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Guitarist Steve Gunn Chases Creeping Songcraftnew

“Time Off” doesn’t have a lackadaisical feel, although the widening row of Steve Gunn’s musical predilections disallows for total cohesion.
Chicago Newcity  |  Dave Cantor  |  02-08-2013  |  Profiles & Interviews

Full Spectrum: Guillermo Scott Herren Takes on All Musics as Prefuse 73new

A flurry of new work’s set for the coming year. And only Herren knows where Prefuse 73 will go next. Maybe old will become new again. Or maybe Herren’s explorations haven’t totally satisfied him and future projects are slated to sate his curious nature.
Chicago Newcity  |  Dave Cantor  |  01-23-2013  |  Profiles & Interviews

Anarchy in the Midwestnew

The story of The Gizmos, a collection of hard-rock dudes and Creem-reading drug punks who honed in on the most transgressive elements of adolescent America.
Chicago Newcity  |  Dave Cantor  |  12-21-2012  |  Profiles & Interviews

One of the Last of the Coltrane Sidemen is not in a Talking Moodnew

There aren't too many folks left who played with John Coltrane.
Chicago Newcity  |  Dave Cantor  |  12-12-2012  |  Profiles & Interviews

Larry Coryell gets haughty about his skills ... and rightly

Some players willfully flout convention, bounding from one genre to the next. Guitarist Larry Coryell didn’t set out to play garage, psych, jazz and fusion. He’s just kept good company over almost fifty years in music.
Chicago Newcity  |  Dave Cantor  |  12-04-2012  |  Profiles & Interviews

Monkish Moans and Skittering Guitarnew

Inside Chicago's Mako Sica's international stew of rock, jazz and noise.
Chicago Newcity  |  Dave Cantor  |  10-11-2012  |  Profiles & Interviews

Transcontinental Dub: Sun Araw’s Cameron Stallones Occupies the Crossroad of Disparate Soundsnew

Grafting a unique culture—whether it’s Rasta ideology or Appalachian entertainment—onto an art music spans genre and land mass, resulting in the disintegration of boundaries and the emergence of something ultimately unique.
Chicago Newcity  |  Dave Cantor  |  09-24-2012  |  Profiles & Interviews

Smif-n-Wessun: Re-Enta da Stagenew

Smif-n-Wessun's Bucktown has undergone significant gentrification over the last decade. And the cultural exchange at work there's important for the advancement of art.
Chicago Newcity  |  Dave Cantor  |  07-20-2012  |  Profiles & Interviews

Funky Soul of Memphis: Booker T. Jones is Backnew

It’s a big story and only getting bigger. The spate of international touring Booker T has in his future will likely take him down some new roads, thoroughfares a kid from Memphis could have never dreamed he’d travel.
Chicago Newcity  |  Dave Cantor  |  06-25-2012  |  Profiles & Interviews

Improvising, Not Compromisingnew

Why Joe McPhee's forty-year journey keeps coming back to Chicago.
Chicago Newcity  |  Dave Cantor  |  06-13-2012  |  Profiles & Interviews

Can Journalism Survive the Newspaper’s Tribulations?new

The Chicago Tribune, "The Deal From Hell," and the uncertain future of print journalism.
Chicago Newcity  |  Brian Hieggelke  |  06-29-2011  |  Media

Love & Sex: Get My Driftnew

Why make a bunch of kids toss around symbols of love and romance at such an early age? It’s mindless, crazy and absurd. Then again, so are at least ninety percent of relationships.
Chicago Newcity  |  Andy Seifert  |  02-11-2009  |  Culture

The Delayed Gratification of 2009's Movie Awards Seasonnew

Surveying a couple hundred year-end lists by movie reviewers and entertainment writers can be a soul-squishing thing, particularly if you read the reasoning and rationales, the dithers, the doubts, the demurrals, the dishing and dashing to and fro, recurring, recurring.
Chicago Newcity  |  Ray Pride  |  01-07-2009  |  Movies

Why So Serious?: A Holiday Movie Previewnew

This year tragedy for tragedy's sake is on the front burner. It's nothing new, releasing dead-serious pictures at the dead of Christmas.
Chicago Newcity  |  Ray Pride  |  12-17-2008  |  Movies

'Gran Torino' is a Gleeful Astonishmentnew

Gran Torino is a dark comedy, an engaged anecdote about class and race, a stripped-down example of palooka art, and Clint Eastwood, at 78, has made a modest yet almost radical entertainment.
Chicago Newcity  |  Ray Pride  |  12-17-2008  |  Reviews

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