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Rachael Yamagata shines at Music Box

Abigail Bickel, Contributing Reporter

February 23, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Local Events, Music

Making Cleveland an intentional stop on her tour, Feb. 9 saw Rachael Yamagata take the stage at Music Box Supper Club. The venue seemed strangely formal for the laid-back persona she puts on. I easily could have imagined this act hitting a local coffee shop, but the “dinner and a show” vibe lent itself ...

Playlist of the Week Feb 23 – Mar 1

Tracy Yang, Contributing Reporter

February 23, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

“Sauce” - Justin Timberlake “Sauce” is a song off of Justin Timberlake’s new album, “Man of the Woods.” When I first saw the album cover, I thought it was another album by Bon Iver. The word “limp” comes to mind after listening to the whole album. Sexually suggestive lyrics in ...

Playlist of the Week Feb 16 – 22

Smruthi Maganti, Arts and Entertainment Editor

February 16, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Editor’s Note: This Olympic Games mark the first that figure skaters can use music with lyrics outside of ice dance. Here are a few of their choices. “El Tango de Roxanne” - Moulin Rouge! Released in 2001 as part of the “Moulin Rouge!” soundtrack, “El Tango de Roxanne” is a combinatio...

Timberlake is a lost “Man of the Woods”

Shivalika Keni, Copy Editor

February 9, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

There are very few things that have confused me as much as Justin Timberlake’s fifth album “Man of the Woods,” which dropped Feb. 2. This album is kind of pop, kind of country, but is mainly rushed and incoherent, clocking in at a little more than an hour, with 16 songs. One of my biggest concerns...

“Pray For Me” heralds “Black Panther”

Amy Yu, Staff Reporter

February 9, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

New from the soundtrack from the upcoming blockbuster, “Black Panther,” comes “Pray For Me” by the dynamic pairing of Kendrick Lamar and The Weeknd. Released on Feb. 1, the track features The Weeknd’s harmonious vocals that perfectly complement Lamar’s famed rap style. “Pray For Me”...

Playlist of the Week, Feb. 9 – 15

Shivalika Keni, Copy Editor

February 9, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

“Pray For Me” - The Weeknd & Kendrick Lamar With possibly the most Weeknd-esque introduction, “Pray For Me”—the third single off the “Black Panther” soundtrack—features Lamar and The Weeknd contemplating loyalty and sacrifice. The two find a more definitive answer to the long-st...

Playlist of the Week Feb 2 – 8

Sophia Yakumithis, News Editor

February 2, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

“Young, Wild & Free” - Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa and Bruno Mars Certified four times platinum, “Young, Wild & Free” was released in 2011 to accompany Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dog’s film, “Mac and Devin Go to High School.” It’s easy to not feel young, wild or free at the beginning of a semes...

Migos’ “Culture II” worth the year’s wait

Shivalika Keni, Copy Editor

February 2, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Whether you want to admit it or not, Migos have transformed the trap game, and in the year between “Culture” and “Culture II,” the trio have evolved and taken risks no one anticipated. One such risk is the length of their third studio album “Culture II” which is 24 songs long and clocks ...

“Camila” makes her mark

Amy Yu, Staff Reporter

January 26, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

As a fan of  “The X-Factor,” I saw Fifth Harmony become the group it is today, and I felt like I grew up with them in some sense. I loved their first songs, “Better Together” and “Miss Movin’ On,” which were released in 2013. But as I became older and more mature, so did their collective...

Playlist of the Week: Jan 26 – Feb 1

Shivalika Keni, Copy Editor

January 26, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

www.genius.com “Scary Hours EP” - Drake Drake said he’d be back in 2018 to give us the summary. Nearly a year after the release of “More Life,” Drake surprised everyone with a two-track EP on Jan. 19, consisting of “God’s Plan” and “Diplomatic Immunity.” The tracks have two v...

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