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Cheer-Accident Work Through Their 39-Year History on 'Chicago XX'

There's "I Don't Believe". At 7:38, it is the record's longest track and, if I had my druthers, its most definitive moment. After a bit of a stagy or hammy opening, the band descend into the kind of mathy prog-rock on which these guys cut their teeth as a live act in Chicago in the 1980s and 1990s. Take note of Jeff Libersher's pitch-perfect ascension of electric guitar notes over the lurching bridge! When you think these guys can't get much better, they one-up the game, with sometimes-frontwo...
Tags: Music, Rock, Chicago, Music Review, Alternative Rock, Indie Rock, Cuneiform Records, Progressive Rock, Math Rock, Cheer-Accident, Experimental rock, Jeff Libersher, Carmen Armillas, Phil Dylan Jeff Thymme


A First Look At JW Anderson X Uniqlo’s Latest Collection

Designer Jonathan Anderson has got to be the busiest guy in the business. Just two weeks ago, the Northern-Irish designer was in London, presenting his “Nouveau chic” fall ‘20 collection for JW Anderson to the likes of Charli XCX, Billy Porter, and Sex Education’s Ncuti Gatwa on the final day of London Fashion Week. Tomorrow morning, he’ll take a bow at the end of the Loewe show in Paris. But even with two luxury collections on his plate, the 36-year-old designer still manages to find time...
Tags: Fashion, Music, New York, London, Chicago, Paris, Sex Education, Anderson, Loewe, Teva, JW Anderson, Michigan Ave, Jonathan Anderson, Beverly Center, Ncuti Gatwa, JW Anderson x Uniqlo


I’m 28, I Travel Full-Time & This Is How Much I Spent On My Trip To Paros, Greece

Welcome to Travel Diaries, a Refinery29 series where we tag along as real women embark on trips around the world and track their travel expenses down to the last cent. Here, we offer a detailed, intimate account of when, where, and how our peers spend their vacation days and disposable income: all the meals, adventures, indulgences, setbacks, and surprises. This week’s travel diary: A 28-year-old PR consultant who travels full-time, shares a glimpse into her week in Paros, Greece, workin...
Tags: Fashion, Music, New York, Milan, London, Greece, Australia, US, Chicago, Portugal, Athens, Cape Town, Greek Islands, West Coast, New England, Rio


Yuja Wang Upset Her Audience In Chicago When She Mixed Up The Order Of Her Program (On Purpose)

Because of cultural tradition, each audience brings specific expectations to a performance. Classical listeners, who are steeped in the European performance practices, have been conditioned to want to know as much as possible about the music before a note is sounded. Jazz audiences – who have embraced a more casual, all-American approach to listening – generally sit back and savor the sounds, recognizing standard tunes, enjoying obscure works and realizing that free-flying improvisations ...
Tags: Art, Music, Chicago, 02.25.20


Deeper – “Lake Song”

Last month, the Chicago post-punk group Deeper announced they would soon return with their sophomore album, Auto-Pain. A while before that, we had already heard the infectious single "Run," and the announcement came with another earworm of a new track in "This Heat." Today, the band are back with a third … More »
Tags: Music, Chicago, Deeper


Melkbelly – “Humid Heart”

Band To Watch alumni Melkbelly came roaring back out of Chicago last month with "LCR," the lead single from a new album called PITH. They're rolling out another track today, a heavily grooving discordant churn called "Humid Heart." In a press release, frontwoman Miranda Winters says the song is "about how … More »
Tags: Music, Chicago, Melkbelly, Weird Life Films, Miranda Winters


Marana Blake Gives Off California Vibes In New Track

If Marana Blake doesn’t get any traction with the track California Waves, then I hope Lana Del Rey cuts it. In fact, Lana Del Rey hasn’t released a song that gives off California vibes in a long time. Back to Marana Blake. She’s an indie singer-songwriter born in Chicago. She  released a few tracks as well as several cover videos. We added the track to our Indie Invaders Playlist. Give it a stream.
Tags: Music, Lana Del Rey, California, Chicago, Indie Invaders, Marana Blake, Marana Blake California Waves, Marana Blake Gives Off California


