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Playlist of the Week

Sarah Lisk, Staff Reporter

April 15, 2016

Adult Mom - “Survival” Steph Knipe of Adult Mom is the quintessential DIY indie kid: very cool, a little odd and documenting a journey to self-acceptance through music. Like of all Adult Mom’s releases, “Survival” is real and reflective, reminiscent of painfully frank scribbles in a priv...

Playlist of the Week

Sarah Lisk, Staff Reporter

April 8, 2016

San Fermin- “Methuselah” The thoughtful “Methuselah” is from San Fermin’s 2013 eponymous album. A project of composer Ellis Ludwig-Leone, the group’s instrument-laden melodies, described as baroque pop, features intricate elements of classical music. In “Methuselah,” male and female ...

Playlist of the Week

Sarah Lisk, Staff Reporter

April 1, 2016

Icona Pop - “Someone Who Can Dance” Icona Pop soared to success with song of the summer “I Love It” a full four years ago, and “Someone Who Can Dance” might be the follow-up hit the duo deserves. The synthpop party jam—Icona Pop’s specialty—premiered in late February at the Grammis A...

Playlist of the Week

Sarah Lisk, Staff Reporter

March 25, 2016

The Zolas - “Molotov Girls” “Molotov Girls” is the first track from The Zolas’ third album, 2016’s “Swooner.” Originally released last year on their EP “Wino Oracle,” the sophisticated rock song is inspired by recent riots in Ukraine, according to vocalist Zachary Gray. In the tun...

Playlist of the Week: March 15

Sarah Lisk, Staff Reporter

March 18, 2016

Lizzo - “Good as Hell” Minneapolis-based Lizzo is one half hip-hop, one half indie, and 100 percent talented. “Good as Hell” is a solidly inspirational follow-up to her 2015 album “Big Grrrl Small World.” With the single, which will be featured on the soundtrack of “Barbershop: The Next Cut,”...

Playlist of the Week

Sarah Lisk, Staff Reporter

February 26, 2016

Tokyo Police Club - “Not My Girl” “Not My Girl” is the first taste of Tokyo Police Club’s upcoming two-part EP, “Melon Collie and the Infinite Radness.” Since its founding 11 years ago the group still hasn’t exactly settled on a sound, instead oscillating between the conventional “...

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: Spotlight on Brite Winter

February 12, 2016

Despite a serious lack of music festivals in Northeast Ohio, Cleveland boasts a surprising number of local groups. On Feb. 20, a selection of the best, including Seafair, Marcus Alan Ward and Cities & Coasts, will take the stages of the popular and free Brite Winter fest along with some national names....

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 1/29/16

Sarah Lisk, Staff Reporter

January 29, 2016

Sia - “Unstoppable” With emotion-infused lyrics similar to those in her 2014 hit “Chandelier,” Sia again flaunts her pipes in “Unstoppable.” Like “Chandelier,” the empowerment anthem features an understated introduction, catchy chorus and overall impassioned tone. The singer-songwrite...

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