- Defiantly Undefined: A New Music Festival Flouts Categorization For Resonant Bodies, a fest of experimental vocal music that has done well in New York and now arrives in Chicago, singer and producer Lucy Dhegrae has chosen a handful of wildly creative vocalists and given them complete freedom. Creativity is baked into the model… which doesn't happen as often as you might think.
- Factory Showcase: The Cold Waves Festival Returns for More Industrial Music The best known examples of the influence of industrial music can be found in what today could be considered “legacy alternative rock” acts like Depeche Mode, Ministry and Nine Inch Nails, although hardcore fans would (and should) take umbrage at such an attempt to lump these “pop” acts into the genre. Trent Reznor may have done more than anyone to…
- Jerusalem on Lake Michigan: Chicago’s Birthright Claim To Gospel Music Festival With the occasional exception of crossover artists like Sir the Baptist at Lollapalooza—gospel isn't going to make a significant showing at any festival that’s not exclusively gospel-dedicated. Fortunately for Chicago, the gold standard in that regard occurs annually on our lakefront.
- Still Breathtaking: A Preview of Sting at Ravinia Festival Sting's solo catalog boasts more than a dozen studio albums. He may not rack up the hit singles like he once did, but he remains a compelling writer, musician and performer.
- Dance This Mess Around: A Preview of the B-52s at Ravinia Festival These days the group functions more as a legacy/nostalgia act than a creative going concern, but there’s not a thing in the world wrong with that.
- Period Performances for a Friend: A Review of Beethoven 250 Festival at Harris Theater It isn’t just the materials that are different, it is an entirely different aesthetic approach that needs to be employed for those materials to be effective.