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Chicago songwriter Emily Jane Powers supercharges Isometry with wild guitar work

When local folk-pop artist Jessica Risker interviewed Chicago singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Emily Jane Powers on her Music Therapy podcast in April 2020, Powers was halfway through recording an album. “I wanted to make a guitar-forward record,” Powers told Risker. “I wanted to let the guitar speak for me.” On the album in question, Isometry (which […]

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Tate McRae is happy to sing sad pop

You’d think Tate McRae would have a lot to be happy about: at age 16 she’s already a successful ballet dancer who’s appeared on the TV show So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation. She’s also started a singing career, releasing videos to her own YouTube channel—which has 1.98 million subscribers. Nonetheless, her […]

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Chicago rapper-producer Malci polishes up his frenzied outre sound on Papaya!

In 2017, Chicago rapper-producer Malci dropped his impressive third album, Do You Know Yourself, smoothing cacophonous shards of samples into outre-pop songs with an oddball charm. Malci has plenty of comrades in the local scene, some of whom he’s turned into collaborators too: he produced almost half of Mykele Deville’s February record, Maintain, and he […]