Chicago singer, producer, and rapper Thomas DaVinci is a chameleon, able to adapt his supple voice and fluid flow to any instrumental track. On his album Home Grown, which he self-released in May, he applies his versatility to a broad swath of stylish sounds, including a few that wouldn’t quite fit together without him. Granted, […]
Philadelphia indie-rock alchemist Alexander Giannascoli understands better than most musicians who’ve emerged in the past decade how to convey the slipperiness and complexity of emotion in song. The 27-year-old kicked off his career in the early 2010s with a streak of albums he self-released or put out through small cassette labels, and they all wound […]
Chicago native Johari Noelle has shaped her polished debut EP with years of choir and theater, half a season on reality TV, and nearly 18 months in the studio.
The Reader cherry-picks some favorite music stories from the past week of the Internet.
R&B singer Frank Ocean has returned after a four-year absence, but one of his best new songs concerns a lover on the cusp of disappearing from his life.
Chance the Rapper has announced that he’ll release a new, free album with his band the Social Experiment by the end of 2014.
Bootleg rap and R&B vinyl is thriving, even though most of the music is easy to buy or free to download.
Earl Sweatshirt’s humane, heartbreaking Doris and 14 more record reviews
The brilliant one-trick pony superproducer is back on top.
Tim’m West has shown that there’s more than one way to be a black gay man.
The final installment of 40 favorite albums of 2012 countdown
What the Outkast member’s Frank Ocean remix and the response to it says about our growing desire to see our wildest musical dreams come true
Frank Ocean leads the charge in making the Internet and pop music safer for sincerity
Where else can you hear ZZ Top’s “I Gotsta Get Paid” and E-40’s “I’m Laced” in the same place?
Six Reader writers, 12 months, 30 picks, and no generic “top tens”