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Consequence of Sound

Album Review: JMSN – It Is
Album Review: Fruit Bats – Absolute Loser
Album Review: The Avett Brothers – True Sadness
Album Review: Róisín Murphy – Take Her Up to Monto
Album Review: The Pack A.D. – Positive Thinking
Album Review: Dolly Parton – Pure & Simple
Album Review: Cass McCombs – Mangy Love
Album Review: Regina Spektor – Remember Us To Life
Album Review: Julia Jacklin – Don’t Let the Kids Win
Top 50 Albums of 2016
Top 50 Songs of 2016
Album Review: John Legend – Darkness and Light

Performer Magazine

Handsome Ghost: On Using the Home Studio to Balance Vulnerability and Experimentation

The Regrettes: On Teenage Power and Knowing When to Stop Over-Finessing Your Recordings (Cover Story)
Frankie Rose: Braving the Darkness to Push Creative Boundaries

Ages and Ages: On Blending Harmony & Dissonance in Isaac Brock’s Studio
Teeth & Tongue: How Forced Isolation Can Act as a Catalyst for Creativity
Sleigh Bells: How Blowing Up Their Creative Process Led to Their Most Adventurous Album To Date

Third Coast Review

Nada Surf Revives Let Go at the Metro
Ravyn Lenae Represented Chicago Wonderfully at Lincoln Hall
Review: Tom Misch Sells Out the Metro on 4/26

Big Thief Steals the Evening @ Schubas During TNK Fest
Big Star & The Freewheelers: See a Bit of Both at the GMan on 2/24
TCR Mixtape No. 20: Shoop Shoop Into Spring
Misty Copeland on Wellness, Authenticity, and of Course, Ballet and Her New Book
Alec Baldwin Shares His Wisdom at the Athenaeum Theatre 
We Take a Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Costumes of the Lyric Opera
Real Estate Keeps it Mellow @ The Vic
Mac DeMarco Gets Weird and Invites Us to Get Weird, Too
TCR Mixtape No. 26: Dreamy Vibes
Sofar Sounds Brings Concerts for a Cause with Give a Home
Graham Nash Stuns us With Magic at Old Town School
Joe Purdy Spins Stories at City Winery on 9/8
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Grants Us Her Wisdom at the Auditorium Theatre
Solange Shares Her Artistic Visions at the MCA, 9/13
Give a Home: Jack Garratt Creates Magic for Sofar Sounds x Amnesty International
Shout Out Louds Bring the Energy to a Packed Lincoln Hall

The 3CR Record Store Day Wishlist
Get Funky with Mike Zabrin’s Funktastic @ Reggie’s
Lisa Loeb Wins us Over all Over Again @ Old Town School
Remembering Prince
A Conversation with Andrew Bird: Crafting Music and Chicago Memories
Third Coast Mixtape No. 2: Editor’s Choice
The Hideout 20-Year Reunion in Review
Margaret Glaspy and Bad Bad Hats Stun at the Green Mill
MisterWives in Conversation: Perfect Pop with Intention
Congratulations, Bob Dylan
At Double Door, Letters to Cleo Prove They’re More Than Some ’90s Band
Lili K. in Conversation: “Magic” and More
Ginuwine at City Winery: A Perfect Pairing
Best of 2016: Music Edition

Schoolhouse Rock Live!: Where Grammar Rules and History Converge
Joffrey Ballet’s Cinderella Sparkles and Stuns at the Auditorium Theatre
Joffrey’s Romeo & Juliet: Sad and Sweet With a Beautiful Flourish
What I Found at Finding Neverland at the Cadillac Palace
The Nutcracker by Christopher Wheeldon: A Changed Classic

