On December 13, I took a long drive to Des Plaines to pick up relatives of my friend Perry Kanlan, a showbiz-adjacent eccentric known as Dancin’ Man. The time on the road gave me the chance to reflect on the circumstances of my relationship with him. I formally met Perry in 2011, when my friend […]
Chicago is too often presented as a violent wasteland rather than a cultural wonderland, for terrible reasons and occasionally for less terrible reasons. Many fantastic facets of our city have been underdocumented not out of nefariousness, but because everyone who cared already knew. In pre-Instagram days, who had an incentive to record a sight as […]
The Promontory’s favorite DJ died last spring, but his soulful music can still bring life.
Cartoonist Johnny Sampson finally got his dream job at MAD magazine. Now he’s one of the only artists keeping the legendary publication going.
Soul Train veteran and Attack of the Boogie host Andrew Kitchen celebrates the reissue of his dance show’s 1984 theme song.
Clem Burke is a Rock Hall of Famer with Blondie, unjustly afflicted by a resemblance to Despicable Donald.
All kinds of Chicago music—AM radio pop, free-spirited R&B, bold Afrocentric jazz, soulful funk—came together to shape her incredible voice.
Seven Reader writers tackle a dozen records, including the long-gestating debut from footwork producer Jana Rush, lost recordings from 60s garage-rock oddballs the Monks, and a riveting solo set from unsung improvising pianist Pat Thomas.
Herb Kent helped shaped Chicago’s musical tastes for more than 70 years, and his on-air persona was history’s purest example of radio magic.
There are so many reasons to be wary of the Misfits reunion. But nobody can argue with the songs!
A private Prince sound check at the Chicago Theatre and more highlights from Prince’s 48 Chicago appearances
Prior to the ascendance of Michael Jordan, if you said “Chicago” anywhere in the world, regardless of language barrier, you’d be greeted with finger guns and mentions of Al Capone. But now the peaceful period of international Be Like Mike-ism has passed—Chicago is once again synonymous with gunfire, thanks in part to a constant media […]
In a battle between two heavyweights, is it the greatness or Chicago-ness that matters more?
John Wright has lost three wives and his eyesight, but he still has his deep groove, generous spirit, and countless friends, family, and fans.
Chaka Khan talks to Jake Austen of the Goblins and Chic-a-Go-Go.