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Not your typical Saturday night

Temi Omilabu, Staff Reporter

October 9, 2014

If you’re like me, and you can appreciate the vocal talent you don’t have when you hear it, Arts After Dark is the perfect event for you. Arts After Dark is an annual showcase for singers, dancers, musicians, comedians and dramatists that takes place at Harkness Chapel. The event hosted...

Playlist of the Week

October 9, 2014

“We Come from the Same Place” — Allo Darlin’ With fall just beginning to rear its head, the earnest and organic sounds of Allo Darlin’ are a deeply comforting soundtrack to the change of seasons. “We Come from the Same Place” is a simple and perfectly baked slice of indie pop pie, serving...

Playlist of the Week: July 18, 2014

Teddy Eisenberg, Staff Reporter

July 19, 2014

“Trainwreck 1979” — Death From Above 1979 “I was born on the highway in a trainwreck, with a heart that was beatin’ outta my chest,” howls Sebastien Grainger, frontman of Death From Above 1979. “Trainwreck 1979” is world-class rock and roll; a rebirth every bit as eventful as the on...

Playlist of the Week: June 20, 2014

Teddy Eisenberg, Staff Reporter

June 20, 2014

“Don’t Call Me on the Phone” — Beach Day “Don’t Call Me on the Phone” combines the shimmering sound of the sunniest summer day with the attitude of a thunderstorm. Beach Day play a unique tough-meets-tender brand of pop that throws in a helping of garage rock for good measure. Be on t...

How to turn a frat-ridden street into hippy central for a weekend

Katy Witkowski, Staff Reporter

May 22, 2014

The crooked, grimy red bricks on Hessler Rd. lead all who wander down its path to lead-paint porches and duplexes that have wasted away into shells of the grandiose homes they once were. It’s the perfect place for rowdy college kids to find a home for their natural beer-soaked shenanigans. Usually,...

Playlist of the Week: May 9, 2014

Teddy Eisenberg, Staff Reporter

May 9, 2014

“Mad Men” — Herzog Don Draper had nothing to do with the first single from these Cleveland natives, but he would have approved of the group’s branding as “subtlety-free rock.” From the beginning of “Mad Men,” the scuzzy pop of Herzog is exactly as described, with cymbals crashing alongsi...

From the rearview mirror: WRUW’s Studio-A-Rama

Tracy Boachie, Arts & Entertainment Reporter

September 9, 2013

Disclaimer: A band's name that performed at the festival contains profanity. This is not intended to offend, and the content of this article does not necessarily represent the views of The Observer or Case Western Reserve University.  Live from Mather Memorial courtyard, WRUW-FM 91.1’s 32nd annu...

Twelve Bands, Twelve Dollars: Believe in Cleveland at Peabody’s

Twelve Bands, Twelve Dollars: Believe in Cleveland at Peabody’s

Anne Nickoloff, Music Reporter

November 8, 2012

An affordable Friday night concert with lots of variation: what more is there to ask for? Later today, Peabody's introduces a sharp lineup of 12 local bands, including headliner Affiance, a Cleveland favorite. This concert, presented by BravoArtist, is a CD release show for Affiance, whose second...

Good Kid, Mad City by Kendrick Lamar

Good Kid, Mad City by Kendrick Lamar

Jason Walsh, Music Reporter

November 1, 2012

Album: good kid, m.A.A.d city Artist: Kendrick Lamar Release Date: 10/22/2012 Rating: 4 / 5 Good Kid, Mad City(stylized good kid, m.A.A.d city) is subtitled “A Short Film by Kendrick Lamar,” and that is not overselling it. Good Kid, Mad Cityis a cinematic story of Kendrick Lamar growing u...

Blood v. Electricity by Unknown Component

Blood v. Electricity by Unknown Component

Anne Nickoloff, Music Reporter

October 19, 2012

Until I heard about its latest album, Blood v. Electricity, Unknown Component was completely foreign to me. Even odder still, what I thought was a full rock band turned out to be a music project of one man, Keith Lynch, based out of Iowa. Lynch sings and plays every instrument in every single one of h...

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