The Northerner

How does SOTA operate during a pandemic?

Four dancers rehearse in a parking garage.

Alyssa Weber, Arts & Life Editor

September 23, 2020

NKU’s School of the Arts (SOTA) has decided to utilize digital media as an alternative method to typical live performances, open art galleries and music/vocal lessons in order to ensure a safe, socially distant fall semester for its students, faculty, staff and other patrons.  SOTA department h...

REVIEW: Phoebe Bridgers Releases ‘Punisher’

REVIEW: Phoebe Bridgers Releases ‘Punisher’

Noelle Horn, News Editor

June 19, 2020

“I’m not pushing the record until things go back to ‘normal’ because I don’t think they should. Here it is a little early. Abolish the police. Hope you like it,” is how indie rock artist Phoebe Bridgers announced on twitter that her sophomore album “Punisher” would be releasing a day e...

SOTA Showcase brings the arts outdoors

Students painting

Corinne Byrne, Assistant Arts & Life Editor

October 21, 2019

The air is warm and the sun is shining—perfect weather for an outdoor concert at Loch Norse that draws students and community members alike to campus on a Saturday afternoon. Black, yellow and white balloons line the sidewalk, along with chalk art, leading visitors from a do-it-yourself screen printing station to the live performances of Broadway songs, musical theatre previews, jazz ensembles and rhythm and blues groups.

BLINK festival encourages collaboration between students, faculty, alumni

New media art major Zack Hargrove cuts away at a piece of metal for use in

Kane Mitten, Arts & Life Editor

October 2, 2019

BLINK, a free, light-based art festival, is easily the biggest event in Cincinnati. The inaugural BLINK in 2017 drew more than a million people to the Queen City—almost 400,000 more than Oktoberfest Zinzinnati. After the roaring success of the festival’s first year, Brad McCombs, associate professor of art and music program head, knew that NKU’s School of the Arts had to get involved somehow.

Review: Taylor Swift’s ‘Lover’

Review: Taylor Swift's 'Lover'

Corinne Byrne, Assistant Arts & Life Editor

August 29, 2019

Taylor Swift returned this weekend with 18 new tracks on her seventh album, “Lover.” While perhaps not a groundbreaking musical masterpiece, “Lover” is a particularly important album for Swift, her fans and anyone involved in the music industry. This is the first album she has released where...

Lost Henry: NKU pop punk act brings fans out to rock

NKU students Cale Wheeler, Barry Rich, Jackson Moss, Landis Helwig and Ben Eglian formed pop punk band Lost Henry in 2018.

Noël Waltz, Reporter

April 10, 2019

Lost Henry is the kind of band that instinctively gets you off your feet.

When ‘Trauma’ breeds creativity

When 'Trauma' breeds creativity

Noël Waltz, Contributor

October 5, 2018

An alt-rock band featuring NKU students Garrett Crider and Brendan Jordan was born from an accident. The band’s three members were involved in a car crash, which landed all three in the hospital. Two of the members ended up with sprains and a few broken bones. The third member, Jack Johnson, was no...

WNKU’s Catfish Ball honors past rock stars with a tribute concert

WNKU’s Catfish Ball honors past rock stars with a tribute concert

Michael Stegner, Reporter

October 26, 2016

The musical minds at WNKU have gathered eleven of their favorite local artists for a Halloween party at the Southgate House Revival unlike any other concert. The event, called The Catfish Ball, is named after the term for when a person pretends to be somebody else online, and will take place Oct...

GALLERY: WNKU showcases commitment to local music at MidPoint

Huntington hard rockers Ona put on an incredible performance for their fans at the WNKU stage at MidPoint Music Festival this year.

Michael Stegner, Contributor

September 27, 2016

Just slightly removed from the MidPoint Music Festival’s main stage, a smaller performance space was set up in the adjacent parking lot. The stage belonged to WNKU, a local radio station with a focus on showcasing music based out of the Greater Cincinnati region. WNKU sponsored one of four stages at...

Student learns to heal through music

Quintin Bonds sang a classical piece and a spiritual piece in the Kentucky Association of Negro Musicians annual competition.

Matt Spaulding, Arts and Life Editor

March 5, 2015

Freshman Quintin Bonds grew up in Louisville singing in church, but it would soon become his next passion after being forced to cut football career short. This passion helped him win 3rd place in the Kentucky Association of Negro Musicians annual competition in early February. “I had gotten into high...

Ken Jones named director of new School of the Arts

Ken Jones accepting the School of the Arts director position. Jones has worked for Disney and has directed multiple musicals on the NKU mainstage. - See more at:

Mac Payton, Reporter

February 12, 2015

Ken Jones, who has been the chair of the theater and dance department at NKU for 11 years, has recently been named the director of the new School of the Arts, approved by the Board of Regents on last month. The new school will combine the three departments of visual art, theater and dance, and music...

Jazz instructor shares his music passion with students

Hogg started playing saxophone after originally wanting to play drums.

Matt Spaulding, Arts and Life Editor

February 5, 2015

In a cluttered room on the third floor of the Fine Arts building, William Brian Hogg sits in his office recounting his trip last summer to France with several students. “We did a lot of firsts,” Hogg said, assistant professor and director of the jazz studies program. “First time in history that an A...

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