Bennie Green: The Swingin'est

Bennie Green had a distinctive trombone. He played in a powdery, insistent staccato style seasoned with the Chicago blues. A member of the challenging Earl "Fatha" Hines and Charlie Ventura bands, he also recorded in bop ensembles in the 1940s. In the 1950s, Green was a sideman on numerous sessions, including the Miles Davis Sextet with Sonny Rollins in 1951, the year he began recording as a leader. One of his best blues albums is The Swingin'est, recorded for Vee-Jay in November 1958. Co-led ...
Tags: Chicago, Jazz, Tommy Flanagan, Eddie Jones, Foster, Flanagan, Adderley, Frank Wess, Miles Davis Sextet, Sonny Rollins, Marc Myers, Nat Adderley, Vee Jay, Wess, Bennie Green, Gene Ammons


FACS – “Casual Indifference”

Chicago experimental rockers FACS are releasing a new album, Void Moments, next month. Back in January, they shared "Teenage Hive" off of it, and then they took a brief detour from the rollout last week to put out "Alone Without," a song that they recorded for Adult Swim's Singles series after … More »
Tags: Music, Chicago, FACS


Q&A Interview With Strange Music’s Very Own Joey Cool

What was the earliest hip hop memory you can recall? I remember my first concert ever pretty clearly actually. I was like 6-7 years old at the time. My parents took me to see MC Hammer haha. I remember the Kansas City Chiefs players beating on the drum on stage! It was at the Kemper Arena in Kansas City. I remember seeing Hammer & all 87 of his dancers & shit on stage, hahaha. Phenomenal. I think that’s when I knew I wanted to entertain. That was big.   Who’re some artists that inspire you? I d...
Tags: Chicago, James Brown, Jazz, Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City, Bill Johnson, Forest Park, Q&A Interviews, Joe Cool, Jimmy Tony, Kemper Arena, Joey Cool, Frank Sinatra James Brown, Swank Sinatra, Record Bar Riot Room, Strangeland


YouTube’s new original documentary ‘Terms and Conditions’ isn’t about what you think

YouTube’s upcoming feature-length original isn’t about pages of legal documents but one of the UK’s most controversial underground music scenes. This week YouTube releases it’s latest in it’s music themed original documentaries. The feature length ‘Terms and Conditions’ follows UK Drill with an intense look at the rap scene and it’s culture. The film follows the people making the music that takes its roots from the offshoot of trap music that is imbued with natural, UK raw grit. Drill ...
Tags: Music, UK, London, Documentary, Youtube, Stabbings, US, Urban, Bbc, Chicago, Documentaries, BAFTA, Knife crime, Artist / Label News, Drill, Brian Hill


3-Year-Old Girl Sexually Assaulted by 34-Year-Old Man in McDonald’s Bathroom While Her Dad Was in the Next Stall

Accused of one of the most horrifying and repulsive crimes, a Chicago man has been arrested for sexually assaulting a 3-year-old girl in a McDonald’s bathroom stall right next to the girl’s father. Christopher Puente, 34, was charged with one count of felony predatory criminal sexual assault of a victim under the age of 13 on Wednesday (Feb 19). According to prosecutors, on Monday (Feb. 17), Puente lured the 3-year-old into a bathroom stall and placed her on his lap. He then pulled down her pant...
Tags: Wtf, Crime, News, Sexual Assault, Chicago, Jazz, Mcdonalds, Pedophiles, McDonald, Puente, Child Molesters, JUST PLAIN SICK, Christopher Puente


New Music To Know This Week: JAAS Gets That “Therapy,” Olivia Awbrey Is A Guitar God & More

Ever since my first job at MTV working as a music programmer, I can’t stop trying to match people with music they might like. So, I wrote a book called Record Collecting for Girls and started interviewing musicians. The Music Concierge is a column where I share music I’m listening to that you might enjoy, with a little context. Get everything I’ve recommended this year on Spotify, follow me on Twitter or Facebook, and leave a comment below telling me what you’re listening to this week. ...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Fashion, Music, Chicago, Mtv, Broad City, Portland, Awbrey, Olivia Awbrey, Morindo, Ac Sapphire, DifferentA Black History Month Playlist Full


Buffett to Play Chicago in July

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band will play a show at the United Center in Chicago this summer as part of the 2020 Slack Tide Tour Chicago, IL Saturday, July 18th, 2020 United Center Tickets go on sale Friday, February 28th at 10am through Ticketmaster | Ticketnetwork.
Tags: Music, Chicago, Tour Dates, Ticketmaster, Buffett, United Center, Jimmy Buffett, Coral Reefer Band, United Center Tickets


Peanuts Rock: Watch the Peanuts Gang Play Classic Rock Songs by Queen, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Journey & More

