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Jeff D. Min
Music Listings Editor
Jeff Min is the music editor for centerstagechicago.com. His work has appeared in the Sun-Times, Wax Poetics, Specter, ALARM, SLAM and HOOP. He's also co-host of WDCB's "Acid Jazz by Moonlight".



 

Articles by Jeff

Japandroids Review
12/17/2012.

Metz Review
10/31/2012.

Grimes Review
10/26/2012.

Justice Review
10/25/2012.

Flying Lotus Review
10/17/2012.

Supreme Cuts Review
10/09/2012.

Brother Ali Review
10/04/2012.

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffitti/Dam-Funk Review
09/24/2012.

Blowfly Review
09/21/2012.

GZA Review
09/20/2012.

Amon Tobin Review
09/19/2012.

North Coast Review
09/18/2012.

Odd Future at the Vic
09/17/2012.

Liberation Tour
09/14/2012.

Shred One
06/20/2012.
Shred One looks to make her mark

Emerging Thoughts
03/30/2012.
With a desire for more, this entrepreneur looks beyond the norm

Meaty Ogre
01/11/2012.
DJ/Producer Meaty Ogre adds label exec to his resume

Panik
11/22/2011.
A veteran producer returns anew

Qwazaar
09/16/2011.
With his new album, a balance has been struck

An Aesthetic Anaesthetic
08/18/2011.
From Colorado to Chicago, this band has come a long way

Sonnenzimmer
07/29/2011.
This duo envisions a new balance.

Ray Noland
06/23/2011.
From one medium to the next, Ray Noland's vision continues.

Auburn
Interviews. 05/26/2011.
Newcomers with ambitions

Void Pedal
Interviews. 04/21/2011.
A new voice in instrumental hip-hop

Elliot Bergman
Interviews. 03/24/2011.
NOMO Front Man Marches Forward

Fly Phoenix
03/03/2011.
The Fly Phoenix sound rises.

Visual
01/26/2011.
Windy City inspired.

Fieldwerk Recordings
01/05/2011.
Meet one of Chicago's premier hip-hop labels.

Scheme
12/07/2010.
This emcee is helping to usher in a new era for the Molemen.

Solo Rm
11/26/2010.
This influential artist is always moving forward.

Capital D
11/12/2010.
Hip-hoppper steps out of his comfort zone

Simeon Viltz
11/01/2010.
Primeridian founder is a busy man on the local hip-hop scene.

FM Supreme
10/19/2010.
Emcee, teacher looks to break down gender, cultural barriers.

The Opposition Party
10/04/2010.
Ten-piece afrobeat ensemble looks to get your feet (and butt) moving.

Mr. Greenweedz
09/28/2010.
Longtime emcee talks about his experiences and gives his take on the Chicago hip-hop scene.

Jose G.
On The Scene. 09/20/2010.
South Side cartoonist is taking his show on the road.

Loyal Divide
Interviews. 08/30/2010.
Ohio rockers have transformed their haunting sound into the Chicago scene.

DJ Rude 1
Interviews. 08/24/2010.
Old-school DJ has been on the scene for more than two decades.

Jesse De La Pena
Interviews. 08/16/2010.
Local DJ has seen it all in the Chicago music scene.

K-Kruz
Interviews. 08/09/2010.
The esteemed producer tells us why he had to forget most his musical training to make beats.

Que Billah
Interviews. 07/19/2010.
West Side emcee has performed with the best of them and is ready to take it to the next level.

PNS
06/28/2010.
Humboldt Park-bred DJ talks about his career and the Chicago hip-hop scene.

Qwel
Interviews. 06/13/2010.
The always-evolving rapper reflects on his past and hints at a Typical Cats return.

Mr. Peabody Records
Interviews. 05/23/2010.
Two local guys have made a small record shop into an international destination.

Krabby Rangoon
On The Scene. 05/10/2010.
The Saint Alfred collaborator tells us where sneaker culture is headed...and why rap may be the next disco.

Idris Goodwin
Interviews. 04/18/2010.
What's the difference between spoken word and hip-hop? Not as much as you think.

DJ RTC
Interviews. 03/23/2010.
The RubyHornet editor tells us how much second graders care about the Beastie Boys.

Decay
Interviews. 03/03/2010.
Living in almost every area of Chicago has given this rapper a lot of inspiration.

Psalm One
Interviews. 02/19/2010.
Creative raps made this South Side native popular in high school; her long-awaited new project should provide a similar boost.

The Jordan Years
Interviews. 02/08/2010.
The funky five-piece discusses hotties, fat analog sounds and spending time in the 'spliff-bunker.'

Universal Ninjas
Interviews. 01/24/2010.
The duo's mix of humor and soul has Lollapalooza bookers interested - even if they don't realize it yet.

Black Bear Combo
Interviews. 01/11/2010.
The Gypsy-brass group has been to the White House and back.

Violetness
Interviews. 12/28/2009.
The songstress gives credit to Marky Mark, her church and Chicago gold-diggers.

