Sonic Week 4.20: Op Shop

  I am not high but I’m on top of you, your face is covered in torn shorts, I am dressed in peach lips and free from my memory. Your tongue is my summer rope, my anchor to pleasure comfort, my partner to dirty barefoot jams. I am not high but I am full of … Continue reading

Sonic Week 10.12: Dope Hope

Wait for the day when Hope is Dope, When living air is life and up there really is just blue, And water is wet only when it’s inside of you // Crave the day that starts only when your eyes open wide, To the cue of mint breath — unopened, white, light, Soaking in presence, still twirling from gravity and … Continue reading

VIDEO PREMIERE: Chicago Fresh Ep2: Shlick Smit

He hops from coast to coast, but holds strong connections in Chicago along the way. Meet Shlick Smit, an MC with a mission to express himself through rhythm and poetry if nowhere else will listen. On the daily, he works his flow with others to BUILD like it’s never been done before, leaving each town better … Continue reading

VIDEO PREMIERE: Chicago Fresh Ep1: [dope] TENNIS SHOES

Nosferatune debuts its Chicago artist showcase series — Chicago Fresh — with an intimate video of Tennis Shoes, a musician bound only for the no-boundaries, future-sound hip hop cry. Falsetto soliloquies churn into rapping poetry before we can even put our sneaks into a shoebox on the closet shelf. Get familiar with the softer side … Continue reading

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

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

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

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

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.

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