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AUDIO: Julius Dolls – “Lavish Outlandish”

Chicago-based alternative pop artist Julius Dolls has his sophomore record out today. He incorporates elements of dream pop, shoegaze, soul, and rock into a delectable blend. There’s themes of self-liberation, freedom, and vacation throughout his songwriting, which terrifically complement the atmospherics. Some songs twinkle while others ripple. Holed up in his Logan Square apartment in quarantine, Dolls’ close friends comprise

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AUDIO: Nate Barksdale – “Summer Was Over Before It Started”

Happy end of summer y’all. Chicago avant-soul artist Nate Barksdale is out with a new record, inspired by close relationships enriched through the tribulations of this past year. His drive to make music fluctuated; sometimes it made sense, other times it felt entirely chaotic. He hopes with this album folks may find a sense of clarity as we endure increasingly

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AUDIO: Nate Barksdale – “Bedroom (feat. Core Rex)”

Chicago-based neo-soul artist Nate Barksdale’s latest joint is unlike anything he’s done thus far. Co-written by his friend Core Rex, the song shimmers with neon psychedelia and avant-pop sensibility. Barksdale compares his bedroom to a magical, serene place but ultimately gives someone the choice of whether or not they’d like to enter his world. While suggestive, the song is a

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