Author: Katelin Aanerud

Hello, world. I’m your wild girl!

For years men have held the position at the top of the charts in the rock genre. Bands like Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, and Deep Purple have rocked their way to fame, but what about the ladies? Even when they did show their faces, like Janis Joplin and Joan Jett, many of them weren’t taken seriously. But, the ladies are finally hitting all the right notes and the spotlight in a compilation titled She Rocks, Vol. 1. The album released on Jan 20 features artists like Kat Dyson, Lita Ford, and Steph Paynes. And, these ladies sure can wail....

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Fluffs strut their stuff and conquer Puppy Bowl XIII

While some families sit down together to watch the annual Super Bowl, animal lovers tend to check out of the sports antics to watch the adorable Puppy Bowl. On Feb 5, Animal Planet hosted the 13th Puppy Bowl. The two-hour program was filled with pups of all shapes and sizes fighting for the title of champ, and this year team Fluff smashed team Ruff after a two-year losing streak with a final score of 93-38. As the first quarter’s players filed in we had Rory, Buttons, Parfait, Dawson, and Chicago’s own Slippers representing team Fluff. Team Ruff’s Puddles, Winter,...

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Reflecting back: A look into Brian Eno’s creative new album

From his start with the pioneers of glam rock, Roxy Music, and moving onto a solo career in “ambient” music, Brian Eno has always been looking for new ways to express himself through music. On Jan 1, 2017, probably his most ambitious piece Reflection was released, making this his 20th studio album. Eno started in the glam rock scene, making quick friends with artists such as Robert Fripp, guitarist of King Crimson, Kevin Ayers, of Soft Machine, and icon David Bowie. He was also a prominent member of new wave band Talking Heads. In between his ventures with fellow...

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Bad Brains, Zombies, and Cars, oh my!

On Oct. 16 the official listing of this years nominees for a prized spot in the Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame were released, and on Dec. 15 the fan vote comes to an end. The list contains many bands and artists worthy of a place on the list, and some maybe not so worthy. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has been awarding the biggest names in the rock industry with a spot among their peers since 1986. Every year another five to 12 names are added to the list, the group being a mixture of solo...

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NSN Audio Story: Painting a new path

Inspired by NPR’s StoryCorps and to capture the spirit of Thanksgiving, the North Star News staff created several audio stories framed around this question: “What was a moment or event in your life that at the time seemed small, but ended up having a large impact or effect on you later in your life?” The staff sought people of different generations and crafted these pieces. Can something as small as a hobby really change your entire life for the better? Or even lead you on an entirely different path? Or literally save your life? If Glenn Aanerud hadn’t picked...

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