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Genre explorer Toby Driver plunges deep into cinematic ballads on They Are the Shield

Few people in heavy music are as versatile or prolific as New York multi-instrumentalist and singer Toby Driver. With his exploratory bands Kayo Dot, Maudlin of the Well, and Vaura; his electro-goth group Piggy Black Cross; and his long list of other collaborative and solo projects, he’s consistently digging into new sounds and textures, sometimes […]

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Dave Rempis teams up with Tashi Dorji and Tyler Damon in Kuzu, a new improvising trio

Dave Rempis is an indefatigable concert organizer and bandleader. While his activities are essential to Chicago’s jazz and improvised music scene, they aren’t entirely altruistic; they create multiple opportunities for him to play his alto, tenor, and baritone saxophones. Since he formed Triage with drummer Tim Daisy and bassist Gordon Lewis (later replaced by Jason […]

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On Chosen Family, Thin Lips riff smarter, not harder

Chosen Family (Lame-O Records), the new record from Philadelphia trio Thin Lips, opens with an snippet from a conversation in which vocalist Chrissy Tashjian lays out her understanding of queerness, saying, “Queer to me means boundary pushing and love and community and relationship.” Fittingly, on this album the band reach beyond the rambunctious indie punk […]

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Experimental Sound Studios brings together a duo of improvising giants

Lou Mallozzi and Douglas Ewart are both seasoned interdisciplinary artists who approach sound and music from a multitude of perspectives. Mallozzi, who founded Experimental Sound Studios (ESS) over 30 years ago, most recently exhibited a site-specific installation at gallery Sector 2337 that’s composed of two works, one of which involves sound and its interaction in […]

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Chicago rap futurists Air Credits find joy amid dystopian ruin

The members of Minneapolis hip-hop collective Doomtree appear to have a soft spot for Chicagoans. In June, their label (also called Doomtree) dropped a full-length collaboration between their producer Lazerbeak and veteran Chicago rapper Longshot. In August, Doomtree put out Artería Verité, an album that brings together group member Sims (and his recent go-to producer, […]

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Reunited midwestern jazz band Idris Ackamoor & the Pyramids take on funkier flavors and shares healing messages on An Angel Fell

More people of consequence have passed through Yellow Springs, Ohio, than you might imagine. The home of liberal-leaning Antioch College, the town hosted Coretta Scott King as a student in the 40s; punk vocalist Mia Zapata founded the Gits there in 1986; and comedian Dave Chappelle currently calls the place home. In 1972, the Pyramids, […]