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FIDLAR by FIDLAR

Jason Walsh, Music Critic

January 18, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Features, Music

Label: Mom + Pop Release Date: January 22 Rating: 4 / 5   FIDLAR is a band. They're from Los Angeles. Their name stands for F--- It Dog, Life's A Risk (the new YOLO, you read it here first). Their website advertises their “Record Release Shit Show” and sells skateboard decks an...

Nick Pilla Presents: The CWRU Album

Nick Pilla Presents: The CWRU Album

Anne Nickoloff, Music Reporter

December 15, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Features, Music, This Week, Top Stories

A new artist has become an overnight student sensation at Case Western Reserve University. Nick Pilla, a third year student, recently released what he calls "a CWRU-based comedy/ somewhat legitimate album" on Dec. 2. The album became immensely popular among the student population very quickly; in just under t...

Duality by Captain Murphy

Duality by Captain Murphy

Jason Walsh, Music Reporter

December 15, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music, This Week

  Album: Duality Artist: Captain Murphy Rating: 4 / 5 by Jason Walsh   In a lot of ways, Captain Murphy’s debut mixtape, Duality, is your typical rap mixtape. It was uploaded to the Internet without very much fanfare. It was posted on DatPiff, the (self-proclaimed) author...

The Observer Picks the Year’s Best Albums

The Observer Picks the Year’s Best Albums

Jason Walsh, Music Reporter

December 1, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music, This Week

#1 – Dreams Say, View, Create, Shadow Leads by Dustin Wong This is the debut solo album from guitar magician Dustin Wong. Former member of art-rock band Ponytail, Wong writes songs for double digit numbers of guitar and nothing else. Dreams is an hour of layered, looped guitar that ebbs, flows, ...

From Bollywood to Hollywood

From Bollywood to Hollywood

Elaina Lin, Theatre and Dance Reporter

November 16, 2012


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

What's that? Justin Timberlake? No wait. Party rock is in the house? Hold on. Instead, it’s the sound of Indian-fused musical elements. A unique a cappella group on campus, Dhamakapella is dedicated to bringing this combination of contemporary American music with popular Bollywood hits. "It's the...

Hands of Glory by Andrew Bird

Hands of Glory by Andrew Bird

Jason Walsh, Music Reporter

November 16, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music, This Week

Release Date: October 30, 2012 Rating: 3.5 / 5 At first glance, it's easy to write off Andrew Bird's newest release, Hands of Glory. Relative to the rest of his output, it is short both in terms of songs (8) and running time (35 minutes). It consists of covers of classic country songs, altern...

Music from another Dimension! by Aerosmith

Anne Nickoloff, Music Reporter

November 16, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music, This Week

Release Date: November 6, 2012 Rating: 2/5 Their first album in eight years, Music From Another Dimension!, brings something new to Aerosmith's 70’s style, though not always in a positive way. Released on Nov. 6, Music From Another Dimension! is a huge step forward for the band, not only because...

Twelve Bands, Twelve Dollars: Believe in Cleveland at Peabody’s

Twelve Bands, Twelve Dollars: Believe in Cleveland at Peabody’s

Anne Nickoloff, Music Reporter

November 8, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Local Events, Music, This Week

An affordable Friday night concert with lots of variation: what more is there to ask for? Later today, Peabody's introduces a sharp lineup of 12 local bands, including headliner Affiance, a Cleveland favorite. This concert, presented by BravoArtist, is a CD release show for Affiance, whose second...

Severance offers orchestra discounts to CWRU students.

Severance offers orchestra discounts to CWRU students.

Anne Nickoloff, Music Reporter

November 2, 2012


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

Walking into Severance Hall is a different and sometimes new experience for most college students. Opposite the loud, grungy, and often smelly venues like Peabody's and the Grog Shop, a regal atmosphere instantly hits you when you enter the timeless lobby. As you work your way through the direction...

Good Kid, Mad City by Kendrick Lamar

Good Kid, Mad City by Kendrick Lamar

Jason Walsh, Music Reporter

November 2, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Album: good kid, m.A.A.d city Artist: Kendrick Lamar Release Date: 10/22/2012 Rating: 4 / 5 Good Kid, Mad City(stylized good kid, m.A.A.d city) is subtitled “A Short Film by Kendrick Lamar,” and that is not overselling it. Good Kid, Mad Cityis a cinematic story of Kendrick Lamar growing u...

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