Bottle Cap Jack: Remember the Name

This “fab five” wasn’t always a unit. As with any process, things weren’t quite straightforward — guitarist Alex Weir describes it as “fluid.” Luke Hargraves and Weir, the founding members, often found themselves asking where to start.  The first time Bottle Cap Jack performed original songs was particularly warm for a Thursday night in January, […]

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It’s pronounced “Zeen”: the art of zines

During a recent visit to Chicago, my sister-in-law brought me to a small brick building on North Avenue sandwiched between a pasta bar and a barbecue restaurant. The windows, covered in stickers, displayed the words “MAGAZINES” “BOOKS” and “CURIOSITIES.” One step inside and any book lover like myself would immediately feel their heart melt in […]