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MONOLAKE

Over a decade’s worth of albums and 12-inches, this Berlin-based electronica act–mostly one Robert Henke, plus the odd collaborator–has navigated a theoretical space between the nightclub and the computer lab. Henke’s latest project, however, skews toward the latter, and carries an incense-laden whiff of the temple as well. To make last year’s Layering Buddha, Henke […]

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Trouble the Water

Shepsu Aakhu’s drama about facing a hurricane gains resonance from the fact that people in Katrina’s path actually experienced such worry, sadness, guilt, and grief. But simply jogging our memories of the 2005 disaster isn’t enough–this MPAACT Theatre production creates only a gentle lapping of emotion, not a strong wave. Aakhu’s play never builds momentum, […]

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PHILIP JECK

With battered junk-shop turntables and scuffed vinyl, this Englishman layers leisurely loops into dense and beautiful compositions. On the recent Songs for Europe (Asphodel), he and fellow turntablist Janek Schaefer use secondhand classical, folk, and pop records procured in Istanbul and Athens to shape a portrait of two cultures that clash as they coevolve. The […]

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YEASAYER

Since its, uh, debut MP3 made the rounds this winter, Yeasayer has bewitched me with its full-tilt weirdness. Clearly the product of a post-TV on the Radio world, the quartet keeps shifting its sound around in what-the-fuck ways. One minute the whole mix is warped by walls of vaguely fonky deep-space reverb; the next, a […]

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The Laramie Project

Almost nine years after the brutal murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard, this documentary postmortem by Moises Kaufman’s Tectonic Theater Project has lost some of its gut-wrenching immediacy. What endures is Kaufman and company’s fairness and compassion in presenting the small Wyoming town where the hate crime took place. Even the killers are given […]

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Florodora

330 S. Dearborn 312-212-8860 When I walked into this new South Loop boutique and saw the displays of soap, candy, and wrapping paper, I figured it was going to be one of those places that can’t decide if it’s a clothing store or a gift shop. But a spin around the floor quickly put the […]