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POTW: Indie spring break jams

Jackson Rudoff, Opinion Editor

March 1, 2019

Spring break is right around the corner, which means that instead of living on a constant homework grind, you’ll have time to live that idealized young adult life you always saw in movies. But one thing is still missing: the perfect mix to complement your shenanigans. How can you put this mix togeth...

You won’t run away when you hear this band

You won’t run away when you hear this band

Yvonne Pan, A&E Editor

March 1, 2019

What started as a name for a fake band has transformed into a captivating alternative folk group. A friend of guitarist and lead vocalist Nick Davenport invented the band to deceive her carpool driver, a self-proclaimed music maven. Years later, Suitcase Runaway has performed in over half a dozen cities and...

“The College Dropout,” 15 Years Later

Chris Heermann, Social Media Editor

February 22, 2019

Fifteen years ago, Kanye West began his iconic discography with “The College Dropout,” (TCD) which came out on Feb. 10. West began as a producer and originally made a name for himself by selling beats on a local level. Eventually, he was able to get recognition from rappers such as Jay-Z and Nas thro...

Gravy train stops at the House of Blues

Christopher Heermann, Social Media Editor

February 22, 2019

Last Tuesday night brought Yung Gravy to Cleveland’s House of Blues. The Minnesota-born rapper came as part of his “Experience the Sensation” tour with musical artist bbno$ and Tiiiiiiiiiip. The venue was a good fit for the sizable crowd—there was enough space to breathe, but it was tight en...

Not your average pop concert

Emily Young, Copy Editor

February 22, 2019

There is no greater joy than watching a 65-year-old man do a kick that would make even the Rockettes jealous, except watching his 71-year-old brother show him up by performing a flawless jump-kick combination that would put any professional dancer to shame. This is the kind of energy and panache that ...

Bas, other rapper visit Grog

Yvonne Pan, A&E Editor

February 15, 2019

The rapper Bas was welcomed to the Grog Shop on Feb. 13 by screaming crowds on the Cleveland stop of his Milky Way tour, promoting his third album, “Milky Way,” which was released this past August. The Paris-born rapper spent much of his childhood in New York City, the birthplace of many of lege...

Dorothy’s not in Kansas, she’s at the House of Blues

Yvonne Pan, A&E Editor

February 15, 2019

Shrouded in a cape of smoke, the members of the rock band Dorothy entered the stage at the House of Blues on Feb. 10. Lead singer Dorothy Martin wore her trademark fur coat and red lipstick, lit a match and held it above her head. Just half an hour earlier, the show’s opener, Spirit Animal, mesmerized t...

POTW: A Playlist for the State of the Union

POTW: A Playlist for the State of the Union

February 8, 2019

After the State of the Union, we were definitely a bit frustrated with what was presented to us as the current state of this union. With the sheer number of controversies and seemingly insurmountable gridlock plaguing the government, it’s left us wishing that we could just be reabsorbed by the commo...

How 21 Savage could represent the American Dream

Chris Heermann, Social Media Editor

February 8, 2019

By now we’ve all heard the story and seen the memes. Rapper 21 Savage has been arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents for reportedly overstaying his visa by 13 years. If this comes as a shock to you don’t worry, you are not alone. Millions were left reeling by the news that ...

Jay Sean performs at the first UPB concert of the semester

Jay Sean performs at the first UPB concert of the semester

Sunayana Jampanaboyana, Staff Reporter

February 8, 2019

This past Friday, University Program Board (UPB) hosted Jay Sean in the first UPBeats concert of the semester. Best known for throwback hits including “Down” and “Ride It,” English singer and songwriter Jay Sean, born Kamaljit Singh Jhooti, entertained students in Tinkham Veale University Center....

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