Adrianne Lenker was in the throes of a breakup this spring when she holed up in a one-room cabin in Western Massachusetts and spent a few weeks crafting the paired albums Songs and Instrumentals (both on 4AD). While Lenker is primarily known for her folk-rock band Big Thief, her comparatively pared-down solo work is equally […]
Massachusetts-based sound artist and instrument maker Victoria Shen, who performs as Evicshen, makes music that rattles your brain. Her debut LP, Hair Birth (American Dreams), is a master class in explosive cacophony driven by blaring modular synthesizers. This isn’t just unregulated noise: Shen puts thought into her songcraft, and it’s immediately apparent right from the […]
Sen Morimoto’s mix of hip-hop, pop, prog, and jazz has won over international entertainment platform 88 Rising, but for now he’s sticking with his friends at Chicago indie Sooper Records.
Also, city treasurer Kurt Summers decides against running for governor.
“Gnarcissist” superheavy stoner-pop from some prolific East Coast metalheads.
Illinois’s new cannabis program will help some ill patients, but its many rules, restrictions, and uncertainties are a real buzz kill.
Oscar-nominated live-action shorts: Asad
Will a Chicago casino steal audiences from cultural events?
In the Iowa debate, a Fox anchor cornered the candidates into a loyalty oath.
The Trib misreads Scott Brown’s victory in Massachusetts in the only way it knows how.