• Chris Holmes

Few musicians in recent Chicago history could work a room like Chris Holmes, though it sometimes seemed like he could turn any conversation into an exegesis on his own brilliance. I’m obviously not a fan, but I’ve got to hand it to the guy—he knows how to keep himself in the conversation. Holmes now lives in Los Angeles—a city much better suited than unglamorous Chicago to his brand of style without substance—and he’s just released another album by his long-running project Ashtar Command. I’m certain it will be quickly forgotten, like every other record he’s made, but he plays writer Matt Diehl like a violin in a feature published last week in the Los Angeles Times.