In a very crowded field, Garren Lazar's comical take on Queen’s "Bohemian Rhapsody" is a stand-out. Comical in the literal sense. Lazar, aka Super G, struck a rich vein when he thought to mash the Rolling Stones’ "Sympathy for the Devil" with footage culled from Charles Schulz’s animated Peanuts specials. And over the last six years, he’s mined a lot of gold, using Final Cut Pro to pair familiar clips of a drumming Pigpen, Snoopy slapping a double bass, and the iconic “Linus And Lucy” sc...
Tags: Google, Music, Comedy, Youtube, College, New York City, Chicago, Animation, Charlie Brown, Lucy, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Facebook Twitter, Charlie, Lazar, Schroeder, Schulz


Jackie Lynn – “Shugar Water”

Jackie Lynn is the alter ego and side project of Chicago-based musician Haley Fohr, who also records experimental indie-folk under the name Circuit des Yeux. Jackie Lynn's 2016 self-titled debut put a glammy outlaw-country spin on its eponymous character's weirdo-synthpop, and Fohr is continuing Jackie Lynn's story with the upcoming album Jacqueline. More »
Tags: Video, Music, Chicago, Circuit des Yeux, Bitchin' Bajas, Jackie Lynn, Haley Fohr, Fohr, Jacob Forman, Yeux Jackie Lynn


FACS – “Alone Without”

Chicago band FACS have a new album, Void Moments, coming out next month, the latest in a whirlwind of impressive work that began with their 2018 debut Negative Houses and continued with last year's Lifelike. Today, they're releasing a new song through Adult Swim's singles series that has nothing … More »
Tags: Music, Chicago, FACS


Stream Califone’s First Album In 7 Years, Echo Mine

In the early years of this millennium, Califone were one of the most prolific forces in indie rock. Year after year, the Chicago experimentalists -- led by Tim Rutili, previously of bluesy sonic explorers Red Red Meat -- would return with a rewarding new collection of tunes at the intersection of folk, noise, post-rock, and … More »
Tags: Music, Chicago, Album Stream, Califone, Tim Rutili, Red red meat


Pitchfork Music Festival Lineup 2020

Pitchfork Music Festival is returning to Chicago for its 15th year this summer. Today, the lineup has officially been announced, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Run The Jewels, and the National are headlining. More »
Tags: Music, News, Chicago, Pitchfork Music Festival


Ivie Anderson: Early Jazz Voice

Like Mildred Bailey, Ivie Anderson was an early female vocalist who pioneered the jazz idiom in dance bands. She joined Duke Ellington's orchestra in 1931and for the next 12 years she toured and recorded with the band. Anderson's voice was more pointed and huskier than Bailey's and featured a mild tremolo. She also had a slinkier quality, especially on mid-tempo numbers like I'm Satisfied and Did Anyone Ever Tell You. One can hear a quite a bit of Anderson in Marlene Dietrich. Anderson was bor...
Tags: Los Angeles, Chicago, Jazz, Anderson, Duke Ellington, Bailey, Hines, Marc Myers, JazzWax, Kissin, Johnny Otis, Willie Smith, Gilroy Calif, Ivie Anderson, Mildred Bailey Ivie Anderson, Marlene Dietrich Anderson


Black Man Arrested After Forcing White Woman to Watch “Roots” to Show Her How Racist She Is

An Iowa man did the absolute most in an extreme attempt to call out a white woman’s racism during this Black History Month. Robert Noye of Cedar Rapids was arrested on Monday (Feb. 17) for allegedly holding a woman hostage and forcing her to watch the 1977 mini-series Roots in its entirety. According to a criminal complaint, Noye forced the women to watch the 9-hour series “so she could better understand her racism.” Police also say that when the woman tried to move or stand up, the 52-year-old ...
Tags: Wtf, Crime, News, Chicago, Iowa, Jazz, Black History Month, Roots, Noye, Cedar Rapids, Alex Haley, Kunta Kinte, Interstate 380, Robert Noye


G Herbo – “In This B*tch”

The Chicago rapper's next album arrives before the month's end.
Tags: Chicago, Jazz, Songs, G Herbo


Watch Chance The Rapper, Lil Wayne, & Quavo Play The NBA All-Star Game Halftime Show

Last night, the NBA's annual All-Star Game came to Chicago, and the NBA recruited Chicago local Chance The Rapper to play the game's halftime show, a cool thing for the NBA to do. Chance recently cancelled his already-postponed Big Day tour, so this was Chance's first show since he played Rolling Loud Los … More »
Tags: Video, Music, Chicago, Nba, Lil Wayne, Chance The Rapper, Common, Dr. Dre, Dj Khaled, Quavo


