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Unheard voices of Ireland

By Amanda Murphy

October 31, 2011

Ireland has long been a country with a robust literary history. With a population smaller than that of Chicagoland area, it has been home to such monumental figures in literature as James Joyce, Oscar Wilde and W.B. Yeats. But rarely have the written voices of women of the diminutive, ancient country been heard.That is why Imagine Ireland, an organization that has focused the last year on bringing Irish art to American audien...

Hickster Hoedown: An interview with Dastardly

By Amanda Murphy

September 26, 2011

They’re a little bit country and little bit rock and a little bit insanity. With upright bass, banjo and vintage clothing, Dastardly members Gabe Liebowitz, August Sheehy, Sarah Morgan, Joe Rauen and Andy Taylor look like they could be from the ’70s Memphis music scene. But this modern band, which was mostly formed on Craigslist.org, is bringing its old country roots to the current-day indie rock scene of Chicago.The Chro...

Yellow Sub…er, bus

By Heather Scroering

September 19, 2011

Tour buses containing music equipment worth millions of dollars are fairly common. However, a multi-million dollar recording studio within a tour bus is a different story.The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus offered public tours at Columbia’s Media Production Center, 1600 S. State St., on Sept. 14.“We travel the country giving students hands-on opportunities to come on this bus and do something they would probably never b...

Opinion divided on prioritization

By Heather Scroering

September 13, 2011

Faculty members are buzzing about the  prioritization process recently initiated by Columbia and aided by Academic Strategy Partners, a consulting group.The Academic Strategy Partners’ “Report of a Consultative Visit” from April 2011 describes the process as one that will "enable the college to highlight its strongest programs" and reallocate resources from other programs.Bruce Sheridan, professor and chair of the Film and...

Fernando Jones’ Blues Camp strikes a chord with musical youth

By The Columbia Chronicle

July 19, 2011

The darkened Columbia auditorium is filled with the sounds of the blues. On a stage crowded with musicians and instruments, the lead singer laments his misfortunes in love while expertly strumming his electric guitar. As he belts out the final note, the audience breaks into enthusiastic applause. It’s like any blues concert in the world, except for one significant difference.The broken-hearted, world-weary singer is 11 years ...

Columbia’s Biggest Mouth brings on the talent

By Cristina Aguirre

May 2, 2011

Columbia’s best musical talent took the stage at Metro, 3730 N. Clark St., on April 27 for the annual Biggest Mouth competition, organized by the Student Programming Board. Thirteen bands and performers took the stage, all vying for a cash prize and other rewards.Three judges declared the winner to be Carbon Tigers, a five-piece indie rock band. Along with the band’s $5,000 prize, they were awarded studio time at Rax Trax...

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...

Mapmaker releases new album

By Brianna Wellen

April 11, 2011

Blending equal parts rock, pop and funk with strong jazz influences, the members of Mapmaker have a sound outside the typical college garage band genre. Saxophone and clarinet riffs play alongside guitar and drum solos. After finding their stride playing a steady rotation of local music venues, such as the Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave., and Subterranean, 2011 W. North Ave., they released their second full-length album ...

Study finds music can be addictive

By Cristina Aguirre

February 7, 2011

Throughout recorded history in every culture around the globe, music has existed in one form or another. Listening to favorite music has been universally accepted as a pleasurable and often relaxing experience. For years, scientists have pondered why music plays such a large and important role in life. But recently, a group of neuroscientists, led by Canadian researcher Valorie Salimpoor, discovered music elicits the same reaction ...

New study suggests music can be addictive in humans

By Bethany Buonsante

February 7, 2011

Throughout recorded history in every culture around the globe, music has existed in one form or another. Listening to favorite music is universally accepted as a pleasurable and often relaxing experience. For years, scientists have pondered why music plays such a large and important role in life. But recently, a group of neuroscientists, led by Canadian researcher Valorie Salimpoor, discovered that music elicits the same reac...

Celebrating education through melody

By Luke Wilusz

November 1, 2010

One lucky group of fifth graders got to celebrate their school’s new keyboard lab with some star power as they received musical pointers from Chicago-based rockers the Plain White T’s on Oct. 28.The band joined representatives from the VH1 Save the Music Foundation and ZonePerfect Nutritional Bars at Jacob Beidler Elementary School, 3151 W. Walnut St. to present a $30,000 grant to support the school’s music program. T...

Supreme Court hearing on Westboro Baptist monumental

By Contributing Writer

October 18, 2010

by: Heather McGrawIn honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Harley-Davidson USA is sponsoring nationwide rides to promote awareness of the condition. One of these rides took place on Oct. 2 in Effingham, Ill. It attracted the attention of the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan., defendants in a Supreme Court case dealing with First Amendment rights.Westboro Baptists protested the ride wearing bandanas that read ...

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