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“Starboy” catches The Weeknd’s fans’ ears, breaks Spotify records

Fatimah Elzahrah, Staff Reporter

December 2, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

The release of The Weeknd’s new album “Starboy” broke records. Becoming one of the highest streamed albums on Spotify during its first weekend, “Starboy” reminds people of the fetching nature of The Weeknd’s music. His ability to create catchy beats that entrap the listener is shown within ev...

Playlist of the Week

Alex Clarke, Arts and Entertainment Editor

October 7, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Middle- DJ Snake feat. Bipolar Sunshine DJ Snake is Grammy-nominated producer who has been a co-producer for hits like “Turn Down for What” featuring Lil Jon and “Lean On.” “Middle” is from his latest album “Encore” and is an EDM song that borders on house and synthpop. ...

When the magic ends

Celia Wan, News Editor

September 23, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

It was 6 p.m. on Sunday evening. The sun hadn't shown any sign of sinking and the last trace of summer, the olive colored trees with their crowns dabbed by bright autumn yellow, still firmly grasped Cleveland. In University Circle, everywhere the late summer breeze blew was serene, except the narrow a...

Playlist of the Week

Alex Clarke, Arts and Entertainment Editor

September 23, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

It’s Fall Concert Weekend and this playlist will get you pumped to see Waka Flocka Flame and Lil Dicky—if you weren’t already. The songs on this playlist are the most commonly played songs by both artists, according to setlist.fm.   White Crime - Lil Dicky This song is hilarious and witty, whe...

Young Thug’s “Weirdo” Take on the Music Industry

John Brogan, Staff Reporter

September 23, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Young Thug’s third full-length release this year, “Jeffrey”, showcases Young Thug’s experimental rapping style. Sometimes referred to as the “rap weirdo,” with 76 solo tracks out in the last two years, he doesn’t lack in content. His newest production is more pop-infused than his last...

Future Now Tour makes stop in Cleveland

Sanjana Singh, Staff Reporter

September 9, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Local Events, Music

The Future Now Tour came to Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena this past Friday, where teens and adults alike lined up hours before the show. The hype was high from a couple hours before the show where KISS FM radio was handing free T-shirts and dancers were putting on Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato musi...

Dr. Gary Ciepluch, long time member of the music department, retires

Dr. Gary Ciepluch, long time member of the music department, retires

September 2, 2016


Filed under Campus Insider, News

The spring semester was over. Students had moved off campus and results for final exams had come in. The Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) Department of Music, however, still had some major news they needed to announce. Dr. Gary Ciepluch, director of bands, leader of CWRU Symphonic Winds and Uni...

CWRU pregame playlists ranked

Teddy Eisenberg, Staff Reporter

March 17, 2016


Filed under Sports

1. Baseball With a mix of pop and old-school rock, this playlist, from the smooth funk of Queen’s “Another One Bites to Dust” to the retro-rhymes of House of Pain’s “Jump Around,” kills it from start to finish. 2. Volleyball This pre-game playlist has everything it takes to put intens...

The sounds of CWRU sports

Eddie Kerekes, Staff Reporter

March 17, 2016


Filed under Sports

Your midterm exam will be in a few days, and you’ve decided to start studying. You know the road to an A is paved with multiple problem sets, homework review, rewatching lectures on MediaVision and trying to understand that one concept you just can’t seem to grasp. You’re going to need music to...

Playlist of the Week: Feb. 19

Sarah Lisk, Staff Reporter

February 19, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Jukebox the Ghost - “Hollywood” If you missed Jukebox the Ghost at Spot Night a year ago or just missed them in general, you’re in luck: the trio will be jamming at Beachland on March 4. In preparation for their current tour, Jukebox has released a campy music video for their (mostly) upbeat ...

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