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Aaron Lee Tasjan rocks Beachland Ballroom

Aaron Lee Tasjan rocks Beachland Ballroom

Sunayana Jampanaboyana, Staff Reporter

April 19, 2019

Aaron Lee Tasjan pulled out a blank page from his notebook and a black Sharpie, titling the page “Cleveland Rocks.” He then casually posed a question to bassist Tommy Scifres: “Hey Tommy, what do you think we should open the show with?” They decided that “The Rest is Yet to Come” was the ...

Music Industry rebounds after a period of decline but how are artists affected?

Matt Hooke

April 12, 2019

After a long period of decline, the music industry celebrated a return to pre-2007 revenues earlier this year with the release of the latest annual report from the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI). Worldwide music sales totaled 19.1 billion dollars in 2018, finally surpassing t...

Who are the Springfest headliners?

University Program Board's Springfest poster

Chris Heermann, Social Media Editor

April 12, 2019

Much like Butch Cassidy, my first thought when the Springfest committee released the headliners to this year’s concert was, “Who are those guys?” Coast Modern? Echosmith? MadeinTYO? As someone who rarely listens to the indie pop genre, I was lost. So naturally I opened up Spotify and searched u...

Student band sticky to open Springfest

Sticky the band at Battle of the Bands last month.

Yvonne Pan, A&E Editor

April 12, 2019

University Program Board's (UPB) potato prank on April 1 was only the first of many events planned for this month. UPB recently announced the headliners for this year's Springfest: MadeinTYO, Echosmith and Coast Modern. Another familiar name on the list is sticky the band, the band that won Battle of the B...

Tokyo Police Club visits Grog

Tokyo Police Club members from left to right: Josh Hook, Greg Alsop, David Monks and Graham Wright.

Yugan Sakthi, Staff Reporter

April 5, 2019

Tokyo Police Club (TPC) is a big enough name in music that most of the audience at their Grog Shop concert on Friday, March 22 knew at least a song or two. For those unfamiliar with the Canadian indie rock band, I can only imagine they assumed it was a Japanese electronic dance music duo or an undergrou...

Billie Eilish smashes charts with captivating album


Julia Knight, Staff Reporter

April 5, 2019

Seventeen year old Billie Eilish shot to the top of the charts with her debut album “WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?” on March 29. The record is forecasted to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week. The 14-song album includes past hits like “you should see me in a crown...

Elton John’s greatest hits, 45 years later

Elton John at the Tribeca Film Festival

Yugan Sakthi, Staff Reporter

March 29, 2019

Monday, March 25 marked Sir Elton John’s 72nd birthday. In those years he has, by some measures, become the fifth best-selling artist of all time. He never truly left the spotlight, but with his biopic “Rocketman” in the making, the light shines anew on his life and music; to mark the occasion...

Pop legend Scott Walker dies at the age of 76

Scott Walker (deceased)

Matt Hooke, Development Editor

March 29, 2019

Scott Walker began his career as a teen icon and ended it as one of the foremost figures in experimental pop, influencing countless artists to expand their horizons. His record label 4AD announced Walker's death on Monday, March 25. He was 76. "I think he's probably been my idol since I was a k...

“Old Town Road” sparks debate over genres

Chris Heermann, Social Media Editor

March 29, 2019

On Dec. 2, musician Lil Nas X released his single “Old Town Road,” and the music game changed forever. Lil Nas X (born Montero Hill) is an up-and-coming musician from Atlanta. He dropped out of college in the spring of 2018 to follow his passion for creating music. He is at the forefront of th...

Playlist of the Week – 29 March 2019

Playlist of the Week - 29 March 2019

Ryan Yoo, Director of Design

March 29, 2019

Even though spring break was only two weeks ago, it feels like it’s been a month since we’ve had a break. It’s hard being on campus when all you want is to be anywhere else. As we count down the days until the end of the semester—it’s 41 days, by the way—enjoy these songs about the lows (and...

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