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Open Mike Eagle finds ways to heal on

Open Mike Eagle is in a slump, but his music isn’t

Thomas Stremfel, Reporter // October 21, 2020

The indie rapper hailing from Chicago, Open Mike Eagle, has returned with “Anime, Trauma and Divorce,” further solidifying him as one of the most consistent hip-hop artists in recent years. As...

Angel Olsen’s “Whole New Mess”: Distress, Recontextualized

Thomas Stremfel, Reporter // September 4, 2020

A little over a year since the artist's last album release, American indie rockstar Angel Olsen returns with a pleasant, if not fairly stagnant reimagining of her most grandiose album to date. What was...

Padilla continues to play with ease. Photo credit: Daelin Wofford

Chico Unplugged winner balances music and nursing

Alex Coba // October 8, 2018

Music has always been a part of Lenon Padilla's life. Padilla was one of seven winners at the Chico School of the Arts Unplugged musician contest Thursday, which is judged at Madison Bear Garden. However,...

Passionate artists put their souls on the table with  every performance. Photo credit: Daelin Wofford

Winner of music competition showcased at Madison Bear Garden

Alex Coba // October 7, 2018

It was live music galore at Madison Bear Garden Thursday, as the popular Chico hotspot hosted the School of Arts Productions (SOTA): Chico Unplugged in the final Winners Showcase. Chico Unplugged is...

The cover of Arcade Fire's album

Playlist: 9 throwback tracks for your indie rock fix

Natalie Hanson // September 10, 2018

Why not break into September with the accompaniment of some throwback indie alternative tracks? Here are some of our picks, either as an introduction to some well-known artists of the genre or if you're...

Klez album art

KLEZ talks influences, inspiration and recent Swedish tour

Alejandra Solorio // October 11, 2017

Through tightly gripped hands, John Klezmer firmly grasps the handle of his guitar case. His untimely appearance with guitar in hand and belongings secured in a backpack almost carries the same amount...

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So Much Light’s album is anything but Yuck

Julia Maldonado // September 12, 2017

Elk Grove native So Much Light introduced the music scene with the 14-track album “Oh, Yuck” on Aug. 11. So Much Light’s Damien Verrett wrote and co-produced the whole album.The album...

Sisterhoods Photo credit: Trevor Ryan

Cammies: Indie/Experimental Showcase

Amanda Rhine // April 16, 2015

The word “experimental” has a tendency to raise a few eyebrows, and when it’s referring to a genre of music there is bound to be some skepticism when one doesn't know what to expect.Friday...

Hello Biplane, an acoustic duo featuring Braden Young and Spencer Goertz-Giffen, perform at their midwest release show. Photo Credit: Pete Romano.

Study Break: Hello Biplane ‘Line’ Album Review

Michael Quiring // April 25, 2014

Hello Biplane, an acoustic duo made up of artists Spencer Goertz-Giffen and Braden Young, recently released their seventh album titled "Line."The band was formed in Lawrence, Kan., but is now part of the...

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