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Cultural Fusion: The Evolution of Rap Rock

by Josh Stevens Rap rock is a music genre that took rap and rock to create a new, exciting listening experience. Rap uses lyrics and rhythmic flow, combining that with rock music’s energy and instrumentals to create a sound that’s powerful and new that people weren’t used to. Rap rock ...

The Beach Boys Today!: A Shift in Sound and Style

by Ashly Rico   The Beach Boys are most famously known for their catchy, fun songs about surfing, girls in bikinis, and for their revolutionary 11th studio album Pet Sounds. Pet Sounds has been hailed as one of the greatest and most influential albums of not only the 60s, but ...

Featured Local Artist: Space Age Zeros

Our Featured Local Artist for May is Space Age Zeros, a Chicago area power pop/pop punk hybrid that formed in the spring of 2022. Made up on five scene veterans who all have history together in sharing the stage with each other’s bands, the band’s initial mission was to blend ...

Olivia Rodrigo Rocks the Boat

by Jade Reynoso   At 21-years-old, Olivia Rodrigo has made an explosive transition from pop balladeer to punk rocker with her sophomore album, GUTS, released last September. The singer-songwriter’s new sound has won over established rock artists but may face skepticism from traditionalist fans.   Shedding Her Disney Image Rodrigo’s ...

Lollapalooza Through the Years

by Mia Sciabica   Summer in Chicago will have you going to nonstop events. From live shows and festivals to the beautiful Lake Michigan, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in the windy city. Arguably, though, the biggest event of the summer is Lollapalooza, and it has been since 1991. ...

Metallica: A Fan’s Reflection

by Erik Batkiewicz The preteen version of myself had no real idea of rock or metal. I was just listening to the Top 40 tracks on the radio back in 2014, but my world would soon be turned upside. My brother, Kyle, who’s 15 years older than me, grew up ...

Riot Fest Headliner Predictions

by Jesse Hudgins Festival season is upon us! Coachella just went down, Lollapalooza, Summerfest, and Sonic Temple have had lineup announcements, and Riot Fest typically announces their lineup in May with the single day lineups revealed in mid-June. Still, it’s never too early though to start the predictions for the ...

Over the Years: Twenty One Pilots

by Karla Damian Twenty One Pilots released two new singles, “Overcompensate” and “Next Semester,” which will be featured on their next full-length album, Clancy, set to come out on May 17. The two songs are different from each other, however, they still sound like “Twenty One Pilots.” But how did ...

Featured Local Artist: Impulsive Hearts

Our Featured Local Artist for this month is Impulsive Hearts, who pick up where recent revivalist acts like Dum Dum Girls and Best Coast have left off, adding just a hint of indelible Midwestern sadness to the neo-girl group garage rock sound. Danielle Sines leads the group with brooding, captivating ...

Contemplative Pop Punk: Neck Deep at The Salt Shed

by Chloe Kallberg After four months across the pond and on the road, Neck Deep’s second American tour came to a close in Chicago on February 25. Tucked into a tiny and expensive parking spot, my friends and I emptied our pockets, flashed our tickets, and permeated the Salt Shed ...

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