Category: Review

  • Five New Songs to Listen to When Stuck at Home

    By Yasmeen Altaji 5 May, 2020 If you, like me, are growing tired of hearing about the reality of these “unprecedented” and “uncertain” times, here’s your chance to listen to something new. Artists have taken this stay-at-home period to tap into their creative processes and produce an inundation of new material. Here is a handful […]

  • Review: Let the Sun Talk, MAVI

    By Yejun Kim 18 Oct, 2019 His Instagram handle is @mavi4mayor, but 20 year old Howard University student Omavi Minder goes by simply MAVI to express his inquisitive perspective and emotional depth through rap. He began releasing music in 2017, but his first album entitled Let the Sun Talk in October of 2019 gave him […]

  • Review: Making a Door Less Open, Car Seat Headrest

    By Avery Adams 1 May, 2020 After a four-year hiatus, Car Seat Headrest has resurfaced with a new sound, trading the guitar for a synth, in their latest collection Making a Door Less Open. Despite the absence of material from the indie rock band since their commercial breakthrough Teens of Denial back in 2016, front […]

  • Review: Elsewhere 2, Pinegrove

    By Ethan Shanfeld Anyone who’s been to a Pinegrove show or even listened to their Audiotree session knows they’re better live. The generally subdued lead guitar is sharper and more aggressive. The drums pop with emo influence. The verses are sweetened by melodies not found on their studio albums. And the pedal steel guitar — […]

  • Review: Imagine U, Omar Apollo

    By Yasmeen Altaji 8 April, 2020 Frankly, I hadn’t known what to expect of the much-anticipated drop; the singer-songwriter — named Omar Velasco — has already tackled R&B, some 80s-inspired tunes, and even reggaetón. I wondered what he could pull next.  Class after Zoom class went by Wednesday morning before I was able to listen […]

  • Durand Jones & The Indications at Thalia Hall

    Susanna Kemp 12 March, 2020 I’ll say it: Durand Jones & The Indications made me forget about coronavirus. For a full two hours. Jones performed at Thalia Hall on March 12, the day after the announcement came that Northwestern would be transitioning to online classes. I wondered if this would be my last show in […]

  • Zack Villere at Lincoln Hall

    By Lydia Rivers Photos by Saira Singh 26 Feb, 2020 It was a tough night at Lincoln Hall.  The night started off fine — with his sleeves covering his hands, Zack Villere’s slow songs and monotone vocals came together to generate a satisfyingly soft stage presence for a small Wednesday night show. Mentioning the snowstorm, […]

  • Beach Bunny at Metro

    By Lydia Rivers 22 Feb, 2020 Chicago-based band Beach Bunny put on a powerhouse hometown show at the Metro just a week after dropping their debut album, Honeymoon. Their latest release is quickly sending the band on the fast-track to becoming the next big thing as they continue to gain listeners and win acclaim from […]

  • Sango at Bottom Lounge

    By Ben Moskow Photos by Lauren Washington 18 Feb, 2020 In a monstrous two-hour DJ set, Seattle-born, Grand Rapids-raised producer Sango managed to not overstay his welcome. This should tell you all you need to know, but feel free to keep reading. While Sango has not made an enormous solo name for himself, his career […]

  • Defining Radkey: A Conversation at Cobra Lounge

    By Olivia Yarvis Photos by Hannah So 15 Feb, 2020 Four words were all that were needed to introduce Dee, Solomon, and Isaiah Radke at their sold out show with Riot Fest Presents: “We’re Radkey. Dig it.”  Since their start in 2010, this literal band of brothers from St. Joseph, Missouri has redefined what it […]