Back in ye olde early aughts, “freak folk” ruled the land. Championed and perhaps encouraged by photogenic weirdo Devendra Banhart, artists influenced by elegiac or subliminally psychedelic folk acts from the 60s and 70s—Tyrannosaurus Rex, the Incredible String Band, Michael Hurley—started coming out of the woodwork. For a hot strange minute, indie record bins were […]
Velnias explore cerebral, atmospheric metal on Scion of Aether
Update: To help slow the spread of COVID-19, this show has been postponed. Contact point of purchase for refund or exchange information. Colorado three-piece Velnias have always had their own distinctive blend of black, progressive, and folk metal: it builds slowly, and they give it a lot of room to breathe. They took their name […]
Chicago students plan another walkout Friday despite suspension threat
Students across the city plan to leave class and gather in Grant Park Friday to protest gun violence.
Is Illinois ready for a potential influx of stoned drivers?
Weed Week: There is no completely reliable test for marijuana intoxication, and very few cops trained to recognize it.
Shot down again, Rod Blagojevich takes his sentencing appeal to the Supreme Court a second time, and other Chicago news
Also, gas prices in Illinois are the lowest they’ve been in 12 years.
It’s high time Illinois made some money from marijuana
A trip to Denver shows the financial promise of legalizing pot.
Illinois politicians now talking openly about legalizing pot
At a press conference Monday, a group of elected officials set a goal of legalizing, regulating, and taxing marijuana sales for recreational use in Illinois.
Elected officials say it’s time for Illinois to move toward legalizing marijuana
A call for legalization in Illinois is the latest sign of the shifting politics of pot.
Can culture be legislated?
Laws or culture—which comes first?
In the weeds of the state’s medical marijuana law
Illinois’s new cannabis program will help some ill patients, but its many rules, restrictions, and uncertainties are a real buzz kill.
Marijuana votes produce legal haze and hope for reforms
Legalization votes in Colorado and Washington show that the nation’s marijuana policies are a tangled mess
It Could Be Worse—You Could Be Biking in Detroit
The law passed yesterday in Colorado making it illegal to throw things at cyclists inspired this gem of a talk radio segment on the Detroit morning show Deminski & Doyle (also discussed here).