Posted inMusic

Berlin-based violinist Biliana Voutchkova comes to Chicago for two exploratory shows

The music of Berlin-based violinist Biliana Voutchkova crosses styles and spans centuries. She plays Baroque classical and free improvisation with pianist Antonis Anissegos, she interacts with dancers and electronic musicians in Grapeshade, and she recently released the triple album Blurred Music (Elsewhere) with clarinetist Michael Thieke. The collection includes three complete concerts of freewheeling, microtonal […]

Posted inMusic

Vince Staples shows he’s a master of satire and subversive cultural critique on FM!

In current hip-hop, Vince Staples is without parallel when it comes to sneering wit. The Los Angeles MC’s concise 2018 Def Jam dispatch, FM!, is a colorful, subversive assessment of contemporary culture—and he’s reportedly set to follow it with four full-length albums later this year. Regardless of Staples’s lyrical abundance and profundity, there aren’t too […]

Posted inMusic

Chicago jazz hero Joshua Abrams and his Natural Information Society bottle hypnosis on Mandatory Reality

Chicago jazz and improvised-music linchpin Joshua Abrams could continue to explore the outer reaches of minimalism with his Natural Information Society ensemble for decades and have no trouble maintaining a hypnotic atmosphere. The eight-piece band’s upcoming fifth album, Mandatory Reality (Eremite), opens with two sprawling tracks. The group is so successful at casting spells that […]

Posted inMusic

Maren Morris keeps breaking country taboos on Girl

Mainstream pop audiences were largely introduced to country singer Maren Morris through last year’s smash hit “The Middle,” her collaboration with Russia-born German producer Zedd and electronic duo Grey. The song—which showed off her powerhouse vocals—went platinum certified in several countries. About a dozen singers, including Demi Lovato and Bebe Rexha, had recorded demos of […]