Poet and organizer JazStarr builds bridges on the page and in the community.
The 2022 Newberry Book Fair is back and under way today after a three-year break while all of us adjusted to concerns around COVID-19. The fair has traditionally been a must-go event for book collectors and lovers, as 30,000 or so books will be on sale representing dozens of categories including history and fiction. Reader […]
You can jump-start your Bandcamp Friday browsing with nearly 100 newly Reader-recommended releases.
Chicago rapper Fredrianna Harris, aka Freddie Old Soul, uses hip-hop to open a vivid window into everyday life. On “Hot Tamale,” one of the best tracks off her new self-released EP, The First People, she turns groceries into a narrative device that bundles up seemingly stray musings about young motherhood, COVID-19, and the unrelenting presence […]
Brittney Carter thought she was just writing poems. Her classmates at Young Chicago Authors heard a great rapper in the making—and the rest of the city’s scene is starting to agree.
Chicago’s hip-hop scene overflows with such variety and abundance that it’s impossible to show enough love to every great release—but that’s no reason not to try.
Electronic musician Angel Marcloid drops a new collage barrage as Fire-Toolz, Groove Cafe releases a compilation to benefit rebuilding efforts in Puerto Rico, and more.
Sunshine Boys pool decades of indie-rock experience on Blue Music, Frontwoman Fest says farewell in its fourth year, and more.
Current musical obsessions of AMFM gallery founder Ciera Mckissick, Drama singer Via Rosa, and Reader writer Leor Galil