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Sonic Week 6.9: Somber Glow

When you find yourself sunk—wrapped in blankets and dreamy tapestries, smelling the world you can’t quite see—consider not what is missing in that time. Why search for what lacks where you’ve found an idyllic home for thought, a nook in time more precious than most to you, solemn blanket being, because it is entirely yours. Weave that … Continue reading

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Donnie Trumpet and The Social Experiment – Surf

What is it about this man, Chance the Rapper. And his SoX crew of warm, soul-composing heroes proposing musical strength through simplicity, quirky street harmonies, and real conversation swept up in valiant wordplay. It seems they do everything to spread the positive energy and freshly juiced smiles around. When I listen to Chance and SoX productions, I feel the … Continue reading

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Sonic Week 5.23: Sugar Time

No one will bring back the years; no one will restore you to yourself. Life will follow the path it began to take, and will neither reverse nor check its course. It will cause no commotion to remind you of its swiftness, but glide on quietly. It will not lengthen itself for a king’s command … Continue reading

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Sonic Week 5.5: Crispy Fuck

Mornin’ sugar. Eat your coffee and drink your honey. Yawn and bark and growl and spit, ’cause not a man like this since… Spend a whole day without talking and your thoughts can lay dormant, unexposed to alteration like a child learning literature and science in the confines of social solitude. Spend an evening deep in love … Continue reading

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Sonic Week 4.6: Layered State

His dreams, as they looked to her beside him, were full of mismatched anxiety. Fears rearranged under flickering eyelids, former relationships and failures weaving the texture of his subconscious mind. There are active functions shifting in these observable moments between sleep and waking. As sleep initiates his escape from common reality, dreams ping push him through the deep-eyed … Continue reading

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The Chaos & Unconventional Beauty of DADRAS

This is what we mean when we ask for something new. A mint lineup of sounds that wax and wane from left to on point, an indecisive strength that screams like radical harvest on the DL. Loud dubs and heavy noise, unrestrained and graciously so. A warm tempo and rising wild on “Faust” feel the way that The … Continue reading

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Sonic Week 3.9: Blueberry Punch

Punctual breaths, heating lips and roaring mouths, crying for love or change or both, sipping smoothies through the paranoia in a candy game mall. Eyes shift to the angle of vibration taking shape in conversation’s space. Find the source and shake it off but nothing catches spray, droplets stagnant in space time freeze for the duration … Continue reading

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Sonic Week 2.20: Bunny Hops

Out here the days are just blurry shifts of space, quickened by a swift pace from town to city and slowed by the jungle of smog we keep safe just above. As we move we breathe in these fried soirees, dunked in the saturated oils of what we do when we forget this world is not … Continue reading

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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”

John River’s new single and video Hope City II is a powerful punch of hip hop and flow. This young artist is paving high paths in 2015.

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