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The Observer

Lizzy McAlpine bares her soul in her third studio album Older, which released earlier this month. It is a return to form for the 24-year-old as the tortured artist returns to her folk-pop roots, poetically tackling grief, guilt and love gone astray.

Lizzy McAlpine breaks through her personal ceilings with “Older”

Kethan Srinivasan, Social Media Content Creator April 12, 2024

Lizzy McAlpine has been lost on the path to finding her perfect sound for a long time. Despite the remarkable success of her previous album, “five seconds flat,” and the sudden breakthrough of her...

Thousands of Fall Out Boy fans light up Schottenstein Center during a soft cover of Queens Dont Stop Me Now for an intimate moment during the otherwise energetic rock concert.

Falling in love with Fall Out Boy

Beau Bilinovich, Opinion Editor April 5, 2024

Growing up, I was always a huge fan of rock music; whether classic rock, the grunge rock of the ’90s or the alternative rock of today, rock bands have always had a place in my heart. So when my friends...

Battle of the Bands

Battle of the Bands

Shejuti Wahed, Social Media Content Creator March 29, 2024

As anticipation for the annual Springfest celebration crescendos, students across Case Western Reserve University’s campus gathered on Saturday, March 23 for a night of groovy tunes and        musical...

In her newest album eternal sunshine, Ariana Grande reflects on the thoughts and feelings that have been plaguing her, including those caused by her recent divorce.

Ariana Grande’s “eternal sunshine” gives a rather unique glow

Kethan Srinivasan, Social Media Content Creator March 29, 2024

Ariana Grande once stated that she would not begin recording until after the completion of filming for her role as Glinda in the acclaimed musical “Wicked.” For many of her most committed acolytes,...

The five bonus “GUTS (spilled)” tracks redeem Olivia Rodrigo’s sophomore album

Kate Gordon, Life Editor March 29, 2024

I didn’t care for “GUTS” when it released back in September 2023. The second album from rising superstar Olivia Rodrigo, its rock songs were too Disney Channel-esque to be taken seriously, whereas...

CWRUs Dhamakapella places first in Varsity Vocals’ 2024 International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella after wowing the audience with a sensational performance.

CWRU a capella sweeps the ICCA Quarterfinals

Madeline Golya, Contributing Writer March 22, 2024

On March 2 at 7 p.m., Case Western Reserve University’s Maltz Performing Arts Center hosted Varsity Vocals’ 2024 International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) Midwest Quarterfinal in Silver...

Nocturnal Terror’s “Blasphemous Crushing of Angels”: The fun of early Bathory with heightened extremity

Cason Willman, Staff Writer March 1, 2024

Nocturnal Terror is a black metal project out of Brazil, whose creative core is multi-instrumentalist Evokator of Storms—a name obviously indebted to Blasphemy guitarist Caller of the Storms. An independent...

Extreme metal band Antichrist Siege Machine released their newest single Sisera, which features clean production and creates an aggressive and demonic atmosphere for listeners.

Antichrist Siege Machine’s “Sisera”: A cleaner, more black-metal tinged single from war metal’s best

Cason Willman, Contributing Writer February 23, 2024

For those uninitiated—and I would count nearly everyone in this company save a select few—Richmond, Virginia’s Antichrist Siege Machine (ASM) is one of the absolute best extreme metal bands coming...

Aqua: More than just the maker of “Barbie Girl”

Aambar Agarwal, Social Media Editor January 19, 2024

Everyone has heard of “Barbie Girl.” Created in the ’90s by Danish-Norwegian Europop band Aqua, the song’s bubbly beat, catchy lyrics and iconic music video have cemented it as one of the best-selling...

MaDaCol performance dazzles and inspires students

Zachary Treseler, News Editor December 8, 2023

Last week, the Mather Dance Collective—abbreviated MaDaCol—held its annual performance show at the Mather Dance center, performing an engaging series of three dance numbers. This completely student-run...

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