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 […]
House-music pioneer Vince Lawrence remembers the huge scene-defining parties he helped throw as a teenager.
Prince could hardly have avoided influencing Chicago house, whose earliest, most ardent fans were queer Black and Brown kids.
Grün Wasser diversify their apocalyptic EBM on the new Not OK With Things, the Chicago South Side Film Festival celebrates house music with a documentary by Jesse Saunders, and more.
A tour and oral history of the long-gone spaces that birthed one of the foundational sounds in modern pop
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.
Harold Washington, Muhammad Ali, and Rick James all dropped in at Taste, the oldest black-owned nightclub in the city.
An expert negotiator, he went to bat for stars as big as James Brown and Muddy Waters, but he also clawed back royalties for countless forgotten artists who’d never gotten their due.
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.
Chicago house music is the sound of global pop today. In the 90s, though, it was on life support—until a new wave of producers got its groove back.
A local DIY fest one-ups SXSW with free pizza. Plus: Lost Chicago house sounds come back around, Indie Parlour celebrates the ladies, and more
A day-by-day breakdown of the notable shows this week that aren’t already covered elsewhere in the Reader.