Category: Music

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Paranoid London reference dance music of the past to fuel our dystopian future

English electronic duo Paranoid London can only be described as the rock ’n’ roll specters of acid house. When they ...

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Horsegirl and the dream of a teen rock scene

In July 2019, Chicago indie-rock trio Horsegirl played the eighth annual Square Roots Festival. At the time, live shows were ...

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Paul Natkin, concert photographer

Chicago native Paul Natkin is a prolific concert and portrait photographer who’s shot more than 4,300 musicians and celebrities since ...

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Wilco’s folk-driven double album Cruel Country gives long time fans something fresh to love

In 1997, Wilco’s double album Being There became a fundamental pivot for the Chicago band in a decade filled with ...

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Makaya McCraven doubly decodes Blue Note classics with Deciphering the Message live shows

Drummer Makaya McCraven has always been a bit of a rabble-rouser. He mixes audio from his live gigs with studio ...

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The Pride Bands Alliance celebrates 40 years with a symphonic-band blowout and two world premieres

In October 1982, members of seven LGBTQ+ concert and marching bands from across the U.S. met in Chicago and formed ...

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In their second incarnation, Racetraitor find a progressive movement ready for their politics

After Chicago political hardcore powerhouse Racetraitor disbanded in 1999, a fog of legend grew in their wake. Motivated by their ...

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Drone adepts Pelt return to Chicago for the first time in a decade

As we navigated shutdowns and venue closures throughout 2020, many of us observed that time seemed to slow down. But ...

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Deftones merge metal and dream pop to remain one of rock’s most enduring heavy acts

Even though the ongoing reappraisal of nu metal has recognized that era as a significant cultural moment, Sacramento band Deftones ...

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Chicago bassist Nick Macri celebrates some roots and branches on his first solo release

Chicago bassist Nick Macri is the model of versatility. He has appeared with a formidable gallery of jazz, folk, and ...

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