Lani Nash talks independence, travel and the power of music

Coming off a brief series of concerts in Canada, acoustic artist Lani Nash will be performing at Blue Sky Vineyard this Saturday. Nash currently lives in Nashville, Tenn. where she writes, sings and produces as an independent artist. She released a five-song ... Continue Reading →

Ten rock drummers who kept their beat

They are the ones at the back of the stage. They are the keepers of time and rhythm, and the backbone to every good band. Drummers, of course, are the topic of discussion in this week’s musically themed Top 10 list. With a couple of sticks – sometimes ... Continue Reading →

The Kleinau premiers “30 Days of Confinement,” an original piece

The Marion Kleinau Theatre will open its second original production of the performance season this week titled “30 Days of Confinement,” written and directed by JJ Ceniceros and assistant directed by Karthiga Veeramani. The main character of the ... Continue Reading →

Mike and Joe put their spin on classic tunes

When a band is together for more than 15 years, development in the group is inevitable. Musicians are not only influenced by their backgrounds while crafting their music, but also the changing times and what people love hearing. Mike and Joe is a four-piece ... Continue Reading →

Top 10 films that define the horror genre

The month of October is underway, and with October comes a slew of horror movies on both television and on the silver screen. The horror genre has been around since the beginning of film. It has survived many ups and downs and shows no signs of dying ... Continue Reading →

‘Best of Me’ is better than expected

Films based on books by Nicholas Sparks usually have the same effect on us. It is going to get emotional. Tears are probably going to be shed and fires will spark between partners. But, just because they tug on our heartstrings does not mean they are ... Continue Reading →

Literary festival hosts New York author

The guest speaker attending the Devil’s Kitchen Literary Festival is not unlike many SIU students. Her resume however, includes being published by the Guardian and Vice, among others. The 15th-annual festival, hosted by Grassroots magazine, will begin ... Continue Reading →

‘Fury’ is innovative and compelling

World War II is a widely overused staple of the war film genre. Hollywood has had its struggles finding new angles to show an important part of human history. “Fury” (Rated R; 134 min) finds a unique way to tell the story of the second World War. “Fury” ... Continue Reading →

‘Fury’ is innovative and compelling

World War II is a widely overused staple of the war genre in film. Hollywood has had its struggles finding new angles to show an important part of human history. “Fury” (Rated R; 134 min) finds a unique way to tell the story of the second World War. “Fury” ... Continue Reading →

‘Dracula Untold’ should have been left untold

Original concepts are untested ground to big budget studios. Untested ground is the possibility of losing money. Because of this, film is going through a stage of franchising anything with sequel potential. “Dracula Untold” (PG-13; 92 min) is a casualty ... Continue Reading →

Music In Motion festival promotes future musicianship

Countless hours of marching, standing at attention, playing and holding an instrument are just some of the things that go into a high school marching band’s preparation for a show. The Music in Motion festival was held on Saturday at Saluki Stadium. ... Continue Reading →

You+Me makes acoustic magic in debut

Alecia Moore, popularly known as P!nk, and Dallas Green from Alexisonfire,   have teamed up under the name You+Me. The collaboration released its debut album “rose ave.” Tuesday. The first track of the album titled “Capsized” starts with an eerie ... Continue Reading →

Terrific acting keeps ‘The Judge’ afloat

Even littered with clichés and dropped storylines, it can still win your heart. “The Judge” is a film full of such missteps that is saved by an all-star cast. “The Judge” (Rated R; 141 min.) is directed by David Dobkin and stars Robert Downey ... Continue Reading →
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Cornmeal talks touring, lineup and new album

For nearly 15 years, Chicago-based band Cornmeal has traveled around the country blending folk, Americana, and bluegrass into their own unique sound. Cornmeal brings that sound to Hangar 9 on Thursday. St. Louis-based “jamgrass” band Acoustics Anonymous ... Continue Reading →

Backdraft: balancing life while keeping the country tradition

Bands form for an assortment of reasons. Usually it’s because they revolve around a mutual love for producing the same kind of music. Members from country rock band Backdraft share this love for traditional country while balancing their careers and ... Continue Reading →
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