Rodney Bakerr led early Wax Trax! group Strange Circuits, ran underground label Rockin’ House, and wrote ubiquitous house-music rhythm patterns for Roland.
Chicago funk superhero Captain Sky releases his first album in 40 years—and this time his mission includes mentoring Black teenagers on the south side.
Dance-music fiend Jerome Derradji Still is restoring dozens of decaying reel-to-reel tapes featuring unissued tracks and mixes from the genre’s early giants.
Dan Jugle only ever got famous for Dar Embarks and Juzer, but his influence on Chicago punk, electronic music, and indie rock spans decades. He died this past weekend at age 37.
Pepper Gomez and Tom O’Callaghan got their start as Master Plan by winning a Columbia College contest, and three years ago Still Music reissued their biggest track.
I Kong Kult end a three-year hiatus to release their ass-shaking debut, Mako Sica hold a benefit to push back against cycling deaths, and more.
Shop hyperlocal this season for everything from unorthodox games and Chicago-centric books to craft booze and high-design home goods.
Prepare for this Saturday’s inaugural Church of Black Gold loft party with Jerome Derradji’s trance-inducing “Acid Nothing.”
A pair of crate diggers play two hours of disco, boogie, and funk from 9-11 PM.
RSVP to see DJs Jerome Derradji and Mark Grusane spin a private party Thursday night.
Plus: Jerome Derradji reissues Larry Dixon’s missing-link boogie funk, and Streets and Soul honors the Dyett 12.
An off-the-grid show by Swedish industrial legends Brighter Death Now, a compilation of rare Chicago house from Kstarke, and more
Chicago house DJs and Sunset Records founders Matt Warren and Miguel Garcia play the first in-store at Logan Hardware’s new space in support of Still Music’s recent Sunset compilations.
Kill Yourself Dancing collects the daringly eclectic output of late-80s Chicago house-music label Sunset Records.