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Classic Album Review: The Writing Was Already on the Wall by Destiny’s Child’s Breakthrough

When we talk about group dynamics, we’re really talking about power. Sometimes it’s the power to disrupt — to slow things down until you get your way. Sometimes it’s the power of refusal. Many band members have written a song, only to find out that the lead singer wouldn’t sing it. Sometimes it’s the power

Album Review: B Boys Search for Meaning in the Modern World on Dudu

The Lowdown: Not to be confused with the mid-’80s British band of the same name, New York City’s B Boys make a righteous racket in the name of modern-day survival. On 2016 EP No Worry No Mind and 2017 album Dada, Andrew Kerr (drums), Brendon Avalos (bass), and Britton Walker (guitar) mixed hard beats, spare

Film Review: The Farewell Finds Deep Cultural Truths in a Well-Meaning Lie

The Pitch: Billi (Awkwafina), a Chinese-American woman living in New York City, feels disconnected from her extended family in China, save for her occasional phone call from her spry, spirited grandmother, Nai Nai (Shuzhen Zhao). But she soon learns that Nai Nai is dying of terminal lung cancer — a fact the rest of the family

Album Review: Lil Nas X Proves More Than a 10-Gallon Novelty Act on 7 EP

The Lowdown: In case you fell asleep four months ago and have just now woken up, Atlanta rapper Lil Nas X became a divisive figure in March when his country-trap breakout hit, “Old Town Road”, was pulled from Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart for “not embrac[ing] enough elements of today’s country music.” This move from

Live Review: The Rolling Stones Shake Off Rust During Tour Opener at Chicago’s Soldier Field (6/21)

21st Century Physical Breakdown: Things didn’t look too hot for The Rolling Stones earlier this year. Back in April, the rockers were forced to postpone their tour only days ahead of its original kickoff so that frontman Mick Jagger could undergo heart valve replacement surgery. There admittedly concerns by fans — especially since that procedure sounds more

Album Review: Madonna Does It Her Way on the Scattered but Joyful Madame X

The Lowdown: The Madonna of today is not the Madonna who scandalized presidents and popes. Now, she is (coughs politely) years old and thankfully still evolving. Her last album, her unlucky 13th, was 2015’s Rebel Heart. Backed by awful singles like “Bitch I’m Madonna”, Rebel Heart represented a critical and commercial bottoming out. Since then,

Live Review: Vampire Weekend Warms Up a Chilly Father’s Day in Chicago (6/16)

Unbearably Cold: “This is the first time I’ve heard the word genocide in a pop song,” says my Lyft driver Alfredo, who’d pulled up This Is Vampire Weekend on Spotify after figuring out why I was headed to the Huntington Bank Pavilion on Chicago’s Northerly Island. We hadn’t done much talking, our ride through the