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Luke Winslow-King traded New Orleans for Michigan, but his music retains some southern charm

The influence of gospel music on singer-songwriter Luke Winslow-King is obvious, even when he’s playing an up-tempo song with a title such as “Swing That Thing.” Though King doesn’t approach it in a superficial, frantic, tambourine-banging way, if you’re familiar at all with southern gospel you can easily identify its hallmarks in his use of […]

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DJ Seinfeld has more heart than laughs

A few years ago Swedish producer Armand Jakobsson coped with a painful breakup by binge-watching Seinfeld and crafting beautiful, glacially paced house tracks. He’d previously recorded music under various aliases (he preferred the name Rimbaudian), but in 2016, when he released the heartfelt cuts he’d created during that emotional healing process, he chose a new […]

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One of the longest-running freely improvising ensembles on earth plays this (and nearly every) Monday in Roscoe Village

For improvisers, familiarity is a double-edged sword; if musicians get too comfortable with each other, inspiration can turn into habit. But there’s nothing quite so thrilling as the near-telepathic rapport of a group whose players know each other’s strengths and try to push each other to greater heights. The members of Extraordinary Popular Delusions have […]

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Meshell Ndegeocello dissects and rebuilds 80s and 90s classics on Ventroliquism

Can someone please give Meshell Ndegeocello a Grammy already? The ten-time nominee, also known as Meshell Suhalia Bashir-Shakur, has forged a distinctive and idiosyncratic path since her 1993 debut Plantation Lullabies. The singer and multi-instrumentalist has also become known for her social activism, and she’s contributed work to compilations, tributes, and anthologies including AIDS-research benefits […]