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Concert aids Yemen famine relief, raises awareness

Abigail Bickel, Contributing Reporter

March 2, 2018

On Friday, Feb. 24, five bands got together at the Plymouth House, Cleveland’s West Side DIY central music hub, to “turn their debauchery into something positive.” The House hosted a benefit show to raise money for the Yemen famine crisis, and in doing so, helped bring awareness to the problem....

Rachael Yamagata shines at Music Box

Abigail Bickel, Contributing Reporter

February 23, 2018

Making Cleveland an intentional stop on her tour, Feb. 9 saw Rachael Yamagata take the stage at Music Box Supper Club. The venue seemed strangely formal for the laid-back persona she puts on. I easily could have imagined this act hitting a local coffee shop, but the “dinner and a show” vibe lent itself ...

Future Now Tour makes stop in Cleveland

Sanjana Singh, Staff Reporter

September 9, 2016

The Future Now Tour came to Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena this past Friday, where teens and adults alike lined up hours before the show. The hype was high from a couple hours before the show where KISS FM radio was handing free T-shirts and dancers were putting on Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato musi...

CWRUchella kicks off UPB concerts

Phoebe Ryan performing in Chicago

Annie Nickoloff

August 19, 2016

Just one day before classes start for the school year, students can celebrate the end of summer with a mini music festival on Frieberger Field. The event, CWRUchella, will take place from 4-8 p.m. on Aug. 28. The event, organized by University Program Board, is in its second year and will face a ...

Datsik to drop the bass at House of Blues next week

Datsik's show features an array of lasers and mirrors, which form a grid over the audience.

Anne Nickoloff, Director of Print

April 6, 2016

Datsik, aka Troy Beetles, was recovering from a night of partying when he answered the phone for an interview; for two days, he’d played back-to-back shows. On April 5, he and his tour mates celebrated with a rowdy bus party. On April 6, he was still recovering from said party. “You need to...

Crazy in the best way possible

Matt and Kim will be performing what will probably be a crazy show at Cleveland's House of Blues on May 19.

Anne Nickoloff, Director of Print

May 7, 2015

“For some reason, there’s nothing funnier than a naked guy,” said Matt Johnson. Johnson, singer of Matt and Kim, was referring to the band’s 2010 performance at Coachella. At that show, an audience member leaped onstage completely nude, and began twirling his penis at the crowd. He was (according...

WRUW and UPB bring dance act to CWRU

RJD2 will headline the biggest concert the Tinkham Veale University Center has seen yet on Wednesday, Feb. 11

Anne Nickoloff, Arts & Entertainment Editor

February 8, 2015

University Program Board and Case Western’s radio station WRUW are both known for putting on concerts, whether it is Spot Night, Studio-a-Rama, the Fall Concert or Punk Prom. The two groups have finally collaborated to put on a show that breaks away from what both organizations are used to doing....


The last time Less Than Jake was in Northeast Ohio was for Warped Tour in July 2014. On Jan. 23, they will return for a show at House of Blues with Reel Big Fish.

Anne Nickoloff, Arts & Entertainment Editor

January 16, 2015

Ska may not be going strong in mainstream music, but this hasn’t put a dent in the plans of Less than Jake. Just under 20 years after the release of their first album “Pezcore,” the band has stayed busy. Their latest album, “See the Light,” came out on Nov. 12, 2013, and they’ve been touring...

16 Photos from the Fitz and the Tantrums concert

16 Photos from the Fitz and the Tantrums concert

Anne Nickoloff, Arts & Entertainment Editor

November 8, 2014

Seeing Fitz and the Tantrums perform makes you realize that a concert is not just about the music. With interactive flash bracelets on most audience members' wrists and never-ending applause, the band involved everyone filling the old auditorium this past Thursday. The light show operating behind...

Two great tastes in one restaurant

Happy Dog

Nardine Taleb, Contributing Reporter

November 7, 2014

Happy Dog is a University Circle delight.

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