The Columbia Chronicle

Craftsmen of Sound

By Kevin Tiongson

March 13, 2017

There’s a fascination among guitarists, and musicians in general, with handmade equipment. The common, mass-produced products don’t have the same soul, character or quality, which is the reason boutique manufacturers and guitar makers called luthiers are able to thrive.Bruce Roper and Ian Schneller are two Chicago-based luthiers and music equipment makers. Roper repairs and builds guitars, performs as part of the folk trio “Sons Of The Never Wro...

Chicago growing as tourism destination

Chicago growing as tourism destination

October 24, 2016

Chicago was named the second greatest city in the nation to visit by Conde Nast Traveler’s 29th annual Readers’ Choice Awards Oct. 17. The award followed an Oct. 9 press release from Mayor Rahm Ema...

Young Patriots’ notes from the underground resurface

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By Arts & Culture Editor

October 27, 2014

The Young Patriots Organization, a Chicago political group from the 1960s, is resurfacing in the city after years of invisibility.Originally based in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood, the organization,...

White Lung’s anti-sexism stands stumbles on deaf ears

White Lung frontwoman Mish Way screams her way through the band's Sept. 10 set at Subterranean, 2011 W. North Ave.

By Features Editor

September 15, 2014

Punk rock is making headlines again, but this time, it is not to warn parents of their kids’ impending bad haircuts. At the forefront of the movement is Perfect P--sy frontwoman Meredith Graves, w...

Piano keys

Federal government ‘poaching’ vintage instruments

April 21, 2014

The Obama administration’s new attempts to protect endangered African elephants are causing some string musicians to panic.Importing and exporting ivory in the U.S. has been illegal for nearly 100 yea...

Noisy roots, new routes

Virtuoso guitarist Ryley Walker has hardcore punk and free jazz roots but in the last five years has expanded to folk music, weaving together an ethereal fingerstyle with organic improvisation. His debut solo album, All Kinds of You, is scheduled for release April 15. 

By Arts & Culture Editor

April 7, 2014

First known as an active member of Chicago’s chaotic noise-jazz scene, 24-year-old singer/songwriter Ryley Walker put aside his effects pedals in favor of the simplicity of his own voice and acoustic gui...

Anything but Angels

Black Angels

By Assistant Arts & Culture Editor

February 10, 2014

Putting on their most comfortable pair of jeans to let loose, Chicago’s mid-lifers gathered Feb. 5 to dance awkwardly to the grooving sounds of The Black Angels at Park West, 322 W. Armitage Ave.On paper, th...

Medical marijuana won’t destroy Illinois

By Gabrielle Rosas

December 3, 2012

Illinois can’t be the California of the Midwest. That title was awarded to Michigan in 2008 when it became the first state in the region to legalize medical marijuana. Proposal 08-1, an initiative to allow marijuana cultivation and use for certain medical conditions, received more than 63 percent of the popular vote, according to I’m certain that kind of response would never happen in Illinois, but nevertheless, our...

Browser tab mobs no longer threat

By Lisa Schulz

November 7, 2011

Somewhere buried beneath 12 Internet browser tabs lies the user’s long-lost, original intention of commanding a computer to hum to life. Several hours and many tabs later, an exasperated sigh comes from the typical, modern-day Web surfer. If only there was a quicker way to catch the best waves in the infinite website sea.With a similar thought, three Columbia graduates and one student applied to be part of,...

Brother, sister duo brings the country to Columbia

By Cristina Aguirre

April 11, 2011

Their passion for country music is what brought brother and sister, Aby and Tessa Gutierrez to start performing together since high school. From Franksville, Wisconsin, the duo came to Columbia to study Music. Tessa, a freshmen Vocal Performance major and Aby, a sophomore Music Business major, have performed all over Columbia, such as Acoustic Kitchen and on Wed. April 27th at the Metro, 3730 N. Clark St., for Biggest Mout...

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