DIIV : Deceiver

DIIV’s leader and main songwriter Zachary Cole Smith stated that the band’s 2016 record Is The Is Are was an album about addiction and getting sober at the time of the record’s release. Though it turned out that was not the case, as Smith stated in an interview a year later. Smith was still very […]

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VVV : Spreading Primrose

Shawhin Izaddoost, aka VVV makes music that while hypnotic feels deeper than just the typical dance track. He works in dense soundscapes while locking into tight grooves and connective rhythms which allow the listener to fall into a sonic world deeper than just a club beat. His music mixes elements of 2-step, ambient, techno, and […]

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Wilco : Ode To Joy

It feels that for the last decade Wilco have been struggling to find their footing. That sounds rather ridiculous to say given the powerful unit of musicians that have occupied the space within the Chicago band since 2004. They’re like this band of wizards backing one of our generations greatest songwriters, Jeff Tweedy. But as […]

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Dan Smyth : I Can’t Wait

Singer/songwriter Dan Smyth is a music machine. Not only does he lend his guitar and vocal skills to Fort Wayne’s The Legendary Trainhoppers, but Smyth is a veritable human jukebox covering over 50 years of pop and rock&roll music in local clubs. Seriously, the list of songs this man covers is staggering, and wholly impressive. […]

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Todd Phillips’ ‘Joker’

I won’t mince words here, Todd Phillips’ Joker might be one of my favorite films of the year. Maybe even the last couple years. Granted, I haven’t seen a ton of new films this year. I loved Midsommar as well, but I need to watch it again before I sit and write about that cinema […]

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Opening Your Brain

I can feel a bit of a sea change happening with me, musically speaking. I’m feeling myself looking and searching for new sounds to feed my head. I’m starting to get numb to the “usual stuff”: electronic, synth, Krautrock, ambient. Those vibes I’ve been feeding my brain for the past few years. It’s this steady […]

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GRÜN WASSER : Not Ok with Things

Coming from the Chicago underground music scene, GRÜN WASSER makes music that pulsates and taunts. The duo of vocalist Keely Dowd and producer Essej Pollock use the electronic/industrial tradition of Chicago’s storied Wax Trax Records as a jumping off point for their minimalist pulse. A mixture of Meat Beat Manifesto techno heart with the subversive […]

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