Jennifer Hudson & Common Perform Emotional Kobe Bryant Tributes at 2020 NBA All-Star Game

Chicago natives Jennifer Hudson and Common opened up the 2020 NBA All-Star Game in Chicago on Sunday (Feb. 16) with emotional tributes to basketball legend Kobe Bryant. Before tipoff, Hudson took to the stage on the court to sing a beautiful rendition of the classic “For All We Know” as images of Kobe and his daughter Gianna (aka “Gigi”) were displayed on a massive screen behind her. Prior to taking center court, Hudson was introduced by NBA icon and businessman Magic Johnson, who said he wan...
Tags: Videos, TV, Celebs, Sports, Los Angeles, Barack Obama, Chicago, Gigi, Hip Hop, Basketball, Nba, Pop Culture, Jazz, Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson, Staples Center


Huey, Judy and Jimmy

This week in The Wall Street Journal, my "Anatomy of a Song" column for the arts section was on Huey Lewis and the News's The Power of Love (go here). The 1985 hit nearly didn't happen when Huey ruled out writing a song called Back to the Future and was a little uncertain about writing for a movie, something he had never done before. As for the song for which he wrote the lyrics, Huey came up with them while on a run and thoughts about his new wife and two kids were top of mind. Here's Huey'...
Tags: New York, Spain, Bbc, Chicago, James Bond, Jazz, Miles Davis, Mansion, Chanel, Wall Street Journal, Joe, Empire State Building, Judy, Donald Fagen, Steely Dan, John Boorman


The 5 Best Songs of the Week, from Billie Eilish to Monsta X

This Valentine’s Day is a big one for new music: Justin Bieber‘s Changes is out, as is Sam Smith‘s title track of his upcoming album, To Die For. On the rock side, there’s Tame Impala — and The Strokes are back. For rap, A Boogie Wit da Hoodie, YG and Pop Smoke are worth the listen; while Bad Bunny and Ozuna continue to feed their fans. (In fact, fans of all these artists will find exactly what they’re looking for in these new projects.) So this week we’re doubling down on songs you either...
Tags: Asia, Music, News, Montana, Uncategorized, Adele, Chicago, Justin Bieber, Sam Smith, James Bond, Miami, Daniel Craig, Grimes, Pitbull, Oasis, Bond


Going Viral Helped Catapult Roddy Ricch and ‘The Box’ to #1 — But There’s More to the Story

It’s barely two months into 2020, but it’s already been a big year for rapper Roddy Ricch. The 21-year-old Compton artist has claimed the #1 spot on the Billboard Top 100 for the past five weeks with his viral earworm of a rap song, “The Box,” from his debut album Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial, which is the longest-running #1 debut rap album to be on the Billboard 200 in nearly two decades since 50 Cent’s Get Rich or Die Tryin’ in 2003. Ricch also won his first Grammy two weeks ago ...
Tags: Music, News, Entertainment, NYC, Youtube, Uncategorized, Atlanta, Chicago, Justin Bieber, Viral, Kansas City Chiefs, West Coast, Mall, Nipsey Hussle, Meek Mill, Atlantic Records


Going Viral Helped Catapult Roddy Ricch and ‘The Box’ to No. 1 — But There’s More to the Story

It’s barely two months into 2020, but it’s already been a big year for rapper Roddy Ricch. The 21-year-old Compton artist has claimed the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Top 100 for the past five weeks with his viral earworm of a rap song, “The Box,” from his debut album Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial, which is the longest-running No. 1 debut rap album to be on the Billboard 200 in nearly two decades since 50 Cent’s Get Rich or Die Tryin’ in 2003. Ricch also won his first Grammy two week...
Tags: Music, News, Entertainment, NYC, Youtube, Uncategorized, Atlanta, Chicago, Justin Bieber, Viral, West Coast, Mall, Nipsey Hussle, Atlantic Records, Compton, Justin


Polo G – “Go Stupid” (Feat. Stunna 4 Vegas & NLE Choppa)

The young Chicago rapper Polo G has a rare gift for bluesy, melodic, mournful takes on his hometown's drill sound. Last year's Die A Legend, my favorite rap album of 2019, was a heavy piece of work that burst with thought and feeling. And yet Polo G can also flat-out rap when he … More »
Tags: Video, Music, Chicago, Michael Garcia, NLE Choppa, Stunna4Vegas, Polo G



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