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Review: Geekd lives inside his own dreamlike reality on ‘The Fairytale Starlight’

Review: Geekd lives inside his own dreamlike reality on 'The Fairytale Starlight'

By Ryan Rosenberger, Staff Reporter

September 18, 2020

In his newly-released EP “The Fairytale Starlight,” Chicago-based musician Christian Moreno, also known as Geekd, cannot get out of his own head. He said so himself on the EP’s third track, ...

Los Angeles-based indie-folk collective Mt. Joy will tour for the first time since the start of the pandemic with two live drive-in concerts in Chicago in September.

Mt. Joy promotes sophomore album with live drive-in concerts

August 24, 2020

In June, indie-folk group Mt. Joy released their sophomore album in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, without the ability to tour and promote it as originally planned. The album, “Rearrange...

Culture Chronversations: Concerts, SWMRS and Music Taste

August 21, 2020

Welcome to Culture Chronversations! On this show we ask broad questions about topics we aren’t usually able to touch on in our standard reporting. To give you an idea of who works at the Chronicle and...

Darius Hampton (left) and Neil Tesser (right) host a virtual session for The Jazz Institute of Chicago's Straight Ahead Jazz Exchange.

Jazz Institute of Chicago hosts annual summer conference online amid pandemic

July 23, 2020

Chicago’s jazz scene has found itself at a standstill the last few months due to the coronavirus pandemic. Prominent venues such as The California Clipper in Humboldt Park have shut down, musician...

The show must go on: virtual Grant Park Music Festival amid pandemic

The show must go on: virtual Grant Park Music Festival amid pandemic

July 7, 2020

On a typical summer evening in Chicago before the coronavirus pandemic, people would be able to hear the virtuosity of the Grant Park Orchestra echoing from Millennium Park while walking along Michigan Avenue...

The release of Janet Blackwell's new EP,

‘Falling apart and falling into place,’ Janet Blackwell on releasing an EP during a pandemic

May 13, 2020

Janet Blackwell was all set to release her EP, "Énouement," in January. But then a global pandemic happened. Blackwell ended up pushing back the EP's release to April. The EP title is translat...

Review: Vundabar masters the art of variety in ‘Either Light’

Review: Vundabar masters the art of variety in ‘Either Light’

March 30, 2020

In the age of digitally produced music, some pop tracks on the radio can feel bland, formulaic or, worst of all, predictable. Indie-rock trio Vundabar’s latest album “Either Light”—released March 13...

Musicians and venues are hit hard by the coronavirus, but the music community is banding together

Musicians and venues are hit hard by the coronavirus, but the music community is banding together

March 23, 2020

The six-member Chicago-based rock group, Rookie, had never sold out a concert until they announced a release show for their self-titled album "Rookie." The big event was set for March 13, but due to con...

International Women's Day concert GLRZ WKND featured a showcase of upcoming female talent in Chicago.

GRLZ WKND concert celebrates female empowerment at Avondale Music Hall

March 22, 2020

After a successful EP release party last November with her friend and fellow musician Tmuny, King Inesse, a 20-year-old DJ and YouTuber from the North Side, knew she wanted to take it a step further...

Alexander Glantz, who goes by Alexander 23, opened for pop artist Chelsea Cutler at their sold-out show Tuesday, March 10.

Review: Alexander 23 steals the show

March 17, 2020

As a teenager growing up in Deerfield, Illinois, musician Alexander Glantz’s favorite music venue in Chicago was the Riviera Theatre. He dreamed of performing there but never had the chance—unt...

Grammy award-winning musician Isaiah Sharkey performs at a residency concert for Columbia's Music Department to share his journey with burgeoning artists through the artist-in-residence program.

Isaiah Sharkey delivers ‘magical’ performance in Columbia residency concert

March 4, 2020

In a dimly lit concert hall on the south end of Columbia's campus, 29-year-old musical virtuoso Isaiah Sharkey played his guitar for a packed room with passion and vigor. As a 4-year-old boy growing...

Bobbi Wilsyn, voice and choral ensemble coordinator, will “redesign” her career by focusing more on vocal performance when she retires from the college in May, after nearly 40 years as an educator.

Final bow: Bobbi Wilsyn, ‘heart’ of the Music Department, exits the Columbia stage

March 2, 2020

  Pointing to an array of framed photos along the walls of her office capturing faces of various Columbia faculty, Bobbi Wilsyn recalled the first time she had a hand in one of the college’s perf...

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