The Columbia Chronicle

Downey Jr. makes ‘Iron Man’ live again

By Matthew Fagerholm

May 15, 2008

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

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

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’


May 15, 2008

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...

Droppin’ it direct

By Derek Kucynda

May 15, 2008

Last weekend, while I was eating my dad’s homemade meatloaf, I had a revelation: I need to pack up my belongings, move out on my own and finally learn how to cook.Yes, I was able to save up money and bond with my family while I lived with them, but now I crave independence. With my friend’s lease almost up, he and I decided we wanted to live together. So we went on and and looked at ...

Don’t miss: Day Two of Lollapalooza

By Jessica Galliart

May 15, 2008

With so many bands and so little time, making decisions on which sets to check out at Lollapalooza, Chicago’s biggest music festival of the year, and which to miss out on can be a bit stressful. Of course, headliners like Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine, Wilco, Nine Inch Nails and Kanye West are givens, but with so many promising smaller acts performing in different areas at the same times—in forecasted temperatures...

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