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Thursday, June 30, 2022

Chicago’s greatest postpunk obscurity returns from oblivion by Steve Krakow

Lately it seems like every “lost” recording, no matter how inconsequential, is getting pushed on limited colored vinyl for a crass Record Store Day cash grab. Beneath the hype, “archiv…

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Friday, June 24, 2022

Psych-rock icon Arthur Brown celebrates his 80th birthday with a new album by Steve Krakow

If I were forced to subscribe to any wild theory circulating on the Internet right now (we won’t say the c-word), it wouldn’t be about lizard people, a flat Earth, anything “secretly s…

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Friday, June 17, 2022

Electronic music master Klaus Schulze leaves us a riveting posthumous record by Steve Krakow

Given the myriad horrors American society faces, desensitization can be a survival mechanism as well as part of the problem. Numbness can easily turn to apathy when we’re bombarded unrelen…

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Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Soul singer Barbara Livsey cut one star-making album and vanished by Steve Krakow

I love a good mystery. Sometimes even my most exhaustive research turns up nothing more than a few details about a great musician, not enough to tell the full tale. As much as I might want t…

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Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Jazz pianist Denny Zeitlin has developed a vision of mind-blowing breadth by Steve Krakow

Secret History readers often assume I know every Chicago musician who ever lived, but luckily I’m still capable of experiencing the joy of discovery. One of my bigger thrills in life is bu…

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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

The Devil Bell Hippies: Chicago’s greatest avant-garde band that only kind of exists by Steve Krakow

When I finished college downstate and moved to the Windy City in 1995, the Chicago no-wave scene was breaking apart. While still in school, I’d often driven three hours to catch gigs here,…

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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Japanese psych band Kikagaku Moyo take a farewell tour before an indefinite hiatus by Steve Krakow

Earlier this year, Japanese psych band Kikagaku Moyo announced that they would go on indefinite hiatus following their 2022 tour. It’s always surprising when a successful, globe-trotting b…

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