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| April 23, 2015

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Concert Review: Saul Williams at Lincoln Hall (Chicago)

April 21, 2015 |

“I’m definitely not hip enough to be here.”

Almost a week after seeing legendary Saul Williams perform in Chicago, I’m still confused as to what exactly I attended. He’s one of the most prominent and influential voices in hip hop … Read More

Concert Review: Giraffage & Spazzkid at The Mid

March 29, 2015 |

While Giraffage and Spazzkid were on tour together last month, editor Rupa Jogani went to see their feels-heavy sets at The Mid in Chicago.

THE VENUE

Ah, The Mid. Despite my distaste for the venue, they manage to book amazing talent … Read More

Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly (Review)

March 26, 2015 |

To Pimp a Butterfly has been a relatively long time coming. For years, we waited while Kendrick Lamar sat perched atop his throne, surveilling us. When the fans became too fussy about his protracted silence, he swooped down … Read More

Concert Review: Anna Lunoe at The Mid

March 3, 2015 |

Delayed but never forgotten! Editor Rupa Jogani hit up Anna Lunoe’s set at The Mid in Chicago in early February to watch one of her favorite female DJs murder her set.

THE VENUE

I’m not sure HOW The Mid … Read More

Mary J. Blige - The London Sessions (Review)

December 3, 2014 |

It’s been a long time since Mary J. Blige has given us an album that was worth owning. She went through a number of cycles during the past decade; many of which involved studio produced projects that were geared towards … Read More

Dawn Golden - Still Life (Review)

September 26, 2014 |

It took three years for Dexter Tortoriello, better known as Dawn Golden, to release his debut album, Still Life. The Chicago local spent the years fine-tuning (ahem, delaying) the album despite fervid anticipation after releasing his beautifully morose Blacks EP … Read More

Concert Review: Chet Faker in Vancouver

September 24, 2014 |

Chet Faker came to Vancouver and gave me everything I wanted. Easing into chilled-out, neo-soul tracks, the crowd’s urge to move was tangibly repressed in Faker’s showing of controlled production and musicianship that built up to electronic soul stand outs … Read More

Kimbra’s The Golden Echo like singing into the wind

September 11, 2014 |

On her second album The Golden Echo Kimbra Lee Johnson, who co-produced the album with Rich Costey (among others) steps out on her own with a bombastic effort that occasionally demonstrates her vocal talent while ultimately echoing the sonic properties of her pop competitors.Read More

Concert Review: How To Dress Well in Chicago

September 7, 2014 |

Last Thursday brought Chicago-native singer How To Dress Well home to close fans and friends. Set in the the Museum of Contemporary Art’s theater, the 250 patrons sat in reverie of an intimate and emotional performance. With only strewn candles … Read More

Afie Jurvanen comfortable behind moniker on ‘Bahamas Is Afie’

September 5, 2014 |

On his third release ‘Bahamas Is Afie’ Jurvanen returns with another honest and heartfelt record that reflects the developments in his life both as a musician and as a man.Read More