Today is the final day to catch Izzy’s Looks, a clothing pop-up at the Gard3n event space (688 N. Milwaukee, Suite 204). Izzy (mononymous like Cher) is a stylist and personal shopper with a penchant for thrifting funky, fresh vintage and modern duds in sizes small to 3X. But buying clothes from her isn’t just […]
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It might seem bizarre to call Lucki the best conscious rapper in Chicago, given that the city is also represented nationally by the likes of Chance the Rapper, Saba, and Common. But hear me out. Conscious rap, which is loosely defined by the social commentary at its core, comes in two clearly identifiable forms: preaching […]
Hip-hop has welcomed a platoon of talented emerging artists over the past five years or so, but few exhibit their love for the art of rapping quite like North Carolina’s Marlanna Evans, better known as Rapsody. In the late 2000s, she formed a crucial bond with star producer 9th Wonder, who signed her to his […]
Few rappers sound as comfortable with introspection as Houston’s Emekwanem Ogugua Biosah Jr., aka Maxo Kream. Even the title of his recent second album, Brandon Banks (RCA/Big Persona/88 Classic), references his troubled past: his father, Emekwanem Ogugua Biosah Sr., ran scams under that name and spent much of Maxo’s childhood serving time on fraud charges. […]
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 […]
Current musical obsessions of Neckbeard Deathcamp front man Kriegmeister Hatestorm, Haggathorn guitarist Nathan Scripter, and Reader music editor Philip Montoro
This week’s featured gig poster was designed by local artist Jay Ryan.
Cheer-Accident and more goings-on 6/8-6/10.
Before Sunset in 35mm and more goings-on 4/9-4/12
The star of The Social Network—speaking at a political event for the first time—took the stage for Daniel Biss.
Nonprofit Arts of Life pairs three of its resident artists with three established local contemporary artists to celebrate the summer season.
Garage-rock label Randy Records drops debut LPs by Skip Church and Today’s Hits, Dumpster Tapes celebrates its third Monster Compilation at Cole’s, and more.
Presidents’ Day Benefit Dinner, TRL Live, and more happenings from February 20-23.
Day of the Dead Chicago, Little Bash of Horrors, and more happenings from October 28-30