Lucius – “Madness”
Case Western Reserve University upperclassmen may remember Lucius from their 2013 appearance at the Spot. On the second single off their sophomore album “Good Grief,” the group’s dynamic lead singers reveal their earnest emotion through bold, artistic lyrics. For fans of the group’s highly praised first album, “Wildewoman,” the quiet intensity of “Madness” will not disappoint. Those searching for a more upbeat tune can jam to “Born Again Teen,” the album’s first single. Lucius will play at Cleveland’s Beachland Ballroom on March 25.
Panic! at the Disco – “Don’t Threaten Me with a Good Time”
This week’s playlist would not be complete without at least one song from Panic! at the Disco’s new album, “Death of a Bachelor.” Driven by pounding piano chords and singer Brendon Urie’s enthusiasm, the song is reminiscent of Panic! at the Disco’s previous album despite Urie’s conspicuously absent bandmates. While perhaps not poised to dominate pregame playlists like the more poppy “Victorious,” the dark tune may just become a surprise party banger.
Kanye West – “Real Friends”
Yeezy is back and as introspective as ever. In “Real Friends,” West, along with Ty Dolla $ign, lament the price of fame. Over a melodic beat, the producer-turned-artist describes his frustration in being used for his #cash and #connections in his signature matter-of-fact style. Keep your ears open for Kanye’s latest—he’ll be dropping new music every Friday.
Alessia Cara – “I’m Yours”
Who hasn’t heard Alessia Cara’s sleepy single “Here”? In “I’m Yours,” featured alongside “Here” on the singer-songwriter’s debut album “Know-It-All,” Cara worries about falling in love again in the unexpectedly buoyant tune. Lucky fans of the R&B singer will see the 19-year-old live at her now sold-out Rock and Roll Hall of Fame show this Thursday, Jan. 28.
fun. – “Barlights”
Before fun.’s music made an appearance at high school proms everywhere, the bandmates were on the fringe of pop music, flexing their indie muscles through eclectic dance-y jams like “Barlights.” The song, from fun.’s 2009 album “Aim and Ignite,” reminds listeners to step back and relax, an important piece of advice for CWRU students heading into the spring semester.