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Current Joys brings communities together through heart-wrenching music

Current Joys brings communities together through heart-wrenching music

Alicia Maciel, Contributing Writer

April 16, 2018


Filed under Arts/Life, Music

The phrase “I’ll never die” echoed throughout Schubas during Current Joys’ last song with lead singer Nick Rattigan sprawled across the floor, shouting alongside the audience. This bedroom pop solo project was transformed into a full-band performance with friends Jackson, Eric and Maddie fillin...

St. Vincent DeJamz

St. Vincent DeJamz

Amber Colón, Editor-in-Chief

April 16, 2018


Filed under Arts/Life, Music

If you pop into the Green Mill Cocktail Lounge in Uptown (Broadway and Lawrence) on a Saturday night, you’ll hear covers of the music that ruled the streets of Chicago throughout the forties, fifties and early sixties. The jazz and blues era was a great time for music in the U.S., especially in a city lik...

Varsity making waves with upcoming release

Varsity making waves with upcoming release

Alicia Maciel, Contributing Writer

April 16, 2018


Filed under Arts/Life, Music

Rock pop four-piece band Varsity is headlining Empty Bottle Friday, April 20. With roots in Chicago’s DIY scene even as they move increasingly to more professional venues, Varsity has performed with breakthrough artists including Car Seat Headrest, Vundabar, Twin Peaks and Diet Cig. Incorporating visual artwor...

The beauty of Lorde

The beauty of Lorde

Zoey Barnes, Focus Editor

April 9, 2018


Filed under Arts/Life, Music

At 17, Ella Yelich-O’Connor, also known as Lorde, released her first album “Pure Heroine.” Also at 17, Lorde became an international success story off of songs about her lonely teenager years. She took four years to create a new album, making sure it would be a work of art. When “Melodrama” came out last...

St.Vincent DeJamz

St.Vincent DeJamz

Yazmin Dominguez, Online Editor

April 9, 2018


Filed under Arts/Life, Music

Let’s take a minute and hit pause on the mainstream airwaves and let’s press play on some house. House music was born in the ‘80s right here in Chicago and flourished throughout the city’s underground nightclubs. House is as Chicago as Vitners and softball, so much so the city dedicated Jefferson str...

The Band CAMINO, Night Game rock Subterranean

The Band CAMINO, Night Game rock Subterranean

Cailey Gleeson, Contributing Writer

April 2, 2018


Filed under Arts/Life, Music

Fans anxiously waited in the frigid March weather outside of the Subterranean to hear The Night Game with opening act The Band CAMINO. The Night Game is a Boston-based rock band that is comprised of lead vocalist and guitarist Martin Johnson and lead guitarist Kirin J. Callinan. Shockingly — given ...

St. Vincent DeJamz

St. Vincent DeJamz

Zoey Barnes, Focus Editor

April 2, 2018


Filed under Arts/Life, Music

With the rain, wind, and below-40 degree weather, it does not quite seem like we are a week into spring. But just because the weather might not scream it, you can always enjoy songs that embody the season. Acoustic, airy sets with nostalgic-yet-hopeful lyrics help give off that distinctive spring aura. ...

2018 Lollapalooza Preview

2018 Lollapalooza Preview

Marty O'Connell, Contributing Writer

April 2, 2018


Filed under Arts/Life, Music

From Aug. 2 to Aug. 5, thousands will flock to Grant Park for another edition of Chicago’s biggest music festival, Lollapalooza. The festival is in its 27th year (its third after expanding to four days in 2016), and has delivered yet another star-studded lineup. With a festival this big, it can be har...

Pitchfork picks

Pitchfork picks

Marty O'Connell, Contributing Writer

March 12, 2018


Filed under Arts/Life, Music

Pitchfork is currently in the middle of unveiling the lineup for its 2018 festival. For the past two weeks, a live stream has gone up on Facebook, showing local artist Shelby Rodeffer painting artist names onto a mural outside the Wicker Park bar Violet Hour. It’s a reveal that feels charming, yet...

St.Vincent’s DeJamz

St.Vincent’s DeJamz

Yazmin Dominguez, Online Editor

March 5, 2018


Filed under Arts/Life, Music

If you are a 90s Latinx baby, chances are you grew up listening to iconic early 2000 Latin hits that still influence you to this day.  In the late ‘90s and early 2000s there was what can be called the “Latin explosion.” Artists like pop star Ricky Martin, rock band Maná, superstar Jennifer L...

St. Vincent’s DeJamz

St. Vincent’s DeJamz

Carina Smith, Nation & World Editor

February 26, 2018


Filed under Arts/Life, Music

Winter usually keeps people stuck inside, staying near the heating vent and praying for warm summer days. But every once in a while people break away and venture into the great outdoors to trek through the wet streets and bask in the gray skies of Chicago. Not everyone likes the sounds of honking ca...

Fifty50 Shows

Fifty50 Shows

Nikki Roberts, Copy Editor

February 26, 2018


Filed under Arts/Life, Music

When Alicia Maciel enters DePaul University’s John T. Richardson Library, the only signal she sends to confirm she’s seen me waiting for her is a slight nod. She picks the worn blue armchair across from me, the one that matches the color palette of her faded, pastel jacket, and begins to unwrap her...

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