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Halftime show lacks peppers

By Lauren Iverson | February 2, 2014

As the Seattle Seahawks flew high over the Denver Broncos, Bruno Mars cooked a very small plate of chili peppers.Mars shined as bright as his glittering golden jacket at Sunday’s Super Bowl halftime show. The show opened with a children’s choir performing...

Rock autobiographies offer peek into lives, music

By Kevin Bartelt | October 10, 2012

Well-written autobiographies can be quite the intellectual journey. Readers gain knowledge and wisdom when the authors share personal experiences from different points in their lives. Autobiographies written by musicians have their own unique beauty....

From left, Bruce Johnston, David Marks, Brian Wilson, Mike Love
and Al Jardine of musical group The Beach Boys pose backstage at
the 54th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles Sunday. The group is
slotted to headline a night a show in June at the annual Bonnaroo
festival in Manchester, Tenn.

Bonnaroo gears up for big summer

By Alex Fiore | February 14, 2012

The summer music festival puzzle added a few more pieces Tuesday morning. Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival announced its preliminary lineup via Spotify Tuesday morning, and headliners include Radiohead, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Phish and the Beach...

Aurora hip hop group aims to (cause and) affect House Cafe Friday

By Connor Rice | November 2, 2011

Cauz ‘N' Effx is a study in cause and effect. Artists as varied as Led Zeppelin and Tech N9ne were the catalysts for the musicians of the Aurora-based quartet to start meshing their respective styles. The result has been years of collaboration between...

(From left) Josh Klinghoffer (guitar), Anthony Kiedis (vocals),
Michael “Flea” Balzary (bass) and Chad Smith (drums) make up Red
Hot Chili Peppers, the rock legends who toured their album Blood
Sugar Sex Magik through the Duke Ellington Ballroom before it went
multi-platinum. Oh, and Peal Jam and Smashing Pumkins opened the

No good bands play DeKalb

By Alex Fiore | October 17, 2011

These days, even Lollapalooza would be lucky to get Pearl Jam, the Smashing Pumpkins and Red Hot Chili Peppers on the same bill.Twenty years and one day ago, NIU did just that.On Oct. 17, 1991, those three future Rock and Roll Hall of Fame groups performed...

Winnie Page keeps the ‘Dirty D’ dirty

By Ross Hettel | October 12, 2011

Winnie Page and the Dirt Band are bringing skanky, dirty funk to DeKalb. Formed in January, the Dirt Band is composed almost entirely of music majors (the exception being a Spanish major) at NIU. Examining their influences, the members check off all the...

NIU grad’s tribute band hits Otto’s

By Chris Krapek | August 26, 2010

DeKALB | The first time NIU alum Jeff Genualdi saw the Red Hot Chili Peppers live, it was in the Duke Ellington Ballroom in 1991. The band, which was promoting its breakthrough album "Blood Sugar Sex Magik,"stopped in DeKalb for the second show of the...