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The Month that Music Died

The Month that Music Died

February 2, 2016

The last few weeks have been a sad time for the music industry. Many classic rock and other musician...

Blackstar Shines Bright

Blackstar Shines Bright

February 2, 2016

Leave it to David Bowie to have complete artistic control over his own death. Besides being a startlin...

5 Tracks You May Have Missed in 2015 (But Should Still Check Out)

5 Tracks You May Have Missed in 2015 (But Should Still Check Out)

January 19, 2016

Aside from ”To Pimp a Butterfly” by Kendrick Lamar  and ”Currents,” the third studio albu...

Grief is Good

Grief is Good

December 1, 2015

The loss of his mother and former band mate inspired NEIU English instructor Larry O. Dean to create...

Jazz is Alive and Well

Jazz is Alive and Well

November 17, 2015

Duke Ellington and Benny Carter's energies were felt onstage with the NEIU Varsity Big Band as they played...

“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...

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