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This past weekend in Vancouver, the art show, Polyphonics, was held at the James...

Humans are a peculiar species. We are the only ones that have the cognitive...

  • Some hold future funk is too different from vaporwave to still be considered a subcategory of the genre anymore.  Cutting ties might be the best thing for future funk, in any case, as the bigger the difference, the better the chance the genre has to become one of the sounds to catch on in a […]

  • Daniel Wilson suffers from an almost incurable disease, one that I suffer from as well, that is, having a too-common name. The too-common name is usually a two-part system, passed down from the parents: the last half often passes from the father and the first comes from thin air, but might have a story attached […]

  • Generationals, Alix Two albums in two years with starkly different tones. “Alix” is a coming out of depression jam for how even when things go wrong you’ve still got so much energy to put into letting loose.  “Black Lemon” has been on constant rotation since the album dropped. The band mixes borderline melancholy vocals with […]

  • Born out of some sort of surrealist vision, RONiiA’s eponymously-titled debut album ferrets through the cavernous expanse of a folk infused electronic setting, and wavers between the decidedly dark and the surreptitiously sanguine.  With a lingering ominousness, mapped out on synth and a surly soundboard, the instrumentation succeeds in circumscribing its listeners into a headspace […]

  • As much as we’ve tried to live in denial, it’s that frosty time of year again. With the cooling of the temperature outside, Chicagoans were more than receptive to a little California sunshine, à la psych-rock group the Allah-Las. Bringing along rising indie pop trio, Tashaki Miyaki, the two bands made their windy city stop at […]

  • Bonobo (Simon Green) has been sharing his masterful mixes of internationally influenced downtempo beats with the world for the past 15 years, and since his last release nearly two years ago (which has kept him busy touring for the entire two year time span), Bonobo has finally released a new and much anticipated EP Flashlight.  […]

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  • Big Freedia is committed to something bigger than herself. Bounce music – a call and response heavy, dance inducing, mother of twerking genre – has long been in the hands of New Orleans clubs. Now with the release of...

  • Whether you’re an EDM fan or not you’ve most likely heard “Jubel” by Klingande over the last few months. This upbeat track proved to be the anthem of the summer topping #1 charts across North American and Europe. But...

  • England often brings us interesting juxtapositions of music; from FKA twigs to London Grammar and Lewis Watson, the Brits have been slowly invading the North American music scene. One of the more recent standouts is Azekel, a twenty-something singer/songwriter/producer...

  • To her fans she’s known as Zola Jesus, but when I sat down with Nika Danilova I was introduced to an articulate young woman who thrives by challenging herself and creating whole worlds for everyone to indulge in. Rose...

  • I recently met with Doug Shotwell and The Right Hand Band prior to their life-affirming show at BuckleDown Brewing in Lyons, IL. They proved to be an affable and insightful bunch. As wide-eyed as they were wizened beyond their...

  • “Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.” — Oscar Wilde There’s a definite guilty pleasure in meeting Slow Magic without the techno-tribal mask. It makes an...

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