Chicago guitarist and vocalist Melody Angel combines fiery celebrations of life with equally fearless and uncompromising demands for social justice. Her style of blues-rock mixes genres and influences as freely […]
Kind. Funny. Genuine. A sweetheart, an artist, a legend. If the true sign of a life well lived is a tidal wave of emotional tributes when you die, then Cynthia […]
Vivian Carter and James Bracken formed Vee-Jay Records in 1953 to produce the “good music” that listeners of Vivian’s radio broadcasts and customers of her record store in Gary, Indiana, […]
I was walking through Fulton Market on my way home from a work event a few weeks ago when “Yes, I Know” floated out into the summer air from the […]
Triad Radio, Chicago’s pioneering experiment in commercial free-form radio, left the airwaves in 1977. Now longtime program director Saul Smaizys is moving its archives online.
Recorded in Chicago in 1982, Eardance’s sole album had tons of gorgeous conservatory-trained playing but got almost no distribution.
From Glencoe to Monterey Pop to oblivion: Michael Bloomfield’s huge talent and unique style changed rock guitar forever, but while Clapton and Hendrix entered the canon, he faded away.
Ephraim Bugumba’s long, hard journey from the Congo to DeKalb began when he was three, but as Storyteller he uses music to keep a connection to home alive.
A new exhibit at the Block Museum makes a startling connection between the 18th-century English artist and the 1960s counterculture.
Guitarist Luther Allison learned his craft in Chicago, but he spent much of his career in Europe when American interest in the blues waned.
Here’s hoping some positive vibrations can overcome the negativity paid for by Mayor Rahm’s limitless bank account and get this election to a runoff.
Three of Chicago’s best journalists—Natasha Korecki, Dan Mihalopoulos, and Charles Thomas—will join Mick and Ben at the Hideout on Tuesday to discuss the upcoming governor’s race, among other political things.
New reviews and notable screenings in this week’s issue
André Benjamin stars in a chronicle of Jimi Hendrix’s rise to fame.
We’ve got the premiere of the oddball local art-rock group’s fourth album, which comes out next week on Moniker Records.