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Thursday, September 8, 2022

Santigold is still headed toward a new world on Spirituals by Noah Berlatsky

When Santigold emerged in the late 2000s, her hip alterna-pop seemed to waltz out of left field, incorporating elements of every genre she could put her hands on: punk, hip-hop, […] The po…

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Friday, August 19, 2022

Look Both Ways by Noah Berlatsky

Wanuri Kahiu’s Look Both Ways in other contexts might simply be a fairly inoffensive feel-good romance riff. As it is, though, the film’s lack of courage is painful and unforgivable. The…

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Kehlani sails into perfect sun-dappled R&B by Noah Berlatsky

Kehlani’s second album, 2020’s It Was Good Until It Wasn’t (Atlantic), features the brooding, moody, left-of-center R&B that’s become their signature. The singer’s new LP, Blue…

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Friday, August 12, 2022

Bodies Bodies Bodies by Noah Berlatsky

I’m sure Bodies Bodies Bodies will have many enthusiastic fans. I’m just at the stage in life where I don’t take much pleasure in watching the kids hurt themselves. The post Bodies Bo…

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Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Chicago singer-songwriter Claude makes dream pop for the youth, young and old by Noah Berlatsky

“I’m a twentysomething / Don’t you think it’s about time?” Chicago singer-songwriter Claudia Ferme, aka Claude, sighs on “Twenty Something,” which opens her debut full-length, …

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Monday, August 1, 2022

The much worse predator by Noah Berlatsky

It’s unlikely that someone’s going to see The Reef: Stalked and go out and murder a bunch of sharks. But the fact that we tend to see nature as victimizing us rather than the other way a…

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Thursday, July 28, 2022

DC League of Super-Pets by Noah Berlatsky

The smaller humans who saw the preview were delighted, and their parents didn’t seem to be suffering. The post DC League of Super-Pets appeared first on Chicago Reader.

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Thursday, July 21, 2022

Odd Obsession has returned by Noah Berlatsky

If you want to see Crispin Glover’s Olivia Newton-John impersonation, head around the bunny-headed Jesus, past the John Wayne Gacy display, and watch your head down the stairs. The post Od…

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Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Bedroom-pop singer-songwriter Cuco keeps the good vibes flowing by Noah Berlatsky

California singer-songwriter Cuco (aka Omar Banos) makes distinctively woozy bedroom pop that mixes vocals in Spanish and English with laid-back beats, fuzzy guitar reverb, synth wash, 808s,…

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Monday, July 11, 2022

DakhaBrakha create eclectic folk music for an antifascist Ukraine by Noah Berlatsky

It’s impossible to listen to DakhaBrakha right now outside a political context; they’re a Ukrainian folk band based in Kyiv. After Russia launched its full-scale war on their country in …

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Friday, July 1, 2022

The Black Phone by Noah Berlatsky

The effort is appreciated as far as it goes. But it doesn’t matter how enthusiastically you dial if you end up with a bore on the other end of the line. The post The Black Phone appeared f…

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Thursday, June 16, 2022

Cinema Deathmatch: Round One explores moral-panic entertainment by Noah Berlatsky

Critics sometimes say that films like Running Man and Battle Royale implicate the viewer. When you watch them, you’re supposed to recognize the ickiness of your own enjoyment of uber-viole…

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Friday, May 27, 2022

Rapper-producer Namir Blade rockets into an Afrofuturist haze by Noah Berlatsky

Nashville rapper, multi-instrumentalist, and part-time extraterrestrial Namir Blade follows in the space wake of his beloved Sun Ra less through style than through vibes. His new self-produc…

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Thursday, May 26, 2022

Chicken by Noah Berlatsky

Prison is a massive, racist source of violence and harm. A film about incarcerated people, especially one purporting to advocate for them, needs to engage with that fact. The post Chicken ap…

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Thursday, May 12, 2022

Horror is a sound you can’t stop saying by Noah Berlatsky

Philip Glass’s soundtrack for piano, pipe organ, and chorus mirrors the repetition in the summoning spell. The post Horror is a sound you can’t stop saying appeared first on Chicago Read…

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