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Sharing my passion for music through words and photos

Pitchfork To Host Midwinter Music Festival At Art Institute of Chicago

It’s the dead of winter. If you’re living in the Midwest, you may feel constrained to the indoors as you desperately attempt to fend off mother nature. Perpetual thoughts of the warm, summer air keep plaguing your mind, only working to intensify your chronic festival withdrawals. As a music fanatic, you know all too well […]

Death Cab For Cutie Awes In Return To Chicago

Just two months after performing Transatlanticism in its entirety at The Auditorium Theatre, Death Cab For Cutie made their return to Chicago. On December 2nd, the indie-rockers headlined 101 WKQX’s “The Nights We Stole Christmas” winter concert series. Accompanied by openers Lovelytheband and Elle King, the Washington-based group surpassed all expectations; Death Cab’s presence was […]

Jim James Gives Chicago A Much Needed Reality Check

For many, ignorance is bliss. While it may seem to be a temporary solution to a world plagued with perpetual negligence, inequality, and hate, the truth can only be avoided for so long. On October 27th, 11 victims perished in a mass shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (the deadliest attack on the Jewish […]

Smokey Robinson Returns to Waukegan In Fine Form

The term ‘legend’ is often thrown around anytime one’s contributions or achievements are applauded. Some may even argue that it’s used a bit loosely. When your accolades include being a Kennedy Center Honoree, writing 37 top 40 hits, and co-founding one of the most prolific record labels in music history, this debate can only go […]

Mick Jenkins Links Up With Kaytranada for “Understood”

Ahead of the release of his forthcoming project, Mick Jenkins is back with a new single. The Chicago-based rapper has linked up with Kaytranada for “Understood“, the latest track from his upcoming album, Pieces Of A Man. Kaytranada, a well-regarded Montreal-based producer, has been known to team up with Jenkins on multiple occasions in the past, and […]