Zola Road leads to Walker’s Bluff

The steady sounds of acoustic guitar shuffle in. Voices then meet the melody in a dual-part harmony. Fresh off the release of its latest album, “The Way You Burn Me,” new local band Zola Road is on its way to a follow-up while meeting the demands ... Continue Reading →

Student shows passion through Martin’s Picasso

The lights rise as Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso exchange ideas over drinks in a bar in Paris; the year is 1904. This scene can only be found in “Picasso at the Lapin Agile,” a comedy written by actor Steve Martin. Director Nich Radcliffe, a first-year ... Continue Reading →

Psychedelic rock SPREAD across two nights

Some musicians have only one home, with a small group of followers and a sound that doesn’t extend far beyond that base.  Then there are bands that pursue success in every endeavor and strive for connection. Sometimes, those connections can thrive ... Continue Reading →

Howlin’ Brothers on touring, Doc Watson and new album

Since their formation nearly eight years ago, The Howlin’ Brothers have been bringing their fun-loving picking and singing to audiences in Nashville, Tenn., and more recently around the country.  The trio of Ben Plasse on upright bass/banjo/vocals, ... Continue Reading →

Reviews: Elephant’s ‘Swimming,’ Incident’s ‘Head’

Elephant: ‘Sky Swimming’ The melodies rise, paced and strong yet delicate, in a finely crafted tone. An echoing mezzo-soprano joins in. When the vocals and instrumentation drift together, the music plays out with synthesizer, which create a haunting ... Continue Reading →
Emilio Velez and Macaela Gilson perform a dance called “Go” Saturday at the Southern Illinois Dance Company Spring Concert Event in Furr Auditorium, during the annual concert. The dance company is a performing organization open to SIU students and community members. SIDC performed 16 dances at the event; all choreographed by the members. “We start rehearsing the third week of the semester, so they have a pretty long commitment,” Donna Wilson, faculty advisor said. Auditions for fall begin the second Tuesday of the semester.

Dancers balance life

When lights dim, dancers spread across the stage. The many shadows move along the wall. As the music fades in, dancers begin their movements. The dancers in the Southern Illinois Dance Company spend much of their practice time on stage. That dedication ... Continue Reading →

Children’s shows basis for adult performance

A classic kids’ television series is the inspiration for an exploration of queer theory at the Kleinau Theater this weekend.  Queer and transgender activist Benny LeMaster, a doctoral candidate in communication studies from Long Beach, Calif., wrote ... Continue Reading →

Inequality addressed on the ‘Radio’

A performance piece can be an effective way to address national concerns, and this weekend SIU will play host to a piece focused on one of America’s most controversial topics. The Tony Award-winning play “Radio Golf,” written by August Wilson, opens ... Continue Reading →

Little Pizza on collaboration and Afroman

Little Pizza might not deliver to your door, but it often delivers its sounds to Hangar 9. The band, fronted by Ryne Teston, opens for Afroman Thursday evening at the bar. It’s music offers an eclectic, raw and experimental style, infusing classical ... Continue Reading →

Woods expands their prism

For listeners looking for a more delicate sound, the band Woods provides a more subdued shine. Theindie-folkgroupproducesmusic of various textures, with each album varying in complexity. Their seventh album, “With Light and With Love,” released ... Continue Reading →

Michaelson’s ‘Light’ sickly sweet

For the vast majority of radio listeners, Ingrid Michaelson will sound familiar — If not for her name, then by the popularity of her songs. “The Way I Am” is one of those songs. It’s from her 2006 debut album “Girls and Boys” and the song ... Continue Reading →

Student’s clarinet recital closes out studies

For John McCowen, C’s don’t get degrees. A’s through G’s do. McCowen, a senior from Herrin studying music composition, chose to pursue the clarinet and is on the home stretch of his studies. McCowen presented what he has learned during a clarinet ... Continue Reading →

Teebs experiments once again with “E S T A R A”

The songs from recording artist Mtendere Mandowa, better known by his professional moniker Teebs, often use seemingly random objects such as tape to achieve an experimental sound. And if peeling tape to create music doesn’t help in revolutionizing the ... Continue Reading →

Improv musicians build on film

It could be said music is one of the most important elements in a film. Composers often spend months perfecting their scores to match a film’s mood.  But several musicians did not have time on their side Sunday night when they prepared music on the ... Continue Reading →

Student unspools masculinity thesis

As the lights went down on the cinema and photography soundstage, Mike Kartje watched the summation of his collegiate work flicker on the screen in front of him. Kartje, a graduate student from Murphysboro studying mass communication and media arts, held ... Continue Reading →
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