a change for Blake. The album is a love...

The fifth birthday of Totorro’s “Home Alone”

The fifth birthday of Totorro’s “Home Alone”

Peter Wilson, Staff Reporter

January 18, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music, Top Stories

Totorro’s “Home Alone” turns five years old this year, and if these five years have demonstrated anything, it’s that these eight tracks grew riper with age. This album is an explosion of melodies and harmonies which other bands wouldn’t be able to handle. Few modern bands would dare play th...

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