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Grog Shop turns 20

Grog Shop turns 20

Shadi Ahmadmehrabi, Special Interest Reporter

September 21, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Local Events, Music

“You have to push every show, cross your fingers, and hope everyone shows up,” said Kathy Simkoff, who runs The Grog Shop on Coventry Rd. This weekend, The Grog Shop is celebrating its 20 year anniversary. The Grog Shop opened in 1992 as what Simkoff refers to as a “dive bar that had bands.” ...

Armed to the hilt: Bob Dylan’s Tempest

Armed to the hilt: Bob Dylan’s <i>Tempest</i>

Adam Luhta, Assistant A&E Editor

September 14, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

The first time I heard Bob Dylan play “Every Grain of Sand” live in concert, I was so excited that I fell asleep. I had arrived in Rome three days earlier, taken a bus out to the Amalfi coast for a few days, and returned to the Eternal City that very night for the sole purpose of seeing Bob Dylan...

Rainclouds can’t stop Studio-A-Rama: Lineup runs late

Rainclouds can’t stop Studio-A-Rama: Lineup runs late

Anne Nickoloff, Music Reporter

September 14, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Local Events, Music

This year’s Studio-A-Rama brought an impressive lineup to Case Western Reserve University, despite the day’s not-so-impressive weather. I arrived just in time to see Library Time, a strange alternative local band. The weather started out beautiful; it was sunny, just a little windy, and the grass...

“Dude, Wanna Go To A Show This Week?”

Katy Witkowski, Music Reporter

September 7, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Many bands touring across the country have screamed on stage, “I love [insert city name!] This is the best show of our tour!”  Sometimes they mean it, and sometimes they do not.  When talking about Cleveland, they more often than not stand by the words that the crowd craves. Venues like the House o...

Coexist by The xx

Coexist by The xx

Jason Walsh, Music Reporter

September 7, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

The xx are all about simplicity and consistency. Their first album, xx, was released three years and one month ago, had eleven songs, ran 38.5 minutes, and had a simple black background with a white X for cover art. Their sophomore album, Coexist, is set to be released next week, has eleven songs, runs ...

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...

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