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Music for the early semester

TJ Disabato, Staff Reporter

September 11, 2020

“Lazy Line Painter Jane” – Belle and Sebastian This classic ‘90s indie song was stuck in my head for the majority of last week, thanks in large part to a rolling bass that intensifies at the end and guest vocals from Monica Queen. There’s some speculation online as to what this song is about, whether it be self-pleasure or a girl escaping from home with t...

Taylor Swift’s “Folklore” is the album no one knew they needed

Let yourself slip into the woodland and cottagecore vibes of Taylor Swift’s new album.

Aimee Wiencek, Staff Reporter

September 4, 2020

On July 24, Taylor Swift released her surprise eighth studio album “Folklore,” which has just reached its fifth week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album charts. To date, the album has reached over 1.2 million in album-equivalent sales. A resounding success, “Folklore” can easily be deemed as Swift...

Playlist of the week: Vibe check edition

Tobili Hatcher, Staff Reporter

April 20, 2020

This week, my extra free time, or rather, time that would have been better spent concentrating on class, led me to go down some old and new musical roads. Some of these songs were high school staples, others are  reminiscent of my working days. Nonetheless, all of these songs are perfect for doing a v...

Playlist of the week: Songs from the big screen

Shreyas Banerjee, Staff Reporter

April 14, 2020

One of the most common ways for me to discover songs, besides if they’re being played on the radio or recommended to me by a streaming service, is through movies. Directors often place their favorite songs or songs—that fit the themes of the film—into their movies, leading to a whole new audience...

All that jazz

Proceeds from the Quintessence Combo concert went to Joyful Noise Neighborhood Music School, a nonprofit that was founded in 2004.

Tobili Hatcher, Staff Reporter

April 7, 2020

It’s hard to imagine what life was like before COVID-19 filled our thoughts every second of everyday. With cases increasing exponentially, shelter-in-place orders going into effect and in-person instruction at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) transitioning to “distance learning” at Zoom University,...

Playlist of the week

Tobili Hatcher, Staff Reporter

April 7, 2020

What a time to be alive. Judging by all the craziness going on around the world, Mercury was clearly in retrograde in March. However, in an attempt to keep some type of normality in my life, I have continued to listen to music to keep me motivated throughout my days in quarantine.  Here’s my pl...

Is anybody out there?

Tobili Hatcher, Staff Reporter

April 6, 2020

“Mayday, is anybody out there?” Like an out-of-control rocket ship calling out for help, on Tuesday, March 3, South Korean-born and Guam-raised rapper DPR Live (Hong Da-bin) asked his fans just that, when he released his long-awaited first studio album “Is Anybody Out There?”  The album comes af...

Playlist of the Week

TJ Disabato, Contributing Reporter

February 27, 2020

I haven’t been listening to many newly discovered songs recently, but rather going through the archives of my past. This playlist certainly encompasses what will likely be my most broad playlist, so if you were looking for variety, you’ve come to the right place. “Firth of Fifth” — Genesis A piano ...

BTS’ “Map of the Soul: 7” is deeper and meaningful

BTS’ “Map of the Soul: 7” is deeper and meaningful

Aimee Wiencek, Staff Reporter

February 27, 2020

On Friday, Feb. 21, K-pop superstars Bangtan Sonyeondan (BTS) released their highly anticipated album, “Map of the Soul: 7.” Over the course of seven years, the group has experienced major success and become one of the most influential groups of our generation.  The seven-member boy band, consisting of rap...

Playlist of the Week

Playlist of the Week

TJ Disabato, Contributing Reporter

February 13, 2020

In honor of couples walking even slower down the middle of the sidewalk, I made this playlist specifically for people celebrating Valentine’s Day. If you wanted more vulgar and graphic love songs, I apologize, but this is a wholesome, family-friendly holiday, and kids might be reading this. “Yo...

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