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 […]
Between Drake’s sleepy Honestly, Nevermind and Beyoncé’s “Break My Soul,” a lot of people have something to say about house music lately. (And while I can’t say I have thoroughly […]
Footwork music’s whimsical, tempestuous take on house wouldn’t exist without Chicago producer Kavain Space, better known as RP Boo. In the mid-90s, he drew from his experience DJing for House-O-Matics […]
TALsounds and Matchess braid their music together on the debut of Damiana, Chi-ROCK Nation celebrate hip-hop heritage with a monthlong exhibit, and more.
New Canyons return after eight years with a third album of gloomy dream pop, hip-hop historian Darrell “Artistic” Roberts interviews 1980s MC Mello D, and more.
One of Chicago’s best unsung musicians drops a new album, the Chicago Black Social Culture Map talks west-side music, and more.
The multimedia collective has a record label, a dance night, an apparel line—and now a brick-and-mortar shop.
Marcus Mixx’s early records fetch hundreds of dollars apiece from a cult of collectors, but he just wants a space of his own to make his new tracks.
Dance-music fiend Jerome Derradji Still is restoring dozens of decaying reel-to-reel tapes featuring unissued tracks and mixes from the genre’s early giants.
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.
West-side music-business institution Willie Barney dies at 89, Music Frozen Dancing returns to the Empty Bottle with a “kool” surprise guest, and more.
DJ Chip made the ghetto-house cut “Aw Shit” with his neighbor in 1999, and last week it soundtracked a downtown inauguration protest.
Little rappers still believe in big radio thanks to DJs like Nehpets at Power 92.
Footwork crews often end up as sideshows to DJs or rappers—but Chicago dancers the Era hope to change that with their first stage production.
In these excerpts from his lively and meticulous new book, The Underground Is Massive: How Electronic Dance Music Conquered America, longtime Reader contributor Michaelangelo Matos chronicles the three-decade ascent of EDM.