H20 Soul
Interviews. 12/14/2009.
Class is in session for this Pharcyde-approved hip-hop band.

Diverse
Interviews. 11/30/2009.
The enigmatic rapper tells us where he's been and why his new album will be worth the long wait.

Vertual Vertigo
Interviews. 11/16/2009.
This local hip-hop group remembers when Bucktown was still buck.

J-Rell
Interviews. 11/01/2009.
Winning the Red Bull Big Tune Beat Battle has given this producer wings.

Terrible Spaceship
Interviews. 10/19/2009.
This sci-fi funk collective owes everything to Orson Welles.

Adad
Interviews. 10/05/2009.
A career that started at a high-school strip show now includes projects with some of the West Coast's top producers.

Caural
Interviews. 09/21/2009.
The well-educated musician tells us why beat-making is pointless -- and why Kenny G ain't jazz.

Isis Rose
Interviews. 09/07/2009.
Haters are just fans in disguise, says this versatile singer.

Cody Hudson
08/24/2009.
The graphic designer/fine artist tells us about designing album covers and eating hot dogs.

Konee Rok
08/10/2009.
The b-boy and filmmaker has established himself as the eye of Chicago's hip-hop scene.

1773
Interviews. 07/27/2009.
The golden-era hip-hoppers are big in Japan, but they'll always call Chicago home.

Hi-Fidel
Interviews. 07/13/2009.
No matter what name he goes by, this Chicago native lives to express.

Tone B. Nimble
Interviews. 06/29/2009.
All Natural's past, present and future belong to this versatile DJ and producer.

Peabe
06/15/2009.
The artist's "new brow" work owes a lot to his rides on the L.

The Gent$
Interviews. 06/01/2009.
There's nothing classier than shooting a video at the Sybaris.

Innosphere
Interviews. 05/18/2009.
What's in a name? Defiance of categorization, that's what.

Spq-Her
Interviews. 05/04/2009.
Don't mess with these divas unless you're prepared for a big hit of hip-hop and soul.

DJ Pickel
Interviews. 04/21/2009.
The veteran DJ won't take requests...but he will answer our questions.

Tall Black Guy
Interviews. 04/14/2009.
The '80s baby talks about what's coming up in '09.

Maker
Interviews. 04/07/2009.
The in-demand hip-hop producer will never forget his first love: Kiss.

DJ Intel
Interviews. 03/30/2009.
The man of eight residencies gives us his list of prized records.

Black Stone Theatre Collective
Interviews. 03/23/2009.
All Natural's disco denizens draw inspiration from '50s jazz and house chores.

JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound
Interviews. 03/16/2009.
Chicago's newest soul revivalists talk sailor suits, jet packs and Wu-Tang lovin' sexagenarians.

Meat Number 5
Interviews. 03/10/2009.
The duo's protein-filled beats will do a body good...if they don't disgust you first.

Radius
Interviews. 03/03/2009.
One of 2008's most exciting producers talks about winter, women and why life was tougher 10 years ago.

Super Heroes of Sound
Interviews. 02/18/2009.
A loose collective of local musicians is out to save hip-hop from the forces of evil.

Revise
02/15/2009.
The graffiti artist is well on his way to being Chicago's most wanted.

Vertikal
Interviews. 02/06/2009.
This eight-piece band takes neo-soul to new heights.

Kevin Coval
02/05/2009.
He's impressed everyone from Def Jam to Studs Terkel, and he might be coming to a high school near you.

Polyphonic the Verbose
Interviews. 01/29/2009.
Catch this well-trained musician before he absconds to Alaska.

Awdazcate
Interviews. 01/23/2009.
Here's one rapper who wouldn't mind getting laughed off the stage.

Phillip Morris
Interviews. 01/12/2009.
The West Side MC isn't afraid of a little controversy in his music.

Chantalism
Interviews. 01/11/2009.
The Laotian rapper behind Maintenance Crew talks about Chicago artists, both the good and the wack.

Royce
Interviews. 01/08/2009.
The seven guys in this hip-hop band have a lot of opinions, and a lot of love for Chicago.

Lowdown Brass Band
Interviews. 01/02/2009.
Get down and funky with these self-proclaimed horn nerds.

Serengeti
Interviews. 12/24/2008.
The prolific MC has three new albums on the way, and, appropriately, a lot to say.

Kenny Keys
Interviews. 12/15/2008.
The producer finds a happy medium between the keyboard and the MPC.

Tony Trimm
Interviews. 12/08/2008.
The rapper/producer is a busy man...but not too busy to invent new ways of killing rats.

The BeesKnees
Interviews. 11/28/2008.
This creative quartet pays homage to the mighty avocado with its dance grooves.

DJ Trew
Interviews. 11/20/2008.
This party-starter beat bone cancer; surely he can help Chicago ditch its 'Haterville' tag.

Treologic
Interviews. 11/13/2008.
The MC and the DJ are just two small parts of this ever-evolving hip-hop band.

Can You Dig It?
09/11/2008.
Thanks to the Numero Group, the "Brotherman" soundtrack is finally being heard.



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