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PHOTOS: Second City Citizens + Friends at Tonic Room 1.30.15

Chicago’s Second City Citizens put on their first SCC + Friends show of the year at Tonic Room on January 30. It was all about the energy. Cramped in that tiny bar-turned-venue on North Halsted, the Tres Amigos charismatically killed it. Check out my recap over at Side By Side and the night in photos … Continue reading

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John River- “Hope City II”

Here to tell a story with a fierce punch of passion is Canadian rapper and neighborhood activist John River. Born in Mississauga, a city in Ontario you can wander around in his new music video for “Hope City II,” the 20-year-old is finally showing us talent that can’t be ignored. In 2012 he introduced himself … Continue reading

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OSLO- Volume One

Slow and steady sounds are arranged for gentle pleasure on OSLO‘s newest set of songs, Volume One. The City By Night (hear: beauty by Selerac) release blows dust from window sills in the same measure that it triggers our arduous exploration of pain. It is calm, intent on pondering battered and buried musings only after ample reflection, allowing beauty … Continue reading

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Sonic Week 1.27: Spectacular Unknown

Reeling in cursive beats, she glides across the strings of their wavy implications. In a time when ignorance has no value, we must scream our innocence at one another, and even then the twa/eets will never retreat- at least never from shifting belief, only ever from boredom and time’s trendy, front row seat. You’ll remember that … Continue reading

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Sonic Week 1.15: Rubber Funk

Blue and White spotlights center on life. The sun dies under scorn, bare and barely there, leaving only the sympathy of tunnels to twist by your side. The world is dull, almost black and white, blocked by numbing rumbles above and a forgotten love for saturated days. The world needs spinning and shakes and violent … Continue reading

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PHOTOS: Auggie the 9th, Blakass Westley, Rich Jones at Tonic Room 12.17.14

Auggie the 9th, Blakass Westley, and DJ Miranda rocked a tight-knit house this past Wednesday at Tonic Room. Jumping on stage after Ace da Vinci, they opened for Rich Jones (of Second City Citizens) and The Whoevers, stitching a fine night in the fabric of Chicago’s rich hip hop scene. The bar stage, standing less than … Continue reading

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Sonic Week 12.17: Pining for White

Sugar foam ‘tween my teeth, I sit in this peeling lamp corner and watch the variables nestle like puzzle pieces into my mind, sweet scent centered and cool as ganache in this fine, sliding moment. I’ve got my personal missiles on lock, cornered in the quiet heat of ceramic comfort. I am open to adventure, calm now … Continue reading

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PHOTOS: Tennis Shoes Live at Empty Bottle 12.10.14

The Empty Bottle this past Wednesday opened house to a vibrant community of local hip hop enthusiasts. J.A. Grimms & Blacknight, Solarfive, and David Ashley (of Chi collective Jody) brought their energy to the small, cool-lit stage of Western Avenue’s coziest dive venue. Fans caught and drove the night, jumping in squads of ecstasy and supporting their … Continue reading

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Sonic Week 12.11: Hero Hop

There’s a grey mist in the air that tends to clear up if you raise your arms and dance on through it. Give us something to vibe to and we’ll give you someone to believe in. These beats are on a mission to bridge the space between anger and retaliation, fortuitously compiling anthems of underground power for … Continue reading

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Selerac- Automated Weather Information

Selerac creates a gorgeous blend of serenity on Automated Weather Information, its second release on UK electronic label City by Night Records. Reminding us of the wild beauty brought forth 14 years ago by furiously sleeping green duo The Books, Selerac also feels the weight of expression hard, picking up sky trails left by post-rock heros Sigur Ros and … Continue reading

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