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Spotlight on: Crookshanks

Spotlight on: Crookshanks

Molly Hudleson, Staff Reporter

March 22, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Named after Hermione's cat from the Harry Potter series, Crookshanks is a band based in nearby Parma, Ohio. It was originally formed as Second Time Around with Mike Kelley on bass, Brandon Ferenc on drums, and Yusef Idris filling in the lead vocals, and was soon joined by guitarists Adam Drown and Jo...

Oberhofer Review

Oberhofer Review

Ben Robertson, Contributing Reporter

March 9, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Album: Time Capsule II Artist: Oberhofer Release Date: 3/27/2012 4/5 Stars   As Time Capsule II begins, listeners are confronted with an emotionally driven track, “Heart,” which incorporates piano, xylophone, and stringed instruments and is reminiscent of Arcade Fire’s Funerals. But...

Escape to South by Southwest

Escape to South by Southwest

Sheehan Hannan, Assistant A&E Editor

March 9, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

As Cleveland fluctuates between deathly winter and balmy summer on a weekly basis, the average Case Western Reserve University student can’t help but wish for a rest from the stress, wind, and textbooks. Spring break is just around the corner, offering an opportunity to escape. Enter South by Southwest....

Kishi Bashi Review

Kishi Bashi Review

Jason Walsh, Contributing Reporter

March 9, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Album: 151a Artist: Kishi Bashi Label: Joyful Noise Release Date: April 10, 2012 3.5/5 stars               Kishi Bashi's greatest strengths are his voice and his violin, and 151a, his first solo release, shows his skill with both. Despite being a touring member of indie-ma...

Spotlight On: Skies of December

Spotlight On: Skies of December

Molly Hudleson, Staff Reporter

February 24, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

If there's one thing that makes local metal-core vets Skies of December stand out, it's their longevity. They've been a band since 2005, when longtime band-mates and friends Tom Vath (guitar/vocals) and Matt Nowakowski (keyboards/synthesizer) started a new band with Tom's brother Tim (guitar). Rounding...

Those are some foxy shazams!

Those are some foxy shazams!

Lisa Viers, Features Editor

February 17, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

With a name as catchy as their tunes, Foxy Shazam is finally gaining some of the attention they deserve. The six-piece from Cincinnati, Ohio has been touring with British rockers The Darkness since November 2011. The Darkness is a true rock and roll band, and Foxy Shazam follows their example well. The...

Spotlight On: Call It Fiction

Spotlight On: Call It Fiction

Molly Hudleson, Staff Reporter

February 10, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

We saw new releases from pop-punk vets Blink-182 and New Found Glory last year, and the music scene today is overflowing with new pop-punk bands paying homage to the genre greats of the past. So what makes Northeast Ohio natives Call it Fiction stand out from the crowd? "There are so many bands around...

Beyond the music: WRUW’s Public Affairs Broadcasting

Beyond the music: WRUW’s Public Affairs Broadcasting

Sheehan Hannan, Assistant A&E Editor

February 3, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Features, Music

Anchored deep in the labyrinth beneath the Mather Quad, the subterranean headquarters of Case Western Reserve University’s radio station, WRUW-FM 91.1, are an embodiment of their reputation as proprietors of fantastic underground music. But lost in the shuffle of guitars, vinyl records, and voice boxes...

Spotlight On: Les Cousins Dangereuxzz

Spotlight On: Les Cousins Dangereuxzz

Molly Hudleson, Staff Reporter

February 3, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Les Cousins Dangereux is the solo electronic side project of self-described record nerd Tim Thornton. Thornton got his start as a drummer in his high school band. After getting a four-track recorder, he began to learn other instruments and started recording songs entirely on his own. Thornton is a big...

Lighting up Cleveland: Third Annual Brite Winter Festival comes to Cleveland

Lighting up Cleveland: Third Annual Brite Winter Festival comes to Cleveland

Rachel Hunt, A&E Editor

January 27, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Winter traditions for the average Clevelander revolve around trying to sneak your suburban neighbor’s snow blower out of their garage, letting the kids make igloos on days off from school, and drinking perhaps a little too much Christmas Ale at the bar with friends. Only a month into 2012, many Cl...

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