Category Archives: Chicago Sun-Times

DJ Yoda likes to keep his act flashy and fresh

By Jake Krzeczowski March 15, 2013 4:10PM

Originally Appeared for Chicago Sun Times

For his upcoming March 17 set at Mayne Stage, English-born turntable specialist Duncan Beiny, better known as DJ Yoda, may need The Force with him.

Controlling the audio is enough for the majority of DJs, but the hands-on Beiny makes sure to stay busy onstage, also handling the visual duties of the lights and video monitor.

“It definitely keeps things interesting for me,” said Beiny. “My theory about going somewhere to DJ, especially outside your own country, is to bring something to the table that not just a computer can do.” Continue reading DJ Yoda likes to keep his act flashy and fresh

Animal Collective primed for Chicago return

By Jake Krzeczowski March 13, 2013 6:42PM

Originally Appeared in the Chicago Sun Times

 Animal Collective didn’t stop in Chicago on their most recent tour in late 2012.

The 2011 Pitchfork Festival headliner had to forego a stop here in support of their latest album, “Centipede Hz,” released last September on Domino.

It wasn’t out of laziness or lack of interest in the Windy City; the band just wanted to take a break to see their loved ones. Continue reading Animal Collective primed for Chicago return

A Q&A with Fake Shore Drive’s Andrew Barber

By Jake Krzeczowski

Originally Appeared for Chicago Sun Times

Andrew Barber of Fake Shore Drive hosts a sound showcase Thursday at the South by Southwest Festival. The Sun-Times asks the blogger about a few of his favorite things.

Favorite Chicago live performance?

Tie: Kanye West’s Foundation show at the House of Blues that was two weeks before the release of Graduation. He premiered songs from the album that he’d kept from leaking including “Big Brother” and “Good Life.” It was my first time ever hearing these records, and they sounded amazing in such an intimate environment. I highly doubt he’ll ever do a show at the House of Blues Chicago ever again, as he was stadium status soon after Graduation dropped. Continue reading A Q&A with Fake Shore Drive’s Andrew Barber

Sorry, Kanye: Andrew Barber is the face of Chicago hip-hop

BY JAKE KRZECZOWSKI March 13, 2013 11:38PM

Since starting the hip-hop blog Fake Shore Drive in 2007, Andrew Barber has consistently shone a light on Chicago’s lesser-known rappers.

On Thursday, through a partnership with the RedBull Sound Select concert series, Barber will continue to do what he does best — helping to curate a Chicago hip-hop showcase as part of the “140 Hours to Austin” lineup at the Texas city’s South by Southwest music festival. Continue reading Sorry, Kanye: Andrew Barber is the face of Chicago hip-hop

Congress welcomes electronic duo home

By Jake Krzeczowski March 6, 2013 1:00PM
Originally Appeared for the Chicago Sun Times

Chicago’s Congress Theater is quickly becoming a hot spot for electronic dance music.

As the genre has developed and exploded, the 86-year-old theater located at 2135 N. Milwaukee Ave. has hosted some of the rowdiest sets the city has seen.

It’s a perfect fit for the Chicago natives Flosstradamus and electronic artist Dillon Francis, who co-headline a show Friday. Continue reading Congress welcomes electronic duo home

Blend of genres marks Lili K’s style

Photo by Andrew Zeiter
By Jake Krzeczowski February 27, 2013 5:50PM
Originally Appeared for Chicago Sun Times

Chicago musician Lili K (Kryzanek) is jazz with a nose ring — literally.

Blending jazz with hip-hop and R&B to form a wholly eclectic sound, the 21-year-old Milwaukee, Wis., native, who sports a stud in one nostril, has begun to carve a niche with her new take on the musical style while keeping jazz alive.

“I think my sound is very distinct, and I’ve gotten good at blending genres,” said Lili. “It’s awesome to be able to go from a jazz jam session to a Treated Crew party across town and be welcome at both.” Continue reading Blend of genres marks Lili K’s style

Poet Malcolm London creates power through words and deeds

Photo by Allen Daniels

By Jake Krzeczowski | February 19, 2013 4:52PM
Originally Appeared for Chicago Sun Times

Talk to Malcolm London for a moment and his words will resonate.

The 19-year-old poet seems wiser than his years, perhaps part of the reason he has garnered such success.

He wrote his first poem in the aftermath of Derrion Albert’s murder in 2009. Continue reading Poet Malcolm London creates power through words and deeds

Digital Freshness concert series kicks off

BY Jake KRZECZOWSKI February 21, 2013 4:21PM
Chicago Sun Times

For Alex Fruchter, no day is like the one before.

The 30-year-old Indiana University graduate and founder of the Chicago blog RubyHornet decided to forgo a more “traditional” path after college, investing his future in an art form that had followed him his whole life: Hip-hop.

“Hip-hop was going on all around us,” said the Hyde Park native. “You’d hear it outside or walking down the street. Eventually I just fell in love with it.” Continue reading Digital Freshness concert series kicks off