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Vinyl records and turntables take the experience of listening to music to a whole new level.

Vinyl records are a musical lifestyle

By Parker Otto | January 13, 2022
Listening to a vinyl record is something else. You can’t mix up the order and it’s not portable. You have to make a conscious effort to put on an album and listen to it. Just listen and let your imagination take you places.
Think Floyd USA performs In the Flesh with the background filled with hammers. 

Pink Floyd tribute flawlessly recreates ‘The Wall’

By Parker Otto | November 13, 2019

DeKALB — One of the greatest albums of all time was brought to life by the band Think Floyd USA who used spectacular musicianship, a laser light show and on-stage animation to recreate the 1979 album “The Wall.” The band rocked out 7:30 p.m. Saturday...

The tribute group Think Floyd USA will perform the songs of Pink Floyd including the entire album The Wall at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St.

Think Floyd USA to make Egyptian ‘Comfortably Numb’

By Parker Otto | November 6, 2019

DeKALB – The music of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band Pink Floyd will be performed at the Egyptian Theatre by Chicagoan tribute band Think Floyd USA. The group will perform a selection of tracks by Pink Floyd, including the entire album “The Wall”...

Robert De Niro stars in The King of Comedy as Rupert Pupkin, a mentally deranged stand-up comedian who longs for acceptance in society.

Top ten things to watch if you liked “Joker”

By Parker Otto | October 11, 2019

The film “Joker,” released Oct. 4, has become a box office sensation with the film having the highest grossing opening weekend of October, a record previously held by “Venom.” For those who enjoyed the film and wish to explore types of media,...

Blast From The Past: The Wall

By Parker Otto | May 29, 2019

At the height of their career, progressive rock band Pink Floyd released their most ambitious project in 1979. After concept records like “The Dark Side of the Moon” and “Wish You Were Here,” Pink Floyd turned their aspirations to rock opera or...

Daily Playlist: Pink Floyd

Daily Playlist: Pink Floyd

By Parker Otto | May 15, 2019

With all of the techno heavy pop hits on the radio today, sometimes there’s a need for something more slow and meaningful. Enter Pink Floyd, one of the greatest rock bands of all time, who pioneered progressive rock in the 1970s with their instrumental...

Blast From The Past: Meddle

By Parker Otto | May 15, 2019

Pink Floyd is well known for their early efforts such as 1967’s “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn” and their commercially successful years of the 70s but between these two periods came an album that is not only underrated but also saw the band’s...

Pink Floyd tribute Think Floyd USA hit the Egyptian Theatre stage Friday.

Think Floyd USA captures essence of Pink Floyd

By Parker Otto | November 4, 2018

DeKALB — Pink Floyd tribute band Think Floyd USA hit downtown 8 p.m. Friday at the Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St., with an amazing concert featuring a mesmerizing laser light show, a set of two complete albums and an array of additional songs from...

Wooden guitar.

Editor’s choice playlist

By Sam Malone | April 13, 2017

1. “Purple Haze” by Jimi Hendrix2. “Sandcastles” by Beyoncé3. “Longview” by Green Day4. “Lucifer Sam” by Pink Floyd5. “Galway Girl” by Ed Sheeran6. “A Rush of Blood to the Head” by Coldplay7. “Where Did You Sleep Last Night?”...

Rock tribute group captures ‘dark side’

By Carl Nadig | January 12, 2014

If you didn’t hear the news yet, Pink Floyd was in town ... almost.If you’re into tribute bands, you would have enjoyed the recent English rock invasion of Echoes of Pompeii Saturday at Otto’s, 118 E. Lincoln Highway.Based off its Saturday night...

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...