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Review: Vundabar masters the art of variety in ‘Either Light’

Review: Vundabar masters the art of variety in ‘Either Light’

March 30, 2020

In the age of digitally produced music, some pop tracks on the radio can feel bland, formulaic or, worst of all, predictable. Indie-rock trio Vundabar’s latest album “Either Light”—released March 13...

Musicians and venues are hit hard by the coronavirus, but the music community is banding together

Musicians and venues are hit hard by the coronavirus, but the music community is banding together

March 23, 2020

The six-member Chicago-based rock group, Rookie, had never sold out a concert until they announced a release show for their self-titled album "Rookie." The big event was set for March 13, but due to con...

GRLZ WKND concert celebrates female empowerment at Avondale Music Hall

GRLZ WKND concert celebrates female empowerment at Avondale Music Hall

March 22, 2020

After a successful EP release party last November with her friend and fellow musician Tmuny, King Inesse, a 20-year-old DJ and YouTuber from the North Side, knew she wanted to take it a step further...

Review: Alexander 23 steals the show

Review: Alexander 23 steals the show

March 17, 2020

As a teenager growing up in Deerfield, Illinois, musician Alexander Glantz’s favorite music venue in Chicago was the Riviera Theatre. He dreamed of performing there but never had the chance—unt...

Isaiah Sharkey delivers ‘magical’ performance in Columbia residency concert

Isaiah Sharkey delivers ‘magical’ performance in Columbia residency concert

March 4, 2020

In a dimly lit concert hall on the south end of Columbia's campus, 29-year-old musical virtuoso Isaiah Sharkey played his guitar for a packed room with passion and vigor. As a 4-year-old boy growing...

Final bow: Bobbi Wilsyn, ‘heart’ of the Music Department, exits the Columbia stage

Final bow: Bobbi Wilsyn, ‘heart’ of the Music Department, exits the Columbia stage

March 2, 2020

  Pointing to an array of framed photos along the walls of her office capturing faces of various Columbia faculty, Bobbi Wilsyn recalled the first time she had a hand in one of the college’s perf...

In the Booth: with alt-rock Columbia band SŌK

February 24, 2020

With its expansion of multimedia and Chicago-based music coverage, the Chronicle kicks-off its latest video series "In The Booth" with seasoned music reporters Managing Editor Kendall Polidori and Ph...

This 17-year-old producer is cooking hits for big Chicago names

This 17-year-old producer is cooking hits for big Chicago names

February 11, 2020

Ra Gordon, a 17-year-old producer, made a name for himself by posting leaked music on Instagram and YouTube from Playboi Carti and Pierre Bourne, bringing in more than a million views. But when peopl...

Close-knit queer DIY music scene serves as experimental space

Close-knit queer DIY music scene serves as experimental space

February 6, 2020

Manae Hammond softly kissed Indigo Finamore’s shoulder, sitting inches away, gazing and smiling as she intently listened to Finamore describe the couple’s dynamic, not only in their relationship but...

The Weekend Run Club takes a trip to the ‘Zoo’

The Weekend Run Club takes a trip to the ‘Zoo’

February 1, 2020

Nearly three years ago, Christopher Bryant was selling electronics at Target when he met Joey Resko’s mom and sold her a cellphone. Soon after, Bryant and Resko became friends and began creating m...

Dean candidates discuss their vision for the School of Fine and Performing Arts

Dean candidates discuss their vision for the School of Fine and Performing Arts

January 21, 2020

After more than a year of an interim dean in the School of Fine and Performing Arts, the college is conducting an internal search for a permanent replacement. The role was formerly occupied by Onye Ozuzu...

Review: A tropical vacation in January: Divino Niño holds sold-out show

Review: A tropical vacation in January: Divino Niño holds sold-out show

January 16, 2020

With a flowery tune that ignites the swaying of hips, bass riffs that ring out and the fast-paced thumping of two-headed bongos, a Divino Niño show is like taking a tropical cruise in January. The...

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