“On a sweltering June afternoon in Chicago’s Buena Park neighborhood at approximately 4:03 p.m., Nina Ferraro is running just a tad late. Speedwalking into Dollop, the agreed coffee rendezvous point, she gracefully motions her way past a maze of dimly glowing Macbooks and iced soy lattes. Lowering and folding her sunglasses—the same round spectacles made fashionable by Kate Hudson in Almost Famous—Ferraro reveals worn-out eyes.
It’s been a long but thrilling week for the 17-year-old Wisconsin native, who only hours before was a time zone away in California, opening for Iron & Wine. Tomorrow she will meet and record with famed producer Steve Albini, best known for his work on Nirvana’s swan song In Utero, a record that, released in 1993, is three years Ferraro’s senior.”