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Evanston’s Manwolves hunt for pop gold with the help of hip-hop, jazz, and yacht rock on A Safety Meeting

There’s a dangerously high likelihood that a group of white guys who heavily incorporate rapping and hip-hop aesthetics into their sound will fall into that odd frat-rock zone occupied by jam fans and Dave Matthews acolytes. Manwolves started as an after-school activity by Evanston Township High School students in 2012, have sidestepped such a cheesy […]

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Jazz quartet Black Diamond debut their new album at eclectic show Zoetic

Black Diamond recorded their brand-new album, Chant (Shifting Paradigm), during a five-week residency at beloved Logan Square venue the Whistler. But rather than host a traditional release show, the two-tenor-saxophone quartet, co-led by Artie Black and Hunter Diamond, are taking part in a multidisciplinary event called Zoetic: A Celebration of Visual, Aural, and Botanic Art. […]

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Technical death-metal band Rivers of Nihil present a full-album set of their mesmerizing conceptual Where Owls Know My Name

On their current tour, Pennsylvania’s fast-rising technical death-metal stars Rivers of Nihil are trying their hand at the full-album- set format, focusing on last spring’s mesmerizing Where Owls Know My Name (Metal Blade). The traditional surprise-set-list show has its advantages for sure, but it’s good to see this format getting so much traction for new […]