Category: Review

  • Record Roulette: Mapache’s From Liberty Street

    BY STUART SUMNER WNUR’s Record Roulette series revisits albums from across genres and ages with reviews randomly assigned to our staff writers. Many of these records come from WNUR’s physical music collection, “the Stacks.” Inspired and named after the place where it all started, Mapache’s sophomore album From Liberty Street released March 20, 2020. Duo […]

  • Record Roulette: Dispatch’s America, Location 12

    BY JOANNE HANER WNUR’s Record Roulette series revisits albums from across genres and ages with reviews randomly assigned to our staff writers. Many of these records come from WNUR’s physical music collection, “the Stacks.” After more than two decades in the music industry, American indie band Dispatch continues to share acoustic pop and folk-rock releases. […]

  • Record Roulette: Sweet Trip’s You Will Never Know Why

    By Rebecca Shaid WNUR’s Record Roulette series revisits albums from across genres and ages with reviews randomly assigned to our staff writers. Many of these records come from WNUR’s physical music collection, “the Stacks.” You Will Never Know Why. Why Sweet Trip decides to pair its cynical lyrics with its upbeat tracks. Why they chose […]

  • Record Roulette: MU’s The First Album

    BY JACK IZZO WNUR’s Record Roulette series revisits albums from across genres and ages with reviews randomly assigned to our staff writers. Many of these records come from WNUR’s physical music collection, “the Stacks.” We’ve all heard of the legend of the lost continent of Atlantis, which supposedly sunk beneath the ocean before humans could […]

  • Jazz Small Ensembles at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall

    BY YASMEEN ALTAJI 12 NOV, 2020 Pictured: Trombonist Joe Nedder at last year’s small ensemble recital, “Contrafacts.” (Photo/Yasmeen Altaji) CHICAGO — Around this time last year, an eager audience populated a recital hall inside the main building of Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music to watch a quaint student recital. It was a reminder of […]

  • Review: Apolonio, Omar Apollo

    Omar Apollo’s latest album explores love, loss, triumph and heritage BY NICK FRANCIS Omar Apollo’s new album, Apolonio, represents a sharp aesthetic divergence from his last, titled “Friends.”  Apollo, born Omar Apolonio Velasco, 23, grew up in Hobart, IN. His parents, from Guadalajara, Mexico, influenced his musical style greatly as Apollo was a fan of […]

  • Review: Fake It Flowers, beabadoobee

    BY ISABEL PODOLSKY It’s nearly impossible to listen to beabadoobee’s debut album, Fake It Flowers, without mentally staging a teen rom-com.  20-year-old songwriter and guitarist Bea Kristi, who releases music under the name beabadoobee, knows exactly how to convey the emotions that define Gen Z in the form of angsty, boisterous pop-rock anthems. Over the […]

  • Gus Dapperton live from ZeroSpace

    BY CATIE MOORE 25 SEPT, 2020 I’m not alone in admitting the inability to attend live shows has left a sweaty-concert-crowd shaped hole in my heart. It’s safe to say the pandemic has fundamentally changed the way we experience music, and musicians and listeners alike have been forced to get creative. Stages are replaced with […]

  • Whitney at the Adler Planetarium

    BY ETHAN SHANFELD PHOTOS BY CHRISTIAN WADE 21 SEPT, 2020 It’s been over six months since I felt other people’s sweat on my body, packed tightly into a hot concert venue, dancing with strangers.  I didn’t get any of that on Sunday, when Whitney played a drive-in show at the Adler Planetarium parking lot. But […]

  • Review: Alfredo, Freddie Gibbs

    By Sebastian Caceres 29 May, 2020 After his highly praised release of Bandana in 2019, Gibbs partners with the Alchemist, who has been producing as Eminem’s DJ most recently. Alfredo, which likely received its name from a combination between [Al]chemist and [Fred]die, features notable hip-hop stars Tyler, The Creator, Rick Ross, The Butcher, and Conway […]