Over the past few years, Nate Barksdale has become one of my favorite emerging Chicago soul artists. His releases tend to arrive in clusters, and so far this year they include a handful of singles and the late-January full-length The Colors I’ve Never Seen, a collaboration with Canadian producer Chong Wizard. The producer’s label, Chong […]
The U.S. could’ve had live music back already, but at least Bandcamp is still helping the artists making do without.
Chris Crack has released five albums of no-frills trash-talking hip-hop in 2020 alone, but he’s not worried about saturating the market. When he talked to Audiomack’s Matthew Ritchie upon the release of his first album of 2021, Might Delete Later, the west-side rapper quipped, “Did Aunt Jemima make too much syrup? Can Clorox ever make […]
Bandcamp Friday lets you be sure that basically all your money will reach the people who made what you’re buying.
Shannon Candy has used quarantine to make her first solo album, Izzy Yellen drops a decompression soundtrack of ambient guitar and banjo, and more.
Just in case you’ve been waiting to spend your monthly music budget till more of it would go to artists and labels
Paul Gulyas is one of those tireless contributors to Chicago music whose work largely goes unnoticed by the public. If you’ve gone to a show at Beat Kitchen or Subterranean in the past few years, you might’ve seen him behind the soundboard. He’s also a musician and producer, and he’s earned a modicum of fame […]
In June, Chicago rapper Chris Crack self-released Cute Boys (The Rise of Lil Delicious) on Bandcamp roughly two months after dropping White People Love Algorithms. Most artists releasing 36 songs in a couple months would qualify as prolific, but Chris Crack isn’t most artists; last year, he’d put out four albums by July. All of […]
Chicago’s hip-hop scene overflows with such variety and abundance that it’s impossible to show enough love to every great release—but that’s no reason not to try.
On their new album as Chris Spencer, Chris Crack and Vic Spencer dial back their aggression to saunter along with the soulful piano melody of “Hooligan.”
Hip-hop producer Paul Gulyas makes his album debut as Cutta, Bucket O’ Blood teams up with Baderbrau for a Riot Fest party, and more.
Chicago rapper Chris Crack breaks a yearlong silence with a single 36-minute track, DJ Paypal invites ghetto-house innovator Jana Rush to East Room, and more.
For ages, Chicago rappers tore each other down, as though the city could produce only one star at a time—but in 2016 the whole scene seemed to grasp the value of community.
Chicago rapper Chris Crack, from off his Who the Fuck Is Chris Spencer? collaboration, rolls out a colorful new video.
Chicago hip-hop veterans Chris Crack and Vic Spencer collaborate on a full-length as Chris Spencer.