The Columbia Chronicle

Tripping with Secret Colours

By Sophia Coleman

January 23, 2012

Mix a large dose of psychedelia, a heap of garage rock and a pinch of pop, and you have the recipe for Secret Colours, a sextet at the forefront of Chicago’s psych-rock scene.With Tommy Evans on lead vocals, Dave Stach on guitar, Dylan Olson on vocals, Justin Frederick on drums, Margaret Albright on background vocals, keyboard and percussion, and Nate Wiese on keyboard, rhythm guitar and percussion, the 2-year-old band ha...

One not so fine night in music

By Amanda Murphy

January 23, 2012

Some days start off great, with an energetic jolt out of bed. But as the day goes on, you miss your bus, spill lunch on your new shirt and come home to a lovely pile of cat poop on the ground. Left Field Management’s “Biggest Show Ever” on Jan. 19 at Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., very much resembled one of those days.The concert, which featured four local bands, represented a wide range of good old-fashioned rock ...

Ida B. Wells monument to come to Bronzeville

By Amanda Murphy

November 21, 2011

Memorials to celebrated historic figures are sprinkled throughout Chicago, reminding passersby of those who helped build the city as it stands today. Like the statues in Grant Park, they celebrate the past and assist Chicagoans in remembering their roots and the important individuals who made their mark on the city’s history.One of these figures, Ida B. Wells, will soon be added to that list.The Ida B. Wells Commemorative A...

Rockers show steely chops

By Gabrielle Rosas

November 21, 2011

Scott Pucci, lead guitarist for The Steel Chops, is uninhibited on stage. His Gibson SG is practically an extension of his body as he jumps on amps and channels Angus Young’s infamous devil horn salute.“It’s a way for a us to get away from our day jobs and let go,” Pucci told The Chronicle after a show at the Elbo Room, 2871 N. Lincoln Ave.That is the essence of the Glenview, Ill., band, whose current album, “Pai...

Are Illinois politicians student friendly?

By Darryl Holliday

November 8, 2010

With the state’s political landscape settled for the next four years the direction of higher education moves to the front.Around half of Illinois’ registered voters turned out for the Nov. 2 elections, giving Republicans the Senate seat previously held by President Barack Obama.The win by Senator-elect Mark Kirk (R) brings an end to a mudslinging political battle between Kirk and State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias (D). In the en...

Final countdown for U.S. Senate hopefuls

By Darryl Holliday

November 1, 2010

Senatorial candidates U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk(R) and Illinois Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias(D) continued their battle on WTTW-TV’s “Chicago Tonight” on Oct. 27 in the final stretch to fill President Barack Obama former Senate seat. Accusations from both sides came before and after a pledge to go positive in the final debate.LeAlan Jones, of the Green Party, and Mike Labno, of the Libertarian Party, were not invited to par...

Candidates for treasurer focus on cuts, unemployment

By Meghan Keyes

October 25, 2010

Illinois is more than $11 billion in debt, according to Gov. Quinn’s latest budget. It’s the treasurer’s job to invest the state’s funds into worthy investments.Four candidates are on the Nov. 2 ballot to replace current Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias: Robin Kelly, Democrat; State Sen. Dan Rutherford, Republican; Scott Summers, Green Party; and James Pauly, Libertarian.The state treasurer is the banker of Illinois’ finan...

Campaign ads in Senate race turn candidates into cartoons

By Katy Nielsen

October 25, 2010

As we approach midterm Election Day on Nov. 2, campaign ads become more aggressive. The focus drifts away from what the candidates offer and turns into rounds of playground name-calling.State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, a Democrat, and Congressman Mark Kirk, a Republican, are both vying for President Obama’s vacated Illinois Senate seat, and both are running less than civil ad campaigns.Watching television has turned in...

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