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What is anarchy if not felt in the purest form? Directed by Ragnar Bragason,...

On an island where the means for a simple life is to provide for...

  • In the hotshot producer world there’s a lot of coattail riding, using famous musicians to bolster their own status until they become famous by association. But The Bug’s brain, Kevin Martin, isn’t the coattail riding type, even though he’s produced Beastie Boys, Grace Jones, and Thom Yorke. The Bug is Martin’s attempt to prove that […]

  • We want to talk about sex, and touching, and intimacy. The words are muddled and the execution is clumsy, so, instead of broaching the subject, we put on music to set the mood. We let the music do the heavy lifting for us and, even if it’s Barry White, there’s an attitude adjustment. Music for […]

  • Jazzy with a touch of autobiography, Toronto’s Valery Gore’s new full-length studio album, Idols in the Dark Heart, is an adventurous blend of music styles that take the listener on a trip through the mind of the artist.  The very first track of the album, “With the Future,” pulls the listener’s ears to the speakers […]

  • After much anticipation and success with his debut album Malmaison last year, 22-year-old Tre Mission is releasing a follow-up: Stigmata. Having composed and shared on the web for years, Tre Mission, though young, has had a strong international following in the Grime scene, which is characterized by fast-action beats and quick turns of phrase. The […]

  • With all of the hip hop shows hitting the city Tattoo Queen West has somewhat become our second home. Late last week an intimate crowd of an eclectic group of youngsters gathered at the venue for a Bas hip hop show. Who’s Bas you ask? The man, real name Abbas Hamad, is from Jamaica, Queens, […]

  • Oh, what a weekend it was. Lollapalooza 2014 was a mixture of blissful hot sunshine, a muddy mosh-pit and a little humidity in between. The shifting weather encapsulates Chicago in a nutshell: a little scrappy and imperfect; yet it still manages to remain welcoming, rain or shine. This past weekend marked the festival’s 10th anniversary […]

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  • Andy Carthy, better known as Mr Scruff, is one of those artists you hear once and always keep at an arm’s reach. His tracks are catchy, jazzy, glitchy, melodic, and almost always accompanied by some solid dancing potato action. ...

  • Jarrah McCleary, lead singer/keyboardist/songwriter for Panama, hails from Sydney, Australia and aside from recording Panama’s two albums in L.A. and San Francisco, this tour is the first time he’s spent any considerable duration in the U.S. and sensibly his...

  • As the 2014 Vans Warped tour continues its trek across North America, one aspect of the festival is noticeably different. Normally light on urban acts, this year’s event features a stage devoted solely to Hip-Hop called the “Yo! Bring...

  • Pitchfork, on Saturday, started with one of my favorite sets of the weekend, Twin Peaks. Featuring four adorable boys from right here in good ole Chicago, IL. They have a punk rock meets surfer rock meets stolen riffs from Thin...

  • Santa Cruz rapper/singer Amplified is a deeply introspective artist with a zeal for lyrics and life. His new album Middle Ground showcases Amp’s skills as an emcee, singer and songwriter. Amplified and collaborator Brandon Scott are currently on the Vans...

  • As 4Knots Festival swallowed lower Manhattan’s South Street Seaport on Saturday afternoon, Juan Wauters humbly graced the Fulton Street stage, sporting a short-sleeved button down and an adorably contagious grin. With a homemade backdrop displaying a few flags and...

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