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A Conversation with Brian and Quentin From ANGRY BLACKMEN

by Henry Netherland
Henry: Alright we’re here with Brian and Quentin of ANGRY BLACKMEN at a Culver’s in Crete, Illinois. So what made you guys choose this place?? Quentin: I used to work here. Henry: And what got you guys into recording music and about how long ago would you say you started? Quentin: What like two years […]

21 Savage Grows Up On “i am > i was”

by Henry Netherland
Has 21 Savage matured into 22 Savage? When Atlanta rapper, 21 Savage first broke onto the mainstream hip-hop scene, he faced a lot of backlash from rap traditionalists for his lowkey, almost monotonous delivery and surface level lyrics. Many compared his mumble rap style to contemporaries like, Lil Yachty, Lil Uzi Vert and Kodak Black. […]

Vic Mensa sounds as confused as ever on “Hooligans”

by Henry Netherland
Chicago rapper, Vic Mensa has been around for awhile, and yet he still struggles with finding his own voice. The former Kids These Days member has a few projects under his belt, and has even worked with iconic artists like Kanye West and Skrillex. Unfortunately in recent months, he’s fallen into a firing line of […]

Lollapalooza Reappears with Its Usual Hodge-Podge of Genres

by Henry Netherland
Chicago’s own Lollapalooza, equivalent of Coachella, returns again with its annual ruckus. This year’s lineup featured the likes of, The Weeknd, Jack White and Bruno Mars, the latter of which will be discussed later on.    Below, are my personal reviews of the acts I was able to catch. Clairo Within the confines of a beautifully […]

Hipster Heaven Pitchfork Music Festival Returns to Chicago

by Henry Netherland
The indie kids motherland, Pitchfork Music Festival has returned with its annual roster of obscure talent. This year’s headliners included the likes of Tame Impala, Fleet Foxes, and Ms. Lauryn Hill. Below, are my personal reviews of the acts I was able to catch on Sunday.   Nnamdi Ogbonnaya Nnamdi Ogbonnaya is a Chicago multi-instrumentalist […]

88Rising Keeps the Sun Shining on, “Head in the Clouds”

by Henry Netherland
For years now, New York Record Label, 88Rising, has built its brand on content intended to go viral on the internet. Now for their debut compilation, the group takes each members’ unique sounds and transforms them into a series of summer jams perfect for teens to party and make out to. 88Rising has done a marvelous […]