Rock critic Jessica Hopper publishes a hugely expanded edition of her first book, Bryan Away (aka Elliot Korte) drops an album of lush folk-pop, and more.
Jessica Risker combines her two loves with the podcast Music Therapy, footwork crew the Era drop a dreamy rap single, and more.
“Something with the culture just instantly made sense, coming from a punk background. I think footwork music is pretty subversive. It’s raw.”
Psychedelic country collective the Keener Family drop a debut four years in the making, Dustin Laurenzi’s Snaketime helps Mississippi Records celebrate the music of Moondog, and more.
Chicago nonprofit Open the Circle works to spread a local Black dance culture that can knit together youth communities.
Some of the biggest names in ghetto house, juke, and footwork played for free at a relaxed party and cookout in Dolton Park.
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. […]
The Teklife producer integrates rap so perfectly on his new Still Trippin’ that he could bring footwork to new heights.
DJ Manny is one of footwork’s best and brightest, and he proves it again on the title track from his latest seven-inch.
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.
West-side native DJ Oreo throws himself a birthday party at East Room on Sunday that doubles as an informal turntable battle with his best friend—and then he hits the road with Lil Yachty.
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.
On Pitchfork’s second day, RP Boo and Jlin inspired fancy footwork, while Sufjan Stevens and Brian Wilson served up different doses of sadness.
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.
Subterranean hosts a benefit show for Mucho Culo, which was based out of a studio destroyed in a July fire.