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The Meta

By The Columbia Chronicle

October 15, 2012

By Spencer Allan Readchronicle@colum.eduSpencer Allan Read, 19, grew up in a suburb of Austin, Texas. He is a fiction/playwriting student in his junior year at Columbia. He enjoys video games, punk music, reading and playing bass. Read’s work “The Meta”  is a structural parody of Franz Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis.” In class, his teacher told him to make sure humans transform, but Read decided to turn the idea of a human ...

Bloc Party returns, strips down sound

By Sophia Coleman

September 21, 2012

For a couple of years, London rock-quartet Bloc Party disappeared off the post-punk radar. Rumors spread, a break ensued and the band broke off to pursue individual endeavors.After two years apart, lead vocalist and guitarist Kele Okereke, lead guitarist Russell Lissack, bassist Gordon Moaks and drummer Matt Tong realized they had unfinished business. Four years had passed since the bands album, “Intimacy,” and though...

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...

Kid Color paints stage at Lolla

By Heather Scroering

August 7, 2012

Perry’s stage at Lollapalooza in Grant Park was already a sight to see with jumbo screens that projected psychedelic visuals flanking either side of it and one that stretched across the platform. But Chicago’s Kid Color made it even more vivid, delivering jivey disco jams at his 12:30 p.m. set on Aug. 5.Kid Color—also known as Kyle Woods, 24—moved to Chicago, equipped with DJ equipment, from Newport Beach, Calif., fi...

Milo Greene, calm before the storm

By Sophia Coleman

August 7, 2012

It was a hot and sweaty early Saturday afternoon at Lollapalooza in Grant Park when Los Angeles band Milo Greene performed their energizing folky set. But—as locals should’ve anticipated—Mother Nature decided she needed a break from the 100,000 plus concertgoers and cancelled several sets with a flash rainstorm.The five-member band—made up of Robbie Arnett, 27, Andrew Heringer, 27, Graham Fink, 26, Marlana Sheetz, 22, w...

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...

Mayor Rahm does good, breaks bad Daley deals

By Editorial Board

April 2, 2012

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has undertaken an aggressive series of actions since he came into office. From installing speed cameras to closing down schools, he has made it clear he intends to end an era of lenient government policy.In fact, Emanuel has undone two deals former Mayor Richard M. Daley had his hands in while in office. Emanuel’s moves are bold and will have consequences, but his actions are necessary and requiredby law.One ...

Someone You Should Know: Janelle “Ja” Gilbert

By Lisa Schulz

November 14, 2011

After living on a tight budget and enduring the four years of indecision about choosing a journalism or interior architecture degree to please her mother, Janelle “Ja” Gilbert finally found her beat in music and made a pact to give back to the community.The 2006 alumna released her first EP, “Laura’s Daughter,” on iTunes, CDBaby.com, CDUniverse.com and in physical form on Oct. 16, the latter sponsored by the Illinois...

Kids These Days beyond their years

By Sophia Coleman

October 24, 2011

In the two years they’ve been together, local band Kids These Days has gained a major reputation. From performing for sold out crowds at Metro, 3730 N. Clark St., to scoring a spot at Lollapalooza, the future couldn’t be brighter for the band of seven talented musicians, all under the age of 20.The first layer of sound is both blues and alternative rock, with Macie Stewart’s sultry vocals, Liam Cunningham’s raw expert...

Open Streets event closes down State Street

By Lisa Schulz

September 26, 2011

Seven blocks of State Street will be shut down to vehicle traffic between Lake and Van Buren streets on Oct. 1 to host “Open Streets,” a five-hour festival promoting on-foot exploration of downtown businesses and ways to get active.The free event, arranged by the Chicago Loop Alliance and the Active Transportation Alliance, runs from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and doubles as a celebration for the 100th day of the “Go Do Good...

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