Feasting on Fat Rice: A Conversation in Review

Daybreaker Diary: Wednesday Morning Fever

Gapers Block

Alvvays Bring Sunshine Vibes to Schubas, 1/17
Pitchfork Music Festival 2015 Tickets On Sale
Galactic Brings the Mardi Gras Party @ Concord, 2/6
Pitchfork Music Festival Announces 10th Anniversary Lineup
An Evening of Rock Splendor @ House of Blues, 2/25
Wanna Go See Mystikal for $3?
Sedgewick to Release EP at The Throne Room
North Coast Music Festival Announces 2015 Lineup
Dastardly Releases Music Video for New Single “The Hollow”
Towkio Set to Electrify The Metro on May 16
MCA & Pitchfork Debut Conversation Series Events
Dreaming the Day Away in Conversation with Tennis
Sun-Infused Vibes for California Nights: An Interview with Best Coast
North Coast Daily Lineup Announced
Dastardly Emerges With a New Sound on “The Hollow”
Our Picks for Pitchfork 2015!
How to Pitchfork (and Win This Contest!)
Maplewood Records: A Story of Past and Present
Pinwheel Records Opens its Doors in Pilsen
Conversation with Celine Neon
Mesmerizing Melodies on Land of Plenty
Marrow to Debut New Album @ Subterranean on 8/19
Dynasty Podcast’s 10-Hour Broadcast for a Monumental Celebration
The Main Squeeze Bring The Funk to North Coast (+ a Contest!)
One Question & Endless Responses: A Commentary on Marginalization Within the Music Industry
Got Plans for Tuesday? A Contest for a Concert!
Want To See Mucca Pazza?
Kaskade to Electrify Navy Pier (A Contest!)
Just 24 Hours from Now…
All About Leonard Bernstein
Sputnik Finds its Orbit on the Northwest Side
Get to Know Anthony Pavel

Art & Culture
Explore Contemporary Indian Culture at Month-Long Eye on India Festival

Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da at the Chicago Public Library
Day One: Tomorrow Never Knows Fest – Cayucas @ Lincoln Hall 1/15
Jake Bugg, Live from Studio X, 1/18
Peacemaking Music: David Broza @ City Winery, 1/29
Lullabies and Loud Noises @ Schubas, 1/31
Pitchfork Music Festival Announces 2014 Lineup
Mucca Pazza Marches for a Month of Mondays @ Revolution Brewing
Band of Horses Acoustically Rock The Vic, 2/19
Flogging Molly Brings Drunken Lullabies to the Aragon Ballroom, 3/8
Pitchfork Music Festival Announces Full Lineup
Future Islands Get Visionary @ Lincoln Hall, 3/26
Interview: Briar Rabbit Shares His Soulful Wisdom
A Celebration of Sharon Jones @ The Vic, 4/11
Heritage and Heart: Regina Carter and Mavis Staples at Symphony Center, 4/18
Archie Powell & The Exports are Back in Black
Nickel Creek at Riviera, 5/9: Why The Fire Won’t Die
Riot Fest’s 10 Year Anniversary Surprise
A.V. Fest / Hideout Block Party Announces 2014 Lineup
Your Menu for Taste of Randolph Music Acts
A Pre-Pitchfork Interview with Twin Peaks (and Contest, Too!)
Taste of Chicago Cancels Saturday Event & Concert
Riff Raff and Chicago Sounds @ Millennium Park, 7/7
Hideout Block Party & A.V. Fest Adds to Lineup
Pitchfork Music Festival: Day 1 in Review
Pitchfork Music Festival: Day 2 in Review
Interview: Hundred Waters at Pitchfork Music Festival
Pitchfork Music Festival: Day 3 in Review
Courtney Barnett Gets Gritty @ Schubas, 7/30
Andrew Bird Shows Us Pulaski at Night
A Hideout Block Party How-To
Your Guide to Hideout Block Party & Onion A.V. Fest: Day 1 in Review
Your Guide to Hideout Block Party & Onion A.V. Fest: Day 2 in Review
Shovels & Rope Showcase Their Talents @ The Vic, 10/2
Shuffling with Bombay Bicycle Club @ Park West, 10/14
Django Festival All-Stars & Cyrille Aimee to Perform Beautiful Tribute on 10/24
Hozier Takes Us to Church @ Metro, 10/26
Interview: The Dirty Dirty Dollars
Richard Kaufman Discusses the CSO’s Pixar in Concert
Wilco Winterlude: Night One in Review
Downright Brings Holiday Concert to the Metro

