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‘Orange is the New Black’ could be the new must-see show

By Katie Finlon | July 8, 2013

Strip searches, sexual abuse by prison guards and the most unlikely of friendships all came from one suitcase full of money from a resurfaced drug deal.“Orange is the New Black,” which premieres Thursday, is an original Netflix series about a woman’s...

House Cafe to put on Star Wars tribute show

By Katie Finlon | May 1, 2013

Local Star Wars fans will unite to celebrate the famous May 4, which is also known as “May the fourth be with you” day. Liquid Karma Productions will host its Star Chords: May the 4th Be With You show at 9 p.m. Saturday at the House Cafe, 263 E. Lincoln...

‘Hemlock Grove’ is a subtle suspense thriller

By Katie Finlon | April 24, 2013

Was it a werewolf that killed a young girl in a sleepy Pennsylvania town? Is Olivia Godfrey (Famke Janssen) some sort of cyborg or other immortal being? After the first episode of “Hemlock Grove”, the show only keeps you guessing. I was hooked for...

‘#Willpower’ delivers carefree dance music

By Katie Finlon | April 23, 2013

It has been increasingly difficult to have some “#willpower” to get through the remainder of the semester. Don’t came to the rescue. The Black Eyed Peas member released his latest album, “#willpower,” Tuesday. Yes, hashtag and...

Thrift store finds can be environmentally friendly

By Katie Finlon | April 22, 2013

I went to multiple thrift stores carrying $20 in my pocket, with the full intent to pop some tags this weekend. My remarkable finds and experience were indeed freaking awesome. In celebration of Earth Week and in the spirit of college student bargain...

Local jazz band to perform at the House Cafe

By Katie Finlon | April 17, 2013

Playing music with your idol is only a dream to most musicians—but it’s surreal to those performing at the House this weekend. MathGames!, a band led by NIU guitar professor Fareed Haque, will be the headlining act 7 p.m. Friday at the House Cafe,...

‘Breakfast Club’ star’s album underwhelms

By Katie Finlon | April 9, 2013

Molly Ringwald, famous for playing Claire from the John Hughes movie “The Breakfast Club,” released a jazz standard album—I guess weirder things have happened. Ringwald’s 10-track album “Except Sometimes” debuted Tuesday. The album had jazz...

Learn from my mistakes, don’t care about things

By Katie Finlon | April 9, 2013

You know, it’s funny-I never thought I’d get tired of talking about myself. To those who read this, thank you. I truly appreciate it, whether you come to value what I say or you come to mock it. I swear my new found boredom isn’t personal–I’m...

NIU’s music building to hold Latin Jazz Ensemble Dance Party

By Katie Finlon | April 7, 2013

“Music, food, dancing, fun and awesomeness” is how percussion instructor Mike Mixtacki envisions today’s concert—or, rather party. The NIU Latin Jazz Ensemble Dance Party starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall lobby in the Music...

Reuse-a-Palooza to encourage environment awareness

By Katie Finlon | April 3, 2013

This weekend will be all about making the world a better place through music and recycled materials. Green Paws Environmental Alliance, a student go-green group, will host its third Reuse-a-Palooza 7 p.m. Friday to 2 a.m. Saturday at the House Cafe, 263...

Music belongs to everyone

By Katie Finlon | April 1, 2013

On March 16, I was stumbling through Facebook—or life, rather—and came across a thought-provoking status from Connor Bernhard, 20, of Crystal Lake: “No one really owns music.” I was taken aback by the idea. Is it really something to consider?...

Adam Krier (left) and Ryan Fergus (right) of Lucky Boys Confusion sit down before their show Friday night at Ottoss in DeKalb. They spoke about the nostalgia of coming back home to the Chicago area to play and how life is on the road.

Lucky Boys Confusion punks up Otto’s

By Katie Finlon | March 31, 2013

These Chicago guys just came for good music, a good time, a few good beers—and a good place to call home. Lucky Boys Confusion, a punk band from Naperville and Downer’s Grove, was the headliner act 11 p.m. Friday at Otto’s Night Club, 118 E. Lincoln...