Once you’re finished with Mick Dumke and Ben Joravsky’s cover story, which details for the first time where the city’s TIF money actually gets spent (prepare to be consumed with outrage), you might want to head over to the music section for a spell. It’s hot fire this week.

Jeremy Henderson contributes a well-crafted piece on the racial issues surrounding Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings’ popularity with white kids, Gossip Wolf puts the burn on ex-Chicagoan Thax Douglas (who burned a lot of bridges here with a recent Onion interview), I review the new LCD Soundsystem record, the Secret History of Chicago Music profiles behind-the-scenes mastermind Jim Guercio, the Photo Pit enjoys some fresh air at the University of Chicago, and the List brings you writeups on upcoming shows like Buzzcocks, the Besnard Lakes, and Kesha, who I just now realized is missing a great opportunity to work a euro symbol into her name.

Speaking of Kesha, if you don’t know about her mentor Dr. Luke, I highly suggest you check out Sean Fennessey’s overview of his career for the Village Voice blog. Few people have been as successful as Dr. Luke at grabbing the wheel of popular music and holding onto it.