Chicagoans share photos from recent storms on social mediaon July 10, 2020 at 2:06 pm

ChicagoNow Staff Blog

Chicagoans share photos from recent storms on social media

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Your kids are being conscripted into an anti-Trump Children’s Crusadeon July 10, 2020 at 2:22 pm

The Barbershop: Dennis Byrne, Proprietor

Your kids are being conscripted into an anti-Trump Children’s Crusade

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PHOTOS: Fans attend the Chicago Dogs home openeron July 10, 2020 at 2:40 pm

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PHOTOS: Fans attend the Chicago Dogs home opener

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See What Sold in Your Winnetka North Shore Village in June 2020on July 10, 2020 at 4:27 pm

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See What Sold in Your Winnetka North Shore Village in June 2020

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Big Ten decision leaves Illinois FCS programs scramblingon July 10, 2020 at 4:36 pm

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Big Ten decision leaves Illinois FCS programs scrambling

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50 Cent’s Hustle Harder, Hustle Smarter Book is a “Must Hear” and Read.on July 10, 2020 at 10:09 pm

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Boris rage against a world turned upside-down on the urgent, hardcore driven Noon July 10, 2020 at 5:19 pm

In their nearly 30 years as a band, Boris have developed the rare ability to alchemize practically any sound in the vast realm of heavy, atmospheric, and psychedelic rock into their distorted, amplified vision. The Tokyo trio’s release and tour schedules have been equally ambitious (they’ve played Chicago so often over the past decade they almost seem like locals), and as the live-music industry ground to a halt along with the rest of the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they turned to the studio for respite. Their new hardcore-driven album, No, is a statement piece, and you don’t need to understand their Japanese lyrics to get the message. No simultaneously mourns the freedoms and relationships lost or shelved during the pandemic, rages at society’s subservience toward opaque systems that don’t serve its best interests, and calls upon listeners to channel their negative energy into creativity, connection, and change. The band themselves have dubbed it “extreme healing music”–and there’s plenty of fury and catharsis to go around. Boris’s defiance is evident from the outset of plodding, poker-faced instrumental opener “Genesis,” even before they erupt into a noisy cacophony of punk, psych, metal, and more. True to form, the group’s best moments are often their most eclectic. On the face-peeling “Non Blood Lore” the trio merge fiery D-beat aggression with rich harmony vocals, while on “HxCxHxC Perforation Line” they lay brilliant clouds of shoegaze over throbbing hardcore beats. That serenity doesn’t last long, though, and by the end of the noise-tastic “Fundamental Error,” a cover of Japanese 90s hardcore legends Gudon that features a guest spot from Osaka punk guitarist Katsumi Sugahara, you’ll be pining for a grimy, sweaty circle pit. No ends on a calmer note with “Interlude,” as guitarist-vocalist Wata breathily sings over airy, reverberating atmospheres: “I want to go to the side where you can touch.” It can be hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel when we’re trudging through the dark, but Boris suggest that this too shall pass. With enough perseverance, resilience, and rage–and even a little fun–we’ll find our way back together. v

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Chicago Bears: Would Mitchell Trubisky have succeeded elsewhere?on July 10, 2020 at 11:00 am

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Chicago Cubs: Craig Kimbrel deal keeps looking worseon July 10, 2020 at 12:00 pm

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