1 hour ago

Wild Reeds’ lovely vocal harmonies aren’t enough to wipe clean a generic indie-pop polish

Mon 5/8, 8 PM, Schubas, 3159 N. Southport, $14

    Wild Reeds' lovely vocal harmonies aren't enough to wipe clean a generic indie-pop polish
    On "Only Songs," the opening track from their new album The World We Built (Dualtone), the three bright-voiced singers of Wild Reeds proclaim that "the only thing that saves me are the songs I sing," a sentiment their ebullient, richly harmonized delivery confirms. Kinsey Lee, Sharon Silva, and Mackenzie Howe perform with a gusto that feels downright therapeutic, but while the trio's spirit is infectious and they're lovely to hear, the songs themselves don't quite measure up-they often push a shinier, bigger sound that glosses the group's rustic roots with a generic, indie-pop polish.
    http://www.chicagoreader.com

1 hour ago

With Wonderland, Demdike Stare sample a different style of paranoia

Tue 5/9, 9 PM, Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, $18, $15 in advance

    With Wonderland, Demdike Stare sample a different style of paranoia
    During the early era of Demdike Stare, the Manchester duo of Sean Canty and Miles Whittaker didn't bother with subtlety in cultivating their mystique.
    http://www.chicagoreader.com

1 hour ago

Trumpeter Jaimie Branch returns to Chicago to celebrate the release of her first LP

Wed 5/10, 9 PM, Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, $10

    Trumpeter Jaimie Branch returns to Chicago to celebrate the release of her first LP
    Jaimie Branch may have moved away from Chicago in 2012, but she's never severed her roots here. They go so deep on the trumpeter's first album, Fly or Die, that they could wrap a few times around the Deep Tunnel: not only is it being released by local imprint International Anthem, but everyone who plays on the record is a present or former Chicagoan.
    http://www.chicagoreader.com

1 hour ago

Clarinetist Jeremiah Cymerman channels his improvisational ethos into dark, turbulent directions

Mon 5/8, 7:30 PM, Experimental Sound Studio, 5925 N. Ravenswood, $10, $8 members and students, all-ages

    Clarinetist Jeremiah Cymerman channels his improvisational ethos into dark, turbulent directions
    New York clarinetist and sound artist Jeremiah Cymerman has developed a multipronged artistic practice over the years, working his mixture of improvisational exploration and pure sound into a variety of disparate projects.
    http://www.chicagoreader.com

Apr 18

Updated 1 hour ago

Students at Northeastern pay the price for Illinois’s budget failures

Meanwhile, over at Northeastern, students and faculty gathered last Wednesday on the main campus near Foster and Kimball to hear Democratic gubernatorial candidates Ameya Pawar and Daniel Biss lambaste Rauner for running our state colleges and universities into the ground.

Chris Casey's seen the ill effects of overdevelopment near Foster and Pulaski. He's afraid his beloved La Bagh Woods is next.

    Students at Northeastern pay the price for Illinois's budget failures
    click to enlarge By chance, Governor Bruce Rauner unveiled his hokey duct-tape commercials around the same time students and faculty from Northeastern Illinois University took to the streets to protest cuts that threaten to put their school out of existence.
    http://www.chicagoreader.com

  • Bob Kastigar 15 Years North Park, bike rider, retired

    TO: University Community

    FROM: Richard J. Helldobler, Interim President

    RE: University Budget Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, May 4

    As we near the end of our spring semester -- and enter our 23rd month without a state budget -- I invite all members of our University Community to attend a...

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    TO: University Community

    FROM: Richard J. Helldobler, Interim President

    RE: University Budget Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, May 4

    As we near the end of our spring semester -- and enter our 23rd month without a state budget -- I invite all members of our University Community to attend a Budget Town Hall meeting that I -- along with the Vice Presidents -- will host on Thursday, May 4, from 3:05 to 4:05 p.m. in the Main Campus Auditorium. So that those who are unable to attend in person may watch the meeting, I have arranged for a livestream of the event that will be accessible online at http://connectcast.tv/neiustream.

    We will discuss our current budget, the situation in Springfield, and our next steps. There will be time to answer questions from the audience at the end. If you are unable to be there to ask a question, or would like to submit a question in advance, feel free to send them to the University's Feedback Form at www.neiu.edu/feedback.

    Please don't forget that Monday is a furlough day, and the University will be closed. The University will reopen on Tuesday. We hope to see you at next Thursday's Town Hall meeting.

  • Nick in Irving Park Condo Owner

    At NEIU, we have a budget. It'd be nice if our "Governor" did the same.

