The Columbia Chronicle

‘Mastodon’ guitarist goes ‘West’

By Alex Stedman

December 3, 2012

Brent Hinds is best known for shredding guitar in the heavy metal band Mastodon, but his side project, West End Motel, presents a whole new sound. The Atlanta-based band, which has been described as country/punk, is the product of a 20-year friendship between guitarist Hinds and vocalist Tom Cheshire.The group also includes Mike Shina, piano/guitar; Ben Thrower, acoustic guitar/background vocals; Stiff Penalty, bass guitar ...

Neo-’60s heartbreak artist

By Emily Ornberg

November 19, 2012

Kirby Kaiser’s vintage style of music transports listeners to a time of sugary pop melodies seasoned with retro, doo-wop harmonies. Her music may even be mistaken for that of ’60s girl groups like The Supremes and The Shangri-Las. Kaiser, however, is a 19-year-old Boystown resident.Inspired by heartbreak, Kaiser started writing music in high school after Fiona Apple’s songs helped her through boy troubles. She issued her...

Rolling the ‘Dice’ at Columbia

By Alex Stedman

November 12, 2012

German disc jockey and electronic music producer Loco Dice has undergone a significant evolution since his start in the early ’90s. He was initially a rapper playing support slots for Usher, Ice Cube, and R. Kelly. He’s since taken a turn to techno, releasing two electronic albums, several remixes and seven EPs, including his latest, “Toxic,” which drops Nov. 12.The Düsseldorf-based musician’s latest project is the...

Skatalites continue to jam

By Alex Stedman

October 22, 2012

Band breakups are all too common, but some bands stay active for decades.Since its formation in 1964, Jamaican ska band The Skatalites has released 15 studio albums and had a number of lineup changes after a few band members died.The current members—Lester Sterling, alto saxophone; Doreen Shaffer, vocals; Azemobo Audu, tenor saxophone; Andrae Murchison, trombone; Kevin Batchelor, trumpet; Val Douglas, bass guitar; Natty ...

Bringing ‘Odd Folk’ to the big city

By Alex Stedman

October 1, 2012

When some think of folk or bluegrass music, they might think of wide open pastures, farms and other bucolic sites. The big city hardly comes to mind, but Odd Folk is bringing folk-bluegrass, or “Newgrass” as they describe it, to Chicago. Since March, the group of three Columbia undergraduates and one Columbia alumnus has built a fan base with its album “Die Young,” released Aug. 6, and a recent summerMidwest tour.Sin...

Imagine Dragons find their ‘time’

Imagine Dragons find their ‘time’

September 24, 2012

From humble beginnings playing cover songs at local casinos to a nomination at the MTV Video Music Awards, Las Vegas-based indie-rock quartet Imagine Dragons may seem like an overnight success. But after t...

Marina City survives Windy City

By Alex Stedman

September 10, 2012

From stolen equipment to trying to maintain friendships among six young men, Marina City has already experienced its share of hardships in the music industry.The group persevered to win second place at last year’s Biggest Mouth, a competition featuring Columbia musicians, played two shows at the House of Blues and performed at Michigan’s Rockapalooza. Though the group is primarily described as pop–punk, they said they...

Oshwa ‘transmits’ independence

By Emily Ornberg

September 4, 2012

“Having a crush/ Man it’s bliss/ I just feel like ripping my face off.” Combining multi-layered rhythms, looped vocals and punchy lyrics, Alicia Walter, senior music major, performed under the moniker Oshwa in January 2011, and it grew into a band as she recruited drummer and senior music major Jordan Tate; guitarist and junior audio arts and acoustics major Michael Macdonald; and bassist Michael Noonan.Just before ...

Empires conquer Lolla’s storm

By Sophia Coleman

August 9, 2012

Local rock band Empires knows a thing or two about close calls.Aug. 4 started out as a sunny second day of Lollapalooza, where the band—comprised of Tom Conrad, guitarist, Sean Van Vleet, vocalist, and Max Steger, guitarist and producer—was scheduled to play at 4 p.m. But a sudden rainstorm and evacuation of the fest made the likelihood of a performance seem bleak.“Our set is cancelled,” Empire tweeted. “Nothing we...

Doctor P performs at Lollapalooza

By Lindsey Woods

August 6, 2012

While Olympic athletes in London are pushing their bodies to the limit, Shaun Brockhurst, aka Doctor P, was pressing the boundaries of dubstep on stage at Lollapalooza on Aug. 5, far away from England, his home country.The Perry’s stage at the three-day festival was one stop on Doctor P’s international tour, which started Aug. 2 and includes performances at ID Festival and other fests and venues across the globe. The tour...

Atypical Summer Girlfriends

By Sophia Coleman

April 30, 2012

Nothing goes better with warm weather than the swift beats of surf-rock, an ice-cold beer and, of course, Summer Girlfriends.With Caitlin Kerr on vocals, kazoo and tambourine, Nicole Freeland on drums, Sara Bassick on bass, and Kristin Marks and Nikita Flaiz on guitar, the quintet has secured a spot in the city’s music scene with its pop and rock sound. The all-babe band has been named by numerous publications as one of...

Money shot: Two Illinois men become beer pong’s most dynamic duo

By Lindsey Woods

January 17, 2012

The competition came down to one throw. It was the last of three games and the series was tied. Matthew “White Boy” White of Edwardsville, Ill., hadn’t shot well in the first two games, but now the pressure was really on. He cradled the ping pong ball between his fingers and released. Plop.With that splash of beer, White and his beer pong partner Ross “The Boss” Hampton, also of Edwardsville, were $50,000 richer...

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