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Shawn Mendes releases new single

Amy Yu, Staff Reporter

March 30, 2018

After months of fervent anticipation, Shawn Mendes fans have finally been granted a fiery new single about winning the battle against anxiety. Mendes has made a triumphant return to the music scene with a powerful ballad. Released on March 22, “In My Blood” details Mendes’ struggles with anxiety. The...

Playlist of the Week: Feb. 19

Sarah Lisk, Staff Reporter

February 19, 2016

Jukebox the Ghost - “Hollywood” If you missed Jukebox the Ghost at Spot Night a year ago or just missed them in general, you’re in luck: the trio will be jamming at Beachland on March 4. In preparation for their current tour, Jukebox has released a campy music video for their (mostly) upbeat ...

Playlist of the Week 2/5

Sarah Lisk, Staff Reporter

February 5, 2016

Santigold - “Chasing Shadows” As the third teaser track from Santigold’s upcoming album “99¢,” “Chasing Shadows” and the rest of the 12 track album have big shoes to fill based on the artist’s previous success. Luckily “Chasing Shadows” is a cool tune with a relaxed pulse, more suit...

Playlist of the Week

January 22, 2016

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 ...

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”...

Playlist of the Week, 11/13

Charlie Topel, Staff Reporter

November 13, 2015

“Kill V. Maim” - Grimes Grimes’ new album “Art Angels” came out last week, and “Kill V. Maim” is a major standout on the record. In an interview, Grimes described the song’s story as “Al Pacino in ‘The Godfather Pt 2.’ Except he’s a vampire who can switch gender and travel t...

Up-and-coming country musicians of 2015

Maddie and Tae are known for challenging stereotypes about women in country music.

Hopeanne Wohlers, Contributing Reporter

November 6, 2015

Keeping up with the changing faces (and voices) of music can be challenging and time-consuming, so here are three suggestions for the country music scene. Ranging from Kane Brown’s deep-voiced bluesy tones to Old Dominion’s beer-drinking boy-band tunes, these young artists capture the quintessential...

Playlist of the Week

Charlie Topel, Staff Reporter

October 9, 2015

“January 10th, 2014” - The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die Emo revival collective TWIABP released their sophomore album “Harmlessness” in late September, setting a high standard for emo and post-punk. The choicest cut off the record is “January 10th, 2014,” which te...

Playlist of the Week: Oct. 2, 2015

Teddy Eisenberg, Staff Reporter

October 2, 2015

“Pretty Pimpin”—Kurt Vile Trading electric guitar for acoustic and the twang of banjos, indie singer and songwriter Kurt Vile conjures an alluring haze of melancholy feelings on “Pretty Pimpin.” Carving away at his previous works’ façade of electric, distorted guitar, Vile finds the beauty...

A sad girl on her honeymoon: Lana Del Rey releases new album

Sad girl anthems dominate

Michael Wu, Contributing Reporter

September 25, 2015

After firmly taking a place in the current culture thanks to a disastrous Saturday Night Live performance, in support of her first major album “Born to Die,” Lana Del Rey once again takes her spot as one of pop music’s strangest entities. She is, as she confirmed with last year’s unhurried “Ultraviolence,”...

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