John Cage’s best-known composition is often referred to with this descriptive shorthand: “four minutes and 33 seconds of silence.” The experimental composer’s work, however, celebrates all of the many cacophonous ways to make and experience sound. You can experience some of them during his centennial year.
The 1970s was a strange decade for Chicago music. With the record industry running for the coasts and the consolidation of radio ownership, it became harder for local acts to make it nationally. Still, that didn’t stop some Chicago bands from trying to make it big and succeeding.