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We Were Promised Jetpacks soars into House Cafe

By Ross Hettel | March 21, 2012

If you were to judge a band based on it’s name alone, We Were Promised Jetpacks would be ranked right up there with Butthole Surfers. Much like the Butthole Surfers, WWPJ, a four-piece rock outfit from Scotland, take its greatness beyond its band name....

Digital music sales surpass physical counterparts

By Jerene-Elise Nall | January 29, 2012

While it has arguably been a long time coming, digital music sales have officially surpassed physical media music sales, according to a CNN report.Students feel the benefits of MP3s far outweigh any costs that digitalization may have on music."It's just...

Ottos, 118 E. Lincoln Highway, advertises shows being put on Friday and Saturday. A show scheduled for tonight was closed when promoter Kickstand Productions decided the weather conditions would be too dangerous for it to go on as planned. An alternate date for the performance, featuring local band TremorTone, has yet to be announced.

Snow cancels shows for second time in venue’s history

By Connor Rice | February 2, 2011

The show must go on. But the question is: Can it? DeKalb was rocked by both live music and a massive blizzard Tuesday night and well into Wednesday morning. With inclement weather and slick, snowy roads, some venues and promoters have been hesitant to...

Downtown DeKalb construction nears completion

By John Bachmann | September 29, 2010

The road construction in downtown DeKalb is nearing an end. The Rise & Revitalizemeeting held Tuesday morning in the Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St., was led by Jennifer Groce, executive director of Re:New DeKalb and those in attendance included...

Looking back on Middlewest Fest

By Jessica Jenks | September 20, 2010

Last weekend, downtown DeKalb was invaded by bands, artists and filmmakers. The inaugural Middlewest Music and Arts Festival provided a weekend of rock n' roll at a reasonable price for all attendees. Bands were playing in stores, out in the open in...

Meet the man behind Middlewest Fest

By Jessica Jenks | September 10, 2010

Weekend warriors, put your war paint on and prepare to conquer DeKalb this weekend. Middlewest Fest is the most exciting thing to happen to DeKalb since, well, corn. NIU graduate John Ugolini put together this amazing weekend for anyone and everyone to...

Krystals former owner plans to open new bar soon

Krystal’s former owner plans to open new bar soon

By John Bachmann | August 31, 2010

DeKALB |Paul Baggett, former owner of Club 122 and the recently closed Krystal's, is looking toward the future in hopes of opening another similar business. Baggett, an NIU alumnus, started his business venture in DeKalb in 2005 with Club 122, which was...

10 years of music with the House Cafe

By Jerene-Elise Nall | August 23, 2010

The House Cafe, 263 E. Lincoln Highway, celebrated its 10th anniversary with the Ten Ear Cornhugger’s Best Fest this weekend. The weekend unofficially began Thursday with a show by Every Time I Die, and featured in this weekend’s lineup were local...