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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 ...

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...

Playlist of the Week

Ellie Rambo, Arts & Entertainment Editor

December 4, 2015

Erykah Badu - “Phone Down” Erykah Badu wants you to pay attention, and she knows she can make you. Her voice, along with the dreamy background and hip hop beats underneath, will pull you into this song. It’s phone themed, like the others on her new mixtape (and everything else these days, appa...

Playlist of the Week: Nov. 20

Ellie Rambo, Arts & Entertainment Editor

November 20, 2015

“She Used to be Mine” - Sara Bareilles Although this single has the emotional lyrics and piano base common in Sara Bareilles songs, it has an unusual backstory. The song, as well as the others on her new album “What’s Inside: Songs from Waitress,” has been reworked from the score of the m...

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...

Playlist of the Week: Nov. 6, 2015

Charlie Topel, Staff Reporter

November 6, 2015

“Flesh Without Blood” - Grimes Grimes is back with a new album titled “Art Angels,” and her newest single “Flesh Without Blood” is full of the weird poppy goodness that propelled her into the mainstream spotlight. This track shows how she’s recently grown after scrapping an entire album...

Playlist of the Week

Charlie Topel, Staff Reporter

October 30, 2015

Spook-tacular Playlist! All the songs you need to have an indie-ween you’ll DIE for. “Afraid of Everyone” - The National Straight from The National’s near-perfect album “High Violet,” “Afraid of Everyone” is an emotional (shocking) track about new fatherhood and drug abuse. Star...

Playlist of the Week

Charlie Topel, Staff Reporter

October 23, 2015

Nicole Dollanganger - “Mean” Emo prodigy Nicole Dollanganger released her debut studio album “Natural Born Losers” on Oct. 9. On her track “Mean,” Dollanganger sings somberly about cops and bondage. Her sweet, innocent vocals provide a stark contrast to the subject matter. Her distinct voi...

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...

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