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“Get Rhythm” in the “Ring of Fire”

“Get Rhythm” in the “Ring of Fire”

November 17, 2015

Every light was directed at the stage. Vibrant colors and a rustic scene brought the old Grace Station...

Thursday Night Live: Halloween Edition

Thursday Night Live: Halloween Edition

November 3, 2015

In a spot lit corner of the Student Union, bands projected their unique and trembling sounds through...

Black Violin: “Stereotypes”

Black Violin: “Stereotypes”

September 22, 2015

Melodies as old as time fuse with modern day beats, producing a hybrid of rhythmic harmony that strikes...

MTV Ghosts Summon ’60s Spirit

MTV Ghosts Summon ’60s Spirit

October 21, 2014

The doors of Bric-A-Brac Records and Collectibles were open and upbeat rock music came spilling out...

Brought Back by the Sounds of Mexico

Brought Back by the Sounds of Mexico

October 7, 2014

As part of NEIU’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage month, the Grammy Award-nominated Sones de Mexico...

Review: World Music Festival Comes to Chicago

Review: World Music Festival Comes to Chicago

September 23, 2014

  NEIU recently served as the venue for one night of the 16th Annual Chicago World Music Festival, where bands Bahto Delo Delo from Romania and...

Review: “House Sounds” at House Shows

Review: “House Sounds” at House Shows

September 9, 2014

  For those in the know, Chicago’s DIY music scene is a thriving network of enthusiastic and inspired young artists. “There’s a l...

Review: ‘Rebel Diaz: Culture has the power to move’

Review: ‘Rebel Diaz: Culture has the power to move’

June 3, 2014

Hip-hop duo Rebel Diaz gave an audience at NEIU a lesson in hip-hop. It wasn’t on a stage, as one might expect, but rather in a classroom where they presented the history ...

Detective Novel Holds Up Under Investigation

Detective Novel Holds Up Under Investigation

April 29, 2014

4.0 out of 5 Stars If you tuned in to WZRD (88.3 FM) for Thursday Night Live, the ruckus punching through your speakers was Detective Novel, a new noise-rock band in Chicago’s D.I.Y. music scene. With B...

Review: “Balkan Beat Box” Makes Great Study Buddy

Desiree Dylong, News Editor

April 23, 2013

Filed under Music Reviews

  5.0 out of 5 Stars With final projects and exams around the corner, students may be searching for some good study music to keep them company while they work. For those who enjoy listening to electronica while studying, Balkan Beat Box’s (BBB) self-titled album Balkan Beat Box will be a unique yet comforting study...

Review: “Yeah Yeah Yeahs” – “Mosquito”

Review: “Yeah Yeah Yeahs” – “Mosquito”

April 23, 2013

  4.0 out of 5 Stars It’s arduous work to even begin thinking about a new Yeah Yeah Yeahs (YYYs) album after 2009’s nearly perfectly crafted It’s Blitz. It...

Reyes Offers More than Just Beats

April 12, 2013

4 ½ stars Reyes, a former Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) student is a poet, actor, activist, spoken word and hip hop artist who writes songs that are not only t...