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Wednesday, August 10 2011

Underground Music: A Day in the Life of a Chicago Subway Station

For most Chicagoans, the Jackson station downtown is little more than a fleeting backdrop for the daily grind. But for the musicians who spend hours, sometimes days, performing for the crowds, the station has a more vital significance. The subway is a place for commuters, tourists and transit workers. It's also a place for artists.


Wednesday, April 27 2011

After the Boom: An Interview with Roommate

What began as an assignment handed down from a roommate while he was gone has turned into Kent Lambert's main gig, a far cry from being a filmmaker in New York ...


Reviews

Monday, October 24 2011

Jim Ford: Harlan County

Jim Ford's overlooked masterpiece gets a reissue.


Monday, October 3 2011

Unknown Mortal Orchestra: Unknown Mortal Orchestra

The debut album from these indie rockers generates a sense of forgettable déjå vu.


Tuesday, September 27 2011

Small Sur: Tones

Small Sur release another tribute to the woods of California, the coasts of California and all the places in the United States that remind them of California.


Sunday, September 25 2011

Jenny Hval: Viscera

Experimental chanteuse Jenny Hval takes an inward journey.


Wednesday, September 21 2011

DJ T.: The Pleasure Principle

DJ T.'s latest album stays too impersonal to be a knockout.


Dave I.D.: Gangs [9.May.11]

Blogs

Monday, August 8 2011

100 Essential Directors - Robert Bresson

100 Essential Directors celebrates directors of distinct vision, who have honed their respective crafts, who have brought something new and exciting to the medium, and who continue to push the boundaries of the form.


Wednesday, September 15 2010

The Case for Lady Gaga

The reason I love Lady Gaga is she gives you so much more to like without the sour aftertaste of the explicitly sincere. With a bewildering assault of daring and reticence, she has buried herself completely until all that's left is aftershocks of passionate commentary and loaded imagery.


Friday, September 10 2010

Lee "Scratch" Perry and the Golden Age of Roots: 'Heart of the Congos'

'Heart of the Congos' has seen many ups and downs, from the widespread acclaim of today to the creative ferment of late '70s Kingston and all the neglect, discovery, and possible theft that came in between. Through all that noise the album shines, a work of undeniable inspiration and enigmatic effect, and a lasting testament to Lee Perry and his studio.


Friday, September 3 2010

Lee "Scratch" Perry and the Golden Age of Roots: 'Police and Thieves'

The international success of 'Police and Thieves' made it ubiquitous for fans of reggae and punk alike, but the album's roots are particular to the inner workings of vital, very-much-Jamaican studios like the Black Ark.


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