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Happy campers at the House of Blues

Happy campers at the House of Blues

Isabel Torres-Padin, Contributing Reporter
March 25
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
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
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,”...

Untitled but inspiring

Alex Tomazic, Staff Reporter
March 18
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Kendrick Lamar never stops working. After releasing his breakout album “good kid, m.A.A.d City,” he began working on his next album. “To Pimp a Butterfly” was released in 2015, earning him awards and accolades. One thing that separated Lamar from modern rap was the style beats featured on...

Kantina offers kosher food and a welcoming atmosphere

Kantina offers kosher food and a welcoming atmosphere

Isabel Torres-Padin, Contributing Reporter
March 18
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Crispy on the outside, soft and sumptuous on the inside, the falafel at Kantina is the best I have ever had. Despite never having eaten kosher I thoroughly enjoyed my meal and would willingly eat my meat without cheese all the time if everywhere cooked it as well as Kantina. Located in the Albert...

Punk band SWMRS dive into upcoming Cleveland show

Punk band SWMRS dive into upcoming Cleveland show

Anne Nickoloff, Director of Print
March 7
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Local Events, Music, Top Stories

SWMRS haven’t been around for long, but they’ve existed in other forms than just their current beachy-rock mode. Previously called Emily’s Army, singer Cole Becker said the change to SWMRS was mostly to get a new start stylistically. “When we changed the name, it was very much because we wanted Emily...

Brite Winter celebrates unusual Cleveland winter warmth

Brite Winter celebrates unusual Cleveland winter warmth

Anne Nickoloff, Director of Print
February 26
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music, Top Stories

Two years ago, attendees huddled around coveted space near the fire pits. Last year, the sidewalks and roads were covered in ice. The weather during Brite Winter music festival is always a mixed bag: It’s never certain what the day’s temperature will be until the day arrives, and usually, it’s...

Nonaphoenix performs vibrant sunset show at Brite Winter main stage

Nonaphoenix performs vibrant sunset show at Brite Winter main stage

Anne Nickoloff, Director of Print
February 26
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Alt-rock band Nonaphoenix took the main stage at Brite Winter just as the stage lights replaced the last rays of sunlight, reflecting off singer Jakub Andrew’s floral shirt. Although it was relatively early in the night, the crowd for Nonaphoenix lined up down the street in front of them, scatt...

In the Valley Below leads a small but energetic Spot Night

In the Valley Below leads a small but energetic Spot Night

Ellie Rambo, Arts & Entertainment Editor
February 26
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

“Welcome … well this is intimate.” Angela Gail Mattson began her band’s set at Spot Night with something that was on everyone’s minds: the small size of the crowd at Friday night’s show. Unfortunately I missed the opener Bro Dylan, a local alum band, but by the time headliner In the Valley...

Honeybucket performs late-night bluegrass to finish Brite Winter

Honeybucket performs late-night bluegrass to finish Brite Winter

Anne Nickoloff, Director of Print
February 26
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

It was after midnight when Honeybucket took the stage for the latest concert at Brite Winter 2016. A large crowd filled the Music Box Supper Club, and bobbed to their unique bluegrass songs. Before their show, members of Honeybucket explored the festival grounds during the day, watching Seafair and By ...

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