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Mitski returns from her hiatus, with a single about the pressuers of the music industry, leading fans to wonder if her melancholic work might be harmful for the artist.

Mitski’s revival: “Working for the Knife”

Shejuti Wahed, Contributing Writer October 22, 2021

“Is Mitski okay?” Lately too many fans seem to be asking this question, yet no one really knows the answer. Mitski Miyakawa, stage name Mitski, is quite the enigma—a Japanese American indie rock...

Paul Simon (left) and Art Garfunkel (right) provide soothing tones that might be just what you need to accompany your evening walk through the quad as the leaves start to fall

It’s time to add Simon & Garfunkel to your fall playlist

Elie Stenson, Contributing Writer October 8, 2021

I told my roommate the other day that when I’m listening to music, there’s a 70% chance that it was penned by Paul Simon, and while that’s likely a slight exaggeration, there’s no other time of...

Lordes heavily anticipated new album, Solar Power, portrays her new vision with an ode to nature

“Solar Power” gives cloudy introspection, courtesy of Lorde

Kethan Srinivasan, Contributing Writer October 8, 2021

It seems that Lorde’s reclusive nature is the key to her near-constant stardom. Since her breakout in 2013, the singer-songwriter (born Ella Yelich-O’Connor) has never failed to amaze me with her keen...

Olivia Rodrigos viral breakup album, Sour, establishes her as an one of the biggest rising pop stars of our generation.

Olivia Rodrigo’s rise has been sweet and “Sour”

Scout Carter, Contributing Writer October 1, 2021

I started following Olivia Rodrigo after hearing her song from “High School Musical the Musical the Series” and falling in love with it. “All I Want” did well, certifying platinum in the U.S.,...

Lil Nas Xs debut album MONTERO discusses queer issues through hip-hop in groundbreaking fashion.

The rise of Lil Nas X and the importance of “MONTERO”

TJ Disabato, Staff Writer October 1, 2021

The long-awaited debut album by Lil Nas X is here, and it is fantastic. “MONTERO” came out at midnight on Sept. 17, and I had finished listening to it by 12:42 a.m. Featuring a star-studded list of...

First Month at CWRU: A playlist from first-years

Edie Barlin, Contributing Writer September 24, 2021

Essays are due. Exams are piling up. The Leutner Ketchup Vat has an Instagram.  The first-year class is trying their best. When I decided to interview my fellow first-years about their first...

Billie Eilishs new album shines light on the artists metamorphosis of her own mental health and self-imagery.

“Happier Than Ever” is Billie Eilish’s celebration of an escape from darkness

Christie Lanfear, Contributing Writer September 24, 2021

On July 30, Billie Eilish dropped “Happier Than Ever,” her second studio album. In addition to the preliminary excitement over a new collection of songs, fans such as myself were stunned by her new...

Documenting the behind-the-scenes details of Sunflower and Surfs Up, Feel Flows makes the case that this period was one of the Beach Boys finest.

“Feel Flows” sheds light on an oft-overlooked era for the Beach Boys

Shreyas Banerjee, Life Editor September 3, 2021

The Beach Boys are an enigma of rock music. A family band, the group initially consisted of brothers Brian, Carl and Dennis Wilson, along with their cousin Mike Love and their childhood friend Al Jardine....

The all-black cover of Donda is stark and divisive, just like the album it represents.

“Donda,” a divisive drop

Chris Heermann, Photo Editor September 3, 2021

After weeks of agonizing delays, Kanye West’s long-anticipated album, “Donda,” was finally released to streaming services on Sunday, Aug. 29. With most new music dropping on Fridays, this is definitely...

Tunes for a time of unity

TJ Disabato, Staff Writer August 27, 2021

It has been a long time since the campus has seen so much action, and I am glad to be back, involved in all of it. However, I must admit that I was hesitant about seeing so many people on campus again...

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