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Chicago Jazz Philharmonic pays tribute to NOLA at the MAC

By   /  March 26, 2014  /  Arts & Entertainment, Music  /  Comments Off

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The Chicago Jazz Philharmonic played the MAC on Saturday, taking over the Belushi Performance Hall with “Mardi Gras Carnival: A Salute to New Orleans.” Orbert Davis directed the show, which according to him was, “a celebration of the culture and the freedom of musical interpretation that happened [in New Orleans].” The performance started of with […]

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Listen: Recess

By   /  March 26, 2014  /  Arts & Entertainment, Music  /  Comments Off

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You’ve gotta hand it to the bass man – he’s got guts. EDM’s reigning champion, Sonny Moore returns to the scene in a big way with the release of “Recess,” just in time for festival season. The growth on the first ever, full-length Skrillex album is palpable, pertaining to both the evolution of the Los Angeles […]

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Spring break in the burbs

By   /  March 26, 2014  /  Arts & Entertainment, Music, Opinion  /  Comments Off

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The car’s all packed, the cooler’s full and  your friend made what he promises to be “the best road trip playlist ever, seriously dude.” It’s spring break, and you’re road tripping down to PCB or PBR or whatever acronym the kids are flocking to these days. That is, unless, you don’t live in a low […]

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The unusual suspects; weird instruments that rock

By   /  March 26, 2014  /  Arts & Entertainment, Music, Opinion  /  Comments Off

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2013 was the year of the banjo. Led by bands like Mumford and Sons, the modern folk-rock scene has fully matured, and with it, a slew of instruments new to mainstream ears. Gone are the simple days of guitar, drums, bass, and microphone – sometimes a keyboard, but even that was a bonus. Now, every band […]

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Keb’ Mo’ brings down the house; first performer at new MAC

By   /  February 14, 2014  /  Arts & Entertainment, Music  /  Comments Off

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Grammy Award-winning artist Keb’ Mo’ kicked off the McAninch Arts Center 2014 performance series on Saturday night with an impressive presentation of his signature blues-inspired style. The MAC, which completed a 14-month, $35 million renovation last December was filled with people, despite the prohibitive weather conditions that made driving a nightmare. The 800-seat Performance Hall […]

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Pedal Faster: COD Student Band “Borrowed Bicycle”

By   /  February 7, 2014  /  Arts & Entertainment, Music  /  Comments Off

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A dozen dreadlocked hippies walk into a Wrigleyville bar. It’s not the beginning of a joke- in fact, according to the doorman, it’s not even unique anymore. Borrowed Bicycle, the band they’re there to see, is a product of the changing music scene in Chicago, one shifting away from whiney pop-punk and full-charge bluegrass, into […]

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Dancing in the Pretty Lights

By   /  November 14, 2013  /  Arts & Entertainment, Music  /  Comments Off

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CAROLINE KOCH // ARTS EDITOR  We’re gonna take it way back Chicago, I mean back before Avicii,” Derek Vincent Smith’s voice soared over a rowdy crowd. Mr. Pretty Lights himself refers to the Etta James sample (“Oh sometimes, I get a good feeling, yeah…”) used in Avicii’s “LE7ELS” track, intravenously administered into the world’s party […]

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LISTEN: The Reflektors

By   /  October 31, 2013  /  Arts & Entertainment, Music  /  Comments Off

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Caroline Koch // Arts Editor  Hyped by graffiti and a mysterious moniker, Arcade Fire’s fourth studio release is the final edit of 50 songs created over the last three years spent while in New York and the Caribbean. Undeniably authentic, writer and frontman Win Butler tells “Rolling Stone” about what Reflektor is providing him personally, […]

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