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Visions

Visions

Nick Jordan, Contributing Reporter

March 23, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

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...

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...

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