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The musical SIX reinvents the women behind Henry VIIIs six failed marriages, painting them in new, brightly-colored lights.

SIX: The Musical: Feminist Think Piece or Surface-Level Fun?

Srilakshiya Sudhakar, Contributing Writer September 15, 2023

I was somewhat familiar with the story of the infamous King Henry VIII prior to hearing about “SIX: The Musical,” whether it was from a passing mention of the Protestant Reformation in history class...

Laufeys new album features songs that pay tribute to her musical influences while also maintaining a sense of intrigue for younger music lovers.

Can Laufey’s “Bewitched” truly beguile its listeners?

Kethan Srinivasan, Staff Writer September 15, 2023

There’s a certain quality in Laufey Lín Jónsdóttir’s voice that sounds almost supernatural. Taking the musical stage under her first name—pronounced “lay-vay”—the 24 year-old singer, songwriter,...

Olivia Rodrigo releases her highly anticipated second album, GUTS (2023), two years after her debuting critically acclaimed album SOUR.

Olivia Rodrigo plateaus with “GUTS”

Kate Gordon, Life Editor September 15, 2023

Expectations were high for Olivia Rodrigo’s sophomore album. “SOUR,” her 2021 debut album, won Best Pop Vocal Album at the 2022 Grammys and landed Rodrigo a whopping seven nominations. Its lead single,...

Reneé Rapp releases bold new songs about love and trauma in her debut album, Snow Angel (2023).

Reneé Rapp’s “Snow Angel”: a self-assured, standout LP

Kethan Srinivasan, Staff Writer September 8, 2023

Reneé Rapp has slowly but surely made a name for herself in multiple ways. There are more than a handful of Vines and TikToks out there of her singing riffs like it’s child’s play, or belting high...

Speak Now (Taylors Version) features a mature, updated album cover consistent with the tone of her new recording.

Speak Now (Taylor’s Version): a youthless replica or a mature retelling?

Kethan Srinivasan, Staff Writer September 1, 2023

At the time of its release, “Speak Now” was one of Taylor Swift’s most remarkable bodies of work. It is—as of now—her only self-written record. Swift swaps the rainbow-tinged romance of “Fearless”...

The Record invites audiences into the intimate lives of Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus (pictured, left to right) through meaningful lyrics that tell stories.

Here’s how to get the most out of your listen to Boygenius’ “The Record”

Kate Gordon, Copy Editor April 7, 2023

The first full-length album from indie supergroup Boygenius, “The Record,” is set to become this year’s album of the summer. Despite having its fair share of sad songs, including its tearjerker ending...

On March 28, Masego and his famed saxophone ignited the Agora Theater with a soulful blend of R&B and jazz.

Masego delivers saxophone solos and soul at the Agora

Joey Gonzalez, Life Editor March 31, 2023

Coming fresh off the release of his full-length album, Masego embarked on his nation-wide “You Never Visit Me Tour,” captivating crowds across the country. To be frank, I had only heard of him through...

Springfest’s Battle of the Bands bursts into Thwing Ballroom

Shejuti Wahed, Video Editor February 24, 2023

This past Friday, I felt as though I was an extra on the set of “Lemonade Mouth” or even a “Pitch Perfect” movie. While I was taking my time setting up interviews in a corner of Thwing 201 with...

In their 17th studio album This Stupid World, Yo La Tengo returns to their melancholic, noise pop roots.

A Harmony of Industrial Noise: “This Stupid World”

TJ Disabato, Staff Writer February 17, 2023

On Feb. 10, the gloomy masters of melancholic longing, Yo La Tengo, released their 17th studio album in nearly 40 years. The album calls back to many of the themes that made the band successful in the...

Rising artist Jeremy Zucker wowed CWRU students in the Tink Ballroom, bringing out an enthusiasm and energy rarely seen on campus.

UPBeats brings out CWRU’s love for Jeremy Zucker

Shejuti Wahed, Video Editor February 10, 2023

I’m not sure what I was expecting when I went to the Tink Ballroom for the UPBeats concert on Saturday, Feb. 4, but I certainly did not foresee it being one of my favorite experiences at Case Western...

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