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“Damage and Joy”

“Damage and Joy”

Alex Hughes
May 17, 2017
Filed under A & E, MUSIC

The Jesus and Mary Chain have always been the kings of cool, but their new LP, “Damage and Joy,” secures their seat on the throne. Released March 24. 2017, “Damage and Joy” was well worth the nearly 20 years of silence from the band following their 1998 release “Munki.” Brothers Jim and W...

Riot Fest 2017 Lineup Announced

Riot Fest 2017 Lineup Announced

Alex Hughes
May 10, 2017
Filed under A & E, MUSIC

Courtesy of Riotfest.org The 2017 Riot Fest  lineup has been announced, and, as usual, Riot Fest knocked it out of the park. This fall weekend of punk and indie music was created as a multi-venue festival in Chicago in 2005. Since then, Riot Fest has found a permanent home in Douglas Park in Chicago ...

Mr. B’s Boogie and Blues Celebration at The Ark

Mr. B’s Boogie and Blues Celebration at The Ark

Isaac McKenna
May 1, 2017
Filed under A & E, MUSIC, PHOTO GALLERIES

“Has anyone been to all 20?” Mark Braun asked the crowd at The Ark. A silence ensued in which every member of the audience looked around at everyone else. “Just me then.” This was met with laughter and applause for the man who has made it all happen. Saturday April 22 was the 20th Annivers...

Lollapalooza 2017 Line Up Review

Lollapalooza 2017 Line Up Review

Alex Hughes, Journalist
April 27, 2017
Filed under A & E, MUSIC

A look into a few of the many acts playing this year's Lollapalooza.

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Caring For Your Record Collection

Caring For Your Record Collection

Alex Hughes
April 26, 2017
Filed under A & E, MUSIC

In December of 2016, the sales of vinyl records surpassed those of MP3s from online retailers such as iTunes and Amazon for the first time in over a decade. People are digging out their parents’ old turntables and flocking to record stores by the millions, in search of pure musical nostalgia. New re...

2 Chainz, Desiigner, Lil Yachty to Headline 2017 SpringFest

2 Chainz, Desiigner, Lil Yachty to Headline 2017 SpringFest

Joel Appel-Kraut
April 3, 2017
Filed under A & E, MUSIC

Lil Yachty, Desiigner and 2 Chainz have been announced as the joint headliners for SpringFest, University of Michigan’s annual lifestyle festival taking place on Friday, April 14. Put on each year by MUSIC Matters, a student-run non-profit started only six years ago, Springfest is an all-day festiv...

Bebe Rexha Puts on Electric Show at the Majestic Theatre

Bebe Rexha Puts on Electric Show at the Majestic Theatre

Alec Redding, Photographer
March 26, 2017
Filed under A & E, MULTIMEDIA, MUSIC, PHOTO GALLERIES

Bebe Rexha's concert at the Majestic Theatre in Detroit on March 22 featured new artists and flirtatious pop songs from Rexha. Bebe Rexha’s “All Your Fault Tour” has been touring all over the U.S and will also be touring in Europe in the upcoming weeks. She opened up with trumpeter and singe...

Community High’s Jazz Program Performs in the 37th Annual Jazz Festival at Western Michigan University.

Community High’s Jazz Program Performs in the 37th Annual Jazz Festival at Western Michigan University.

Alec Redding, Photographer and Writer
March 15, 2017
Filed under A & E, MULTIMEDIA, MUSIC, PHOTO GALLERIES, STUDENT ARTS

Community High's Jazz combos—"Arborland, Cold Tone Dreamery, Noodlers and Company, 5 Guys in Burners and Ties, FreshMore, and Noize 'R' Us"—perform at Western Michigan University's 37th annual Jazz Festival. Community High's "Cold Tone Dreamery" was awarded 'Top Combo of Festival.' Soloists Dann...

The Orwells “Terrible Human Beings”

The Orwells “Terrible Human Beings”

Alex Hughes
March 1, 2017
Filed under A & E, MUSIC

Chicago natives, The Orwells, are back and stronger than ever with their new record “Terrible Human Beings.” “Terrible Human Beings” marks their third official release and their second release on Canvasback Music, a label attached to The Atlantic records group. The band recorded the LP at Chicago...

A Night of Indian Music

A Night of Indian Music

Atticus Dewey
March 1, 2017
Filed under A & E, MUSIC

It was a dreary night on Feb. 11, as people bustled in and out of Crazy Wisdom Tea Room. However, at 8:00 p.m. the tea room became noiseless as people stared at the talent they saw before them. A group by the name of Sumkali had begun to start their 104 Indian Music Night. Those who were new to the scene were s...

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