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Station’s Creation gives its last show

Station's Creation gives its last show

Tim Ashton

October 1, 2012

About 15 bicyclists rode the streets on campus Sept. 21 to draw attention to the need for bike lanes. The bike ride, called Courteous Mass, was organized by word of mouth by members of the NIU Green Paws Environmental Alliance and the NIU Cycling Club. After that, some of the bicyclists and I found ou...

Who’s next in line to die?

FILE This Saturday Aug. 15, 2009 file photo Britain's Robin Gibb performs in the park of Ledreborg Castle near Roskilde, Denmark. (AP Photo/Polfoto,Jens Dige) 

Connor Rice

April 23, 2012

The third time is a charm. Well, sometimes. On April 18 and 19, American culture took a big hit with the passings of TV’s Dick Clark and The Band drummer Levon Helm, respectively. If you’re anything like I am, you were a bit saddened by the news. But you’ve also got to be thinking, who’s next?...

Melvins to take over Otto’s

Connor Rice

January 16, 2012

Nirvana, Mudhoney and Soundgarden have more in common than their home state of Washington. Kickstand Productions announced Monday that grunge godfathers the Melvins will be sludging their way into DeKalb at 9 p.m. on May 2 at Otto's, 118 E. Lincoln Highway. The Melvins, the band that taught Kurt Cob...

Freaks vs. Gleeks

Jane Lynch as Sue on Glee, the one-hour comedy musical
series on FOX.

Connor Rice & Melissa McKenna

November 16, 2011

Melissa McKenna Columnist Two words: Jane Lynch. Whether it be one of her classic Will Shuester hair jokes or borderline jokes that are barely slip past the cutoff for the wildly inappropriate, there’s no denying she is seriously hilarious. Wearing nothing but track suits (she has one in every color), sh...

Black is the night: Comedian entertains with his ‘raw and on-point’ humor.

Lewis Black preformed at the Egyptian Theatre Thursday

Connor Rice

October 6, 2011

"Let's start by bringing those expectations down." Those were the first words out of Lewis Black's mouth Thursday at the Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St., and they were met with cheers from the audience. But it didn't take long for Black to put his foot in his mouth. Lewis Black, despite appearin...

Ska — er, Jamaican soul band not bad

Ska — er, Jamaican soul band not bad

Connor Rice

September 29, 2011

Deal's Gone Bad is not a ska band. The Chicago group, which returns to DeKalb 7 p.m. Saturday at the House Café, 263 E. Lincoln Highway, certainly pulls influence from the Jamaican music style, but singer Todd Hembrook is hesitant to use that title. "You get called a ska band, and then you run into p...

Jack Olson Gallery gets ‘Inked’

Connor Rice

August 29, 2011

Tattoos have permanence. Of course I mean this in a literal sense, but the physical longevity of body art also serves as an apt metaphor for the time it has spent as a cultural mainstay across the globe. Tattoo: An American Evolution and Inked: Tattoo Imagery in Contemporary Art, sister exhibits on ...

What orientation didn’t teach you

Connor Rice

August 28, 2011

DeKALB | It's no secret by now that campus has a broad array of venues for live entertainment. But what about the rare nights when there's nothing on the calendar? When on a college budget, sometimes Redbox is a little out of the price range. Thankfully, NIU has quite a bit in the way of pre-recorded ...

Columnist Connor Rice gives new Pabst owners no ribbons

Columnist Connor Rice gives new Pabst owners no ribbons

Connor Rice

June 10, 2011

Just from observing the tightness of my jeans, you might be able to tell that I enjoy Pabst Blue Ribbon beer. For several years now, PBR has enjoyed enormous cult success as the official drink of the hipster culture, namely around the Chicagoland area. Well, as "official" as one can say, anyway. An att...

DeKalb Scene’s promo collection a grab-bag of great and terrible music

Tony Martin

April 27, 2011

For years, on the DeKalb Scene editor's desk, there has been a gigantic collection of CDs. Most people that send these CDs in are PR people looking for local coverage, and for the most part, these CDs are ignored and thrown in "the pile" -- they have no relevance to DeKalb, or anything the section i...

Don’t graduate NIU without tasting DeKalb’s music scene

Connor Rice

April 24, 2011

For many NIU students, the end is nigh. But before you get suited-up for graduation, take some time to experience a side of the city you might have never been privy to. There are some great concerts coming up this week, with a little something for everyone. Take a break from that final paper and chec...

Punk rock icon rolls through DeKalb

Henry Rollins

Connor Rice

March 31, 2011

“I guess you kind of had to be there.” We’ve all told those stories. Something humorous and unexpected happens to us in our everyday lives, but we can never quite recapture the essence of the situation when relating it to friends. This is what sets people like me apart from Henry Rollins. When ...