Art & Culture
MusicNOW: An Exploration of Fits + Starts
Artful Interviews at Pitchfork Music Festival
A Return for Renegade Craft Fair
Joffrey Ballet’s “Swan Lake” Is Stunning on Opening Night Debut
Amazing Grace: A Musical with an Everlasting Message
“Mirror of Enlightenment” Arrives at Harris Theater

“Dolphin” Reinvented, to Open its Doors 1/18
Preview: Freelance Whales @ Lincoln Hall, 1/19
Review: Freelance Whales @ Lincoln Hall, 1/19
Preview: Dark Star Orchestra @ The Vic, 2/2
Glen Hansard Announced for Metro 30th Anniversary Show
Contest: Field Report @ SPACE, 3/5
Preview: Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside @ Lincoln Hall 3/29
Preview: Ty Maxon @ The Hideout 3/29
Wake Your Heart with He’s My Brother She’s My Sister on 4/26
Review: James Blake @ Metro 5/2
Preview: The Staves @ Schubas, 5/28
Sharon Van Etten Teaches us to Love More @ Millennium Park, 6/3
Taste of Randolph: A Weekend in Review
Letting It Sway with Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin @ Schubas, 6/24
Concord Music Hall Emerges as Newest Chicago Music Venue
The Hideout Looks Forward: The Block Party’s 17th Year
Singers and the Endless Song: Interview with Sam Beam
Arctic Monkeys Show That They Wanna Be Ours
American Bonfires and Dancing Bottles: Ballroom Boxer in Review
Singing Dark Doo Wop With MS MR, 9/30
Review: Atoms for Peace @ UIC Pavilion, 10/2
The Singer Addresses His Audience: Colin Meloy @ Park West, 11/11
Interview: Brendan Canning
InnerVisionists Share Their Vision: An EP in Review
Bringing Warmth to Your Heart & Bones: The Pines @ City Winery, 12/18

Album Review: Justin Townes Earle’s Nothing’s Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now
My Morning Jacket Announces Show @ Millennium Park
Preview: Maps & Atlases @ The Metro 5/11
Review: A Concert Gets “Dastardly” @ Subterranean, 5/10/12
Review: Andrew Bird @ The Auditorium Theatre, 5/12/12
Wicker Park Fest Announces Initial Lineup
Contest: The Bears of Blue River Album Art Design
Preview: Deer Tick @ Metro, 6/9
Review: Deer Tick @ Metro, 6/9
Preview: Young Magic @ Schubas 7/8
A “Taste” of Chicago’s Festival Music
Review: Charles Bradley @ Pritzker Pavilion, 7/16
Preview: Sidi Touré and Ana Tijoux @ Pritzker Pavilion, 7/23
Dastardly Releases Ballads in Blue EP
Congress Theater to Undergo Renovation
Concert for a Cause: Interview with Nelarusky’s Lauren McClusky
The Lumineers Announce Chicago Concert
Review: The Very Best @ Lincoln Hall, 8/17
Preview: Ray LaMontagne @ The Chicago Theatre
Chicago’s Up-And-Coming: Interview with Cold Blue Kid
Hideout Block Party & A.V. Fest: Day One Review
Hideout Block Party & A.V. Fest: Day Two Review
Review: The Lumineers @ Logan Square Auditorium, 9/21/12
Preview: Dry The River @ Schubas 9/28
Preview: Shemekia Copeland @ City Winery 10/12
Preview: Miike Snow @ The Congress Theater 10/17
A Day at the Record Stores with CHIRP
Preview: The Wood Brothers @ Lincoln Hall 11/1
Review: Joe Pug @ Lincoln Hall, 11/3
Preview: The Whigs @ Lincoln Hall, 11/16
‘Tis The Season for Concerts That Give Back
A Wednesday for Giving and Giveaways
Review: Sufjan Stevens @ The Metro, 12/15


