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Review: Vundabar masters the art of variety in ‘Either Light’

Review: Vundabar masters the art of variety in ‘Either Light’

March 30, 2020

In the age of digitally produced music, some pop tracks on the radio can feel bland, formulaic or, worst of all, predictable. Indie-rock trio Vundabar’s latest album “Either Light”—released March 13...

Q&A: Aaron Aye's rise through timeless R&B

Q&A: Aaron Aye’s rise through timeless R&B

August 8, 2019

Rising hip-hop and R&B artist Aaron Aye writes and performs with one goal in mind: giving people timeless music. The Minneapolis-based artist has released two singles since his 2018 album “O...

Lead singer Joe Padilla said a major aspect of the band's growth has been trying to figure out who its target demographic is and catering its performance toward that, which is something the band is still struggling with.

Expect pineapples and queer discussion as August Hotel finds its musical voice

July 16, 2019

After nearly eight years of playing together, the indie-pop group August Hotel is still trying to find its niche. “It is all learning; each show [we] learn from,” drummer Dean Sinclair said. ...

Mt. Pocono's new five-song EP⁠—

‘Smorgasbord-esque’ band prepares for crowd-surfing show to celebrate new EP

July 3, 2019

After winning a local Battle of the Bands competition in Elgin in 2017, Mt. Pocono released its first EP. The band was completely taken by surprise at how quickly it was picked up by audiences. ...

Punk trio Potty Mouth finds identity through latest album

Punk trio Potty Mouth finds identity through latest album

June 30, 2019

Pop-punk trio Potty Mouth said it has been a disadvantage to identify as an all-female band, a label which forces them to work harder to make a name for themselves. “Women are inherently disadvantaged i...

Gazebo Effect's self-titled album marks new era for Chicago band

Gazebo Effect’s self-titled album marks new era for Chicago band

June 13, 2019

Each live performance put on by the five-member alt-rock band Gazebo Effect begins with a round of hugs and a tuna sandwich eaten by the superstitious lead singer. With nearly three years of playin...

Race to Replace: 14 candidates vying for mayor’s seat

Race to Replace: 14 candidates vying for mayor’s seat

February 25, 2019

With the Feb. 26 mayoral election just  a day away, Chicago residents may need to brush up on their politics to figure out which of the 14 candidates they will vote for to replace Mayor Rahm Emanuel....

Sean McKee’s students collaborating with lead singer of the rock band Yes, Jon Anderson (on screen), to help mix one of his albums.

Columbia students to be a part of rock ‘n’ roll legend Jon Anderson’s upcoming album

February 19, 2019

Thirteen students sit in Studio C, filed into the rows of lecture hall-style seats. They are staring at a screen—the class is on a Skype call. An ordinary-looking man sits in his home animatedly talking abo...

Waterparks will be playing its first album Double Dare at the House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn St., Nov. 22. The band is also promoting its second album, Entertainment, set to release Jan. 26. 

Waterparks: Not just slides

November 20, 2017

After listening to Sum 41 on the radio when he was a child, Awsten Knight was drawn to playing music. He met two other musicians, and the three realized they knew each other from a birthday party at a wate...

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Lin-Manuel Miranda discusses relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Maria

November 9, 2017

"Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, along with representatives from the Norwegian American Hospital and the New Life Covenant Church, spoke at a Nov. 1 press conference about local relief needed fo...

Chicago-native and third place winner of American Idol season 10, Haley Reinhart, performed at Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., Nov. 5 for her

‘Ba-ba’ bopping to Haley Reinhart

November 8, 2017

Lincoln Hall was transported back in time to the '60s Nov. 5, riding thepowerhouse vocals and sultry jazz melodies of Haley Reinhart. Reinhart was accompanied by two stellar opening acts from offbea...

Haley Reinhart, from “American Idol” Season 10, will play Nov. 5 at Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave. 

‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’ with Haley Reinhart

October 30, 2017

There was never a doubt Chicago-native Haley Reinhart would follow in her parents’ footsteps after growing up in a musically talented family. After Reinhart climbed onstage at 9 years old to perform alo...

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