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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...

The OF Tape Vol. 2

The OF Tape Vol. 2

Nick Jordan, Contributing Reporter

March 30, 2012


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Artist: Odd Future Album: The OF Tape Vol. 2 Label: Odd Future Records Release Date: March 16, 2012 3/5 Stars   Over the past year or so, you’ve probably heard at least something of the most distinctive collective in hip-hop, Odd Future. This is one of the first rap groups to rise to fame a...

Visions

Visions

Nick Jordan, Contributing Reporter

March 23, 2012


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Album: Visions Artist: Grimes Label: 4AD Release Date: February 21, 2012 4 ½ / 5 Stars   Grimes, a.k.a. Claire Boucher, is a singer and producer out of Montreal. She is becoming increasingly well known for her unique brand of synth-pop. She just released her third full-length ...

Open your heart

Open your heart

Jason Walsh, Contributing Reporter

March 23, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Album: Open Your Heart Artist: The Men Label: Sacred Bones Release Date: March 6, 2012 4 / 5 Stars   I am not a rock 'n' roll aficionado. Sure, Exile on Main Street probably gets my vote for greatest album of all time, Bruce Springsteen is one of my favorite artists, and some of my favorite alb...

Spotlight on: Crookshanks

Spotlight on: Crookshanks

Molly Hudleson, Staff Reporter

March 23, 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...

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