When she filmed the music video for “OMG BRITT,” a trap anthem off of her new record, Natural Brown Prom Queen, Brittney Parks was determined to smash a violin on camera. Not just any violin, either: She wanted to destroy her very first instrument, the one on which she’d taught herself to play by ear […]
Daniel Scanlan played in groups as diverse as Liof Munimula, the Vandermark Quartet, Broken Wire, and Church Key.
Political strife, family drama, bad one-night stands, protest rock, the dark Web, and the Holocaust: all in 30 minutes or less.
Carli Blanco shot herself to death at 14, highlighting the growing teen suicide risk.
Carolina Chocolate Drops cofounder Rihannon Giddens sings fables of struggle from a diversity of peoples and eras.
Current musical obsessions of artists Nick Butcher and Alex Valentine and Reader music critic Peter Margasak
Current musical obsessions of Billie Howard from Akosuen and Aperiodic, Bow & Hammer violinist Kathryn Satoh, and the Reader’s Philip Montoro
Ryan McLaughlin makes and repairs stringed instruments.
This month’s stack of record reviews will get you better acquainted with Ben Frost’s defibrillating body music, Dawn Golden’s alchemical electro-pop, and lots more.
Current musical obsessions of saxophonist Nick Mazzarella and drummer Frank Rosaly
DuSable High School band director Captain Walter Dyett taught generations of future stars.
Carla Kihlstedt combines avant-garde pop, contemporary classical, and dreams.
Current musical obsessions of CSO violinist Blair Milton, and violinist Barbara Queen
Tatsu Aoki and Jonathan Chen perform live accompaniment to Aoki’s films, Friday 3/18 at Chicago Filmmakers.
The Academy of Music and Dance celebrates its grand opening.