As I’ve complained here before, women often get left out of music history—a problem that seems especially bad in soul music. I’ll never understand why Loleatta Holloway, Holle Thee Maxwell, and the Fascinations aren’t as widely known as the Dells, Major Lance, and Curtis Mayfield. All-woman Chicago group the Opals had ties to all those […]
South Loop’s Overflow Coffee carries on the legacy of Vee-Jay Records.
For two decades, a short stretch of Michigan Avenue hosted a concentration of creative entrepreneurship whose influence on Black popular music is still felt today.
This 95-year-old living legend has played jazz, written blaxploitation soundtracks, and arranged for Stan Getz, B.B. King, and most famously Curtis Mayfield—but he’s probably most widely heard via hip-hop samples.
Win a piece of Chicago soul history by answering five ridiculously difficult trivia questions!
An exciting new-music ensemble, hazy hip-hop beats, electronic oddities, rappers talking to rappers, and much more
“Shoop Shoop” singer had hits prior to her most famous song