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Spring Awakening puts Chicago in forefront of world EDM scene

By Jake Krzeczowski June 13, 2013 12:12AM


Chicago’s rise as a mecca for electronic dance music continues this weekend with the Spring Awakening Music Festival, a global gathering of dozens of DJs and producers, which runs Friday through Sunday at Soldier Field.

Last month, the internationally touring Electric Daisy Festival made its local debut at the Chicago Speedway in Joliet, and now Spring Awakening returns for its second go-around as it transforms the home of the Bears into a neon-and-glowstick mega-party over four stages. The festival, which expands to three days this year, is a star-studded event, with big EDM names such as Calvin Harris, Bassnectar and Moby as headliners. Continue reading Spring Awakening puts Chicago in forefront of world EDM scene

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

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