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Playlist of the Week, April 22

Sarah Lisk, Staff Reporter
April 22
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Young the Giant - “Amerika” In “Amerika,” the lead single for Young the Giant’s third album, “Home of the Strange,” lead singer Sameer Gadhia’s clear voice soars over the brief bells and drums of the themed introduction, eliciting gospel fusion vibes. Combined with a dreamy watercol...

The Lumineers play to their strengths

The Lumineers play to their strengths

Ariel Raj, Contributing Reporter
April 22
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

“But I was late for this, late for that, late for the love of my life, / And when I die alone, when I die alone, when I die, I'll be on time,” sings Wesley Schultz, the lead singer of the Lumineers. The heart-wrenching lyrics of the titular track of the the band’s second album, “Cleopatra”...

Cleveland Lottery mixes it up

Cleveland Lottery mixes it up

Mike Suglio, Staff Reporter
April 22
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Cleveland is filled with talented and diverse musicians. The city that first coined the term “Rock ‘n’ Roll” at the Moondog Coronation Ball has given birth to a wide range of talent from Dean Martin to Michael Stanley to Cloud Nothings, yet many Clevelanders are unaware of current local talent...

Music halls and thriving cities

Music halls and thriving cities

Anne Nickoloff, Staff Reporter
April 22
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Local Events, Music, Top Stories

The fact that Andrew Bird came to Cleveland and performed at the House of Blues stage is still hitting me. For seven years, I’ve tried to see Bird live. This included an unsuccessful attempt at convincing my mom to let me road trip to New York during my sophomore year of high school. It included count...

A show for the cameras, not the fans

April 15
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

It is hard not to dance to a live Nick D’ & the Believers show: Their songs are fun and so poppy that they can brighten any snowy evening like they did last Saturday at The Grog Shop. Hailing from Columbus, Ohio, the band sounds like a fusion of Passion Pit and Walk the Moon. Led and produce...

Cleveland gets weird for Datsik

Cleveland gets weird for Datsik

Anne Nickoloff, Director of Print
April 15
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music, Top Stories

At the House of Blues Cleveland, a person wearing a bear costume leaned against a side wall, a marijuana leaf necklace swinging across their chest. Groups of women walked by wearing nothing but bikinis, just after entering the lobby from the frigid outdoor air. Standing above everyone else in the audi...

Playlist of the Week

Sarah Lisk, Staff Reporter
April 15
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music, This Week

Adult Mom - “Survival” Steph Knipe of Adult Mom is the quintessential DIY indie kid: very cool, a little odd and documenting a journey to self-acceptance through music. Like of all Adult Mom’s releases, “Survival” is real and reflective, reminiscent of painfully frank scribbles in a priv...

Playlist of the Week

Sarah Lisk, Staff Reporter
April 8
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

San Fermin- “Methuselah” The thoughtful “Methuselah” is from San Fermin’s 2013 eponymous album. A project of composer Ellis Ludwig-Leone, the group’s instrument-laden melodies, described as baroque pop, features intricate elements of classical music. In “Methuselah,” male and female ...

Datsik to drop the bass at House of Blues next week

Datsik to drop the bass at House of Blues next week

Anne Nickoloff, Director of Print
April 6
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music, Top Stories

Datsik, aka Troy Beetles, was recovering from a night of partying when he answered the phone for an interview; for two days, he’d played back-to-back shows. On April 5, he and his tour mates celebrated with a rowdy bus party. On April 6, he was still recovering from said party. “You need to...

Playlist of the Week

Sarah Lisk, Staff Reporter
April 1
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Icona Pop - “Someone Who Can Dance” Icona Pop soared to success with song of the summer “I Love It” a full four years ago, and “Someone Who Can Dance” might be the follow-up hit the duo deserves. The synthpop party jam—Icona Pop’s specialty—premiered in late February at the Grammis A...

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