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“Future” just more of the same

Alex Tomazic, Staff Reporter
March 3, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Without much pomp and circumstance, the Atlanta rap star known as Future has released two full-length albums in the span of one week. The first, announced on Instagram only three days before it was released, is the self- titled “FUTURE.” The 62-minute LP jumps through 17 different tracks while manag...

Playlist of the Week Feb 24 – Mar 2

Alex Tomazic, Staff Reporter
February 24, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

“We Exist” – Arcade Fire Last Monday, Arcade Fire announced their 2017 European tour starting mid-June to support their new album due later this year. The Montreal-based indie staple is preparing to release their fifth LP after a busy four years of touring and recording. After reinventing th...

Chats with Christo from Bad Suns

Alex Clarke, Arts and Entertainment Editor
February 17, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Bad Suns returns to Cleveland on Monday, Mar. 6 at The Grog Shop as a part of their “Heartbreaker” North American spring tour. The alt-rockers are back on the road in celebration of their sophomore release, “Disappear Here,” that was unveiled in September 2016. Two years ago Bad Suns had thei...

Playlist of the Week Feb 17 – Feb 23

Isabel Torres-Padin, Staff Reporter
February 17, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

  Sampha — “(No One Knows Me) Like the Piano” (Wikipedia.org) The debut album of British artist Sampha “Process”  lives up to its widespread acclaim. With mystical instrumental portions that melt beautifully into electronically produced beats, the album plays out like a dre...

Meet Little Junior

Alex Clarke, Arts and Entertainment Editor
February 17, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Little Junior started in middle school in Toronto, Canada. I had the opportunity to speak with the lead singer/guitarist Rane. Their first release is a dual song record called “Rat Face // Dog Face” that include songs “Cry Baby” and “Psychopath.” The band will be hitting the Grog Shop on Feb...

Playlist of the Week Feb 10 – Feb 16

Connor Swingle, Staff Reporter
February 10, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Source: complex.com Kehlani - Piece of Mind Kehlani released her long awaited debut album SweetSexySavage after a long career buildup that started in 2011 when her cover band Poplyfe took home fourth place on America’s Got Talent. Did I mention that she was only 15 when she was on America’s Got Talent...

“Culture” a standard cog in the rap machine

Alex Tomazic, Staff Reporter
February 10, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

A lot of people dislike rap music. I have one friend who dislikes rap music because all artists rap about is money, drugs and women. I reject that notion. Rap and hip hop come in so many different styles and flavors. If you’re looking for some great storytelling about a young man’s life in Compton...

Playlist of the Week Feb 3 – Feb 9

Connor Swingle, Staff Reporter
February 3, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Source: swetshopboys.bandcamp.com Swet Shop Boys - T5 Former Das Racist member Heems and actor Riz MC (recently appearing in Rogue One) have teamed up to form Swet Shop Boys, releasing their debut album Cashmere in 2016. An enjoyable listen throughout, Swet Shop Boys balance entertainment an...

The xx has an unknown, exciting future

Alex Tomazic, Staff Reporter
January 27, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

The xx cemented their sound with their first album “xx” (2009): the familiar echoing guitar, the tag team singing duo of Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim and the groove provided by Jamie “xx” Smith. The trouble with having such an acclaimed debut album is that it is difficult to match up. Af...

Playlist of the Week Jan 27 – Feb 2

Connor Swingle, Staff Reporter
January 27, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Source: pitchfork.com Foxygen - “Follow the Leader” This past week Foxygen put out “Hang”—an ambitious return to stability from a band known for its turbulence. Employing a whole 40-piece orchestra to execute frontmen Sam France and Jonathan Rado’s vision, “Hang” takes on a drastically larger sound ...

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