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The Transparent creator comes home to Chicago to demonstrate how to do it in person. Ask Jill Soloway how they're doing and they respond with a heavy sigh, "The world is a terrible place." It's hard not to feel this way, as Soloway writes in their new memoir, She Wants It: Desire, Power, and Toppling the Patriarchy, it seems that the world has continuously turned its back on women, people of color, queer and transgender and disabled people, and survivors of sexual violence.…
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A history of 2010s indie-rock wouldn’t be complete without at least one chapter—if not a volume—about twin sisters and musicians Katie and Allison Crutchfield. As half of the Birmingham band P.S. Eliot, which broke up in 2011, they released a handful of recordings, including two full-length albums that helped build a foundation for emo’s fourth wave to eventually find something resembling crossover success.…
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The oldest I’ve ever felt was during one night over the summer, when my band played a show with Montreal trio Lonely Parade. I watched the band’s members—who were not even legal drinking age—mop the floor with every other group on the bill that night.…
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Once proclaimed “New York’s Loudest Band,” this Brooklyn-based trio has had a rough time of it since the recording Transfixiation, which was released in 2015. Front man Oliver Ackermann had cofounded the Death by Audio effects pedals company in a Williamsburg warehouse in 2002, and in 2007 the building evolved to include a co-op music venue of the same name.…
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Even if you don’t have tickets to see Phil Collins—the King of Prog-Pop himself—at United Center on Monday night, you can still get your fix of all things heady, techy, and whimsical this week in Chicago. Progtoberfest IV is a massive three-day celebration of prog rock old and new that spans both stages at Reggie’s. In 2018, progressive rock is a superniche genre, and this fest brings some of its most impressive names to the forefront, including Pat Metheny drummer Paul Wertico, former Spock’s Beard members Neal Morse and Nick D’Virgilio (performing separately with their own ensembles), and sci-fi-influenced Canadian band FM.…
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Singer, producer, and chef Via Rosa moved to Chicago in 2010 to help take care of her grandmother and work with local production collective ThemPeople. As she told local culture site Chicago Creatives last year, outside of family obligations, she spent the vast majority of her time during her first five years in the city working out of their space: “Literally the night that I landed, I went to their studio.” Through ThemPeople she met singer Jean Deaux, formerly of the local collective the Village, and soon Deaux introduced Rosa to the musician who’d become one of her most important creative partners: producer Na’el Shehade.…
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The extent of onstage action during minimalist noise shows too often consists of a composer switching between a midi keyboard and a laptop—the sound is complex, but the execution is bland. The live shows of sound artist and composer Laetitia Sonami are the antithesis of this sort of insularity—rather than simply pushing buttons and keys, she’s a conduit who manipulates sound through movement.…
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One of the most colorful and fluid rapper-singers to emerge from Chicagoland in the past few years built a foundation for his career on baseball. Tobi Adeyemi, who records and performs as Tobi Lou, started the decade as a professional ballplayer; he was an outfielder for the Joliet Slammers during their 2011 season.…
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If Gerry Hemingway had retired from music in 1994, at the end of his 11-year-long tenure as the drummer with Anthony Braxton’s quartet; he would have been assured a lasting place in the annals of jazz and improvised music. But his contributions to that combo—which used its preternatural rapport to realize Braxton’s concept of superimposing and alternating between multiple compositions in real time—turned out to be an early chapter in a long career that has encompassed diligent explorations of lyrically expressive jazz, rigorously cohesive free improvisation, and empathetic pairings of his acoustic percussion and electronic sounds with theatrical and video works.…
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On its fifth LP, Million Dollars to Kill Me (Epitaph), indie and emo quartet Joyce Manor exhibits less rawness, more melody, and heightened production. And though it’s the band’s catchiest record to date, it didn’t start as a Joyce Manor album but rather a collaboration between front man Barry Johnson and Impossibles guitarist and vocalist Rory Phillips.…
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