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Illinois native brings Nashville to DeKalb

By Katie Finlon | January 29, 2013

Chicago Farmer will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at the House Cafe, 263 E. Lincoln Highway, as presented by Kickstand Productions. Cody Diekhoff, also known as Chicago Farmer, is a working-class folk singer from Delavan, Ill. His work has an emphasis in...

Pretty Lights to shine tonight

By Alex Fiore | October 5, 2011

Turn up the lights in here, baby. Extra bright, I want y'all to see this. That's the motto at 8 p.m. tonight when performer Pretty Lights hits the Convocation Center with MacBook and headphones in tow. Fort Collins, Col.-based DJ and producer Pretty Lights...

Don’t pull the Mustard Plug

By Connor Rice | September 21, 2011

DeKALB | Twenty years, 1,500 shows and countless beers. Ska legends Mustard Plug will return to DeKalb at 7 p.m. Friday at The House Café, 263 E. Lincoln Highway. The Takeouts, Shortstop from Tokyo and Fluffy Puff & the Ice Capades will open the...

AM Taxi to hit DeKalb in the p.m.

By Aurora Schnorr | April 20, 2011

Tonight, all you people 21 and over drop what you're doing and head out to Otto's, 118 E. Lincoln Highway, for some good, old fashioned rock ‘n' roll featuring AM Taxi. AM Taxi blends old school punk with mainstream rock sensibility and just a dash...

Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s invade Otto’s

By Jerene-Elise Nall | April 5, 2011

Indie group Margot & the Nuclear So and So's will headline Thursday night at Otto's, 118 E. Lincoln Highway. With their most recent release, Happy Hour at Sprigg's Volume 1: Live and Acoustic, Margot proves that it is ready to let its subtle maturation...

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...

Finding your place in the local scene may open doors

By Connor Rice | January 31, 2011

I never thought that changing my major would allow me to meet my heroes. In the coming months, I will be interviewing Henry Rollins for the Northern Star. Rollins, who was the volatile frontman for the legendary punk band Black Flag, has provided me with...

You put on the costumes, they’ll put on a show

By Chris Krapek | October 28, 2010

Trick-or-treating is for losers. Instead, this Halloweekend, have your face melted by live music. Now in its sixth year, the premiere event of the weekend is The House Cafe's, 263 E. Lincoln Highway, Halloween Extravaganza. The all-ages show starts at...

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...

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...

Fruit Bats to play at Ottos

Fruit Bats to play at Otto’s

By Jerene-Elise Nall | August 26, 2010

DeKALB | The Fruit Bats, a folk-rock group currently based out of Chicago, will play at Otto's, 118 E. Lincoln Highway., this Saturday evening. Just who are the Fruit Bats? "The band is comprised of members of critically acclaimed bands The Shins and...