Musicology

Musicology

Pitchfork's Midwinter Poised to Heat Up Chicago

Winter has arrived, friends, and with it, life can seem to grind to a halt. Ice freezes over the roads, blankets barricade any areas where warmth might escape, and we all hunker down for the big chill. Regular readers will know I often recommend music to help us get through these cold months.

Albums To Get You Through: Winter 2018

Well, it’s that time of year again: winter is here, and will get worse before it gets better. The cold and darkness tend to take it out of a body from time to time, and every now and then it’s necessary to take a break and recharge in the soft glow of a salt lamp with some warm, soothing music playing to relax the mind and relieve the muscle aches.

CU On the Road: The Champaign Cypher Series Tour

The music scene in the Champaign-Urbana area has something for everyone. Whatever your flavor, this town is bursting with talent. One of the most exciting and head-turning developments of our local musical culture is the hip hop-oriented Champaign Cypher Series and its resulting tour.

Summer Camp 2019 Announcements

Summer Camp Music Festival 2019
Announcing 2019 Dates, Location, and On Sale Information

Desert Daze 2018 in Review

In a year of fantastic music and wonderful music events, Desert Daze cemented itself as the premier festival experience for those looking away from the Bonnaroos and Coachellas of the world.

Ferris Wheel's Day Off: Mungion Returns With Excellent Sophomore Album

Chicago-based quartet Mungion have exploded lately. Their blinding chops, ability to flash between genres, ultra-tight rhythm, and infectious songwriting make for a delightful melange of blistering, hyperactive jams, lofty vocal harmonies, and their own unconventional je ne sais quoi. Their newest effort, Ferris Wheel’s Day Off, finds Mungion honing their craft and expanding their sound.

Cornfield Waves is a Midwest Triumph

Local hip-hop hero Truth AKA Trouble has unleashed his latest work on us: Cornfield Waves. As he continues his climb to the top, his style continues to evolve and expand on what hip-hop can be, and he brings a surge of vitality and restless energy to the music scene here in town.

Beyond the Ritual: Desert Daze Announces Workshops, Mystic Bazaar, and More

Desert Daze has announced their additional programming for 2018. Featuring late night film screenings, experimental art installations, yoga, workshops, and so much more, the news puts the final bells and whistles on what is already shaping up to be one of the most talked-about events of the year. Behold!

NYC Quartet Maxband Put Together First-Rate Debut

Coming in hot off the press, NYC quartet Maxband is about to release their debut, Perfect Strangers. Identified only as Max, Tim, Patrick, and Eric on the group’s Bandcamp page, Maxband has produced a record at once atmospheric and wandering, yet streamlined and unassuming. It’s sure to get some heavy rotation when it drops on August 24.