2 hours ago

North-suburban group I Made You Myself take lessons from posthardcore’s recent past

Sun 5/7, 6:30 PM, Subterranean, 2011 W. North, $8, 17+

    North-suburban group I Made You Myself take lessons from posthardcore's recent past
    Emo-leaning contemporary posthardcore bands such as Touche Amore, La Dispute, and Pianos Become the Teeth have stuck it out long enough to bear fruit and deserve the reverence bestowed on them by younger musicians who proudly name-check them these days.
    http://www.chicagoreader.com

2 hours ago

Thanks to their refined interplay Vibrating Skull Trio are more than just another noise group

Thu 5/4, 9 PM, Elastic, 3429 W. Diversey, $10 suggested donation, all-ages

    Thanks to their refined interplay Vibrating Skull Trio are more than just another noise group
    My faith in Chicago's improvised and experimental music scene is regularly renewed by a number of factors, but the most important is its reliable infusion of new blood. Bassist Eli Namay and drummer Phillip Sudderberg have been playing out for a couple of years, but I'm only now beginning to catch up with them.
    http://www.chicagoreader.com

2 hours ago

Laura Marling explores the ambiguity of relationships on her excellent new Semper Femina

Sun 5/7, 8 PM, Metro, 3730 N. Clark, $25, 18+

    Laura Marling explores the ambiguity of relationships on her excellent new Semper Femina
    Most mentions of the stunning new album Semper Femina (More Alarming) note that singer-songwriter Laura Marling addresses only women over its nine songs. It's unclear whether her lyrics are directed toward friends or lovers, but her sharp observations and plainspoken language render this ambiguity irrelevant.
    http://www.chicagoreader.com

2 hours ago

The Mavericks sound like they’re having more fun than ever on their fizzy new album Brand New Day

Fri 5/5, 8 PM, Thalia Hall, 1807 S. Allport, sold out, all-ages

    The Mavericks sound like they're having more fun than ever on their fizzy new album Brand New Day
    Quirky Americana band the Mavericks ended a nine-year hiatus in 2012 by picking up exactly where they left off, embracing a sprawling admixture of styles with more energy and ambition than ever before. Unfortunately their 2013 comeback album, In Time , was a bloated affair, written as though they were desperate to make up for lost time.
    http://www.chicagoreader.com

2 hours ago

The Big C Jamboree closes out its 25-year run with a weekend rockabilly celebration

Thu 5/4, 9 PM; Fri 5/5 and Sat 5/6, 8 PM, Martyrs', 3855 N. Lincoln, $1 on Thursday, $12, $10 in advance on Friday and Saturday

    The Big C Jamboree closes out its 25-year run with a weekend rockabilly celebration
    Since the 90s, Chicago's rockabilly scene has been getting bypassed in favor of its older alt-country sibling. In contrast to the likes of Robbie Fulks and Jeff Tweedy, who are well-known across the city, the rockabilly set has remained strangely insular.
    http://www.chicagoreader.com

2 hours ago

Philadelphia’s Laser Background bridge the universes of video games and indie pop

Sun 5/7, 9 PM, Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, $8

    Philadelphia's Laser Background bridge the universes of video games and indie pop
    Last year Laser Background main man Andy Molholt told music site ThrdCoast that from an early age he's gleaned inspiration from composer Koji Kondo, who as the architect of the original Super Mario Bros. is one of the most influential composers in contemporary culture.
    http://www.chicagoreader.com

2 hours ago

The Legendary Shack Shakers and Shooter Jennings headline the two-day Moonrunners Festival

Fri 5/5, 2 PM and Sat 5/6, 11 AM, Reggie's Rock Club and Reggie's Music Joint, 2105 S. State, $75 two-day pass, $40 Friday pass, $45 Saturday pass, $20 Friday Rock Club only, $25 Saturday Rock Club only

    The Legendary Shack Shakers and Shooter Jennings headline the two-day Moonrunners Festival
    Scoring some big stars, year five of the two-day Moonrunners Festival is a packed affair that will showcase alt-country, rockabilly, bluegrass, outlaw country, and every other nook of Americana and roots music-all of it soaked with a beardy, tattooed flavor.
    http://www.chicagoreader.com

26 hours ago

Live from La Havana Madrid

Through 5/28: Wed-Sat 8 PM, Sun 4 PM, Steppenwolf 1700 Theatre, 1700 N. Halsted, 312-335-1650, teatrovista.org, $50.

One notable factoid about La Havana Madrid, the subject of an affecting new play by Teatro Vista's Sandra Delgado, is its former location: a prominent hot spot for Chicago's Latino community in the 1960s, the nightclub once resided on the corner of Belmont and Sheffield in Lakeview.

    Live from La Havana Madrid
    One notable factoid about La Havana Madrid, the subject of an affecting new play by Teatro Vista's Sandra Delgado, is its former location: a prominent hot spot for Chicago's Latino community in the 1960s, the nightclub once resided on the corner of Belmont and Sheffield in Lakeview.
    http://www.chicagoreader.com

28 hours ago

Trumpeter Jaimie Branch finally spreads her wings

Wed 5/10, 9 PM, the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, 773-227-4433, $10, 21+

    Trumpeter Jaimie Branch finally spreads her wings
    Trumpeter Jaimie Branch was raised in Wilmette and moved to Chicago in summer 2001, just before moving to Boston to attend the New England Conservatory of Music-but she didn't make her debut on the jazz scene here till she took a semester off after her third year to recover from a gallbladder issue.
    http://www.chicagoreader.com

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