Michael Proft’s style is singularly distinct and memorable. Among his subject matters, my favorites are set in a range of environments the world over, doing things like pulling carts and eating lunch, and you’ll easily lose yourself in the maze of curves that makes lines into people and places. They are enchanting snapshots of everyday life that are yet able to provoke the imagination as you are drawn into their story.
If you can avoid being too fussy about vocal pitch, you might enjoy State and Main by Francisco Castle. A lo-fi production, the songwriting and arranging is what catches my ear. A beginner guitarist could learn these songs fairly easily, but there is depth to these compositions pointing to Castle’s maturity as a writer. Listen […]
Brent Puls handed me his album when he was staying in my out-of-town boyfriend’s apartment and I went over to water the plants. I listened to it twice the next day, back to back. It’s deceptively simple and can fade away into the background if you’re distracted, but its loveliness and catchiness will snap your head back […]
Am I writing about a musician writing about talking to musicians? Yes, but Weatherman is a far more interesting and less convoluted project than that statement might convey. Annie Higgins sits down with musicians who love and excel at their craft (but may be difficult to slot into a neat box) and devotes time and thought to […]
One night last year, I happened to catch some of Shannon Favia’s artwork on display at Chicago restaurant/venue, Uncommon Ground, just down the street from Wrigley Field. It really caught my eye, so I made sure to find her work online when I got home that evening. Using materials that include spray paint, cutout strips of denim, buttons, guitar picks and a wide variety of specialty papers, she creates pieces that immediately draw you in. Birds seem to be a favorite subject and her work often features them pasted on or stenciled text that make interesting comments on various aspects of the human condition. Or would that be the bird condition?
Jeff Johnson and Manol Georgieff produce stunningly inspired films that you might watch again and again. Paying strict attention to details that often go overlooked in other films, these documentarians move you visually with their use of color, light, and motion. The films are edited with the finesse of a skilled painter, drawing you into […]