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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 11, 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...

Review: “Reverse Order ” Shows Strong Potential

Review: “Reverse Order ” Shows Strong Potential

April 11, 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...

Dropkick Murphys Drop the Ball

Dropkick Murphys Drop the Ball

March 6, 2013

  Commonly known as Flogging Molly’s harder, more punk-esque counterparts, the Dropkick Murphys have been demolishing the Irish Hard Rock scene since 1...

Remembering Sound City and the Art of Real Music-Making

Remembering Sound City and the Art of Real Music-Making

March 6, 2013

  In this wonderful age of Auto-tune and Garage Band, people everywhere are making “music.” Take 15-year-old Rebecca Black, for example. He...

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