North Coast Music Festival, taking place August 31-September 2 in Chicago’s Grant Park, has announced its 2018 lineup. Headliners include Jamiroquai, DJ Snake, and Miguel, plus additional acts including Axwell & Ingrosso, Yellow Claw, Gramatik, Moon Taxi, The Revivalists, RL Grime, Vulfpeck, Cashmere Cat, The Strumbellas, Mura Masa, Robert Delong, The Polish Ambassador and more. Now in its ninth year, the festival will also include complimentary yoga sessions and a pop-up art gallery in homage to the history of Chicago street art. Tickets are on sale now for $45-$55 per day or $199 for a 3-day pass.
BY ERIN MALYSA
PHOTO by James Rexroad
You can’t talk about Stephen Malkmus without first paying at least cursory lip service to Pavement and its now 51-year-old former frontman’s undeniable influence on ‘90s music. Good musicians are informed and pay attention to those before them, which is exactly what Pavement did as they followed in the footsteps of paths blazed by bands like The Fall and The Replacements. After spending most of the ‘90s fronting one of indie music’s most seminal bands, Malkmus mutated and grew into his solo career, releasing seven albums as Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks (with the “Jicks” portion being made of rotating members from former drummer Janet Weiss to current bassist Joanna Bolme.) The band’s newest album, the well-timed Sparkle Hard, drops on Matador Records a couple of weeks before their Chicago show.
BY JULIET CANGELOSI
PHOTO BY GARI ASKEW II
Born in New York City, the unique lyrics and Nas-inspired flow of Joey Bada$$ gained notoriety from the start thanks to their politically-charged themes centered around his Caribbean family and coming of age in the neighborhood. Joey is a founding member of Pro Era, a hip hop collective of acts that infuses old-school ‘90s boom bap with revenewed millennial vigor. In 2017, he released his sophomore studio album ALL-AMERIKKKAN BADA$$, putting forth a well-cultivated record that reveals a thoughtful, matured Joey that is only just getting started behind the microphone. Largely a commentary on today’s sociopolitical climate, Joey has made tracks that he calls “timely and timeless” — incorporating a sense of where his people have come from, where they are now, and where they’re headed in America. Similar to the ‘90s rap icons who spoke directly to the societal issues at hand, Joey brings forth a keen awareness and an uncompromising vision for the future.