Despite nearly a quarter century in the public eye, the singer/rapper/bassist/activist remains an elusive presence—but never less than mesmerizing.
(Pitchfork Music Festival)
Pitchfork is heavier than usual with elder-statesman acts this year, but British banshee Harvey is the clear standout.
The trippy, jangly psychedelia of the now venerable Aussie band seems more urgently relevant than ever.
July 3 and 4
(Martin Theatre, Ravinia Park)
Arguably the world’s premier interpreter of Bach lights up the park with her dynamic take on “Goldberg Variations.”
(Huntington Bank Pavilion)
Cult bands are rarer than they used to be; but the granddaddy of them all keeps sucking acolytes into its thriving sub-subculture.
July 14, 15 and 16
Robert Rodi is an author, spoken-word performer and musician who has served as Newcity’s Music Editor since 2014. He’s written more than a dozen books, including the travel memoir “Seven Seasons In Siena.” His jazz quintet recently completed a two-year residency at Uncommon Ground, and he regularly hosts a jazz singers’ jam at Lizard’s Liquid Lounge. His literary and music criticism has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, Salon, The Huffington Post and many other national and regional publications.