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COIN comes to CWRU

COIN comes to CWRU

Ryan Yoo, Director of Design

September 27, 2019

The indie pop band COIN will be performing this Saturday, Sep. 28 in the Tinkham Veale University Center ballroom, as part of the University Programming Board (UPB)’s UPBeats concert series.  The indie pop band is composed of Chase Lawrence on lead vocals and synthesizer, Ryan Winnen on drums an...

MOCA opens fall exhibits “The Sunday Paintings” and “Invisible Cities”

MOCA opens fall exhibits “The Sunday Paintings” and “Invisible Cities”

Matt Hooke, Executive Editor

September 20, 2019

On Friday, Sept. 13, the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (MOCA) celebrated the opening of two new exhibitions, Liu Wei’s “Invisible Cities” and Byron Kim’s “The Sunday Paintings.”  Both works explored what it means to be in a place, but in wildly different ways, that made for a ...

Challenging post-colonialist complacency: a colloquium on dub poetry

Masha Goykhberg, Contributing Reporter

September 20, 2019

We’re seeing it everywhere: an emphasis on diversity in media. Whether it be TV shows, movies or books, there’s a big push to focus on people outside of cis, straight white men. But how can you show diversity in poetry? Although one may think that there’s no room for a range of identities insid...

A colorful weekend in Cleveland

A colorful weekend in Cleveland

Aimee Wiencek, Staff Reporter

September 20, 2019

This past weekend, students, kids, adults and artists alike let their creativity shine on the walkways of the Fine Arts Garden as a part of the Cleveland Museum of Art’s annual Chalk Festival. From intricate to simple, some with jaw-dropping designs, the original creations lined the sidewalks. With...

Ric Ocasek, lead singer-songwriter in New Wave band The Cars dies

Ric Ocasek, lead singer-songwriter in New Wave band The Cars dies

Matt Hooke, Executive Editor

September 20, 2019

Ric Ocasek, the frontman of The Cars, died at the age of 75 on Sept. 15. The Cars was a pioneering band that proved integral in pushing new wave into the mainstream. Ocasek moved to Cleveland at the age of 16 and graduated from Maple Heights High School in 1963. Ocasek met The Car’s co-founder b...

I think I like the Lumineers again

I think I like the Lumineers again

Ern Tan, Contributing Reporter

September 20, 2019

The Lumineers’ first album in 2012 was the album I never knew I needed. “Ho Hey,” the song that made them big, had the perfect amount of pleasing melodies, interesting lyrics and a belt-your-lungs-out chorus that compelled everyone on my middle school bus to sing along. Each song on “The Lumi...

Owl Fest 2019

Owl Fest 2019

Lewis Nelken, Contributing Reporter

September 20, 2019

Monitors sat like gargoyles, obliterating the airwaves on both sides of the raised stage, throne to the curators of the colossal sound. A flurry of chromatic lights speckled the walls like comets, creating a cosmic atmosphere that blasted off the stellar performances.  The vibrations at Owl Fest on Sept. 14 were ...

After 37 years, Night of the Living Dread goes off the air

Matt Hooke, Executive Editor

September 13, 2019

For 37 years, 31 of them on WRUW, Rich Lowe has been playing obscure 45 records and gushing about reggae artists who often never left the island nation that birthed the genre. On Friday, Sept. 6, Lowe signed on for the last time at 7 p.m. for a special two-hour broadcast of “Night of the Living Dread...

Sudol suddenly surfaces

Sudol suddenly surfaces

Yvonne Pan, A&E Editor

September 13, 2019

After a six-year hiatus, Alison Sudol (former stage name: A Fine Frenzy) returned onto the music scene with “Moon” on Nov. 2 of last year, under her own name. She finished out the Midwestern part of her tour at A&R Music Bar in Columbus on Monday, Sep. 9. However, it wasn’t as if she had gone off ...

Studio-A-Rama excites University Circle for the 37th time

Studio-A-Rama excites University Circle for the 37th time

Matt Hooke, Executive Editor

September 13, 2019

For 10 hours on Saturday, Sept. 7, the outside of Mather Memorial Building transformed from a staid lawn for study sessions into an all-day music festival as WRUW launched its annual Studio-A-Rama. If the Hessler Street Fair, with its tie-dye shirts and Grateful Dead cover bands, is as a reflection o...

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