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Matt and Kim bring “Grand” back to Cleveland: a conversation with Matt Johnson

Matt and Kim bring “Grand” back to Cleveland: a conversation with Matt Johnson

Henry Bendon, Staff Reporter

September 27, 2019

In 2009, the Brooklyn-based indie-dance duo Matt and Kim exploded into the musical mainstream with their album “Grand.” The album is the band’s second record, and while they had previously experienced underground success based on the intensity of their live shows, the album’s performance—i...

My The Alchemy Tour experience

Claudia Jazowski, Staff Reporter

September 27, 2019

Cleveland doesn’t have too big of an electronic dance music (EDM) scene, but when quality artists come here to perform, the experience is incredible. On Sep. 15, The Alchemy Tour came to Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica and left Cleveland in awe.  Surrounded by the people I love, listening to the music I love, ...

Kendrick Lamar has a Pulitzer and you don’t Ben Shapiro

Jackson Rudoff, Director of Web and Multimedia

September 27, 2019

Let me begin by saying I generally try my best to avoid Ben Shapiro on all social media. For years, I followed him on Twitter to just to get a sense of what was going on in right-wing intellectualism, but the casual implied racism and mountain of conservative apologism eventually drove me to muting h...

COIN comes to CWRU

COIN comes to CWRU

Ryan Yoo, Director of Design

September 27, 2019

The indie pop band COIN will be performing this Saturday, Sep. 28 in the Tinkham Veale University Center ballroom, as part of the University Programming Board (UPB)’s UPBeats concert series.  The indie pop band is composed of Chase Lawrence on lead vocals and synthesizer, Ryan Winnen on drums an...

Ric Ocasek, lead singer-songwriter in New Wave band The Cars dies

Ric Ocasek, lead singer-songwriter in New Wave band The Cars dies

Matt Hooke, Executive Editor

September 20, 2019

Ric Ocasek, the frontman of The Cars, died at the age of 75 on Sept. 15. The Cars was a pioneering band that proved integral in pushing new wave into the mainstream. Ocasek moved to Cleveland at the age of 16 and graduated from Maple Heights High School in 1963. Ocasek met The Car’s co-founder b...

I think I like the Lumineers again

I think I like the Lumineers again

Ern Tan, Contributing Reporter

September 20, 2019

The Lumineers’ first album in 2012 was the album I never knew I needed. “Ho Hey,” the song that made them big, had the perfect amount of pleasing melodies, interesting lyrics and a belt-your-lungs-out chorus that compelled everyone on my middle school bus to sing along. Each song on “The Lumi...

Owl Fest 2019

Owl Fest 2019

Lewis Nelken, Contributing Reporter

September 20, 2019

Monitors sat like gargoyles, obliterating the airwaves on both sides of the raised stage, throne to the curators of the colossal sound. A flurry of chromatic lights speckled the walls like comets, creating a cosmic atmosphere that blasted off the stellar performances.  The vibrations at Owl Fest on Sept. 14 were ...

After 37 years, Night of the Living Dread goes off the air

Matt Hooke, Executive Editor

September 13, 2019

For 37 years, 31 of them on WRUW, Rich Lowe has been playing obscure 45 records and gushing about reggae artists who often never left the island nation that birthed the genre. On Friday, Sept. 6, Lowe signed on for the last time at 7 p.m. for a special two-hour broadcast of “Night of the Living Dread...

Sudol suddenly surfaces

Sudol suddenly surfaces

Yvonne Pan, A&E Editor

September 13, 2019

After a six-year hiatus, Alison Sudol (former stage name: A Fine Frenzy) returned onto the music scene with “Moon” on Nov. 2 of last year, under her own name. She finished out the Midwestern part of her tour at A&R Music Bar in Columbus on Monday, Sep. 9. However, it wasn’t as if she had gone off ...

Studio-A-Rama excites University Circle for the 37th time

Studio-A-Rama excites University Circle for the 37th time

Matt Hooke, Executive Editor

September 13, 2019

For 10 hours on Saturday, Sept. 7, the outside of Mather Memorial Building transformed from a staid lawn for study sessions into an all-day music festival as WRUW launched its annual Studio-A-Rama. If the Hessler Street Fair, with its tie-dye shirts and Grateful Dead cover bands, is as a reflection o...

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