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Art Into Music: Deconstructing a Bygone Age

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BY CHARISSA CHE

(All photo credit: Charissa Che)

If you haven’t stopped by BRIC’s Art Into Music exhibit yet, you’d better do so soon – the buzz-worthy feast for audiophiles and visual artists alike closes on Sunday, April 27.

At a street corner of Fulton Street sits an art house offering everything from weekend house parties, spoken word showcases, and world-class music concerts. Currently, the space’s famous “Stoop” serves as home for the works of 12 of the city’s most prominent mixed media artists.

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In his Hardcore series, Dread Scott documents the Chicago hardcore and punk rock scene in the 1980s with a splay of 20 black-and-white photographs: spiky-haired teenage rebels moshing to noise that is virtually palpable from its wall.

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A particularly delight comes in the form of Ward Shelley’s diagrammatic paintings, which explain our music culture through rationale and tongue-in-cheek fervor. Arto Lindsay Chart rationally (and with) maps out the evolution of the iconic American guitarist, record producer, and experimental composer over time.

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Karlos Carcamos shows off his urban flair with a sampling from his Hard Edge collection, Rock Box. The languid, cherry-colored microphone sculpture complements Looking for the Perfect Beat II, an impressive stacking of 300 vinyls as a tribute to hip-hop’s tradition of “crate-digging.”

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Then there’s the show’s towering achievement – literally. Beholding Bayeté Ross Smith’s Got the Power simultaneously evokes awe and apprehension (Just how did he get 70-plus boomboxes stacked up so neatly?).  The piece began as a Kickstarter project in which community members collaborated on a mixtape which archived personal memories of their neighborhood, resulting in a host of site-specific boombox sculptures. The one currently on display at BRIC is its first large-scale iteration.

To find out more about Art Into Music and its participating artists, visit bricartsmedia.org. Click here to check out more photos.

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I’ve blogged about Foster People at least 13858 times here, but it’s for good reason. Three long years’ worth of reasons.

2011’s Torches was a Pandora’s Box of earworm indie pop gems that placed the band on the brink of big things.

Maybe it has something to do with the fact that Mark Foster used to write commercial jingles, but these songs have some sort of MSG fairy dust on them. The songs were catchy, yes, but they were also super anthemic and meaningful, giving us something to latch onto way after our dance shoes wear out. (“Focus on your ability!”)

Last month, they’ve finally unveiled the first single off their sophomore LP, Supermodel. While “Coming of Age” takes the taurine levels of “Pumped Up Kicks” down a few notches, it’s every inch earworm-wiggling delicious.

In an interview with NME, Foster explained the new release as an “angry” quasi-departure: ”There are songs that act as a bridge that fans of the first record will grab onto, but also songs that show a side that wasn’t there at all.” (Read article here: http://www.nme.com/news/foster-the-people/75218)

Until its release on March 18, the least we can do is speculate over what that means from the tracklist:

Supermodel:
1. Are You What You Want to Be
2. Ask Yourself
3. Coming of Age
4. Nevermind
5. Pseudologia Fantastica
6. The Angelic Welcome of Mr. Jones
7. Best Friend
8. A Beginner’s Guide to Destroying the Moon
9. Goats in Trees
10. The Truth
11. Fire Escape  

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