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James Kabat

Senior Staff Writer based in Chicago specializing in pop, dance, and underground club culture. I have interviewed some of the world's biggest DJ's and I enjoy diving deep into the minds of my musical heroes.

[FESTIVAL PREVIEW] Ten Must-See Acts at Movement

It’s Memorial Day weekend at last, known to many as the unofficial start of summer, but to fans of techno as the weekend of Movement Electronic Music Festival! Whether you’re lounging in your backyard, attending a rooftop party, or making your annual pilgrimage to the American birthplace of techno, here are ten acts we’ve chosen to […]

[POP] Katy Perry’s “Swish Swish” Is a Hot Mess!

On Friday, May 19th, Katy Perry released the third track off of her fifth studio album, Witness, entitled Swish Swish. The Roland Clark-sampling and Duke Dumont-produced deep house track seems to have all of the right ingredients in terms of production credits; however, the track quickly drew criticism (and a plethora of laughs) from fans and […]

[TICKET GIVEAWAY] Win A Pair of GA Passes to Mamby On The Beach 2017

How does a pair of Mamby On The Beach Tickets sound? Pretty great, right? Well, The Sights And Sounds is giving away Mamby On The Beach tickets, and we have 4 different ways for you to enter! As Chicago’s only beachside summer music festival, this sandy 2-day fest is one you’ll not want to miss! Can […]

[POP] Kygo & Ellie Goulding’s “First Time” Is About Nostalgia But Isn’t Memorable

As I’ve predicted back in mid-February, Kygo and Selena Gomez‘ joint venture It Ain’t Me turned out to be quite a hit for both artists cracking the top tens in multiple countries around the world and even hitting the top spot in Kygo’s home country of Norway. The radio staple is also set to surely […]

[POP] Lady Gaga’s “The Cure” Is Safe But Feels Genuine

Lady Gaga is probably the most polarizing artist of our time. I myself, often struggle with the love/hate relationship I have with her artistry, her ever-changing image, and at times, strange personality. It seems that one minute she is full of poise, intelligence, and self-control, fighting for social justice and warning young people of the […]