Sweet as Broken Dates reveals a dazzling world of Somali pop, much of which was stashed away nearly three decades ago to help it survive the country’s oncoming civil war.
Private Stock producer Ikon works with New York MC Ishmael Raps and Chicago beat maker Rob Lyrical on his euphoric new single.
Absurd, fun, and sad all at once, “Dance This Mess Around” is a highlight from the B-52s’ 1979 debut album.
On strong new recordings, Orchestra Baobab look to their past while Oumou Sangaré heads toward the future.
On Friday at the Portage Theater, rising local rapper Duffle Bag Buru plays a big summer showcase for Lyrical Lemonade, a powerful voice for the newest wave of Chicago hip-hop.
Phoelix coproduced two of the best Chicago hip-hop releases of 2016, but he saved plenty of magic for his own new debut EP.
“Quicksilver Girl” sounded familiar when I heard it a few weeks ago, but I never would’ve guessed it’s from the Steve Miller Band’s Sailor.
Recent 300 signee OMB Peezy, who plays Reggie’s on Thursday, is being hailed as a new avatar of regional rap—and his breakout single shows how distinctive he can be.
Phil Cohran recorded the Artistic Heritage Ensemble’s dazzling, multifaceted debut with some of the most important musicians in Chicago history.
Yomi plays an early-afternoon set on the third and final day of this weekend’s Logan Square Arts Festival.
Contemporary classical quartet Nordic Affect beautifully blend past and future on their recent second album, Raindamage.
Led by Chad Ubovich of Ty Segall’s Fuzz, Meatbodies are playing their part in LA’s renaissance of scuzzy rock.
On “Roof Roof” from the new I Am Adamn, Adamn Killa flips criticisms of his unorthodox style into a playful statement of defiance.
Max Ochs and Harry Taussig share a new split release in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Takoma Records compilation Contemporary Guitar—Spring ’67.
“Off the Clock” is the first single from Jayaire Woods’s imminent third mixtape, Big Wood.