Our Top 20 Albums of 2014
Lineup Review: Governor’s Ball 2015
Playlist of the Week: Wanderlust
The Decemberists: What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World Indeed
Playlist of the Week: Step Into My Office, Baby
Playlist of the Week: Springtime Zen
Lollapalooza 2015 Lineup Review
What We’re Listening To: BRONCHO
What We’re Listening To: Leon Bridges
Playlist of the Week: AMURRICA
Playlist of the Week: Open Road
Playlist of the Week: Who Run The League
What We’re Listening To: Jessica Pratt
Playlist of the Week: Autumnal Sounds, 2015
Playlist of the Week: Chic Rooftop Party
Playlist of the Week: Lullapalooza
Analyzing the Music of Gilmore Girls
Playlist of the Week: The Best Film Jams
What We’re Listening To: Tobias Jesso Jr.
Playlist of the Week: Je Parle Francais
Playlist of the Week: Sounds of Falling Snow

Playlist of the Week: Be A Part of the Love Club
Everything In Its Right Place: Top 10 Radiohead Lyrics
Playlist of the Week: Polar Vortex Dance Party
The Soothing Sounds of Zero 7
Playlist of the Week: Lifting The Covers
Playlist of the Week: All The Feels
“Her”: The Soundtrack
Playlist of the Week: The Answer, My Friend, Is Blowin’ in the Wind
Playlist of the Week: Tropical Daydream
Prince: A Constant Comeback
Playlist of the Week: Come and Get Your Love
Playlist of the Week: Castaways and Cutouts
The Greatest Music Video…Ever?
Playlist of the Week: That Nola 2014 Feelin’
Playlist of the Week: In The Waiting Line
Funky Sounds From The South
Playlist of the Week: Hibernation & Hot Chocolate
A Sunday Anthro Soundtrack
Playlist of the Week: Spring So Sweet
Playlist of the Week: This Is The First Song For Your Mixtape
Lolla Lineup Review
Playlist of the Week: Soul Food For The Ears
What We’re Listening To: Quilt
Playlist of the Week: Feel It All Around
Playlist of the Week: Color Of My Soul
Playlist of the Week: Morning Phase
Jamborees Through The Ages
Playlist of the Week: Month of May, 2014
What We’re Listening To: Courtney Barnett
Playlist of the Week: Let’s Get Tired
World Cup Music Through The Ages
What We’re Listening To: Houndmouth
Review: Jimmy Buffett @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Playlist of the Week: June Songs, 2014
Playlist of the Week: Lolla 2014 Wishlist
Playlist of the Week: July, July, July 2014
What We’re Listening To: St. Paul & The Broken Bones
Playlist of the Week: Remembering Robin Williams
Lolla 2014 In Review
Playlist of the Week: Maple Beach Mix
What We’re Listening To: Lily & Madeleine
Playlist of the Week: September 2014
Playlist of the Week: Matt’s Throwback Mix
What We’re Listening To: PHOX
From The Archives: Broom by Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin
Playlist of the Week: Polar Vortex Dance Party Volume 2
Playlist of the Week: If Life Had a Soundtrack
What We’re Listening To: Alvvays

Welcome! An Introduction
Playlist of the Week: A Hard Rain’s-A-Gonna Fall
Two Old Guitars, Like a Shovel and Rope
Playlist of the Week: 10,000 Weight in Gold
Gezelligheid in a Wintry City
Lost & Found: The Songs of Lianne La Havas
Playlist of the Week: Before The Bridge
Na Na Na Diva is a Female Version of a Hustler: The Beyoncé Phenomenon
Playlist of the Week: It’s The Holiday Season
From the Archives: “Feels”  by Animal Collective

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Ring in the New Year with Holistic Health in Mind
Namas Bar Pop-Up Shop: Recap
Mind, Body, and Soulstice
Spring Towards Your Best Self

Why Practice Yoga?
Fuel Your Practice
Yoga, Wherever You Are
Introducing Almond Cacao
The Namas Bar Gift Guide
Give Back With the Gift of Namas Bar