Lindsay Ellis Takes On Alternate History In Debut Novel ‘Axiom’s End’

Writing and producing a feature-length video essay on the now infamous 2019 film adaption of the long-running Broadway musical Cats may seem like a cry for help to some, but to Lindsay Ellis, it’s just another day at the office. The Hugo Award-nominated media critic has made a living out of analyzing pop culture, whether it be through the many video essays on her popular YouTube channel, which has covered everything from Mel Brooks’s The Producers to Michael Bay’s Transformers, or as the host of

ROOKIE Speaks On Their Debut LP And Touring With Cheap Trick

Listening to ROOKIE’s new self-titled debut album, which is now available on all platforms, is like sneaking a look through your dad’s old vinyl collection on a Sunday evening after he’s fallen asleep on the couch watching Back to the Future, and I mean that in the best possible way. The Chicago-based rock group’s songs sound refreshingly new and original while simultaneously feeling like they would be right at home lovingly tucked in between a couple of Bob Seger and Allman Brothers records. M

“American Dreamer” Star Jim Gaffigan Talks Acting, Indie Movies And Tucked-In Shirts

Director Derrick Borte’s visceral new drama American Dreamer focuses on a day in the life of Cam, a former office worker turned downtrodden rideshare driver. When he’s not being ignored by his passengers or getting stiffed on tips, Cam moonlights as a chauffeur for Mazz, a hotheaded drug dealer with a knack for pointing handguns at people’s faces. Out of options and desperate for cash, Cam decides to kidnap Mazz’s young son in a last ditch effort to pull himself out of his debts. Did I mention

Bill Withers’ Just As I Am

This blog is the eleventh installment of UIC Radio’s Black History Month series profiling and celebrating the work of Black artists throughout the month of February. To read the previous entry in this series, click here! For more information regarding Black History Month at UIC and the many upcoming events planned over the next several weeks, visit the Black History Month Student Planning Committee’s webpage here. It’s the unmistakable opening lyric to “Ain’t No Sunshine,” one of the most belov

UIC Radio’s Top 25 Albums of 2020

16. Song Machine Season One: Strange Timez – Gorillaz Damon Albarn’s latest Gorillaz project may very well foreshadow the future of music releases. Song Machine Season One: Strange Timez is a collection of 17 singles released over the course of 2020 that see Gorillaz mastermind Damon Albarn collaborating with an astonishing variety of artists ranging from JPEGMAFIA to St. Vincent to Joy Division and New Order bass wizard Peter Hook. While Albarn may be taking on an impressive array of musical styles and collaborators, the songs are still uniform in their superb quality. Tracks like “Aries,” “The Pink Phantom,” “Chalk Tablet Towers” and “The Last Chord” will be in my personal Gorillaz rotation for years to come. I was admittedly a little underwhelmed by Humanz and The Now Now, but Song Machine Season One: Strange Timez reaffirms Gorillaz’s venerable place as one of the best projects of the past two decades.

Sweet Songs Never Last Too Long

Everyone has their John Prine song. Mine is Sam Stone, specifically the live version off of his 1988 album “John Prine Live.” It opens with Prine recounting a trip he and producer Al Bunneta made to the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial during a day off between shows as he softly plucks away at his guitar. Prine had never been to the memorial before then. At the memorial are a handful of guidebooks to help visitors find the names of their loved ones. The books helped Prine to find the names of a few f

Chit Chat: Fox Valley Concert Band to present Home For the Holidays show

Looking for a great way to begin the holiday season? Like live music? If this sounds like you, then check out the Fox Valley Concert Band’s Home for the Holidays concert at 3 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Norris Center, 1050 Dunham Road, St. Charles. Admission is free. The Fox Valley Concert Band is an all-volunteer, nonprofit concert band that performs year-round. The band has been around since 1983 and has grown to include 75 members from more than 30 communities in the Chicago suburbs, according to it

Chit Chat: Crime and comedy to come to Steel Beam stage

ST. CHARLES – As the Christmas season comes to a close, you may find yourself worrying about how you’re going to pass the time once the entertainment void that is January rolls around. Well, fear not, because St. Charles’s own Steel Beam Theatre has your back with its new show, “Random Theft and Other Acts.” The show follows three suburbanites who get a little bit more than they bargained for when they dip their feet into the world of crime during the 2008 recession. Helmed by director Marge U

Greater St. Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau hosts annual Tourism Reception

ST. CHARLES – The Greater St. Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau hosted its annual Tourism Reception on June 15 at Club Arcada in St. Charles. The reception serves the dual purpose of celebrating the bureau’s accomplishments, while also giving a peek into its plans for the upcoming year. The theme for this year’s event was “Creating the Path for Experiential Travel." “Tonight is a time of celebration as we reflect on the past year’s accomplishments and continued successes of the bureau. It’

New salon Mixology goes 'above and beyond'

ST. CHARLES – Mixology, an upscale salon and spa that recently opened over the summer, has been enjoying great success in its first months of operation, according to ownership. “We’re definitely doing above what we thought we’d be doing,” said Phoebe Falese, the owner of Mixology. Mixology is a salon and spa that offers a wide variety of services, including everything from your basic hair and nail work to full body massages. “My biggest thing is consistency, and going above and beyond for cus

Fairview Park in St. Charles brings on the fun with renovation

ST. CHARLES – The St. Charles Park District hosted a grand reopening ceremony for Fairview Park on July 26. The ceremony celebrated the completion of a renovation at the park with a ribbon-cutting and free refreshments. “It was due for a replacement,” said Laura Rudow, deputy director of the Park District’s Parks Department. “But we thought let’s really try to go above and beyond with this one.” The project began in September of last year, with the Parks Department working closely with residen

'Coolest concept' – Fox Poetry Box offers reading opportunity in St. Charles

ST. CHARLES – If you find yourself walking the streets of St. Charles this summer, you might happen to cross paths with a wooden display showcasing a poem or two. If this scenario sounds familiar, then you may have encountered The Fox Poetry Box, St. Charles's newest – and likely smallest – outdoor poetry venue. The box can be found right in the front yard of its owner, Tricia Whitworth. The inspiration for it came to Whitworth one night while on a walk, when she spotted a little glowing box on
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