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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

  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...

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...

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