The Cool Kids at The AIC

the cool kids art institute chicago evening associates after dark xl

For our last After Dark event of the year, the Evening Associates of the Art Institute pumped things up by featuring a live performance by Chicago’s own The Cool Kids. It was exciting to see them perform together for the first time in years! Leading up to the event, I had the chance to help … Continue reading

Ruido Fest 2016

I got the chance to go to Ruido Fest for the first time this year; it’s basically the Latin version of Riot Fest. The three-day event featured a ton of great Latin artists, including La Santa Cecilia, Jenny and the Mexicats, Aterciopelados and many more. It was a perfect end-of-summer festival. Here are my photos … Continue reading

On Repeat: Gavin Turek

gavin turek 1st ward chop shop chicago

To kick off “Night Heist season,” our Evening Associates board hosted a party at 1st Ward Events at Chop Shop last night. One of the highlights was Gavin Turek, a “disco pop princess” who’s been featured on Billboard, NPR and Vice, among others. She rocked the stage with her smooth voice and vibrant dance moves. She also … Continue reading

On Repeat: DVSN

Each week, I’m excited to discover at least a handful of new songs or artists that I immediately become obsessed with and play on repeat. Sometimes they’re new, sometimes they’re old, sometimes they’re just tracks I’ve always loved and get in the mood to listen to again. This week, it’s dvsn, a new artist/project from … Continue reading

Song of the Day: Tory Lanez “Say It”

tory lanez say it

I am currently obsessed with this song “Say It” by Tory Lanez. I came across it in a random Spotify playlist and it keeps popping up since then. Tory Lanez is an artist from Toronto, so if he’s from Drake’s hometown that’s good enough for me! Best part? It samples the 90s R&B classic Brownstone … Continue reading

Lang Lang at the Lyric Opera

lang lang lyric opera chicago

Shortly after Pharrell Williams brought out Lang Lang during his slightly weird performance of “Happy” on the Grammy’s last year, I heard Lang Lang was coming to Chicago. I kind of wanted to go, but never ended up getting tickets. Then a couple weeks ago, my mom brought it up saying she wanted to go … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Chopin

chopin grave pere lachaise cemetery paris

Just a few years ago, during my three-month trip to Europe, I got to experience a few different Chopin landmarks. I saw his grave at Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, then re-visited the famous statue of him at Łazienki Park in Warsaw, then visited a brand new interactive museum dedicated to him (also in Warsaw). Some … Continue reading

Banks at Metro

banks metro chicago

I first heard of Banks earlier this year and I instantly got hooked on her sound. It’s exactly the kind of ethereal r&b I love. The first song I heard was “Waiting Game” and the time her words, “What if the way we started made it something cursed from the start,” spoke to me. Then when … Continue reading

My summer 2014 playlist

August 2014 Summer Playlist

Summer never really arrived in Chicago this year, and now it’s almost over. While my summer didn’t have much of a soundtrack, I have been getting into a few songs lately that I feel make a pretty upbeat playlist. Enjoy! Hideaway by Kiesza The beat is just so catchy. I’m digging the dance moves in … Continue reading

My Mixed Emotions Summer R&B Playlist

Sometimes, you’re just not sure how to feel about things. Or maybe you know how you should feel, but you don’t actually want to commit to feeling that way just yet. Regardless, there are several R&B tracks that I’ve discovered lately that seem to speak to my mixed emotions perfectly. Enjoy this playlist…   For … Continue reading