Entertainment: Multimedia Belt

March 30, 2012 - 3:51pm
Review: The folk-punk band mixes old and new tracks for an engaged Schine Underground crowd.

If you didn’t know about Titus Andronicus’ lo-fi folk-punk fusion, the sight of Syracuse University students' head banging might’ve been a jarring visual.

The band headlined a WERW and Music and Entertainment Industry Student Association co-sponsored show at the Schine Underground on Thursday along with bands Caveman and local student band The Vanderbuilts.

March 29, 2012 - 6:12pm
Musician Rachel Lynn and the Satan's Closet improv group entertain a full house in downtown Syracuse.

The audience cheered as Ken Keech and his improv group, Satan's Closet, came out onto the stage Friday night. At the end of every month, Keech and other performers collaborate with the Syracuse Improv Collective to put on a show for Central New York comedy fans. 

"[I'm] always expecting a good show, always looking forward to getting together with my friends and being joyful on stage," Keech, an adviser at a local alternative high school, said. "It's a great time."  

March 29, 2012 - 1:37am
Review: The indie-rock band riles the crowd at Schine Underground Wednesday night

It’s always a tough crowd at the Schine Underground. Students tend to stand steadfast as they watch the evening’s entertainment, perhaps due to their sober-minded hesitance to let loose in front of their peers. But pockets of fans in attendance Wednesday night quickly succumbed to the charm of the indie rock five-piece, Real Estate.

March 1, 2012 - 10:24am
Review: Cults, The Vanderbuilts successfully open University Union's first Bandersnatch show of the semester with enthusiastic brand of indie-rock.

Pulling off a successful performance in Syracuse’s Schine Underground isn’t easy. Even a talented act must face the threat of questionable acoustics and indifferent student audiences. Luckily, Cults and the Vanderbuilts overcame both obstacles with the artistic finesse of bands well-versed in small-venue performances.

“We played our first show here,” Vanderbuilts frontman Sam Kogon told the crowd between songs.

February 27, 2012 - 10:06pm
With the release of new album 'Half Sister,' Syracuse University senior and singer Sarah Aument hopes to advance music career with bandmates after graduation this May.

After she released her first album, Vertical Lines, Syracuse University student and singer Sarah Aument showed no signs of slowing down.

February 23, 2012 - 9:45am
Review: Asher Roth joins a motley crew of openers at The Westcott Theater to celebrate a Syracuse basketball win against South Florida on Wednesday.

With notably less ceremony than many of the artists who performed before him, Asher Roth finally walked onto The Westcott Theater stage a few minutes after Jamie Drastik left.

“I think it’s time I play the hits,” Asher Roth told a cheering crowd happy to finally see him.

February 19, 2012 - 1:34pm
Review: Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad channels their inner Grateful Dead in their groovy set Saturday night at The Westcott Theater.

Although the lineups for some of everyone’s favorite festivals -- Coachella, Bonnarroo and Sasquatch! -- have been revealed, the blustery Syracuse weather reminds us that festival season is still yonder. Rochester-based Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad attempted to bring that festival atmosphere to The Westcott Theater Saturday night with their self-proclaimed "relentless reggae" sound.

February 16, 2012 - 8:50pm
The Baldwinsville-based band prepares to release its debut album, Fortress, on Feb. 21.

Shortly before performing his song "I Can Set You Free" for a NewsHouse camera crew, Mike McKay asked if he could take off his shoes.

“I never play with shoes on,” he said. “My fans would know something is weird if I did.”

Barefoot and smiling, McKay and bandmates Dan Deming and Justin Costello launched into song.

February 3, 2012 - 1:40am
Review: Rappers Rick Ross and Ludacris please large numbers with older songs at University Union's inaugural winter concert.

Krystie Yandoli loves rap. She loves it so much that her family even made a joke about it when she was growing up. Sometimes they call her Luda-Krys.

“I’m really excited to see my namesake,” said Yandoli, a senior English student, as she waited in the minutes before rappers Ludacris and Rick Ross took the stage to perform at University Union’s inaugural Rock the Dome concert. Yandoli was one of more than 7,000 who paid to see the duo.

January 29, 2012 - 9:33am
Review: Canadian pop star Lights mesmerizes a giddy crowd at the Lost Horizon Saturday night.

Lights fans aren’t your typical mild-mannered concertgoers.

The Canadian pop star's fans shouted impulsive marriage proposals, exclamations of jealousy and showed excessive giddiness at the Lost Horizon during her set Saturday night.