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Going back to Those Gold Soundz: Identifying with dead white guys

Going back to Those Gold Soundz: Identifying with dead white guys

Adam Spektor, A&E Editor

October 15, 2010


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

I’ve already written more than enough about musical excess in this column, which is odd because more often than not, I’d settle for three-minute long slabs of power pop above anything else. Still, there are some days when the only satisfying sounds to emit from my headphones are the proggiest of...

Hitting the Spot: WRUW DJ Night

Hitting the Spot: WRUW DJ Night

Adam Wisniewski, Staff Reporter

October 15, 2010


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Next week UPB and The Spot will feature tunes spun by various DJs from CWRU’s very own campus and community radio station, WRUW FM 91.1 Cleveland. The first DJ is “The Spektron” of the WRUW program “The Spektrum”, who will be playing music of his selection for the first hour. The Spektrum features...

Rhapsody in blue: Blue Man Group attempts relevancy at Playhouse Square

Rhapsody in blue: Blue Man Group attempts relevancy at Playhouse Square

Drew Scheeler, Staff Reporter

October 15, 2010


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

What do Eiffel 55, The Smurfs and the Na’vi have in common with Cleveland’s own Playhouse Square. Spoiler alert: they all feature blue men who are out to prove something. For the next two weeks, Cleveland’s theatre district will be invaded by creepy blue mimes. The blue men in question are the...

Musicians and other performers camp out at Harkness for M.U.S.I.C.’s 24-Hour Perform-A-Palooza

Musicians and other performers camp out at Harkness for M.U.S.I.C.’s 24-Hour Perform-A-Palooza

Melanie Sayre, Staff Reporter

October 15, 2010


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Every once in a while, an organization will take on the daunting task of hosting a 24-hour long event. There was a 24-hour raising awareness event somewhere a while ago, and 24-hour walkathons pop up on occasion. Everyone has heard of the fraternities that swear they’ll do a 24-hour party. Thankfully,...

UPB presents the fall concert: K’naan

UPB presents the fall concert: K’naan

Adam Spektor, A&E Editor

October 8, 2010


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Oftentimes, a musician’s history is just as interesting as his work, and Somali hip-hop star K’naan easily fits that bill. On October 22, University Program Board will feature K’naan as the headliner for its annual Fall Concert, where the artist’s socially and politically driven voice will be...

Going back to Those Gold Soundz: Sufjan’s “impossible” song

Adam Spektor, A&E Editor

October 8, 2010


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Uh oh, he’s at it again. Sufjan Stevens, arguably the most contentious figure in today’s indie realm, is nothing if not ambitious. That’s something we all should be able to agree on. Still, people seem pretty split on whether he’s a creative visionary, or if he’s a pretentious douchebag, and as us...

Hitting the Spot: Tim Fite

Hitting the Spot: Tim Fite

Adam Wisniewski, Staff Reporter

October 8, 2010


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Next week’s Spot Night will be another triple act, headlined by Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Tim Fite, who is known for producing eclectic music across a wide variety of genres, from indie to hip-hop. Since his first release in 2004, 2 Minute Blues, Fite has released a total of nine full-length...

Cleveland Orchestra opens season with banner Stravinsky, Debussy performance

Cleveland Orchestra opens season with banner Stravinsky, Debussy performance

John Eldridge, Staff Reporter

October 1, 2010


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Last Thursday evening, the Cleveland Orchestra opened its 92nd season with a program of epic proportions. Under the baton of Music Director Franz Welser-Most, the orchestra pulled out all the stops on four incredible works to produce an evening that audiences will likely remember for the remainder of...

Grog Shop celebrates 18th birthday with national headliners, local DJs

Grog Shop celebrates 18th birthday with national headliners, local DJs

Noah Swartz, Staff Reporter

October 1, 2010


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Over the past weekend, Coventry’s live music venue The Grog Shop celebrated its 18th birthday. After eight years in its current location, along with an additional decade elsewhere in Cleveland, this intimate music venue decided it was time to celebrate. Scheduling three days of festivities, ‘The...

Hitting the Spot: Cleveland Indie Pop Consortium

Hitting the Spot: Cleveland Indie Pop Consortium

Adam Wisniewski

October 1, 2010


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Get ready for next Wednesday’s Spot Night, because UPB will be hosting not two, but three bands for your listening and viewing pleasure, all three of which share band members and a rehearsal space, forming a tightly-knit indie pop community. First up is The Volta Sound from Lakewood, Ohio, the lovely...

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