An oral history of DJ Jesse de la Peña’s foundational Blue Groove Lounge hip-hop night, on the occasion of its belated 25th birthday parties
Chicago’s beat scene has to do without the attention the city’s rappers get, but it’s a vital incubator for adventurous, ambitious instrumental hip-hop.
Tim Zawada and Ben Van Dyke’s label, Star Creature Universal Vibrations, helps turn the far-flung fans of this resurgent postdisco dance music into an evolving community.
Our latest round of staff picks for the Reader‘s Interactive Jukebox (jukebox.chicagoreader.com)
FESTIVAL Chicago International Movies & Music Festival Returning for a third year, the Chicago International Movies & Music Festival runs Thursday through Sunday, April 14 through 17, with music-related screenings, live performances, and panel discussions. Seventy films from over 20 countries will be screened at 13 different venues, including Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington; […]
Two hip-hop film/music programs take place tonight.
In response to the crisis in Kenya, the Chicago Afrobeat Project turns Friday’s House of Blues show into a benefit.