#Livingroomtoday is fostering community amidst COVID

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By Quentin Zimbalist

Created in 2015 as a way to connect internet friends via art and comedy, Livingroomtoday eventually became a “Cohesively organized, simultaneous IRL/virtual event bringing together musical performances,” according to Michael Brown, a longtime listener. Discontinued after 2017, the series was recently revived by New York-based videographer and event planner Nick Blanco. I attended the March 26th concert, and after its fashionably late start, I had a great night watching a stream filled with surprises

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Russian Renaissance — Concert Review

By Quentin Zimbalist

It would be hard to believe that anybody left Finney Chapel on Friday night, February 28, without a smile on their face. Russian Renaissance, a folk fusion band sporting traditional Russian instruments, provided an unforgettable evening of music for people of many walks of life The quartet captivated the audience with repertoire ranging from traditional Russian Folk pieces to modern American pop music, and mashups of everything in between.

From left to right sat Ivan Kuznetsov (balalaika), Anastasia Zakharova (domra), Alexander Tarasov (button accordion), and Ivan Vinogradov (bass balalaika). The group opted to change the order of the program, making it difficult to figure out their opener, which began with a fierce 4×4 groove and felt like the background music in an intense movie. Tarasov took the melody, pressing the accordion’s buttons with incredible speed and precision.

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Lucki’s Freewave 3 — Album Review

By Quentin Zimbalist

At the beginning of most Lucki songs, a beat plays and the 23-year-old West Side Chicago native throws out a sprinkling of half-hearted, syncopated ‘ayys’ and ‘woahs.’ Listening to him feel out the beat allows you to become completely immersed into the sonic backdrop before Lucki begins to recite his often poetic, always deep lyrics. 

The opening track on Freewave 3 (2019), “Politics,” starts this way. Lucki ad-libs over a euphoric beat produced by “Oxy,” then dives right into the album’s themes. He indirectly discusses his current perception of life throughout this song, which serves as a loose thesis for the whole project. His paradoxical dream world is void of everyday bullshit and comprises a powerful yet delicate balance between addiction and love.