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Happy campers at the House of Blues

Hoodie Allen headlined an energetic performance that included rafter climbing.
March 24, 2016

I am not much of a concert buff despite my love of music, so I had been fiercely anticipating the Hoodie Allen concert since buying tickets in January. Despite being known for his “frat rap” vibes...

Pop punk fills the Agora

February 19, 2016

On Feb. 12, hundreds of concertgoers filled The Agora, removing layers of sweaters and coats. Outside, it was bitterly cold, and the chill seeped into the concert hall’s lobby. However, once inside,...

A blast from the past with Never Shout Never

February 19, 2016

Christofer Drew, the bleached blond lead vocalist and guitarist of Never Shout Never, walked onto the stage of the House of Blues Cleveland with a half empty bottle of wine. After taking a sip from...

Ode to Vance Joy

The singer-songwriter, known for his hit
February 19, 2016

Last Monday, Vance Joy brought his charm and talent to the House of Blues Cleveland. The Australian singer-songwriter first earned fame with “Riptide,” one of his hit singles, and continued to the...

Alessia Cara was not, in fact, “Here”

February 5, 2016

“DUE TO AN ILLNESS, ALESSIA CARA WILL NOT BE PERFORMING TONIGHT. HER BANDMATES WILL STILL BE GOING ON STAGE.” These two sentences were plastered on every door outside of the Rock & Roll Hall of...

Elle King rocks Masonic Auditorium

February 5, 2016

Elle King claims to be a terrible person. “People always ask me if my songs are true,” King told the crowd. “Unfortunately, they are. I’m a terrible person!” Her proclamation was met with...

Noise rock at its quietest, then its noisiest

Yo La Tengo took an innovative approach to its Cleveland show, starting the concert out quietly and ending on a loud note.
February 5, 2016

When we walked into the Beachland Ballroom on Thursday, Jan. 18, we didn’t know a concert was happening down the hall. But we were a little late; Yo La Tengo’s set had already started. The thing...

Experimental and romantic music clash at Cleveland Orchestra concert

January 22, 2016

The Severance Hall stage was crowded with musicians last week as the orchestra prepared to perform Shostakovich's Fourth Symphony. The seats were also filled—it was clear that the program appealed to...

Past punk Andrew McMahon meets present punks New Politics

Andrew McMahon played to a sold-out crowd last weekend at the Cleveland House of Blues.
“Wilderness Politics” tour stopped at House of Blues
November 20, 2015

A line worked its way outside of the House of Blues on Nov. 14 even though it had already been an hour since the doors had opened. Outside on the building’s sign, red “SOLD OUT” letters were displayed...

Spot Night returns with Neon Indian

Synthpop band Neon Indian played to a large group of students at this month's Spot Night.
November 20, 2015

Last Friday night, hundreds of students flooded the basement beneath Leutner Commons to bask in the music of headlining electronic chillwave band Neon Indian and opener Explorer Tapes. Known for their...

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