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Tag: Vol. 50 No. 12
Issue of Mar. 4 – 17, 2021
Sunburned Hand of the Man merges woe and joy on Pick a Day to Die
Sunburned Hand of the Man are a loose Boston-based collective whose work has sprawled across multiple genres, including free improv, noise, folk, drone, and psychedelic jams. Founded in 1997 out of the ashes of art-rock trio Shit Spangled Banner, they became part of a scene that specialized in indulgence and reveled in long builds, endless […]
Lanise Antoine Shelley is opening up the House
The new artistic director wants to take ‘amazing feats of storytelling’ into more diverse realms; Rick Bayless wants to give more money to local theaters.
Dhuaan BBQ Company smokes meat Desi-style
A weekly Pilsen pop-up is moving toward permanence.
Pianist Willie Mabon gave Chess Records its first big hit
Despite a 1952 smash for Chess Records, pianist Willie Mabon was soon overshadowed by labelmates such as Bo Diddley and Muddy Waters.
Saxophonist Hafez Modirzadeh tunes up for duets
Saxophonist Hafez Modirzadeh has spent the better part of 30 years forging connections among jazz, Persian artistic concepts, and free music. This has resulted in a clutch of albums that ping-pong between gutsy postbop and meditative duets, the latter of which come into focus on his new album, Facets (Pi). Modirzadeh has frequently worked with […]
Inside the basketball card boom
Over the past year, basketball cards—and sports cards overall—have seen their popularity and worth increase exponentially. Will it last?
Bad for your health
The city is still concealing many of the secrets regarding General Iron, Lincoln Yards, and Mayor Rahm.
Long-running Chicago posthardcore band Nonagon toy with their beloved genre on their debut LP
You don’t need to read Nonagon’s bio to understand that the Logan Square trio has a soft spot for the great posthardcore bands that shaped American underground rock in the 80s and early 90s. They make that evident with every note of their long-in-the-works debut album, They Birds (Controlled Burn): it’s wall-to-wall with twisting bursts […]
An inspector calls: The Ministry of Mundane Mysteries messes with a critic’s head
This interactive performance-piece-by-phone offers a daily dose of oddness.
The thought of breastfeeding has ruined nipple play for me
Plus, how to tell your friend that she emotionally abuses her romantic partners
Elastic Arts ramps up its bookings and launches a transatlantic collaboration
Elastic Arts ramps up its programming, CIVL opens grant applications for its SAVE Emergency Relief Fund, and more.
Locrian’s Terence Hannum crafts cinematic beauty on Dissolving the Bonds
Terence Hannum is perhaps best known as the keyboardist and vocalist of prolific Chicago-born experimental metal trio Locrian, who blend dense, crushing drones and harsh, sweeping black metal to stir up some serious dark energy. But Hannum is also an accomplished visual artist, writer, and solo musician. I was expecting his brand-new album, Dissolving the […]
‘He’s a real one’
Chuy Garcia’s first term in Congress earns progressive accolades, honorary Squad membership
Altin Gün adds synthpop to their eclectic arsenal on Yol
Altin Gün kicked off last year with a Grammy nomination (their 2019 release Gece was up for Best World Music Album) and major festival bookings such as SXSW and Coachella. But like virtually every other working band, they got sidelined by circumstances beyond their control. Nearly a year later, this group of Dutch, Turkish, and […]