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Here you will find reviews, previews, artist profiles, and opinions about music in 2022. This publication will highlight musical activities in Oberlin and Greater Cleveland, as well as regionally, nationally, and internationally. This project was recently featured in the Oberlin Review! Read the article, written by managing editor Kate Fishman: “The Updraft Publishes Dynamic Music Journalism.”

Michael Gaspari’s Senior Recital Celebrates Neurodivergence

Michael Gaspari wears their heart on their sleeve. It’s something I noticed as soon as the fourth-year double-degree student let me into Wilder Main, where they’ll be performing their new album On The Bridge for their senior TIMARA recital on Saturday, May 21, at 8 PM. Even amidst the drum kits, percussion machines, amps, pedals,… Continue reading Michael Gaspari’s Senior Recital Celebrates Neurodivergence

Park Bom’s soulful voice and deep emotion

From YG Entertainment’s girl group 2NE1, Park Bom released fifteen albums beginning in 2009. In November 2016, she left the group because she was implicated in an affair involving drugs. In 2010, Adderall, an amphetamine drug prescribed to treat her ADHD, caused a problem when she entered South Korea from the US. However, her final… Continue reading Park Bom’s soulful voice and deep emotion

Samuel Hoffacker Dazzles in Senior Recital

Samuel Hoffacker’s senior recital was a chaotic spectrum of emotion. Using a variety of percussion instruments, he performed a spectacular array of compositions ranging from early classical to electroacoustic Latin rock. The performance was a patchwork quilt of tempo, volume, and energy.  The grandiose nature of Warner Concert Hall starkly contrasted the 30-people in attendance,… Continue reading Samuel Hoffacker Dazzles in Senior Recital

DJ Kopano Talks Musical Curation and Centering Blackness

If you’ve been to a show or a house party at Oberlin recently, you’ve probably heard of Kopano. The multidisciplinary artist is a dual-degree third-year at Oberlin College and Conservatory, but they’ve also been performing prolifically for several years in Chicago’s South Side DIY scene, having opened for abolitionist Angela Davis and previously collaborated with… Continue reading DJ Kopano Talks Musical Curation and Centering Blackness

The Bleary Radicalism of Billy Woods’ Aethiopes

From the very first moments of Aethiopes, it feels like the walls are closing in. Outside, there is a gated fortress, with galvanized steel security fences and cameras adorning the towering brick structure. Inside, his mother is breaking plates as his parents argue. He thinks his neighbor might be Mengistu Haile Mariam, whose regime in… Continue reading The Bleary Radicalism of Billy Woods’ Aethiopes

Kassa Overall Sees Jazz’s Future at the ‘Sco

Even before Kassa Overall and his all-star backing band stepped onto the stage at the Dionysus Disco, the atmosphere in the basement of Wilder Hall on April 12 was — much like the humid weather outside — warm and crackling with electricity.  The prior hour had seen Oberlin’s own DJ Kopano on the decks, delivering… Continue reading Kassa Overall Sees Jazz’s Future at the ‘Sco