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  • A Conversation with The Nude Party

    BY ETHAN SHANFELD PHOTOS BY CHRISTIAN WADE 7 OCT, 2021 Somewhere between Appalachia and Laurel Canyon — between Neil Young and The Velvet Underground — lies The Nude Party. The North Carolina band dazzled on stage at Lincoln Hall on Thursday, bringing their twangy, fuzzy, booze-soaked brand of rock of roll to Chicago. Sporting bolo […]

  • Panda Plane’s self-titled debut album etches “benchmark” into Northwestern student’s career

    BY REBECCA SHAID In the middle of his instrument-strewn Evanston apartment sits Charlie Rhoad; with more intentionality and refinement than ever, the artist behind Panda Plane debuts his self-titled album, Panda Plane. The album, released Jan. 29, offers the same eccentric and passionate project usual to Panda Plane, but this time with an improvement in […]

  • The new year is coming, and independent music venues still don’t have the funding they need

    BY ANDREW MARQUARDT Pictured: NYC band Beechwood plays a show at Bowery Electric on Nov. 5 as part of the venue’s livestream concert series. Jesse Malin owns five live music venues in lower Manhattan, a passion project he started as a way to give back to the local music community he’s been a part of […]

  • Bienen faculty, alumni secure Grammy nominations

    BY YASMEEN ALTAJI Graphic by Yasmeen Altaji, photos contributed Eleven Bienen School of Music faculty members and alumni received nominations last week from the Recording Academy for the 63rd annual Grammy awards. This year marks the sixth nomination for Bienen Director of Choral Organizations and conductor of new-music choir The Crossing, Donald Nally, this time […]


    BY RACHEL KUPFER PHOTO BY BELLE FALL Tonight at 5 p.m., Maine-based producer, vocalist and songwriter Bensbeendead. will join WNUR’s Airplay at Home performance series for a special live-streamed concert open to the general public.  Bensbeendead. will be performing selections from his recently released EP, GARDENING, a critically acclaimed project composed of seven tracks. Each […]

  • Ajani Jones Preview

    BY JOANNE HANER Chicago-based MC Ajani Jones brings his hip-hop and neo-soul style to a new Instagram Live performance series Friday, November 6 at 6:30 PM CT.  Over the past three years, Jones has released two upbeat albums, Dragonfly and Eternal Bliss. Earlier this year, Jones released his Kenya EP, which consisted of five welcoming […]

  • Radio Show Recap: Joe Greenbaum interviews Stuart Schrader about racism, policing and rock

    BY JOE GREENBAUM On Friday I sat down with Stuart Schrader (virtually) to discuss his new book, “Badges Without Borders: How Global Counterinsurgency Transformed American Policing,” published by the University of California Press in 2019. Stuart Schrader is the associate director of the Racism, Immigration, and Citizenship (RIC) Program at Johns Hopkins University, where he […]

  • Review: Remote, Wallows

    BY JOANNE HANER Fans of Wallows know and love their introspective alt-rock music. After almost a decade of working together, the trio decided to try something new when they released their Remote EP Oct. 23.  A stark contrast from their mellow breakout album Nothing Happens, Wallows’ Remote EP is six tracks bursting with energy and […]

  • DIGITAL DILLO 2020 Artist Announcement

    BY AKANSHA RAJ Mayfest Productions is thrilled to announce Rico Nasty as our headliner for Dillo Day 2020. In the last few years, Rico has experimented with many sides of her persona, releasing a string of mixtapes blending bubblegum and aggressive hip-hop into her own brand of sugar trap. On Rico’s 2018 tape Nasty, she […]