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Dhamakapella releases EP after winning season

Dhamakapella releases EP after winning season

Dalia Zullig, Staff Reporter

September 15, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Just before classes started Case Western Reserve University’s South Asian Fusion a cappella group, Dhamakapella, released their first EP on Aug. 23 entitled “Riyaaz.” It is available for streaming on all major platforms including Spotify, Google Play and Apple Music. The EP is three songs long,...

Playlist of the Week Sep 8 – 14

Isabel Torres-Padin, Staff Reporter

September 8, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

“Crybaby” by Paloma Faith Released last week as Paloma Faith’s first single in three years, this song is retro and fun with Faith’s characteristically touchy lyrics. It is rhythmic and reminiscent of 70s and 80s pop and is a nice change from the electro pop and trap rap that pervade the...

Slight Revision of “The Script”

Alex Clarke, Staff Reporter

September 8, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

From their very first single, “The Man Who Can’t Be Moved,” released in 2008, to their now fifth album “Freedom Child,” The Script hasn’t strayed much from the formula. The Irish band’s self-entitled first album had hits we can probably all remember, like “Breakeven” and “Live Lik...

“Harmony” has few high notes

“Harmony” has few high notes

Alex Clarke, Staff Reporter

September 1, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Instead of trying to be individual dynamic personalities like the Spice Girls, Fifth Harmony is a blended group that makes sure everyone gets equal singing time. However, as they rose to fame, Camila Cabello became the center of attention, and left the group in December of 2016 to go solo—leaving fa...

Playlist of the Week: Sep 1 – 7

Smruthi Maganti, Arts and Entertainment Editor

September 1, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

“Nemesis” - Benjamin Clementine “Nemesis” is one of the singles off of Benjamin Clementine’s 2015 album, “At Least for Now,” which won the Mercury Prize in England. The song showcases Clementine’s strong vocals and soulful lyrics, as well as his taste for instrumentals. With a new albu...

Kesha is back and better than before

Alex Clarke, Staff Reporter

August 25, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Eighth grade to high school for me was dominated by Kesha (formerly known as Ke$ha). I loved the raunchy and blunt lyrics and her devil-may-care attitude. The shallow party music was my guilty pleasure. I was upset when Kesha stopped churning out new music. (Although it was later revealed to be a resu...

Playlist of the week Aug 25 – 31

Isabel Torres-Padin, Staff Reporter

August 25, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

   www.directlyrics.com “Younger Now” – Miley Cyrus Opening with the sounds of rain, a strumming guitar and the line “Feels like I just woke up,” this song embodies the maturation of Miley Cyrus. The song is breezy, emotive and pleasantly nostalgic. Cyrus keeps her country twang but combines ...

French Montana’s “Jungle Rules” roars talent

Shivalika Keni, Copy Editor

July 30, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

French Montana is back with “Jungle Rules.” The album follows his debut with “Excuse My French,” back in 2013. “MC4” was meant to be his sophomore album but was leaked so Montana released it as a mixtape instead.   Four years later and clocking in at a little more than an hour, “Jungle R...

Over 30 artists converge to let “Grateful” land a few hits

Over 30 artists converge to let “Grateful” land a few hits

Alex Clarke, Staff Reporter

July 25, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

From its very first song, DJ Khaled’s album “Grateful” is over the top, dramatic and expertly mixed as we’ve come to expect, given his social media presence, especially on Snapchat. “Grateful” is Khaled’s tenth studio album (more like a mixtape, I think) made almost entirely of Grammy-nominated...

“DAMN.,” a timely masterpiece

Kevin Smith, Executive Editor

April 28, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

On April 14, Kendrick Lamar released “DAMN.,” an album that reflects the reality of a troubled and conflicted man. The album comes in a political climate that has caused many to question their identity and sense of place in America. This album provides a window into Lamar’s struggles as a Black ...

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