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Reasons to Rock

Reasons to Rock

Anne Nickoloff, Music Reporter

September 7, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Most bands, no matter how famous they eventually become, start out as a small group performing local gigs. Soon, These Reasoning Animals will have a chance to work their way further up the musical stairs of fame. The progressive funk band from nearby Amherst, Ohio will perform later today at The Pir...

New music for your daily commute: From Frank Ocean to the Japandroids, it’s all in your ear

Jason Walsh, Staff Reporter

August 24, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

A lot of great albums have been released since the last issue of The Observer, and 2012 has been a good year for music so far. Here are six albums that have been sound-tracking the summer.   Bloom by Beach House In short: Baltimore dream-poppers/indie-rockers return with their fourth album. Wi...

Break It Yourself

Break It Yourself

Jason Walsh, Staff Reporter

April 27, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

There is clearly nothing broken about Andrew Bird. Despite the title of his latest album, Break It Yourself, Bird is in fine shape. He has released six solo albums in the last fifteen years, along with plenty of compilations, collaborations, EPs, and singles. Bird is a mature musician who is in his element...

All The Lonely People

All The Lonely People

Ben Robertson, Staff Reporter

April 27, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Album: All The Lonely People Artist: Spencer McGillicutty Release Date: 5/15/2012 3/5 Stars It is no secret that Minneapolis quartet Spencer McGillicutty’s music is heavily influenced by the Beatles, and because of this overt influence, All the Happy People! resonated like a Sgt. Pepper’s...

Blunderbuss

Blunderbuss

Nicholas Jordan, Contributing Reporter

April 20, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Artist: Jack White Album: Blunderbuss Label: Third Man Records/ Columbia Release Date: Apr. 24, 2012 3 out of 5 stars   Before I really get going here, I would just first like to say how much of an influence Jack White has been on my musical tastes throughout my life. I started...

Heartbreaking Bravery

Heartbreaking Bravery

Jason Walsh, Contributing Reporter

April 13, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Album Title: Heartbreaking Bravery Artist: Moonface, with Siinai Record Label: Jagjaguwar Release Date: April 17 Rating: 3/5 stars   Spencer Krug is not an easy man to write about. Krug is half of the songwriting team behind the phenomenal Wolf Parade, the leader of the almost ...

The Shondes: Grrrl rock for the 21st century

The Shondes: Grrrl rock for the 21st century

Rachel Hunt, A&E Editor

April 13, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Ladies, ladies: you need a makeover. Vogue tells you to be more professional and sophisticated, yet still be a flirt in and out of the office. Your mother tells you all that nail polish and eyeshadow has gone to your head, and is making you act like a ditz. The Shondes would tell both of these...

Burning Bridges

Burning Bridges

Ben Robertson, Contributing Reporter

April 6, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Artist: Holmes Album: Burning Bridges Label: Black Star Foundation/Cargo Release Date: April 13, 2012 Rating: 2 & 1/2 stars   Growing up in the heyday of 1990s hip-hop does something to one’s musical perspective. So does going to punk rock concerts every week. Members of the n...

The Telethon tradition

The Telethon tradition

Sheehan Hannan, Assistant A&E Editor

April 6, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

As the Cleveland snows morph into equally dreary Cleveland rains, the folks at WRUW, Case Western Reserve University’s own student-run radio station, are gearing up for yet another telethon. This yearly fundraising event allows the radio station to stay on the air and provide “more music, fewer hits.” The...

Dreams Say, View, Create, Shadow Leads

Dreams Say, View, Create, Shadow Leads

Jason Walsh, Contributing Reporter

April 6, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Artist: Dustin Wong   Album: Dreams Say, View, Create, Shadow Leads Label: Thrill Jockey Release Date: 1/11/2012 Rating: 4.5 / 5   If music is the medium, the album is the form. Album is to music as feature length is to film, as novel is to literature. An album is more t...

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