Wednesday, August 10 2011
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
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 ...
Monday, October 24 2011
Jim Ford's overlooked masterpiece gets a reissue.
Monday, October 3 2011
The debut album from these indie rockers generates a sense of forgettable déjå vu.
Tuesday, September 27 2011
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
Experimental chanteuse Jenny Hval takes an inward journey.
Wednesday, September 21 2011
DJ T.'s latest album stays too impersonal to be a knockout.
Monday, August 8 2011
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.
Thursday, April 7 2011
Wednesday, September 15 2010
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
'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
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.