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James Arthur’s new album “You” is strong and powerful

Aimee Wiencek, Staff Reporter

October 25, 2019

This past Friday, soul-pop British singer James Arthur released his third studio album, “You.” Arthur, 31, quickly rose to fame after winning “The X Factor” in 2012 and releasing his incredibly successful debut cover, “Impossible.”  The album is authentic and, as Arthur puts it in an interview wi...

For Matt and Kim fans, grand tour hits all the right notes

For Matt and Kim fans, grand tour hits all the right notes

Henry Bendon, Staff Reporter

October 25, 2019

It’s hard to explain what a Matt and Kim show is like. The music they play could be best categorized as electro-pop, a blend of keys, drums and vocals. When played live, it sounds a lot louder and more forceful than on their records and inspires a great deal of dancing. That said, a part of Matt and Kim’s perfor...

Mike Watt and The Missingmen mix punk up and comers with elders at Grog Shop

Yvonne Pan, A&E Editor

October 17, 2019

Twenty-two-year-old Nick Aguilar played the drums at Grog Shop on Sunday, Oct. 6, sandwiched between 61-year-old bassist Mike Watt and guitarist Tom Watson.  “I think about thirteen people asked how old I was,” Aguilar said, referencing Mike Watt + The Missingmen’s Sacramento show, on Sept. 2...

The top Northeast Ohio band you’ve probably never heard of

Yugan Sakthi, Staff Reporter

October 11, 2019

There is an anticipatory sort of joy that accompanies watching a band perform you have never heard of. In the charged milliseconds before they play their first chord, you are almost totally ignorant of what’s to come. The instruments and the setup and the musicians’ outfits might give you a sense of t...

COIN comes to campus

COIN comes to campus

Aimee Wiencek

October 4, 2019

This past Saturday, COIN performed for the students of Case Western Reserve University. The concert was hosted by the CWRU University Programming Board (UPB) and held in the Tinkham Veale University Center ballroom. With tickets only being $2, the concert was a perfectly affordable event for a Saturday...

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 was the lead singer of The Cars

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...

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