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Reopening at The House unites about sixty

By Jesse Baalman | October 17, 2016

Progressive rock band Solar Pulse performs at The House opening night. THe band formed in early 2015.

Q&A: I, The Martian’s lead singer and guitarist

By Jesse Baalman | October 12, 2016

The following text has been edited for length and is not directly quoted.DeKALB | House regulars I, The Martian are playing at the reopening of The House, 263 E. Lincoln Highway, with new members and a set filled with a mixture of covers and original...

Crowd decides band battle champs

By Jay Ibarra | April 11, 2016

DeKalb | This year’s Battle of the Bands ended with a crowd tiebreaker between two returning bands ­— Charlie Haley and I, the Martian.This is the third year Battle of The Bands was hosted at NIU and Kimberly Manno, Holmes Student Center events programmer,...

Sethtastic Battle of the Bands

Sethtastic Battle of the Bands

By Amy Langner | March 7, 2016

Party Apple Peel performs at the Sethtastic Battle of the Bands on Friday at The House Cafe. The Sethtastic Battle of the Bands promoted suicide awareness and prevention. Lead singer Jade Steffen, having struggled with depression for most of his life, said the issue of suicide is not talked about enough and that music is his way of sharing happiness and light with others.

Event Guide: June 29

By Northern Star staff | June 28, 2015

The DeKalb music scene never slows down — not even in the summer. Check out this week’s local events and activities:MondayEverything will be just fine because Jim Adkins of Jimmy Eat World is coming to DeKalb. Adkins will perform covers, Jimmy Eat...

Punk dominates at NIUs Battle of the Bands

Punk dominates at NIU’s Battle of the Bands

By Andrew Roberts | March 30, 2015

The second Battle of the Bands had three more bands than it did in October, giving the competition greater variety in genres.The event, which was Saturday in the Holmes Student Center, featured seven local bands. This year’s Battle of the Bands was...

Smoking Revolvers shoot bull’s-eye at Battle of the Bands

By Andrew Roberts | October 26, 2014

Battle of the Bands brought face-melting performances Saturday at the Holmes Student Center, ranging from light, smooth rock to the heaviest of metals.I, the MartianWake up, suburbanites; I, the Martian has landed.The first Chicago-based band of the night...

Monster movie bites off more than it can chew

By Pat Quinn | January 22, 2014

Frankenstein’s monster, Adam, finds himself in a war between gargoyles and demons in “I, Frankenstein.”The movie stars Aaron Eckhart as Adam and Bill Nighy as Naberius. Nighy worked with writer Kevin Grevioux in the “Underworld” series.“I,...