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Playlist of the Week: Jan 20-26

Connor Swingle, Staff Reporter
January 20, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Source: koolad.bandcamp.com “THE NATURAL”-Kool AD Kool AD hasn’t been sitting on his hands since the breakup of Das Racist in 2012. In 2016 the Bay Area rapper released 10 albums on his bandcamp with a gargantuan total output of 282 songs. The releases in 2016 explicitly explored different subgenr...

Playlist of the Week: Dec. 9-15

Connor Swingle, Staff Reporter
December 9, 2016
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Source: stonesthrow.com “Best One”-NxWorries NxWorries is a duo consisting of Anderson .Paak and Knxwledge, and the pair recently released the latest in the history of great collaborative albums on Stones Throw Records. Anderson .Paak arrived on the hip-hop scene in full force this year, del...

Playlist of the Week

Connor Swingle, Staff Reporter
December 2, 2016
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Source: awakenmylove.com “Redbone”-Childish Gambino Childish Gambino has done a lot of reinventing himself in the past three years. When “Because the Internet” came out in 2013, Donald Glover was still splitting his time between “Community” and his relatively new music career. Since the...

“Starboy” catches The Weeknd’s fans’ ears, breaks Spotify records

Fatimah Elzahrah, Staff Reporter
December 2, 2016
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

The release of The Weeknd’s new album “Starboy” broke records. Becoming one of the highest streamed albums on Spotify during its first weekend, “Starboy” reminds people of the fetching nature of The Weeknd’s music. His ability to create catchy beats that entrap the listener is shown within ev...

Playlist of the Week

Connor Swingle, Contributing Reporter
November 18, 2016
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

A Tribe Called Quest - “We The People...” Legendary New York jazz-rap pioneers A Tribe Called Quest (ATCQ) returned this week with their new album “We Got It From Here, Thank You 4 Your Service.” Coming out 18 years after their previous album and just months after Phife Dawg passed away in...

UPBeats showcases little-known names, high-quality music

Leo Thurman, Contributing Reporter
November 18, 2016
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

I heard about the University Program Board’s (UPB) UPBeats: Indie Pop Night on a rather last minute basis, but I was intrigued, as a fan of independently-produced music and local record labels. I had not heard much about either of the night’s artists, Surfdeer and flor, and neither was reviewed ...

Getting to Know Royal Teeth

Isabel Torres-Padin, Staff Reporter
November 18, 2016
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Hailing from the great state of Louisiana, Royal Teeth released their first EP, “Act Naturally,” in 2011 and their sophomore EP titled “Amateurs” drops from Round Hill Records Nov. 18. After listening to a few songs I can attest that their music is pleasantly energetic with infinitely more d...

Playlist of the Week

Connor Swingle, Contributing Reporter
November 11, 2016
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Source: discogs.com Gorillaz - “November Has Come” With hints of a new Gorillaz album dropping almost weekly, I recently revisited their fantastic album “Demon Days.” MF Doom takes charge on the track “November Has Come” while Murdoc Niccals sings backup, asking us, “Where did it go?......

Playlist of the Week

Connor Swingle, Contributing Reporter
November 4, 2016
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Saba feat. Noname- “Church / Liquor Store” Hip Hop You may know Saba as the featured artist on Chance the Rappers’ “Angels,” but he’s firstmost a Chicago West Side native who recently released the full length mixtape “Bucket List Project.” On “Church / Liquor Store,” through wi...

Saint Motel performs at House of Blues

F.E Abouelsoud, Contributing Reporter
November 4, 2016
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

The Cleveland music scene hosted Saint Motel, an indie pop band, on Oct. 17. The show at the House of Blues was a mix of pop and jazz, with Hippocampus and Weathers accompanying the main act. The two smaller bands had two distinct sets, providing a good mix of classic 90s hip hop and rock. The star ...

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