Controversial venue owner Erineo “Eddie” Carranza may indeed want the historic theater restored to its prime. But as is made clear in the city Building Department’s ongoing legal proceedings against him, which cite a daunting list of 37 violations, he’s got a long way to go to get there.
The major-label debut from the young Chicago rapper is a bleak, nihilistic celebration of street violence, gang culture, and disrespect for women. It arrives as the city nears the end of a year that’s seen an epidemic of violent killings in black neighborhoods every bit as tragic—and preventable—as those in Newtown, Conn.
The role of the French indie-rock chanteuse who steals our hearts now belongs to Paris-based musician Melody Prochet, whose self-titled full-length debut as Melody’s Echo Chamber is a charming and thoroughly seductive delight.