Sharon Evans’s portrait of a troubled Chicago sex-crimes cop boasts an intriguing concept. At the story’s center is Jim, whose glib detachment crumbles after a rape victim he’s disrespected places […]
Tap dance is one of those deceptive “folksy” forms that people sometimes underestimate. But watching a rehearsal by BAM!, founded by CHRP artistic director Lane Alexander, I could see that […]
Everything, say reformers like local caterer Greg Christian.But to change it is to fight the government, agribusiness, and the kids themselves.
Thanks largely to a talented and energetic cast, this evening of folk tunes illustrating the many sorrows and occasional joys of Appalachian coal miners is both entertaining and mildly enlightening. […]
The first act of Edward Albee’s dark drama reveals a bracing eagerness not to please: Jo is dying, and we taste her angry envy of the abstractly mortal. No one […]
The new third full-length from SLEEPYTIME GORILLA MUSEUM, In Glorious Times (The End Records), puts this Oakland troupe in the running to be the greatest art-rock band since King Crimson–and […]
House Theatre of Chicago comes down off its recent wild ride on Hype River with this problematic show scripted by Ben Lobpries. Directed and choreographed by Tommy Rapley, the muddled, […]
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. […]
The most prized pupils of renowned violin pedagogue Zakhar Bron, Siberians Vadim Repin and Maxim Vengerov, are now the preeminent Russian violinists of their generation. While the volcanic Vengerov is […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
A new CD series collects Illinois music from the past century.
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 […]
On their new album the Sea and Cake get (relatively) straightforward.