Chicago funk superhero Captain Sky releases his first album in 40 years—and this time his mission includes mentoring Black teenagers on the south side.
Danielle Beverly’s Dusty Groove: The Sound of Transition tells intimate stories about our deep connection to music.
The new compilation No Other Love shines a light on a self-reliant strain of midwest gospel that’s survived outside the mainstream for more than 50 years.
For two decades, a short stretch of Michigan Avenue hosted a concentration of creative entrepreneurship whose influence on Black popular music is still felt today.
Soulsville, U.S.A.: The Story of Stax Records by Rob Bowman (Schirmer Books) In Rob Bowman’s recent history of Stax, Soulsville, U.S.A., the 1972 Wattstax music festival in LA stands as […]
Various Artists The Philly Sound: Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff & the Story of Brotherly Love (1966-1976) (Epic/Legacy) Toward the end of the “Make It Funky” episode of the PBS rock […]
Sun Ra The Singles (Evidence) Pharaohs Awakening In the Beginning (Luv N’ Haight/Ubiquity) Legends, most of them created by the man himself, trace Sun Ra’s origins to the planet Saturn, […]
In “Policia! Mira como trabajan tus impuestos cabron!” (“Police! Look How Your Taxes Work, Bastard!”), one of Carlos Cortez’s black-and-white woodcuts that hang in the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum […]
All the elements of Leon Forrest’s previous novels explode through the 1,135 pages of his recent epic novel Divine Days, which centers on one week in the life of aspiring […]