Gossip Wolf doesn’t like to speculate about which band breakups will stick (it’s no fun to be wrong), but when local indie-pop goofballs Baby Teeth announced their final show in 2012, it seemed unlikely that Chicago had heard the last from them. In the years that followed, singer-songwriter Abraham Levitan, front man of the trio, […]
Tag: DJ Clent
DJ Corey grew up immersed in footwork, and he’s learned it inside and out
Chicago producer DJ Corey is footwork royalty. His father, DJ Clent, got hooked on ghetto house in the early 90s, and by the end of that decade had established a career in the faster, more aggressive styles of juke and footwork. Clent began nurturing his son’s interest in music long before Corey could make tracks […]
As DJ Roc, Clarence Johnson has helped make footwork a global phenomenon
As DJ Roc, Chicago producer Clarence Johnson helped mold footwork and provided the support it needed to become an international underground phenomenon. He started making juke tracks in the early 2000s, but just a few years later he adopted the faster, battle-ready footwork sound. Johnson strengthened the footwork scene in 2005 by cofounding production collective […]
Open the Circle teaches footwork because footwork saves lives
Chicago nonprofit Open the Circle works to spread a local Black dance culture that can knit together youth communities.
Photos from DJ Clent’s Beatdown House Litnic
Some of the biggest names in ghetto house, juke, and footwork played for free at a relaxed party and cookout in Dolton Park.
DJ Clent’s Beatdown 22nd anniversary Litnic books the best in ghetto house, juke, and footwork
Our culture generally doesn’t consider 22nd anniversaries especially momentous, but I’ll take any excuse to see some of the most important figures in footwork, juke, and ghetto-house history—and that’s exactly who DJ Clent has brought together for this year’s Litnic, a daylong picnic that celebrates the 22nd anniversary of his label and collective, Beatdown House. […]
Psych-pop group Roommate play their first Chicago show in more than two years
Psych-pop group Roommate play their first Chicago show in more than two years, DJ Clent spins at another giant juke, footwork, and ghetto-house blowout, and more.
DJ Clent wants you to juke like it’s 1999
Chicago footwork producer DJ Clent celebrates his 38th on Saturday with a Throwback Juke Party that features some of the best producers in underground-house history.
Jill Flanagan of Forced Into Femininity takes her underground scene to task
Jill Flanagan of Forced Into Femininity takes her underground scene to task, the Era throw a listening party for their first ‘footwork mixtape,’ and more.
Rapper and prison abolitionist Ric Wilson needs help replacing a stolen computer
Rapper and prison abolitionist Ric Wilson needs help replacing a stolen computer, rock duos Pussy Foot and Drool pair up on a split cassette, and more.
Swervedriver’s watered-down I Wasn’t Born to Lose You and 11 more record reviews
Seven Reader writers tackle a dozen new releases, including comeback albums from Swervedriver and Cannibal Ox, Ata Kak’s oddball Ghanaian electro-rap, and Jack DeJohnette’s love letter to Chicago-born jazz.