It’s a challenging path to create music that’s rocking, funny and sophisticated. And it’s an even more daunting challenge to achieve any kind of commercial success when doing it. But Brooklyn-based They Might Be Giants has spent the better part of the last three decades being the exception to those rules.
Seven years to the day since the project first started, Chicago Mixtape returned from its hiatus with a new look, a new Spotify-based format, and a new goal: to expand to other cities.
Capturing the look, the sound and the entire ambience of progressive-era Genesis, The Musical Box takes the tribute concept to its logical end.
Empty Bottle’s “Winter Block Party” is either absolutely insane, or brilliant staking out a currently-unoccupied bit of calendar for the years when global warming has turned our traditional music-festival months up to broiler-oven temps, leaving February as a warm reminder of what Chicago summers used to be.
A quarter century after its release, the band performs the entirety of its second album, 1992’s “New Miserable Experience,” which today sounds more like a greatest-hits collection than a set of songs written and recorded within a relatively tight time frame.
Robert Plant’s new band heads the list of must-see gigs in Chicago this month.
Bring us all together as a people—that’s what Mavis Staples hope to do with her new album.