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Going back to Those Gold Soundz: Sufjan’s “impossible” song

Adam Spektor, A&E Editor

October 8, 2010


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Uh oh, he’s at it again. Sufjan Stevens, arguably the most contentious figure in today’s indie realm, is nothing if not ambitious. That’s something we all should be able to agree on. Still, people seem pretty split on whether he’s a creative visionary, or if he’s a pretentious douchebag, and as us...

Hitting the Spot: Tim Fite

Hitting the Spot: Tim Fite

Adam Wisniewski, Staff Reporter

October 8, 2010


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Next week’s Spot Night will be another triple act, headlined by Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Tim Fite, who is known for producing eclectic music across a wide variety of genres, from indie to hip-hop. Since his first release in 2004, 2 Minute Blues, Fite has released a total of nine full-length...

Cleveland Orchestra opens season with banner Stravinsky, Debussy performance

Cleveland Orchestra opens season with banner Stravinsky, Debussy performance

John Eldridge, Staff Reporter

October 1, 2010


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Last Thursday evening, the Cleveland Orchestra opened its 92nd season with a program of epic proportions. Under the baton of Music Director Franz Welser-Most, the orchestra pulled out all the stops on four incredible works to produce an evening that audiences will likely remember for the remainder of...

Grog Shop celebrates 18th birthday with national headliners, local DJs

Grog Shop celebrates 18th birthday with national headliners, local DJs

Noah Swartz, Staff Reporter

October 1, 2010


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Over the past weekend, Coventry’s live music venue The Grog Shop celebrated its 18th birthday. After eight years in its current location, along with an additional decade elsewhere in Cleveland, this intimate music venue decided it was time to celebrate. Scheduling three days of festivities, ‘The...

Hitting the Spot: Cleveland Indie Pop Consortium

Hitting the Spot: Cleveland Indie Pop Consortium

Adam Wisniewski

October 1, 2010


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Get ready for next Wednesday’s Spot Night, because UPB will be hosting not two, but three bands for your listening and viewing pleasure, all three of which share band members and a rehearsal space, forming a tightly-knit indie pop community. First up is The Volta Sound from Lakewood, Ohio, the lovely...

Hitting the Spot: Serena Maneesh

Hitting the Spot: Serena Maneesh

Adam Wisniewski

September 24, 2010


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Spot Night is going international for the first time this semester with Serena Maneesh hailing all the way from Oslo, Norway. Contrary to what one would derive from the name, and the fact that many of their tracks feature female vocals, Serena Maneesh is a five-piece band whose name can be roughly interpreted...

Hitting the Spot: Donora

Hitting the Spot: Donora

Adam Wisniewski

September 17, 2010


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Next week’s featured UPB Spot Night band will be Donora, an indie/pop rock group hailing from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Donora, named after a small town in their home state, rose to stardom after placing as semifinalists in Myspace music contest, “Calling All Bands” back in 2006. The band consists...

Going back to Those Gold Soundz: On the outside looking in

Going back to Those Gold Soundz: On the outside looking in

Adam Spektor, A&E Editor

September 17, 2010


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Are you tired of predictable, four-minute long pop songs? Have you grown ill of knowing exactly when we’ll be coming to the chorus now? Do you occasionally cringe when you know exactly when you’ll hear the same chorus, cut and pasted at the end of the song for the umpteenth time? Yes? Then, move...

The Black Angels deliver hazy rock, rain to 29th Studio-A-Rama

The Black Angels deliver hazy rock, rain to 29th Studio-A-Rama

Jacob Martin, Contributing Reporter

September 17, 2010


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Last weekend, a variety of raucous noises emitted from the Mather Memorial courtyard, from metal around 11 a.m. used for testing speakers to the droning psychedelia that swept through the area around midnight. On Saturday, September 11, 91.1-FM WRUW hosted its 29th annual Studio-A-Rama music festival...

29th Annual Studio-A-Rama festival to host Black Angels, nine regional acts

29th Annual Studio-A-Rama festival to host Black Angels, nine regional acts

Rachel Craft, Staff Reporter

September 10, 2010


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Tomorrow, WRUW will host its 29th annual Studio-A-Rama (SAR) festival, an 11-hour celebration featuring local, regional, and national musicians. WRUW (91.1 FM) is Case Western Reserve University’s official student radio station—although a considerable fraction of its contributors are alumni and other...

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