Reduce, reuse and reconsider recycling

I was there when the Champaign City Council board members made the final decision to enact multi-family recycling in Champaign. The room was well packed with Champaign residents, reporters and the student activ...

The CU Bike Project

In an age of constant mobility, speed is essential. Walking isn’t fast enough, buses get packed and cars are expensive to maintain. The cheaper and more environmentally friendly solution is to get a bike. The...

Post-Pygmalion 2010 playlist

One of CU’s most beloved music festivals has come and gone — and now we are just left with the dwindling memories, like all the fabulously weird goings-on at the of Montreal set and the adorable stage banter be...

RadioFelicity #1

So here’s the deal: I get tons of new music all the time—“new” meaning anything new to my ears. At any given week, I could be simultaneously (and viciously) into the seventeen-minute long “Djohariah” from Sufja...

Pygmalion, funkified

It’s hard not to recognize of Montreal: circus-esque makeup, frilly costumes and transsexual getups, album covers splattered with vibrant designs and frolicking nudes, dance beats uplifted by colorful instrumen...

Rockin’ the gypsy life

Let’s say you’ve just started listening to Gogol Bordello. Your punk and grunge-loving friends have raved about him, telling you about how amazingly hot his show was at Lollapalooza, and they’re not just talkin...

Groove Duke and The Walkmen

Artist: Groove Duke Album: Heavy Mariner When I first picked up Heavy Mariner, my first thought was, “Oh geez, there are rhinoceroses on the cover. Rhinoceroses out in the sea trying to harpoon a whale.” Then...

Sound is a many-splendored thing

My father and I don’t really talk. When we do, I find myself in the distressing topic of my future: where the hell I’m going in life and why I’m not trying hard enough to get there soon enough. The three-hour c...

Catching up with… Zmick

With roots in Champaign, Zmick is a five-piece band that infuses a variety of progressive rock, jam and hip-hop styles in their repertoire. They currently reside in Chicago, where they are recording; they expec...