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Playlist of the Week: Mar 23 – 30

Shivalika Keni, Copy Editor

March 23, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

www.genius.com “Lemon (Drake Remix)” - N.E.R.D and Rihanna Drake has had a more productive first quarter of 2018 than he did in all of 2017. He released the “Scary Hours EP,” and added verses to songs by Migos, Lil Wayne and BlocBoy JB. On Mar. 17, Pharrell Williams decided to pay ...

No Spring Break plans? Justin Nozuka stops in Cleveland

Smruthi Maganti, Arts & Entertainment Editor

March 10, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Local Events, Music

Justin Nozuka has been in the music industry for over a decade now. After releasing his debut album, “Holly,” in 2008, Nozuka has released two other albums, “You I Wind Land and Sea” in 2010 and “Ulysses” in 2014. Now, he’s touring and releasing his fourth album in three installments. Th...

Concert aids Yemen famine relief, raises awareness

Concert aids Yemen famine relief, raises awareness

Abigail Bickel, Contributing Reporter

March 2, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Local Events, Music, Top Stories

On Friday, Feb. 24, five bands got together at the Plymouth House, Cleveland’s West Side DIY central music hub, to “turn their debauchery into something positive.” The House hosted a benefit show to raise money for the Yemen famine crisis, and in doing so, helped bring awareness to the problem....

Playlist of the Week Mar 2 – 8

Shivalika Keni, Copy Editor

March 2, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

“Psycho” - Post Malone feat. Ty Dolla $ign Despite the title, “Psycho” is anything but that. With airy beats and a slow, melodic flow, “Psycho” is the third single off Post Malone’s sophomore album “Beerbongs & Bentleys,” which still doesn’t have a release date. The sin...

Rachael Yamagata shines at Music Box

Abigail Bickel, Contributing Reporter

February 23, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Local Events, Music

Making Cleveland an intentional stop on her tour, Feb. 9 saw Rachael Yamagata take the stage at Music Box Supper Club. The venue seemed strangely formal for the laid-back persona she puts on. I easily could have imagined this act hitting a local coffee shop, but the “dinner and a show” vibe lent itself ...

Playlist of the Week Feb 23 – Mar 1

Tracy Yang, Contributing Reporter

February 23, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

“Sauce” - Justin Timberlake “Sauce” is a song off of Justin Timberlake’s new album, “Man of the Woods.” When I first saw the album cover, I thought it was another album by Bon Iver. The word “limp” comes to mind after listening to the whole album. Sexually suggestive lyrics in ...

Playlist of the Week Feb 16 – 22

Smruthi Maganti, Arts and Entertainment Editor

February 16, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Editor’s Note: This Olympic Games mark the first that figure skaters can use music with lyrics outside of ice dance. Here are a few of their choices. “El Tango de Roxanne” - Moulin Rouge! Released in 2001 as part of the “Moulin Rouge!” soundtrack, “El Tango de Roxanne” is a combinatio...

Timberlake is a lost “Man of the Woods”

Shivalika Keni, Copy Editor

February 9, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

There are very few things that have confused me as much as Justin Timberlake’s fifth album “Man of the Woods,” which dropped Feb. 2. This album is kind of pop, kind of country, but is mainly rushed and incoherent, clocking in at a little more than an hour, with 16 songs. One of my biggest concerns...

“Pray For Me” heralds “Black Panther”

Amy Yu, Staff Reporter

February 9, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

New from the soundtrack from the upcoming blockbuster, “Black Panther,” comes “Pray For Me” by the dynamic pairing of Kendrick Lamar and The Weeknd. Released on Feb. 1, the track features The Weeknd’s harmonious vocals that perfectly complement Lamar’s famed rap style. “Pray For Me”...

Playlist of the Week, Feb. 9 – 15

Shivalika Keni, Copy Editor

February 9, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

“Pray For Me” - The Weeknd & Kendrick Lamar With possibly the most Weeknd-esque introduction, “Pray For Me”—the third single off the “Black Panther” soundtrack—features Lamar and The Weeknd contemplating loyalty and sacrifice. The two find a more definitive answer to the long-st...

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