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A Morning With WRUW: Swing-a-Verse with Brian Tietz

A Morning With WRUW: Swing-a-Verse with Brian Tietz

Anne Nickoloff, Music Reporter

September 28, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Features, Music

I stood outside the Mather Memorial Building, hoping that someone inside heard me ring the doorbell. It was cold, and I usually was not walking around campus at nine in the morning.      Thankfully, someone came to my rescue and I rushed through the open doors of the campus radio station.  ...

Homecoming Pep: The Marching Spartans

Homecoming Pep: The Marching Spartans

Anne Nickoloff, Music Reporter

September 21, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music, Top Stories

With windows wide open in this sunny weather, students in North Residential Village common rooms hear an interruption like no other twice a week. “What is that?” is a question that often resonates around my residence hall. After performing for four years in my high school’s marching band, the sou...

“The Sound of the Life of the Mind” by Ben Folds Five

“The Sound of the Life of the Mind” by Ben Folds Five

Drew Scheeler, Film and Television Reporter

September 21, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Before their split in 1999, piano rockers Ben Folds Five produced three albums of songs about lives spent wandering around just outside the 1990s mainstream. Even after reaching chart success with Brick, the BFF’s best songs continued to balance their alternative rock whims with quirky characters an...

Grog Shop turns 20

Grog Shop turns 20

Shadi Ahmadmehrabi, Special Interest Reporter

September 20, 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 13, 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 13, 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 23, 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...

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