When rapper-singer Smino self-released She Already Decided on April 20, he added “Mixtape” in scare quotes to the title on Soundcloud. In doing so, the Saint Louis native provided a sly history lesson for young listeners who’ve only ever referred to full-lengths as “projects.” A decade ago, hip-hop mixtapes provided a way for rappers to […]
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Sound artist Andy Slater on the spring-into-summer sound of 80s freestyle
Current musical obsessions of sound artist and performer Andy Slater, DJ Hannah Viti, and Reader listings coordinator Salem Collo-Julin
The quest to be Pitchfork’s perfect consumer
What happens if you indulge every corporate sponsor at Pitchfork? Does the Chase Sapphire Lounge have to let you in?
Why haven’t the Isley Brothers conquered the rock market?
The legendary R&B band can rock hard too, but they’ve never crossed over like Sly Stone or Prince.
The Reader’s guide to the 2019 Pitchfork Music Festival
Even on a weekend it shares with the Silver Room Block Party and the debut of ComplexCon Chicago, Pitchfork stands out for its far-sighted, eclectic bookings.
Remembering the Taste Entertainment Center, the hottest south side nightclub in TKTK
Harold Washington, Muhammad Ali, and Rick James all dropped in at the oldest black-owned club in the city.
12 O’Clock Track: Kendrick Lamar, “Swimming Pools (Drank) (Mano 93 Nostalgia remix)”
A familiar sample flipped for a new jam
Soul music: not just dusties
During Soul Week, let’s remember that soul music is still alive and well
Isley Brothers last hurrah?
The Isley Brothers give what may well be their final performances in the Chicago area.