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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

Hangout Festival // Gulf Shores, Alabama // 5.17 – 5.19.19

Article and Photos by: Charles Yamabe   Gulf Shores, AL -- Beaches, beats, and butts… These three words are all you really need to describe Hangout Fest. Of course, it would be remiss of me to not go into any further details. So, let's delve a little deeper into what makes Hangout