by Miles Raymer
Brief bouts of nostalgia and/or existential crises vis-a-vis the inevitable aging process aside, it's best to keep one's eyes on the future. And right now very few musicians are doing more to push pop music into the future than Steven Ellison, aka Flying Lotus, who for this week's installment of Artist on Artist was interviewed by Chicago dance-music geek Chrissy Murderbot. It's pretty great. Also on this week's B Side, Three Beats gives us the rundown on the new record by jazz-metal fusioneers Yakuza, the scoop on young classical group the Spektral Quartet landing a U. of C. residency, and a collaboration between an Indiana indie label and a Chicago nonprofit. Gossip Wolf has the haps on Coach House Sounds and Verma, plus big news for fans of competitive jug-band performances. And the Soundboard recommends upcoming shows by Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Angry Samoans, Lindstrom, Holly Golightly, Miike Snow, and more.