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Playlist of the Week April 20 – April 26

Shivalika Keni, Copy Editor

April 20, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

“Nice For What” - Drake With his third single of 2018, Drake became one of a handful of artists to replace themselves at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. On “Nice For What,” Drake raps about women empowerment in the digital age. He points out that girls and women portray themselves in a ...

Playlist of the Week April 13 – 19

Tracy Wang, Contributing Reporter

April 13, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

“I Wish You Love” - Rosemary Clooney As George Clooney’s aunt, Rosemary Clooney was one of the first white women to sing jazz in the 1940s and 50s. This song, originally named “Que reste-t-il de nos amours” (What remains of our love), is a French song known from the movie “Baisers voles...

Cardi B makes “Money Moves” on debut album

Amy Yu, Staff Reporter

April 13, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

In a raw and unfiltered telling of her story, Cardi B’s “Invasion of Privacy” marks her arrival onto the hip-hop scene, making it clear that she’s here to stay. The debut album features 13 tracks, including Cardi’s breakout number one single “Bodak Yellow,” and a wide variety of collabora...

Blackbear brings crowds despite delay

Blackbear brings crowds despite delay

Yvonne Pan, Staff Reporter

April 13, 2018


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

I grew up listening to hip-hop and R&B music in its birthplace of New York City. When the University Program Board (UPB) sent out a survey to choose an artist for a spring concert last November, blackbear was highly requested; I eagerly anticipated his arrival last Friday night, April 6. I arr...

Creative companions

Creative companions

Abigail Bickel, Staff Reporter

April 6, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

For a chance at a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to connect with a group of people on every possible level, one might be willing to make the trek evoked by Vanessa Carlton’s 2001 iconic one-hit wonder. Distance overcome is only one testament to this band’s dedication in their musical endeavours,...

Playlist of the week April 6 – 12

Shivalika Keni, Copy Editor

April 6, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

“I Was Never There” - The Weeknd In “I Was Never There,” The Weeknd sings about the end of a meaningful relationship in a euphoric track. As with the rest of “My Dear Melancholy,” there is speculation as to whether Bella Hadid or Selena Gomez is the subject of this song, both of w...

Move Over “Starboy,” ‘sad Weeknd’ is back

Move Over “Starboy,” ‘sad Weeknd’ is back

Shivalika Keni, Copy Editor

April 6, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

On March 28, The Weeknd posted a text conversation between him and his creative director, La Mar Taylor, on Instagram about possibly releasing new music that Friday. What resulted was a six-song EP, “My Dear Melancholy,” which is most likely about his very public relationships with Bella Hadid and...

Shawn Mendes releases new single

Amy Yu, Staff Reporter

March 30, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

After months of fervent anticipation, Shawn Mendes fans have finally been granted a fiery new single about winning the battle against anxiety. Mendes has made a triumphant return to the music scene with a powerful ballad. Released on March 22, “In My Blood” details Mendes’ struggles with anxiety. The...

Playlist of the Week Mar 30 – Apr 5

Sarah Parr, Social Media Editor

March 30, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Editor’s Note: Whether a theatrical production is a musical or not, it almost always incorporates music. This playlist celebrates some of the gems heard in various shows across the Case Western Reserve University campus this semester. “Holocene” Bon Iver Eldred’s production of “Uncle V...

“Iron Bison” performs locally in build-up to debut album

Abigail Bickel, Staff Reporter

March 23, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Local Events, Music

Not many can say their music is outdated by the conception of their band by five years, but if your hobbies include creating the fictitious, “most brutal sludge band in the world,” you might be the creator of the “beer-fueled, basement punk metal” band, Iron Bison. Native to Cleveland, the “real”...

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