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Music halls and thriving cities

Music halls and thriving cities

Anne Nickoloff, Staff Reporter
April 22, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016
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...

Happy campers at the House of Blues

Happy campers at the House of Blues

Isabel Torres-Padin, Contributing Reporter
March 25, 2016
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

I am not much of a concert buff despite my love of music, so I had been fiercely anticipating the Hoodie Allen concert since buying tickets in January. Despite being known for his “frat rap” vibes and appeal to teenage girls, Allen put on a surprisingly entertaining show in support of his recent...

Playlist of the Week

Sarah Lisk, Staff Reporter
March 25, 2016
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

The Zolas - “Molotov Girls” “Molotov Girls” is the first track from The Zolas’ third album, 2016’s “Swooner.” Originally released last year on their EP “Wino Oracle,” the sophisticated rock song is inspired by recent riots in Ukraine, according to vocalist Zachary Gray. In the tun...

Playlist of the Week: March 15

Sarah Lisk, Staff Reporter
March 18, 2016
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Lizzo - “Good as Hell” Minneapolis-based Lizzo is one half hip-hop, one half indie, and 100 percent talented. “Good as Hell” is a solidly inspirational follow-up to her 2015 album “Big Grrrl Small World.” With the single, which will be featured on the soundtrack of “Barbershop: The Next Cut,”...

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