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Wednesday, October 5, 2022

In a scene full of big personalities, Jim Post was a giant by Steve Krakow

Once again, Chicago has lost a legendary musician, and in this author’s opinion there haven’t been nearly enough public tributes. Jim Post was a crucial part of the Old Town […] The po…

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Thursday, September 29, 2022

Magma turn up the positivity on their new album, K​ã​rt​ë​hl by Steve Krakow

Formed by drummer Christian Vander in Paris in 1969, Magma have made a career of defying convention, and the fact that they’re still actively recording and playing live today is […] The …

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Tuesday, September 27, 2022

The Reader’s guide to World Music Festival Chicago 2022 by Philip Montoro, Leslie Allison, Leor Galil, Aaron Cohen, Jamie Ludwig, Sandra Treviño, Catalina Maria Johnson, Monica Kendrick, Joshua Minsoo Kim, James Porter, Hannah Edgar, Steve Krakow, Bill Meyer, Jacob Arnold, Noah Berlatsky, Kelley Tatro and Mark G

The term “world music” has never been adequate to the task we’ve set it—even in its most benign reading, it implies a division between the listener and the rest of […] The post The…

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Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Boogie-woogie 2, pandemic 0 by Steve Krakow

We won’t know the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic for many years, not least because they haven’t stopped piling up. Bodily sickness, mental illness, financial loss—everyone seems to h…

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Thursday, September 8, 2022

Soul band the Kelderons pulled a 30-year disappearing act by Steve Krakow

It’s sad when a talented band’s closest brush with fame is almost finishing a soundtrack for a movie that never existed, ending up with nothing but demos where one of […] The post Soul…

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Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Genius bassist Richard Davis is so ubiquitous he’s almost invisible by Steve Krakow

I can’t rattle off a list of my most beloved guitarists, despite being a so-so guitar player myself, but I can quickly tell you my top ten bassists. One of […] The post Genius bassist Ri…

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Thursday, August 18, 2022

Oneida incorporate straight-ahead rock vibes into their expansive sound on Success by Steve Krakow

Brooklyn is so closely associated with the American cultural zeitgeist of the early 2000s that it’s easy to forget how newly “cool” the borough was at the time. During Oneida’s […]…

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Monday, August 15, 2022

Chicago explorers Bitchin Bajas to pay homage to Sun Ra by Steve Krakow

Last fall Chicago drone explorers Bitchin Bajas released a cassette of synthesizer-only Sun Ra covers called Switched on Ra (Drag City). The trio of Cooper Crain, Rob Frye, and Dan Quinlivan…

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Thursday, August 11, 2022

Young-Holt Unlimited were more than Ramsey Lewis’s rhythm section by Steve Krakow

Most musicians use their first professional endeavors to find a voice and develop their chops. So I love it when artists “spin off” into new sounds, even if they break up beloved bands t…

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Monday, August 1, 2022

Marissa Nadler adds a welcome darkness to the scary darkness of the end of days by Steve Krakow

As the world literally burns, it’s a comfort to see performers we hold dear come back through town to offer musical relief. Singer-songwriter Marissa Nadler debuted in 2004 with the album …

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Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Rescuing Paradoxx from the record collectors by Steve Krakow

I’m a lifetime fan of vinyl records, but “record collecting” continues to befuddle and annoy me. I know I might sound like a pretentious gatekeeper pontificating about a trivial proble…

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Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Paul Cotton of Poco belongs in the classic-rock pantheon by Steve Krakow

Paul Cotton, best known as a crucial member of country rockers Poco, died a year ago this month, and it was easy to miss the news amid all the chaos in the world—to say nothing of all the …

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Thursday, June 30, 2022

Chicago’s greatest postpunk obscurity returns from oblivion by Steve Krakow

Lately it seems like every “lost” recording, no matter how inconsequential, is getting pushed on limited colored vinyl for a crass Record Store Day cash grab. Beneath the hype, “archiv…

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Friday, June 24, 2022

Psych-rock icon Arthur Brown celebrates his 80th birthday with a new album by Steve Krakow

If I were forced to subscribe to any wild theory circulating on the Internet right now (we won’t say the c-word), it wouldn’t be about lizard people, a flat Earth, anything “secretly s…

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Friday, June 17, 2022

Electronic music master Klaus Schulze leaves us a riveting posthumous record by Steve Krakow

Given the myriad horrors American society faces, desensitization can be a survival mechanism as well as part of the problem. Numbness can easily turn to apathy when we’re bombarded unrelen…

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Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Soul singer Barbara Livsey cut one star-making album and vanished by Steve Krakow

I love a good mystery. Sometimes even my most exhaustive research turns up nothing more than a few details about a great musician, not enough to tell the full tale. As much as I might want t…

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Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Jazz pianist Denny Zeitlin has developed a vision of mind-blowing breadth by Steve Krakow

Secret History readers often assume I know every Chicago musician who ever lived, but luckily I’m still capable of experiencing the joy of discovery. One of my bigger thrills in life is bu…

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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

The Devil Bell Hippies: Chicago’s greatest avant-garde band that only kind of exists by Steve Krakow

When I finished college downstate and moved to the Windy City in 1995, the Chicago no-wave scene was breaking apart. While still in school, I’d often driven three hours to catch gigs here,…

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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Japanese psych band Kikagaku Moyo take a farewell tour before an indefinite hiatus by Steve Krakow

Earlier this year, Japanese psych band Kikagaku Moyo announced that they would go on indefinite hiatus following their 2022 tour. It’s always surprising when a successful, globe-trotting b…

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