Music, Previews

Preview: lake j Announces Debut Solo Album Dizzy with “My Own Mess”

photo of cadien lake james by Tim Nagle

It’s always a nice treat when a member of a fantastic band releases a solo project. You honestly never know what you’re going to get. Maybe it’s a continuation of […]

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Music, Previews

Preview: No Need to Wait Until the “Next Time Around” for Liam Kazar’s Latest Single

It’s been a couple of years since Liam Kazar‘s excellent debut Due North graced our ears. The album is a distillation of over a decade of Kazar’s musical talents, which […]

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Beyond, Music, Previews

Preview: The Strokes, Beach Bunny, & NNAMDÏ Will Perform at Credit Union 1 Arena in Support of Kina Collins

It’s been two years since The Strokes first gave their support to Illinois 7th Congressional district candidate Kina Collins. The legendary rock group performed a fantastic set at a sold-out […]

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Music, Reviews

Review: Squirrel Flower, Greg Freeman, and Tenci Exemplify the Best TNK Fest Has to Offer

Every passing year TNK Fest rises to the occasion: kicking off the year with amazing shows. The multi-day fest spreads itself across a nice collection of venues (this year included […]

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Classical, Music, Reviews

Review: Gryphon Trio Ends the Northwestern Winter Chamber Festival in a Lackluster way

On a sunny but chilly Sunday afternoon, the Gryphon Trio gave a lackluster performance to close the Northwestern Winter Chamber Festival at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall in Evanston. Although the playing […]

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Classical, Music, Reviews

Review: Third Coast Percussion Premieres New Work by Carlos Carrillo

Third Coast Percussion. Photo by Marc Perlish Photography.

L-R Peter Martin, Robert Dillon, Sean Connors, and David Skidmore. Photo by Ron Perlish

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Music, Reviews

Review: Tamar Berk’s tiny injuries Is Worth Your Immediate Attention

If you want to throw a music critic into a real mental tizzy, ask them what they’re listening to or what they’d recommend. I know enough other critics that I […]

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Classical, Music, Reviews

Review: Dover Quartet Plays a Blustery Program on a Blustery Night

On a blustery Friday night, the Dover Quartet gave a note-perfect performance at the Northwestern Winter Chamber Music Festival at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall in Evanston. While the Chicagoland region was […]

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Music, Reviews, Uncategorized, Venues

Review: Even Unplugged, Hovvdy Somehow Manages to Sound Just As Electric at Lincoln Hall

I’ve been to several seated concerts in my time, but nothing like Hovvdy last week at Lincoln Hall. Actually, now that I think about it, Hovvdy’s show was pretty much […]

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Classical, Music, Reviews

Review: Chicago’s Cedille Records Continues to Promote Excellence in Its 2023 Releases

Chicago’s Cedille Records released lots of enjoyable music in 2023. Like previous years, Cedille releases focus on lesser-known music worthy of greater attention. Unlike previous years, most of the releases […]

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Classical, Music, Reviews

Review: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Frolics Through the Brandenburg Concertos

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center gave a lively performance of Johann Sebastian Bach’s six Brandenburg Concertos at the Harris Theater on Wednesday night. This is an annual holiday […]

Louis Harris /
Music, Reviews

Review: An Intimate Evening at Metro with The Japanese House

It has been an excruciating amount of time since the world last experienced a tour from Amber Bain; better known by her stage moniker The Japanese House. After a three […]

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