Folk-pop artist and licensed therapist Jessica Risker launched the long-form interview podcast Music Therapy in spring 2020, and Gossip Wolf has been an avid follower since day one. Earlier this summer, Risker and former Hideout talent buyer Sullivan Davis began producing an in-person version at Cafe Mustache called Music Therapy: Group Session, which augments the […]
Possibilities produces a live Zoom version of The Dining Room, but Melody DeRogatis has post-pandemic plans for her company.
In 1987, British punk and postpunk pioneers Wire pulled an unforgettable power move: After a few years’ hiatus, the band reconvened and announced a comeback tour. However, they were only interested in their new electronic material and refused to perform any of their beloved early songs. So they booked a Wire tribute band, the Ex-Lion […]
The evidence against the Chicago superstar was damning, but for almost 20 years, no one was listening. At a Chicago Humanities Festival event, DeRogatis and #MuteRKelly cofounders discuss the systemic apathy that allowed the Kelly to walk free for years.
Bodymilk Tapes invites a crowd of queer and trans musicians to Noise Prom II, the Chicago Humanities Festival hosts a discussion of Jim DeRogatis’s new R. Kelly book, and more.
You can become the notorious R&B star’s landlord, but it’ll probably cost you almost $4.5 million.
Despite sexual harassment and abuse allegations against him stretching back decades, the self-appointed Pied Piper of R&B chugs along.
Current musical obsessions of Eye Vybe Records founder Karissa Talanian, singer-songwriter Drea Smith, and Reader associate editor Kevin Warwick
Also, new Chicago Water Department emails show attempts at firearms deals and jokes about the city’s gun violence.
How to Be a Rock Critic doesn’t quite capture the greatness of the famous writer and critic’s work.
The Reader‘s weekly best in music writing across the web
The debate has never been so noisy.
Dozens of Riviera stagehands fired by Jam Productions this fall after attempting to unionize gathered at a rally outside the company’s headquarters.
A long-overdue collection of Jessica Hopper’s music writing plants a flag for female rock critics and shows the evolution of a distinctive voice into a well-known byline.
New reviews and notable screenings in this week’s issue