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Review: “Reverse Order ” Shows Strong Potential

Review: “Reverse Order ” Shows Strong Potential

April 12, 2013

Rating : 4 stars The view of the golden gate bridge, boats on the water and bakeries making sour dough bread shaped like anima...

Review: Hot Steel and Cool Ukulele

Review: Hot Steel and Cool Ukulele

April 11, 2013

  3 stars Beat Chicago’s icy winter by chilling with Erich Sylvester and the Hapa Haole Hit Parade’s album, Hot Steel and Cool Ukulel...

Review: Gintenkai – Tsukasa Taiko Drumming

Review: Gintenkai – Tsukasa Taiko Drumming

April 11, 2013

  The beat and rhythm of a drum is a viscerally powerful motivator and one of the oldest form...

Review: Atoms for Peace – Amok

Review: Atoms for Peace – Amok

March 26, 2013

  4 out of 5 Stars Looking back on Radiohead’s Pablo Honey, their (sometimes dreaded) first record from 1993, it’s no surprise that the band as a whole explored and exper...

Michelle Cross and Joe Frawley- Dolls Come To Life

Michelle Cross and Joe Frawley- Dolls Come To Life

March 6, 2013

5 stars   Northeastern Illinois University’s own Michelle Cross has conveyed to those who attended the 2012 annual talent show back in September, tha...

Sons of Mary Rocks It Out!

Lluvia Carrisoza, Visual Media Editor

April 27, 2012

Filed under Music Reviews

    Photos by NEIU Sons of Mary is a local band led by NEIU student Donald Moreland and his brother Dallas. The band was named after their mother, Mary Moreland, and the brothers have pledged to bring good music for a good price to the masses. Sons of Mary has played venues around the greater Chicagoland area for several years now, and recently played to a packed crowd at the House of Blues on March 29, 2012. They graced the NEIU NestFest event on April 14, 2012, contributing their music styling, which are described as an eclectic mix of hip-hop, jazz, soul and funk. Sons of Mary played original songs as well as innovative covers of current popular hits. Front man Donald Moreland swaggered onto stage wearing a Vikings football helmet, while his brother, drummer Dallas Moreland, surprised the audience by wearing what looked like a cheerleader’s uniform. The first song they performed was a cover of “Can’t Stop” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, sung by Dallas Moreland, with special guest appearance of lyricist R-dub. The second song was a cover of Bruno Mars’ “I Wanna Be a Millionaire” featuring R-dub’s free style rap. They kept the crowd going with originals songs such as “Erase My Heart” and their signature composition, “Calling Me Home.” Band members threw shirts and CDs to the crowd, took over the entire stage, and had everyone’s feet moving. They really stole the show with their energetic performance. For more information on Sons of Mary, or to listen to their music go to their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sons-of-Mary/59746258053.  ...

There’s Always Room for ‘Fun’

Desiree Dylong, Staff Writer

April 27, 2012

Filed under Music Reviews

  There are some songs that never lose their ability to make you think of the past. One can be up to their nose in frustration while sitting in rush hour traffic, until a familiar song like Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit or Forever Young by Alphaville plays on the radio. Before they realize it, the once frustrated...

Holla! For Lollapalooza

Jon-Paul Kreatsoulas, Staff Writer

April 27, 2012

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  After much speculation and anticipation, the lineup for Lollapalooza 2012, which will be held at Grant Park in Chicago, IL., from Aug. 3-5, from morning until night, has been announced, and is eclectic enough to please even the most particular of music aficionados. It’s been a hectic year for the music business as...

Lonely Boys Meet in the City – Black Keys Concert Review

Jon-Paul Kreatsoula, Contributing Writer

April 17, 2012

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  It was around 7:46pm on Mon- day, March 19, when Arctic Mon- keys lead singer Alex Turner used both hands to slick back the sides of his James Dean hair cut and articulated how good it felt to be playing in “Chi-town” – emphasis on the “Chi” with a full blooded English accent. Tunes were blazed through,...

Indie Play List

March 5, 2012

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  Janean L. Watkins – Editor in chief 1. Cupid - Amy Winehouse 2. Don't Stop - Ang13 3. Uknowhowwedu - Bahamadia 4. The Boy From Ipanema - Ella Fitzgerald   Lakeesha Harris - Senior Staff Writer 1. Golden - Jill Scott 2. Simply Beautiful - Al Green 3. No Mirrors in My Nana's House -...

A Night Of Jazz

Lluvia Carrisoza, Visual Media Editor

February 26, 2012

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  The NEIU community was offered a night of Jazz On Thursday, Feb. 16th, featuring NEIU Jazz combos with Mayo Tiana on the Trombone and Tuesday's Children. The event jumped off with NEIU's Jazz combos. The Jazz combos, just like the name suggests, are different combinations of different artists that play together. The...

The Revivalists bring back that old time Rock ‘n’ Roll

Jacob Jones, Staff Writer

February 21, 2011

Filed under Music Reviews

Rating: 4.5 Vinyl records out of 5   For many Americans, there tends to be a yearning for that nostalgic, down-home southern rock sound—not the sound that you'll find yourself hearing in a grocery store ten years later, but that sentimental, true-to-its-roots southern authenticity that doesn't try to please everyone...