The Observer

CIM student hosts afternoon jam session on WRUW

Perry Wolfman hosts an electronic show featuring guests from CIM.

Chrismaly Vidal, Staff Reporter

February 19, 2016

WRUW 91.1 FM hosts an eclectic group of shows, and the schedule changes regularly. To help you discover new shows to follow, we’re interviewing radio show hosts about their backgrounds and the concepts behind their programs. This week we talked to Perry “Wolfbrother” Wolfman, who hosts the...

Alum band Bro Dylan talks band name, Spot Night and new album

Indie band Bro Dylan performed a three-hour set at Cebars Euclid Tavern, where they played original music off of their upcoming album and a few covers of popular songs. Singer Alex Zinni graduated from CWRU in 2014.

Anne Nickoloff, Director of Print

February 17, 2016

On a small corner stage in late January, Bro Dylan finished performing a rock song at Cebars Euclid Tavern. However, the crowds’ eyes were transfixed on the television; they didn’t even seem to notice a band was in the room. “How’s everyone doing?” asked singer Alex Zinni. The crowd gave...

Playlist of the Week

Anne Nickoloff, Director of Print

January 15, 2016

David Bowie, “Lazarus” Just a few days after the release of his latest and last album “Blackstar” on his 69th birthday, David Bowie passed away this past Monday after a battle with cancer. “Lazarus” is the third song off the release, and Bowie’s lyrics and music video appear to be awa...

Top 10 albums of 2015

Punk rock band Sleater-Kinney's new album

Teddy Eisenberg, Staff Reporter

December 4, 2015

1. “To Pimp A Butterfly”—Kendrick Lamar This Compton rapper’s artistic metamorphosis is a genre-defining masterwork of smooth hip hop, funky jazz grooves and dark poetry that proves Lamar is one of the most important musicians making music today. Recommended Tracks: “King Kunta,” “Alright”...

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.

Anne Nickoloff, Director of Print

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 prominently next to the letters which spelled out the musicians’ names, Andrew McMahon in the...

Concert calendar: A look at this week’s upcoming performances

ZZ Ward will perform at the House of Blues this week.

Anne Nickoloff, Director of Print

September 18, 2015

Every week in Cleveland is a week to see live music. But, like any other week, it’s difficult to see them all. Dozens more of Cleveland’s concerts are just waiting to be experienced. For a head start to choosing a week of music, here are five upcoming Cleveland shows: Date: Sept. 18, 2015, 9 p.m...

Are we becoming musically illiterate?

Are we becoming musically illiterate?

Julia Bianco, Director of Web and Multimedia

July 6, 2015

You've probably heard your parents say it before: Today's music just isn't as good as the music was in their day. Maybe it's too loud, or too rhythmic or maybe they just don't like the message. You've probably tried to argue against them; after all, studies have shown that we tend to like music from when we were younger because it is more ingrained i...

Playlist of the Week: April 3, 2015

Teddy Eisenberg, Staff Reporter

April 3, 2015

“Dream Lover”—The Vaccines The biggest British band you have probably never heard of, The Vaccines, are four platinum-selling blokes from West London that mix the fuzz of The Black Keys with the swagger of the Arctic Monkeys and the cool of The Strokes. “Dream Lover” is the newest dark and ...

Singing their way to the top

The popular South Asian fusion acapella group’s latest music video has been a smash hit, attracting over 15,000 views.

Sanjana Krishnakumar, Staff Reporter

February 20, 2015

Album releases, music videos and competitions have Case Western Reserve University group Dhamakapella singing their hearts out for the world to hear. Dhamakapella is a coed South Asian fusion acapella group that mixes contemporary Bollywood songs and popular Western music into new, creative pieces....

Who won this year?

Sanjana Krishnakumar, Staff Reporter

February 13, 2015

From Sam Smith’s four Grammy steals for “Stay with Me” to Sia’s breathtaking hallucinogenic performance of “Chandelier”, the 57th Grammy’s stunned viewers across the nation. The awards ceremony featured more extravagant performances and glamorous styles than ever before. Musical mash-ups...

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