The Lazy Foodie

March 12, 2015
/   Entertainment

In honor of St. Patrick's Day, make your food drunk, Irish, or both with these easy (and cheap) recipes.

Exploring “Europe’s Most Expensive Chapel”

August 24, 2014
/   Arts & Culture

Lisbon’s Igreja de São Roque (Church of Saint Roch) sports a deceptively plain white facade, but the interior of the 17th-century building is home to some of the most prized (and allegedly expensive) Catholic art and architecture in all of Europe.

Pzzzt – The Buzz from Albania

July 29, 2014
/   Art Review

The narrow mouth of a communist-era air-raid shelter beneath an apartment building is the home to Tirana’s independent artist-run gallery space.

Alternative Art Spaces in Chicago

August 5, 2013
/   Feature Stories

Where They Began and Where They Are Now


With identities as diverse as the neighborhoods they occupy, alternative art spaces operate on the same basic premise: to share contemporary art not exhibited in Chicago’s established art institutions.

Compasses Not Maps

September 11, 2014
/   Technology

Speculative Design shies away from design for mass consumption, which relies on generalizing about groups of people to create one profitable solution. Charlesworth explained her past jobs in design consulting and service design as something she found “ethically difficult.”

Own it.

April 5, 2010
/   From The Print Edition

In his landmark letter “No Patent on Ideas” of 1813, Thomas Jefferson claimed that ideas are free entities that can be shared by everyone. Ironically, nearly 200 years later, the right to republish the phrase “No Patent on Ideas” carries a price tag of 12 dollars.

F Newsmagazine wins the 2009 Pacemaker!

November 28, 2009
/   Miscellany

F Newsmagazine won the Pacemaker Award for 2009, given by the Associated Collegiate Press. Our cartoonists also won the awards for editorial cartoons, co-sponsored by Universal Press Syndicate

As We Live and Breathe

October 21, 2009
/   Miscellany

As We Live and Breathe, going on through November 7 at the Carrie Secrist Gallery, addresses, from multifarious positions, what it means to exist in our awkward, complex, and contradictory...

Is it alive?: The structure over the U2 stage

September 28, 2009
/   Fwd: design

If you packed yourself in with 70,000+ U2 fans at Soldier Field this month to see the 2009 360 Degree World Tour you couldn’t help but notice the elaborate stage. The ufo/insect like structure was designed by Mark Fisher Studio and its primary function was to protect the band members from the elements, including sun

SOMALIWOOD

March 4, 2009
/   From The Print Edition

A small city in the middle of the Midwest, Columbus may not seem like an obvious choice for a refugee filmmaker to set up shop

Image via montreal.net

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Of Montreal

Aureate Gloom

Polyvinyl; March 2015

Of Montreal have a thing for titles. Usually wordy, erudite, and often plain mystifying. Aureate Gloom is hardly different. However it predicts the mature self-reflection that the band achieves on their 13th album, released in early March.  Smooth, golden gloominess fairly describes the band’s approach to songwriting in general. A darkly sweet formula, with heaviness hiding behind dancey symphonies. On the offset, Of Montreal are not breaking new ground on this album, sticking instead with the golden formula that served them best on the beloved 2007 Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer, a meld of funk, glam, anger and sunshine. “Bassem Sabry” jaunts along with the hopping bass and falsetto, fitting right in with their earlier work. Maybe it is simply the enthusiasm the band seems to bring to it, but Aureate Gloom somehow escapes sounding like overflow material of past albums. It feels rather like songwriter Kevin Barnes has yet to exhaust his glitzy muse. The overall listenability is perhaps where the album’s merits will come under debate. Aureate Gloom rocks a little harder in some parts, like the punky , almost deceptively simplistic “Apollyon of Blue Room” and dissonant thrasher “Cthonian Dirge For Uruk the Other.” However, the album also satisfyingly takes its’ time to slow down with songs like “Estocadas,” a comfortably downbeat track that takes up the space that some of the dancier songs seem reluctant to do. At times the album seems to make even too much sense; its ultimate solidity maybe holding it back from the glimmer of its sparks of genius. But those moments are there, and Barnes’ ability to work his trademark off-kilter sensibilities into logical structure is a testament to the band’s irrepressible strangeness.

 

 

 

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Image via wikipedia.org

Viet Cong

Viet Cong

Jagjaguwar, 2015

Canadian group Viet Cong are restrained by the label of “Post-Punk,” a term swallowed in the past fifteen years by bands like The Strokes and The Killers. Their eponymous debut album goes beyond, into the depths of postmortem-punk, like a resurrection of punk in some dystopian future, led by the icy vocals of some far-off general. The album is brief and brutal, but in less than 35 minutes it develops a compelling narrative. The album starts out with the thunderous “Newspaper Spoons,” a manifesto for the rest of the album; the first jump into cold, noisy terror. The song sounds as if it is rattling around inside a giant chemical drum. Vocalist Matt Flagel’s voice drones in flat harmony like some far-off army coming ever closer, eventually de-escalating into an atmospheric synth garden. If “Newspaper Spoons” is the thundering general, “Pointless Experience” is the hopeful revolutionary. Flagel’s voice reaching a warmer shade of pathos, still distant, but moving beyond the cold formality of krautrock imitation. “March of Progress” brings back the militaristic drum beat, but lapses into woven layers of sprawling pyschedelia, influenced perhaps by the Animal Collective breed of sunny electro-pop.  This is where the band reaches a threshold and shows their range; where Flagel asks a pertinent question: “What is the difference between love and hate?”

As the band glides between satisfying hookiness and off-kilter dissonance, those words seem to anthemize the query that surrounds the music itself — a nowhere land somewhere between pop utopia and industrial purgatory.

 

Alexia Casanova

Marseille - London - Mexico - Chicago. Arts Editor of F Newsmagazine. Arts Management Grad Student at SAIC.

Jessica Barrett Sattell

Design & Tech Writer. Web Editor of F Newsmagazine + Arts Journalism Grad Student at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Troy Pieper

A writer and editor based in Chicago, Illinois. I provide fresh, compelling arts and culture content to a variety of publications and write powerful, targeted copy for a range of institutions.

Alyssa Moxley

Alyssa Moxley graduated SAIC with an MFA in Sound. Using multiple voices, microphone techniques, field recording, music, sound design, and speaker placement, she plays with memory as both a personal and shared medium.

Sarah Wheat

Sarah is the Social Media Manager for F Newsmagazine as well as a graduate student in Modern and Contemporary Art History at SAIC.

Kimia Maleki

Kimia Maleki is a master’s candidate in the Department of Arts Administration and Policy at SAIC.

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