Prolific musical polymath Nnamdï uses his new solo album to teach himself something about work-life balance.
Chicago four-piece Melkbelly are best known for playing what you might call noise pop. Though they employ guitarists with a knack for wiry, minor-key interplay, a drummer who pays homage to Brian Chippendale, and a singer who can flip the switch in an instant from sweet Kim Deal croons to blood-curdling screams, they also inject […]
Last October, when I interviewed the four members of Chicago guitar-rock band Melkbelly for a feature on their then-upcoming LP Nothing Valley, I asked them about their songwriting methods and processes (because what kind of music journo would I be if I avoided such a mundane line of questioning?). Vocalist-guitarist Miranda Winters explained that several […]
Several veterans of Chicago’s multifaceted DIY scene have leveled up to play the Pitchfork Music Festival.
Underground rock festival Ian’s Party is run mostly by volunteers, which helps it feel like a community instead of a branding exercise.
On the new Nothing Valley, Pilsen four-piece Melkbelly have found a tense balance between delicate melody and frantic noise.
In Melkbelly’s new video they’re having all sorts of hangs in their practice space.
The night also includes sets from three local singers.
Melkbelly Melkbelly wrangle the tidal-size tension and release of noise rock with expert hands, pushing its blown-out frenzy inch by inch toward endearing indie pop. On last year’s Pennsylvania (Automatic) the four-piece contort cinder-block bass, scraggly guitars, and brash, crackling art-punk drumming into all sorts of different shapes; the album’s longest song, closer “Scrupulous,” has […]
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