Welsh producer Kelly Lee Owens begins her sophomore album, Inner Song (Smalltown Supersound), with an instrumental cover of Radiohead’s “Arpeggi.” Her version is all about effervescent electronics, and it can evoke the feeling of being underwater—isolated from the rest of the world with only your thoughts. When Owens’s vocals arrive on the following track, “On,” […]
Triad Radio, Chicago’s pioneering experiment in commercial free-form radio, left the airwaves in 1977. Now longtime program director Saul Smaizys is moving its archives online.
California-born Chicagoan cellist Alison Chesley, aka Helen Money, studied at Northwestern, played in 90s indie-rock band Verbow, and often collaborates with the likes of Sanford Parker, Bruce Lamont, and Russian Circles. As a solo artist she’s cut her own road through the hills of heavy music, drone, and avant-garde. Her brand-new album, Atomic (Thrill Jockey), […]
Avant-rock elder statesman John Cale hasn’t played in Chicago in years, so this show is a hell of an occasion. One of two surviving members of the original Velvet Underground, the Welsh-born musician has had a career spanning more than five decades, and while he’s slowed down his recorded output since reaching his late 70s, […]
The best shows to see through Sunday include John Cale, Kid Sister, Eric Carbonara, and Kurt Rosenwinkel Trio.
David Grubbs on why the experimental music of the 1960s was so rarely recorded at the time—and what changes when we listen to it today.
A long-running world-music festival hits a rough patch, avant-garde string players chat, a new label is born in Logan Square, and more
The second Brilliant Corners of Popular Amusements features Bobby Womack, Conor Oberst, John Cale, Jon Benjamin, El Circo Cheapo Cabaret, and more
Artist on Artist: John Cale talks to cellist Alison Chesley, aka Helen Money
The 2012 lineup for Brilliant Corners of Popular Amusements includes Bobby Womack, John Cale, Zola Jesus, and Van Dyke Parks
The murderous “gift” of The Velvet Underground
Kicking off at 8pm at the Bottom Lounge ($10, 1375 W. Lake) is an outstanding bill of local bands, headlined by the great psych-rock trio Allá – a great Pitchfork alternative or digestif.
Tony Conrad, Early Minimalism Volume One (Table of the Elements)
John Cale/Double Door, October 7