House music never went out of style, but not everybody knows about its culture, its history, or even its existence—and a legion of those newbies fell for house this year, thanks to new dance-oriented albums from superstars Drake and Beyoncé. The latter recruited figures from across house history for Renaissance, including Chicago native Honey Redmond, […]
Reading house’s history from its used records
Chicagoans don’t need an excuse to talk about house music, but when the biggest pop star in the world drops a record indebted to house, you can expect more than just a conversation. Beyoncé’s Renaissance has effectively evangelized for this Chicago-born sound since the album came out in July, not least because she shaped it […]
Fighting for Chicago’s place in hip-hop history
Darrell “Artistic” Roberts of Chi-ROCK Nation has worked to document Chicago hip-hop culture for more than three decades—and now he’s finally publishing a book.
Veteran singer-songwriter Susan Werner on the future queen of bluegrass
Current musical obsessions of veteran singer-songwriter Susan Werner, musician and artist Scott Montgomery, and Reader coeditor in chief Karen Hawkins
Luke Trimble of Uh Bones celebrates his debut single leading Charlie Reed
Luke Trimble of Uh Bones celebrates his debut single leading Charlie Reed, Cinema 53 hosts a free screening of Lemonade with Julie Dash and Jamila Woods, and more.
Solange supports black Chicago creatives at Pitchfork and beyond
Solange and her Saint Heron collective show off the depth and richness of the city’s black cultural expression with a festival installation and three off-site events.
Loyola University students to rally for Kesha and other Chicago news
Also, reflecting on five years of Rahm rule in Chicago, and Chicago State University’s financial problems take a turn for the worse.
This week’s Chicagoan: Danny Chaimson, musician and wedding-band owner
This week’s Chicagoan is Danny Chaimson, musician and wedding-band owner.