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Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Conductor Mina Zikri leads the Oistrakh Symphony of Chicago, Lira Ensemble, and the Northbrook Symphony into a vibrant, family-oriented performance se by Jamie Ludwig

If you’ve spent any time immersed in Chicago’s classical music scene, you know that one of its hardest working and most visionary leaders is conductor Mina Zikri, the founder and […] T…

SOURCE: chicagoreader.com at 03:46PM

Amanda Flores, aka DJ Flores Negras, founder of Mictlan Productions by Jamie Ludwig

Amanda Flores is a Chicago musician, DJ, event promoter, and licensed massage therapist. While fronting metal band Rosaries in 2017, she launched Flores Negras Productions to help create new…

SOURCE: chicagoreader.com at 12:48PM
Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Yola has persevered through peaks and valleys to stand for herself by Jamie Ludwig

If you’ve ever fought to pursue your dreams despite pressure from family or society, Yola’s inspiring story will resonate with you. Raised by a single mother in Bristol, UK, the […] Th…

SOURCE: chicagoreader.com at 07:00AM
Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Ruido Fest celebrates the diverse sounds of Latin alternative music in its return to Union Park by Jamie Ludwig

Ruido Fest stands out as more intentional and visionary than most of Chicago’s destination festivals. When it launched in 2015, it was billed as the country’s only three-day outdoor musi…

SOURCE: chicagoreader.com at 07:00AM
Friday, August 12, 2022

Melbourne punk trio Clamm show how much they care on their new second album by Jamie Ludwig

Trying to make sense of the times can feel like an exercise in futility, but it can also be a powerful tool of self-expression. That’s the modus operandi of Clamm, […] The post Melbourne…

SOURCE: chicagoreader.com at 01:00PM
Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Jessica Risker, licensed counselor, singer-songwriter, and host of Music Therapy by Jamie Ludwig

Jessica Risker is an experimental singer-songwriter and a licensed clinical counselor. After the COVID-19 pandemic sent Chicago into lockdown in March 2020, Risker merged those pursuits for …

SOURCE: chicagoreader.com at 12:21PM
Tuesday, July 5, 2022

The Square Roots festival offers a diverse mix of music to replenish your soul by Jamie Ludwig

If you’re as allergic to crowds as I am, Chicago’s many neighborhood music festivals can be a mixed bag. But one event I unequivocally associate with a certain kind of chill is the Squar…

SOURCE: chicagoreader.com at 02:01PM
Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Politically charged postpunks Petrol Girls combine fun and purpose on Baby by Jamie Ludwig

Politics are an inherent part of punk and hardcore culture, but not even the most ardent fans like feeling preached to, especially by artists who seem more focused on their messaging than on…

SOURCE: chicagoreader.com at 01:00PM
Thursday, June 9, 2022

Angel Olsen taps into love and loss on her triumphant sixth album, Big Time by Jamie Ludwig

An incredible thing about humans is our ability to shoulder and navigate trauma while opening ourselves up to new possibilities. The journey may be rocky, but with luck we can come out the o…

SOURCE: chicagoreader.com at 01:00PM

Temple of Void delve into the abyss on the genre-bending Summoning the Slayer by Jamie Ludwig

Death metal gets stereotyped as a one-trick pony, but plenty of bands in the genre are thoughtfully breaking the mold. In the midwest, they include Michigan death-doom outfit Temple of Void.…

SOURCE: chicagoreader.com at 07:00AM
Thursday, May 26, 2022

Paul Natkin, concert photographer by Jamie Ludwig

Chicago native Paul Natkin is a prolific concert and portrait photographer who’s shot more than 4,300 musicians and celebrities since he started his career in 1975. He’s also worked as r…

SOURCE: chicagoreader.com at 11:13AM
Thursday, May 12, 2022

What if hearing aids were as easy to get as reading glasses? by Jamie Ludwig

When the average person develops vision trouble, they might just pick up a pair of reasonably priced reading glasses at a neighborhood pharmacy. If they require a more customized solution, t…

SOURCE: chicagoreader.com at 02:13PM
Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Ufomammut come back from hiatus with renewed focus on Fenice by Jamie Ludwig

I’ve never been the type to have a single favorite artist (I’ve probably got 100, depending on the context or mood), but for more than a decade I’ve counted Italian psychedelic-metal g…

SOURCE: chicagoreader.com at 07:00AM

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