Rapper KC Ortiz grew up in Mobile, Alabama, and fell in love with Chicago after her drag mother showed her a video of local female-impersonation pageant Miss Continental. As she told Windy City Times last year, “I hadn’t transitioned at that time and didn’t know that world existed. When I saw that video, I wanted […]
There’s a difference between surf and instrumental rock—not every rock ’n’ roll tune without a vocal is surf. The likes of Duane Eddy, Link Wray, and even Booker T. & the MGs have all been mistaken for surf artists, but none of them have had that “wet” reverb sound favored by west-coast guitarists such as […]
This stubbornly idiosyncratic harmonica player had lousy luck with recordings, but he thrived for four decades onstage.
For emo-rock outfit All Get Out, the 2010s were a turbulent decade. Originally from Charleston, South Carolina, the band made their breakthrough in 2011 with their second full-length, The Season, before relocating to Texas, where it took them five years to put out their follow-up, 2016’s Nobody Likes a Quitter (Bad Timing). Though it was […]
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.
On his new third studio album, All My Heroes Are Cornballs, Brooklyn-born, Baltimore-based hip-hop artist Barrington Devaughn Hendricks, aka JPEGmafia (Peggy for short), offers an escape from the monotony of music that’s restricted by genre. Hendricks dives headfirst into his attention-deficit-fueled opener, “Jesus Forgive Me, I Am a Thot,” which is the album’s most concise […]
R&B legend Andre Williams influenced generations of rockers and rappers—and his decades-long comeback ended only with his death at 82.
This weekend Alabama transplant KC Ortiz performs at a showcase hosted by local label Futurehood, which supports gay and trans musicians of color.
Sharp-dressed drummer Sam Lay has played with Dylan and Howlin’ Wolf, and in 2015 he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band.
Dan advises an out lesbian interested in a coworker, a sixtysomething would-be lesbian, and more.
Bluesman Daddy Stovepipe was born during Reconstruction and lived long enough to be “rediscovered” in 1960, during the folk-music revival.
Four Lost Souls—Jon Langford, Tawny Newsome, John Szymanski, and Bethany Thomas—celebrate their new album on Wednesday at the Hideout.
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.
Former Catholic priest Richard Morrisroe reflects on his friend and fellow civil rights activist Jonathan Daniels who was gunned down by a segregationist in Alabama 50 years ago.
Did public educatiion in South Carolina lead to the vote to furl the battle flag?