The Columbia Chronicle

Dirty, boozin’ blues-rock

By Luke Wilusz

May 3, 2010

Local rockers The Dirty Rooks have brought their riotous brand of “booze-rock” to pubs and clubs across Chicago since 2006. With their recent album, “Sugar Mama,” they aim to capture some of the energy they exude during their live performances. The Chronicle talked to drummer Nathan Urqhuart about the band’s history and style.The Chronicle: How did The Dirty Rooks first come together as a band?Nathan Urqhuart: The band actually star...

Young, loud and Frantic

By Luke Wilusz

April 12, 2010

Suburban punk rockers The Frantic got together when the four members were 13. Since then, they’ve moved on from playing small-time parties and local shows to releasing a CD and playing two years on the Vans Warped Tour.Lead singer Kyle Dee talked to The Chronicle before the band headed into the studio to record its second album.The Chronicle: How did The Frantic get started?Kyle Dee: The Frantic got started about seven years ago. We were jus...

Treaty keeps it ‘Current’

By Luke Wilusz

February 23, 2010

Local pop-rock outfit Treaty of Paris has toured the country entertaining crowds with its upbeat songs, vocal harmonies and catchy choruses. They played a Jan. 9 hometown show at Metro, 3730 N. Clark St., to celebrate the release of their new EP, “Currents.”The Chronicle recently spoke with guitarist Dan Wade about the band’s history and its plans for the future.The Chronicle: How and when did Treaty of Paris get togethe...

‘Superstar’ looks into the past

By Colin Shively

November 9, 2009

At age 6, Matthew Santos was already starting his musical career as he pounded away at the piano. By 15, he was strumming away at the guitar.A native Minnesotan, Santos relocated to Chicago to attend Columbia and study musical composition. However, college isn’t for everyone.Santos left Columbia at the time his musical career began to flourish in Chicago’s music scene.Despite leaving the school, Columbia helped Santos ...

Makeshift Prodigy creates diverse musical styles

By Colin Shively

September 13, 2009

The Chicago band scene is eclectic, yet within the local music scene, some bands have adopted their own musical style to represent multiple genres—Makeshift Prodigy is one of those bands.Made up of five members, Joe Bauer (drums), Jake Foy (lead guitar), Anthony Bagnara (vocals), Brandon Fox (ambient keyboards) and Dave Fister (bass), who have created their own musical environment and culture that is put on stage for the ...

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