Alice Childress’s Trouble in Mind made its off-Broadway debut in 1955, but it never made the leap to the Great White Way (emphasis most definitely on “White”). The white producers demanded that Childress give her story about racism in the American theater a happier ending depicting racial harmony. (Pause for irony.) Childress refused at first, […]
Facs light a beacon with a new album of dark postpunk, Equity Arts hosts a talk about nurturing community cultural spaces, and more.
Pamplona, Spain, is probably best known for the festival of San Fermín, when thrill seekers run with bulls through the streets—which usually ends much worse for the animals than the humans. The four women in Melenas may not pull as big a crowd as that globally famous event, but on their new second album, Dias […]
The Facs formula has always been stark minimalism. On their first two albums, the Chicago trio—currently drummer Noah Leger, guitarist-singer Brian Case, and bassist Alianna Kalaba—built every track on tense rhythms, simple bass throbs, barely-there guitar plinking, and direct spoken-word vocals. It was like they were casting moods more than writing songs. The formula worked […]
Chicago postpunks Facs inherited members from Disappears, but for the new Lifelike they’ve found the personnel and the sound to become a self-contained band.
Singer and pianist Georgia White made dozens of classic records for Decca from 1935 to 1941, then fell off the map in the 1970s.
Trouble in Paradise, a meeting of the minds between tastemaking Chicago label Trouble in Mind Records and North Carolina’s heady Paradise of Bachelors, takes place over the same weekend as Riot Fest, but this intimate Empty Bottle-based festival offers a musical and philosophical opposite to its sprawling counterpart. There’s no nostalgia, overhyped reunions, or overblown […]
This week’s featured gig poster was designed by local artist Ryan Duggan.
His last American hit, Afterglow, a tale of two tangled couples, screens at the Chicago Film Society on Wednesday.
Negative Scanner celebrate the new Nose Picker on Friday, July 27, at Thalia Hall—and they’ll play on the floor, among the people.
Chicago violist, singer, and organist Whitney Johnson completes her Matchess Trilogy with the occult healing songs of the new Sacracorpa.
Emily Jane Powers writes pop songs fit for a Pushcart anthology, Paul Cherry finally fills a full-length with his sweet yacht rock, and more.
Trouble in Mind signs Facs, Chicago shops celebrate Cassette Store Day, and the Eradicator drop a self-titled album.
The Burlington conjures up a witch-house night, local record labels take over the Empty Bottle for an afternoon, and more.
These modest Chicago imprints have gotten so good at what they do that they’re shaping music scenes far and wide.