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“The Slaps” break barriers in local scene

“The Slaps” break barriers in local scene

Lili Trifilio, Contributing Writer

April 23, 2018


Filed under Arts/Life, Music

Three-piece local band The Slaps, were born shortly after the trio began their freshman year of college at DePaul University. “We met at a party two weeks after school started in 2016,” said guitarist Rand Kelly. After finding common interest in music, Ramsey Bell, Kelly, and Josh Resing sought...

St.Vincent DeJamz

St.Vincent DeJamz

Lacey Latch, Arts & Life Editor

April 23, 2018


Filed under Arts/Life, Music

If you’re a fan of hip-hop you probably know that new music has been dropping all over the place recently. From a previously unannounced album from J. Cole to Cardi B’s debut, life is good for hip-hop fans these days. The best part is that regardless of whether or not you’re a fan of these arti...

Post Animal’s debut is psychedelic rock masterpiece

Post Animal’s debut is psychedelic rock masterpiece

Cailey Gleeson, Contributing Writer

April 23, 2018


Filed under Arts/Life, Music

If MGMT and Tame Impala had a lovechild it would be Post Animal. This Chicago-based psychedelic rock sextet is comprised of bassist Dalton Allison, guitarist Javi Reyes, guitarist and keyboardist Jake Hirshland, drummer Wesley Toledo and guitarist Matt Williams – with occasional vocal and guitar con...

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...

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