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Album Review: Yuki – Be Free

Article by: Charles Yamabe   Chicago, IL -- It's not often I get sent an album that I immediately fall in love with, let alone a freshman album by an artist that, for all intents and purposes, is relatively unknown. The album Be Free by nineteen-year-old New Zealand native Yuki is

Album Review: American Griots by Louis York

Article by: Charles Yamabe Photos by: Jeremy Ryan   Chicago, IL -- American Griots, the new album by Louis York, comes out today. I had a chance to review the album and speak with the band earlier in the week and had some great takeaways. This is the band's first full length album and

GRiZ // Live @ Navy Pier // 10.5.19

Article and Photos by: Charles Yamabe   Chicago, IL -- Grant Kwiecinski, better known as GRiZ, is a producer, DJ, songwriter, musician, and a seemingly all-around nice guy. Currently, GRiZ is touring across North America in promotion of his newest album Ride Waves. I was able to catch up with him at

Phantogram // Live @ The Riviera Theater // 8.24.19

Article and Photos by: Charles Yamabe   Chicago, IL -- Phantogram brought their signature brand of sultry, dark, rock to the Riviera Theater on Saturday night. The American duo was joined on tour by Canadian electro-rock duo Bob Moses.  Bob Moses, named after renowned New York architect Robert Moses, opened the night to

Tuxedo // Live @ Thalia Hall // 8.13.19

Article and Photos by: Charles Yamabe   Chicago, IL -- This is Chicago and here in the big city, something spectacular can happen at the drop of a hat. What starts as a typical Tuesday can all of a sudden break into a massive dance party. The mundane can become magical. When

Album Review: TIM by Avicii

Article by: Charles Yamabe // Featured Image: Eriksson   Released over a month ago, the album TIM by Swedish producer Avicii isn’t exactly new. However, I wanted to give it a real chance to play in real-life situations before I gave it a fair review. After listening to the album around,

Mamby on the Beach 2019 Preview

Article and Photos by: Charles Yamabe   Chicago, IL -- Returning August 23-24 Mamby is back for another year in Chicago! This year the festival takes place on a new beach (Montrose Beach) that has sweeping views of the Chicago skyline. While it may have a new location it's still the same