Chicago native Peter Berkow has been a producer and a professor, and moved from folk to funk to fusion to prog and back.
With “The Dutchman” and other widely recorded songs, Michael Smith created emotional realities that let you feel along with his characters.
Dwain Story roomed with Phil Ochs and made a fan of Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, but mental illness denied him a career like theirs.
Folk singer Megon McDonough made her 1972 debut LP while still in high school and in 1990 joined Christine Lavin’s Four Bitchin’ Babes.
Evanston native Kristin Lems has shared stages with John Prine and Gloria Steinem, and she’s currently working on a play with songs about Jane Addams.
Dan Berg, Dan Haligas, and Joe Gloor released two songs in 1975 and split up in ’80, but now they’re back to writing, recording, and gigging.
Current musical obsessions of Parlour Tapes cofounder Jenna Lyle, techno artist and composer Eric Fernandez, and Reader critic Peter Margasak
Carolina Chocolate Drops cofounder Rihannon Giddens sings fables of struggle from a diversity of peoples and eras.
The Reader‘s weekly roundup of music journalism that didn’t happen here
Chicago banjo fiend Al Scorch talks about his inspirations—including freak bikes, DIY hardcore, and Kelly Hogan.
The jazz-folk prodigy plays a show for a good cause.
Today’s 12 O’Clock Track is the gorgeous title track from the fingerstyle prodigy’s upcoming LP.
The duo team up at Cole’s tonight to benefit the Carrefour Collaborative.
This week’s gig poster was designed by local artist Ryan Duggan.
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