"I'm going to be honest," says SPIN's Chicago-based photographer Tasha Schalk, who took all the Windy City photos in this gallery, "Manson wasn't that great. It was my first time shooting him, though, so maybe he's usually better."
Over the course of her nearly decade-long career as Grouper, Liz Harris has become a master of all things overcast. Her ambient compositions and waterlogged ballads are like fogged-up windows — bleary enough to indicate the bleakness inside, but only its vaguest outlines. There’s suggestion of something heartbreaking, but its true shape remains occluded, unobtainable,… More »