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July album review round-up

Kirsten Onsgard and Ashley Perez

August 2, 2014


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Bleachers - “Strange Desire” According to Time, Jack Antonoff, best known for his work as the guitarist of Fun., is reluctant to call Bleachers a “side project.” Even so, it’s hard to not draw parallels between “Strange Desire” and “Some Nights.” Though stepping away from his ps...

Review: Ratking and Blood Orange at The Empty Bottle

Kevin Quin

August 2, 2014


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Chicago got a taste of New York on Thursday from both Harlem alternative hip-hop trio Ratking and New York City-based musician Dev Hynes, who performed as Blood Orange at Empty Bottle. As part of the numerous Lollapalooza aftershows sprawled across the city this week, both acts brought a rare experience...

Pitchfork Music Festival: Sunday recap

Kirsten Onsgard

July 21, 2014


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While Mutual Benefit’s sweet indie folk was a soft ease into the afternoon, my exhaustion-induced headache wasn’t having it; and judging by the mix of beers and iced coffee in tote among early attendees, most were a bit worn. I grabbed an iced coffee myself and hunkered in at the Green Stage in...

Pitchfork Music Festival: Saturday recap

Kirsten Onsgard

July 20, 2014


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Saturday’s lineup of legends of mosh-worthy favorites made it by far my most anticipated day of the weekend. Besides, I had not gotten sunburned despite forgetting rule number one of music festivals, and a splash of iced coffee left me walking into Union Park shortly before 1 p.m. stoked to see a group...

Pitchfork Music Festival: Friday recap

Kirsten Onsgard

July 19, 2014


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With The Julie Ruin’s cancellation, Death Grip’s now-infamous breakup, and the passing of DJ Rashad, Pitchfork Music Festival hit some logistical bumps and was making music headlines weeks before the gates opened. Read More »...

Commentary: The death of Death Grips

Kirsten Onsgard

July 9, 2014


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I feel lucky when I say that I was able to see Death Grips once. It was the Saturday of Bonnaroo in 2013, an unforgivingly hot afternoon on the farm exacerbated by my lack of sleep and general music festival exhaustion. Despite the poor planning on Superfly’s part — slotting the hip hop outfit...

Concert hopping on a budget: Cheap and easy alternatives to Lollapalooza

Ashley Perez

July 7, 2014


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It is officially summer in Chicago. As the temperatures reach beyond the seventies and people flock to the beach to cool off, the music festivals make their way to the city. Read More »...

June album release round-up

Kirsten Onsgard

July 1, 2014


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The Orwells — “Disgraceland” The Elmhurst natives’ debut album “Remember When” was followed with a whirlwind of hype and a pair of EPs. The foursome opened for the Arctic Monkeys, left Letterman speechless after their on-air antics, and have been relentlessly praised by NME as “te...

Kathleen Hanna’s unique brand of activism

Kathleen Hanna’s unique brand of activism

Frances Welch

June 2, 2014


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In the early 1990s, Kathleen Hanna was on the hunt to find a way to make her voice heard. An active feminist with strong opinions towards sexism, Hanna gravitated towards expressing her beliefs by participating in spoken word poetry and creating unconventional, controversial fashion shows; however, this...

Top five summer album releases

Top five summer album releases

Ashley Perez

June 2, 2014


Filed under Arts/Life, Music

1. “Lazaretto” – Jack White | June 10 Ever since the 2011 breakup of the White Stripes, Jack White has made sure to keep himself busy. After the release of his successful 2012 solo album “Blunderbuss,” White wasn't sure when his next solo LP would come out. The wait is over. His second solo LP is one of the...

DePaul students let loose at FEST

DePaul students let loose at FEST

Amanda Driscoll

May 27, 2014


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On Friday afternoon, DePaul’s grassy Quad was transformed from a study space to music venue for the highly anticipated FEST. Walkie-talkies incessantly buzzed on the hips of DAB volunteers while equipment and lighting crews prepared for the festival. Grills were loaded with hot dogs, coolers were...

St. Vincent DeJamz 5-27-14

Andrew Morrell

May 27, 2014


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This week's DeJamz theme is, admittedly, a little weak. It's that time of year again, when deadlines are suddenly around the corner and I increase my caffeine consumption by a factor of 10. I'm talking about finals, and I'm sure I'm not the only one for which these next two weeks will be a doozy. So,...

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