Catch a rising star — Post Malone announced as Finals Fest headliner 04.10.2017

Since Vandal Entertainment (VE) chose Post Malone as the University of Idaho Finals Fest headliner, the hip-hop artist has grown in popularity. “I honestly think that this will kind of be like a Macklemore year, where we booked him before he blew up,” Board Chair of VE Camille Awbrey said.

Third time’s a charm 04.03.2017

Ed Sheeran has been churning out great music since 2011. With a Grammy award and several top forty hits off his second album, Sheeran is seemingly unstoppable. But, for the past two years, it looked as though the British singer-songwriter shied away from the music scene. After an incredibly successful second album release, with popular […]

Third time’s a charm — Ed Sheeran’s third album “Divide” wows 04.02.2017

Ed Sheeran has been churning out great music since 2011. With a Grammy award and several top forty hits off his second album, Sheeran is seemingly unstoppable. But, for the past two years, it looked as though the British singer-songwriter shied away from the music scene. After an incredibly successful second album release, with popular […]

The musical escape — Listening to music is healthy in more than one way 03.01.2017

Why is music so appealing? Almost everyone in the world listens to and enjoys music. It is a universal language that is mutually understood and felt. There is nothing quite like the feeling of listening to an enjoyable song. Music provides a backdrop of inspiration for creative endeavors, and motivation for all kinds of challenges. […]

Garfield comes out on top — Washington high school named winner of Saturday’s final Jazz Fest concert 02.26.2017

Garfield High School Jazz Band No. 1 from Seattle, Washington, was named the instrumental sweepstakes champion of the final Young Artist’s Winners Concert Saturday at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival. The high school instrumental division included seven jazz band performances from high schools in Canada, Idaho and Washington. Garfield performer Jonathon Sabbath said winning was […]

From acting to directing 02.21.2017

Theater students showcase directing talents  for the student directing competition

Celebrating the world music — Guest artist Magda Giannikou describes UI’s music students as excellent collaborators 02.06.2017

The fifth annual World Music Celebration opened successfully at the University of Idaho University Auditorium on Friday night. Three guest musicians Magda Giannikou, Navin Chettri and Habib Iddrisu joined in this two-day celebration. In this opening gala, Magda Giannikou, a Greek singer, songwriter, composer, pianist, and dancer, and Navin Chettri, a vocalist, composer, percussionist, and […]

The universal language — Music brings cultures together 02.03.2017

The countries of Greece, Ghana and Nepal don’t seem like they have much in common. Separated by continents, the people don’t speak the same language, and the cultures are very different, but they all share one thing — expression through music. The universal language of music connects each country, and the World Music Celebration, sponsored […]

Genuine beats — Hip-hop shows that originality comes from reshuffling ideas 01.30.2017

In 1997, a bizarre man wearing a gladiator-style mask began rapping at open mic nights all over Manhattan. He called himself Metal Face DOOM and people never saw his face or learned his real name. Hip-hop is obsessed with authenticity and narrative. Rappers broadcast their hometowns, reflect on their rise from poverty and emphasize their […]

From the heart of Denver 01.30.2017

The air is musky, the room darkened, but the stage at John’s Alley in Moscow is alight. Four young men prepare for their set, with pints of beer accompanying them on stage. The lead singer, Andy Sydow, approaches the microphone and the show begins. This Denver band featuring Andy Sydow on vocals, Seth Beamer on […]

A non-extinct band — Columbus band Digisaurus recently visited Moscow 11.28.2016

“We just try and create an extravagant party atmosphere where you can’t take our eyes off except to dance,” said Eric Groseclose, the bassist and self-described ladies man of the future-pop band Digisaurus. Digisaurus is a Columbus, Ohio, band touring across the west coast. They recently made a stop in Moscow, playing at local coffee […]

Mix Tape: In the name of fathers 07.13.2016

Miracle in Cell No. 7 (2013) In 1997, a mentally disabled father Jiulong Lee insists on buying a backpack of Sailor Moon for his young daughter, Yisheng. However, Jiulong is framed for a rape and murder case at the store. He cannot argue for himself and the policeman sends him to jail, cell No. 7. […]