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Bas, other rapper visit Grog

Yvonne Pan, A&E Editor

February 15, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

The rapper Bas was welcomed to the Grog Shop on Feb. 13 by screaming crowds on the Cleveland stop of his Milky Way tour, promoting his third album, “Milky Way,” which was released this past August. The Paris-born rapper spent much of his childhood in New York City, the birthplace of many of lege...

Dorothy’s not in Kansas, she’s at the House of Blues

Yvonne Pan, A&E Editor

February 15, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Shrouded in a cape of smoke, the members of the rock band Dorothy entered the stage at the House of Blues on Feb. 10. Lead singer Dorothy Martin wore her trademark fur coat and red lipstick, lit a match and held it above her head. Just half an hour earlier, the show’s opener, Spirit Animal, mesmerized t...

POTW: A Playlist for the State of the Union

POTW: A Playlist for the State of the Union

February 8, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music, Playlist of the Week, Top Stories

After the State of the Union, we were definitely a bit frustrated with what was presented to us as the current state of this union. With the sheer number of controversies and seemingly insurmountable gridlock plaguing the government, it’s left us wishing that we could just be reabsorbed by the commo...

How 21 Savage could represent the American Dream

Chris Heermann, Social Media Editor

February 8, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

By now we’ve all heard the story and seen the memes. Rapper 21 Savage has been arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents for reportedly overstaying his visa by 13 years. If this comes as a shock to you don’t worry, you are not alone. Millions were left reeling by the news that ...

Jay Sean performs at the first UPB concert of the semester

Jay Sean performs at the first UPB concert of the semester

Sunayana Jampanaboyana, Staff Reporter

February 8, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Local Events, Music, Top Stories

This past Friday, University Program Board (UPB) hosted Jay Sean in the first UPBeats concert of the semester. Best known for throwback hits including “Down” and “Ride It,” English singer and songwriter Jay Sean, born Kamaljit Singh Jhooti, entertained students in Tinkham Veale University Center....

Chaz Bear’s artistry shines through on “Outer Peace”

Chaz Bear’s artistry shines through on “Outer Peace”

Jackson Rudoff, Opinion Editor

February 1, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music, Top Stories

Toro y Moi, the solo project of Chaz Bear, has never really been confined to a single genre. It’s for that reason that he’s featured with artists ranging from Tyler, the Creator to The Avalanches. He fits the pattern of modern indie pop, which in recent years has become less about acoustic guitar riff...

Revisiting MGMT’s “Oracular Spectacular” 11 years later

Revisiting MGMT’s “Oracular Spectacular” 11 years later

Jackson Rudoff, Opinion Editor

February 1, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music, Top Stories

It’s probable you have heard a cut from “Oracular Spectacular” in your lifetime. The 2008 indie-pop album made waves when it was released, and its songs have since been repurposed in a number of commercials and video game soundtracks. Besides its mass popularity, though, the album itself was well-r...

Playlist of the Week – 2/1/19

Playlist of the Week – 2/1/19

Kyle Smith, Staff Reporter

February 1, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music, Playlist of the Week, Top Stories

Unfortunately, last week’s playlist was dedicated to songs about the snow and cold, so this week has to be something different. Instead of wallowing in the oppressive cold, this week’s playlist contains some sunny and positive beats to keep you warm and upbeat through the low temperatures. “All W...

“So Social” tour brings Smallpools back to Cleveland

“So Social” tour brings Smallpools back to Cleveland

Henry Bendon, Staff Reporter

January 25, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music, Top Stories

Remember fall? So many great things happened: you could go outside without freezing your eyebrows off, the Patriots weren’t going back to the Super Bowl and University Program Board (UPB) brought in Smallpools as one of their fall concert artists. While there have been unfortunate developments on two...

Playlist of the Week: 1/24/2019

Playlist of the Week: 1/24/2019

Kyle Smith, Staff Reporter

January 25, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music, Playlist of the Week

Winter has arrived with a vengeance. With the temperature plummeting and the snow piling up in a matter of days, your music taste might have a hard time adjusting to the weather. This week’s playlist contains plenty of music for a cold, snowy winter. “If Winter Ends” - Bright Eyes “If Winter Ends”...

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