EPISODE 25: Adele from Axons

In Episode 25 Erik chats with Adele Nicholas, a Chicago-based civil-rights attorney and activist. Adele’s practice focuses on fighting systemic abuses in the criminal justice system and accountability in the workplace in regards to worker’s rights.

Adele is also the front person for the indie rock trio Axons, who just released the full-length album “I Object to Everything”.
The album provides a lens into Adele’s advocacy work through her songwriting while giving light to a more empathetic perspective on what prisoners deal with in the criminal justice system.

The song cycle for the album documents one of the city’s most notorious jailbreaks in recent memory. Back in December 2012, Joseph Banks and Kenneth Conley, two prisoners awaiting sentencing for bank robbery, escaped out of a five-inch wide window at the federal Metropolitan Correctional Center in down town Chicago using a rope fashioned from bedsheets and dental floss.

Adele talks about the story behind the album, her songwriting process and all how Axons has evolved over the years.

Photo by Jazmyne Fountain

Featured Tracks:
Past, Present, and Future.
Close Enough To Dream
Shove It

Check out Axons on Bandcamp


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Adele curated a fantastic playlist of some her favorite bands from Chicago.
Guest List playlists are available from the Rock in Chicago Spotify and YouTube Channels.

Track Artist
I Won’tFury
AlienImpulsive Hearts
Deja VuSick Day
Nurse and NunDjunah
Say WhenOld Joy
The Veil of Irony is Thin, BobBloodhype
Well ActuallyShannon Candy
Ten Swooning EnemiesMoritat
Please Don’t Be That WaySUPERFUND
Fell in Love Wiith a GhostBoys vs Girls
DirtballModern Nun
Flavor 2Gal Gun
Wringing out My BrainSonny Falls