Tatsu Aoki left his native Tokyo in 1977 to study experimental film and settled in Chicago two years later. In addition to making films, he improvises, composes, and conducts music, playing bass, shamisen, and taiko drums, and by the early 1990s he’d connected with the local jazz scene, developing a particular affinity with past and […]
In their nearly 30 years as a band, Boris have developed the rare ability to alchemize practically any sound in the vast realm of heavy, atmospheric, and psychedelic rock into their distorted, amplified vision. The Tokyo trio’s release and tour schedules have been equally ambitious (they’ve played Chicago so often over the past decade they […]
In 2017, Paris-based electroacoustic composer Kassel Jaeger (born François Bonnet) and Chicago-born multi-instrumentalist Jim O’Rourke joined forces for Wakes on Cerulean, a kaleidoscopic duo recording filled with shape-shifting electronics and field recordings. On their brand-new second collaborative album, In Cobalt Aura Sleeps (Editions Mego), they aim to convey a similarly rapturous experience, but the piece […]
Japanese musicians have a long history of fascination with Western kitsch—perhaps they perceive aggressive artificiality as America’s most authentic form of expression. In the 70s, Haruomi Hosono released a number of exotica albums, and two decades later, the Pizzicato Five became famous for their irony-poisoned Bacharach sophisti-twee. Iconic Tokyo singer-songwriter and producer Shintaro Sakamoto advanced […]
Thanks to the genre’s devoted Chicago fans, City Pop star Anri plays a rare midwestern show this weekend in Schaumburg.
Life coach Andrew Asuncion, 26, looks for “color and mood” in an outfit that’s “uniform, but different every day.”
Robin Zander, Rick Nielsen, and many more recall Cheap Trick’s scrappy beginnings on the midwest club circuit of the 1970s.
Fink has been tinkering with trashy, exuberant garage punk for 25 years, and “Brand New Kid” combines melody and pell-mell drive.
We’ve got the exclusive premiere of the newest tunes from local garage-pop outfit the Lemons and Tokyo’s Teen Runnings.
Today’s 12 O’Clock Track is the timeless “Mess Me Up” from the blown-out garage punk stalwarts in Teengenerate.
Help for two former Chicagoans caught in the SXSW hit-and-run, new music from the Lemons, and more
Hayao Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises considers a man who saw the beauty in war.
In an MCA doubleheader, Tsukasa Taiko marries classical and contemporary forms—from Japan and Chicago both.
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