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The storm brigade

By Jessica Galliart

May 15, 2008

Filed under Arts & Culture

Weather fanatics armed with cameras capture massive tornadoes enveloping small Midwestern towns every day and plaster their footage all over the Internet. Even mainstream movies like Twister have tapped into the phenomenon of high-speed chases to catch sight of severe thunderstorms and the damage they create.College of DuPage students in meteorology professor Paul Sirvatka’s storm chasing class travel across North America for a...

OK Go to headline show

By Colin Shively

May 15, 2008

Filed under Arts & Culture

After Damian Kulash and Tim Nordwind met over a game of ping-pong at a summer camp in Michigan when they were 11 and 12, they quickly formed a friendship that would last for years to come. After attending the same summer camp for several summers and keeping in touch during their college years, Kulash and Nordwind began sending music recordings to each other, starting a habit that would lead to the formation of a band.Ok GoKeyboardi...

Downey Jr. makes ‘Iron Man’ live again

By Matthew Fagerholm

May 15, 2008

Filed under Arts & Culture

When was the last time a superhero was overshadowed by his alter ego? It’s difficult to imagine an audience preferring to see a film solely about boorish billionaire Bruce Wayne or squeaky-clean geek Peter Parker.APRobert Downey Jr. is absolutely smashing as the titular super-robot in ‘Iron Man.’But in the case of Iron Man, the real hero is the man behind the mask, Tony Stark. With his bitingly brusque wit, whimsically caref...

Welcome (back) to Guyville

By Brett Marlow

May 15, 2008

Filed under Arts & Culture

Nearly 15 years after its release, Liz Phair’s Exile In Guyville, an album often touted by music buffs, critics and ranked as one of the top 500 albums of all time by Rolling Stone magazine—is back.Chicago native, Liz Phair, the ingenue behind the classic lo-fi album, is re-issuing the record for its 15th anniversary on indie label ATO Records on June 24.Big HassleExile In Guyville will be re-issued 15 years after its de...

Keepin’ it real: Q&A with Mason Jennings

By Sara Harvey

May 15, 2008

Filed under Arts & Culture

His shows draw upward of 3,000 fans in his hometown of Minneapolis, though according to singer-songwriter Mason Jennings, he doesn’t have a favorite city when he performs live. The only thing that matters, he said, is that the audience enjoys the moment.Jennings is known for his voice, which is one of the most unique in folk rock music. It has a honey-thick, meandering tone that dodges in and out of the foreground, awkw...

Seventh annual Jammy awards go Phishin’

By AP

May 15, 2008

Filed under Arts & Culture

Though the Jammy Awards were able to bring together the members of Phish for the first time since they broke up four years ago, the reunion may not have been everything Phish-heads had hoped for.While all members of the beloved jam-band appeared—and two of them grooved onstage (Trey Anastasio and Page McConnell)—they didn’t perform together on May 7. And as they accepted their lifetime achievement award, there was no h...

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