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Cymbals Eat Guitars dust off genre

By Megan Ferringer

April 6, 2009

It seems easy these days to get disillusioned by the new album releases popping up every Tuesday morning and plastering Pitchfork all with ill-conceived 8.5 and 8.2 ratings. Bands tend to overcomplicate things-masking whatever decent lyrics and mesmerizing melodies they have in heavy nauseating synths, hand-clapping machines, laptop-induced pitches and voices transformed into something less than human. These things are hardly li...

Geek gets chic

By Megan Ferringer

April 6, 2009

The three founders of Chicago’s first-ever nerd social club unanimously agree that there is a longstanding stigma surrounding the term “nerd” —one that, almost without fail, revolves around argyle sweaters, wide-framed glasses sloppily taped together at their broken nose piece and weekends spent holed up in dark basements playing Dungeons and Dragons until dawn. But it’s this definition that has created an idea wher...

‘Nameless’ director gets growing fame

By David Orlikoff

March 30, 2009

When Cary Fukunaga showed his short film Victoria Para Chino at Sundance in 2005, he could not have been prepared for the transformative effect it would have on his life.Then a cinematography grad student at New York University, he felt compelled to direct after reading about the 81 immigrants trapped inside a trailer in Victoria, Texas. And while 19 of those immigrants would ultimately die, Fukunaga would go on to receive 24...

Band debut album makes ‘Wavvves’

By Evan Minsker

March 30, 2009

So far, this year has given us a critically acclaimed and extremely complex album by Animal Collective. Merriweather Post Pavilion deserves a mountain of praise, sure, but I've been waiting for an album with a similar level of complexity that wraps up in 30 minutes and gets my feet moving.I suppose there's no use tiptoeing around it: I'm a sucker for lo-fi music. When I first heard the unintelligible lyrics and raw, sludgy pow...

Artist trio avoid the excess

By Michael Pedraza

March 30, 2009

Concerned about the over-consumption of products and heavy use of habits, three artists created a mixed-media piece to show the world just how much we consume.The artist group, known as Tripa Colectivo, was co-founded in November 2007 by Joevanny Duran and Abraham Velazquez. Velazquez was given a month to display his work at the Chicago Art Department after he became a resident last year. The two brought Mike Wilgus into th...

Knitty gritty graffiti

By Bertha Serrano

March 30, 2009

It was an unusually warm February night in Pilsen. Cops drove by slowly, patrolling the neighborhood because there had been a shooting earlier in the day. Four girls were out on a mission, and at this point, not even cops were going to stop them. Although they looked suspicious walking down the street with scissors, zip-ties and hoodies in tow-they were harmless.They headed to 18th Street, despite the traffic and frequent pe...

Mama’s shop dishes out pie

By Evan Minsker

March 30, 2009

After a long opening weekend of lines around the corner, running out of ingredients and having to offer vouchers for free slices of pie, Hoosier Mama Pie Company's mama-in-chief, Paula Haney, was overwhelmed by the initial success of her new store.When she got home after closing up shop one night, she received a call from a customer who was upset to hear they were closed."I heard all these kitchen sounds in the background, and ...

Director hits right note with ‘Nombre’

By David Orlikoff

March 30, 2009

Anticipation can be one of the best or worst feelings. From anxiously awaiting the first day of school to a sleepover with new friends, kids are constantly growing out of their comfort zone. But as we get older, things have a tendency to settle down. We anticipate things on a schedule, like taxes and dentist appointments, and look forward to the latest release from our cache of favorite artists. There is comfort in this, but i...

Partyin’ it up, nerd style

By Bertha Serrano

March 30, 2009

While many might decide to hire strippers for a bachelorette party, an entertainment company is heating things up-with nerds.Donning colorful plaid jackets, flooded pants, hideous ties and glasses held together by tape, the five employees of Rent-A-Nerd Comedy Entertainment get paid to be nerds.Since 1987, the nerds and nerdettes of this Chicago-based company have gone to countless birthday parties, wedding rehearsals, ba...

VIDEO: Hector Duarte paints as you watch

By Cristina Aguirre

March 30, 2009

His murals are displayed through out Pilsen and Chicago on buildings, stores, and homes. Now through May 9th, you can witness local artist Hector Duarte's latest work as he paints a 200-foot mural symbolizing immigration and hope. Each wall embraces it's own unique message addressing the issues of borders, identity, immigration, and the future. "Every time I paint, I intend to put a message on my work," Duarte said. "The mur...

Beatles tribute sans wigs

By Evan Minsker

March 16, 2009

Beatles tribute bands can sometimes get really hokey. It's not very respectful to The Beatles as artists to wear wigs and matching suits and act like the characters in Help! or A Hard Day's Night.  There's the drummer with the big nose, the left-handed bass player with the moon face and puppy-dog eyes, the cute and quiet guitarist and the guy wearing glasses. It's vaudeville.But the members of The Fab Faux, a Beatles ban...

Historic record label 70 years young

By Jim Wittmann

March 16, 2009

When Columbia Arts, Entertainment and Media Management department member Steve Cole signed with Blue Note Records, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary as a record company with a tour and a new record, he wanted to share his enthusiasm with his father, who knew the impact the label has on the jazz world, he said.“My father was a jazz musician, and I thought that he would get a good kick out of, so I immediately called...

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