With internships, apprenticeships, mentoring, and workshops, Blue Island’s Black-owned Insomniac Studios bypasses white industry gatekeepers.
R &B singer Bryan James Sledge, aka BJ the Chicago Kid, has the kind of commanding voice most rappers seek out when they’re looking for a guest artist to make a good song great—and to loosen their inhibitions in the process. On Sledge’s second album for Motown, July’s 1123, he turns the tables, showcasing guest […]
Current musical obsessions of ESS codirector Olivia Junell, curator Adia Sykes, and Reader music editor Philip Montoro
The Flaming Lips, Black Star, and George Clinton are among the big names at the Grant Park festival in July.
Battlefield, Centennial Brooks, and more happenings from April 3-6.
BJ the Chicago Kid is ostensibly an R&B traditionalist: he’s reimagined Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” as a posthumous duet with the singer, he repeatedly alludes to the importance of the church in his lyrics, and he even sang the national anthem at President Obama’s farewell address here in Chicago. But it’d probably be more […]
Photos from #ObamaFarewell at McCormick Place Tuesday night
The Reader set up a temporary studio in Union Park to take intimate black-and-white shots of Pitchfork festival artists.
On Pitchfork’s second day, RP Boo and Jlin inspired fancy footwork, while Sufjan Stevens and Brian Wilson served up different doses of sadness.
Portraits of the crowd at Union Park on July 16
Who else should fans of hip-hop, R&B, and soul see at Pitchfork?
Pitchfork booked a record-breaking nine Chicago acts this year.
Also, Chicagoan Raj Fernando is at the center of a Trump-Clinton feud.
Also, BJ the Chicago Kid remains a south-sider in the Los Angeles music scene.
By defying the Christian reluctance to embrace rap, Hyde Park pastor and MC J.Kwest hopes to help people find God in their daily lives.