The Columbia Chronicle

I believe I can jam

By Managing Editor

February 24, 2014

Although it is a seminal piece of artwork produced during my childhood, I remember next to nothing from “Space Jam,” the 1996 half-animated, half-live-action masterpiece featuring Michael Jordan in his, uh, “acting” debut playing basketball with the Looney Toons crew. I faintly remember some of its cheesy special effects and that one golfing scene where Bugs Bunny and Jordan lock lips, but my memories of the plot and ...

Ship Captain Crew

Shipping off for success

February 24, 2014

Ship Captain Crew, an enthusiastic group of pop-punk wanna-be mariners, first took the stage in warehouse-turned-venue The Lighthouse, in Monee, Ill., circa 2012 and have since matured their  poppy sound. S...

Honey and Buffalo

Second act trumps Honey and Buffalo

February 17, 2014

An experimental, string-heavy, folk-country group, Honey and Buffalo, tried its best but didn’t quite mesh in the intimate setting of Schubas Tavern, 3159 N. Southport Ave., on a frigid February week...

Exonerated inmate sues city, police

Exonerated inmate sues city, police

February 10, 2014

After spending 20 years in prison for a double homicide he did not commit, Daniel Taylor is suing the city and members of the Chicago Police Department, claiming he was a victim of police brutality an...

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...

When Clouds Attack adds electro sound, challenges post-rock standards

By Emily Ornberg

January 28, 2013

Four years ago, in a small Wicker Park apartment recording studio, artist Todd Baran embarked on a solo project. When high school classmate and pianist Chrissy Parisi, college bandmate and bassist Cameron Moore and drummer Andy Angelos joined the band, the electro-post-rock tempest When Clouds Attack beganto brew.Today, Chicago’s mostly instrumental quartet roars thunderous tunes at Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., a...

Fierce, philosophical female emcee Dessa captivates Chi-Town

By Emily Ornberg

January 9, 2013

“Forget the bull in the china shop, there’s a china doll in the bullpen.”Singer/songwriter/emcee Dessa professed this symbolic lyric Jan. 8 during her performance of her track “The Bullpen” at her current tour’s inaugural show at Schuba’s Tavern, 3159 N. Southport Ave. A unique brand of cabaret-meets-hip-hop, Dessa’s delicate rhymes paired with colossal uproars of passionate musicality with salsa, jazz and retro...

Toronto multi-instrumentalist brings hypnotic sounds to Chicago

By Emily Ornberg

January 8, 2013

Attempting to describe the unique sound of local artist Deanna Devore requires throwing around multiple genres—pop, folk, Brazilian jazz, electronica, soft-rock, dance and orchestral. But if you ask her, her style is simply what comes out when she writes.After making a name for herself in the Chicago music scene, Devore’s second rhythmic pop EP “X Number of Days,” is set to drop Jan. 10 at the release party at Schuba’...

The day the music died: How the recording industry is coping with digital piracy

Madonna

December 12, 2012

It was March, 1990, years before illegal file-sharing began compromising the music industry. According to a former Warner Bros. Records executive, a company representative was waiting to meet the dir...

College musician “gets low,” gets exposure

By Alex Stedman

December 10, 2012

For former Columbia student Dan Henig, fame came in the form of an acoustic guitar, a rap song and a coffee house gig.Henig, who studied music at Columbia in 2010 and is now a student at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Mich., had a friend record his performance of an acoustic cover of Lil Jon and The East Side Boyz’s “Get Low” in a Ypsilanti, Mich., coffee shop called B-24’s. He uploaded the video to YouTu...

‘Mastodon’ guitarist goes ‘West’

By Alex Stedman

December 3, 2012

Brent Hinds is best known for shredding guitar in the heavy metal band Mastodon, but his side project, West End Motel, presents a whole new sound. The Atlanta-based band, which has been described as country/punk, is the product of a 20-year friendship between guitarist Hinds and vocalist Tom Cheshire.The group also includes Mike Shina, piano/guitar; Ben Thrower, acoustic guitar/background vocals; Stiff Penalty, bass guitar ...

Featured Athlete: Lauren Douglas

By Nader Ihmoud

November 19, 2012

Lauren DouglasAge: 18College/Team: Northwestern WildcatsLauren Douglas, a freshman forward for the Northwestern University Wildcats’ basketball team, has already obtained her first double-double and helped her team to a 2-0 start this season. She hails from Tennessee, where she played at Briarcrest Christian High School and led the Lady Saints to a shot at the state championship during her senior year. Douglas sat down wi...

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