ESPN Brought On A University of Illinois Professor to Solve Deflate-Gate (Ballghazi)
Posted by Peter Hahn on Jan 23, 2015 at 9:27 pm

It’s only January 23rd, but the report about the New England Patriots’ under-inflated footballs used in last weekend’s AFC Championship is a virtual lock for dumbest story […]

Is Tom Thibodeau The Next Jim Harbaugh?
Posted by Peter Hahn on Jan 23, 2015 at 6:07 pm

Before their convincing win over the Spurs last night, a lot of people were freaking out about the (slumping) Chicago Bulls this week. Which is somewhat fair, considering they dropped six of […]

Our Favorite Lines From The New “NFL Bad Lip Reading” Video
Posted by Keegan Goudie on Jan 22, 2015 at 9:29 pm

Bad Lip Reading, a YouTube account who has become famous for just that (“bad lip reading”) – has released their most recent parody of the NFL. The video below includes a mixture of […]

The Next Retired Jerseys In Chicago Sports
Posted by Brian Lendino on Jan 21, 2015 at 10:24 pm

For better or for worse, the city of Chicago has always been blessed with star athletes. Whether it be the infectious personalities of Ernie Banks and Ron Santo, or the fierce […]

Kendrick Nunn, The Most Important Illini Since Dee Brown
Posted by Peter Hahn on Jan 20, 2015 at 8:08 pm

Walking out of the Fighting Illini’s 80-74 loss to Indiana on Sunday, it was hard to not feel disappointed. The Hoosiers would hold on to win a wild game after Illinois blew another late […]


Talking Really is Hard – Walk the Moon Review
Posted by Patrick Kollmeier on Jan 25, 2015 at 1:48 pm

New year. New music. New vibes. Oh yeah, and some new writers here at Rise and Vibe – TheSixThirty. Welcome to 2015, folks. We’re beyond excited to be on board, and couldn’t be […]

Detroit’s Black Milk is the Most Underrated Rapper in the Game Right Now
Posted by Chas Goudie on Jan 24, 2015 at 11:13 pm

Dissecting rap albums has been a major part of my life ever since I bought Nelly’s Country Grammar back in the fourth grade. OK, well perhaps it was my mom who bought that one, and […]

Harmonic Beauty: Why Everyone Should Respect Bassnectar
Posted by Aaron Garcia on Jan 23, 2015 at 5:50 am

Let me paint a picture for you. It’s about 2am on a hazy college night in February, 2011. Here I am; a sophomore in college, surrounded by friends and strangers in a vibrant hotel lobby in […]

Lollapalooza 2015: Lineup Speculation For Summer’s Main Event
Posted by Keegan Goudie on Jan 23, 2015 at 12:06 am

If you’ve been spending your depressing winter thoughts on anything other than Lollapalooza (or Doritos bringing back Fiery Habañero) – then your day-dreaming priorities are […]

Joey Bada$$ Celebrates Golden Birthday With Debut LP, B4.DA.$$
Posted by Blake Schwarz on Jan 22, 2015 at 8:34 pm

Some 20-year-old Americans spend their birthdays imbibing alcohol, flirting with the edge of legality. Some head to the neighborhood pizza place with friends to celebrate life, while others may be […]


What’s For Sale This Week On Craigslist?
Posted by Brian Lendino on Jan 23, 2015 at 9:15 pm

Craiglist can be a magical tool. It can also be an excessively creepy one cluttered with the pervasive inquiries of Chicago’s (or any area’s) filth for sale. After you sift through it […]

Is Higher Production Value Going To Hurt ‘Broad City?’
Posted by Carlyn Hill on Jan 21, 2015 at 11:39 pm

Broad City‘s heightened production value is a cheer-worthy sign of their success, but is it more distracting than anything? At the risk of sounding dramatic, waiting for season two of […]

A Millennial Translation of The 2015 State Of The Union
Posted by Chas Goudie on Jan 21, 2015 at 9:40 pm

Think about it – did George Washington ever have to worry about his enemies streaming the #SOTU on YouTube? No, he didn’t. George had no enemies, probably because he was a man of his […]

What I Learned About Life From Working In A Restaurant
Posted by Carlyn Hill on Jan 21, 2015 at 12:03 am

Working in a restaurant is usually seen as ‘being in limbo.’ It’s viewed as a holding place that will give you money while you wait for the next big thing to happen. But in […]

2015 Needs To Have Less Of These Things
Posted by Will Wilson on Jan 19, 2015 at 7:42 pm

Here in America, we revel in excess. Every year, everything we love gets bigger. Our Superbowl performances. The dollar menu. Even our egos have become swollen to super-sized proportions. Maybe […]