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 […]
The harsh noise of Evicshen’s Hair Birth will leave your head spinning
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 makes crowded songs all by himself
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.
Board votes to revoke Dennis Hastert’s state lawmaker pension, and other Chicago news
Also, city treasurer Kurt Summers decides against running for governor.
12 O’Clock Track: “Gnarcissist” is poppy stoner metal from the newest Cave In/Converge team-up
“Gnarcissist” superheavy stoner-pop from some prolific East Coast metalheads.
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.
Oscar-nominated live-action shorts: The “30-Second Auteur” takes to the high seas in Asad
Oscar-nominated live-action shorts: Asad
Casino money for the arts?
Will a Chicago casino steal audiences from cultural events?
Repeat after me: No new taxes
In the Iowa debate, a Fox anchor cornered the candidates into a loyalty oath.
HCR: They Got Theirs
The Trib misreads Scott Brown’s victory in Massachusetts in the only way it knows how.