Judging from the energy of practically every Why? Records release, the four rappers who make up the underground Chicago hip-hop collective and label could easily spend the rest of their lives collaborating in different configurations on a half dozen albums per year. Udababy LP, the debut full-length from Why? duo Udababy, is no exception. Rappers […]
Ratboys celebrate their tenth birthday in a virtual living room at Schubas, Northwestern’s New Music Conference returns in online form, and more.
Streaming your favorite artists’ music is the least helpful way to support them. But they can’t abandon those platforms, because we won’t.
Many musicians and labels will donate the day’s Bandcamp money to support the fight for Black lives.
Jazz guitarist Dave Miller drops an album of brainy feel-good grooves, Naked Raygun singer Jeff Pezzati makes his solo debut with a new EP, and more.
Ever since COVID-19 seeped into every detail of our everyday lives, I’ve struggled to articulate the mental gymnastics I go through just to remember to brush my teeth twice a day. Thank goodness for Chicago rapper Joshua Virtue, who does it for me on his new solo album, Jackie’s House (Why?). On “Fenti Face,” Virtue […]
Mute Duo release a taut, painterly album for pedal steel and drums, young neo-classic rockers Rookie celebrate their debut, and more.
Matt Jencik’s new guitar record blurs waking life and dreams, ESS hosts an Experimental Holiday Market at Twisted Hippo, and more.
Genre-bending jazz-rap troupe Not Lovely started almost on a dare. In summer 2015, vocalist and producer Jack Clements remixed Wilco’s “EKG,” rapped over it, and uploaded his version to the Soundcloud account of Auburn Hills, his studio hip-hop project with rapper-producer Alex Singleton—aka Why? Records cofounder Joshua Virtue. “EKG” eventually earned Clements and Virtue an […]
The fledgling Why? Records crew—Davis, Malci, Joshua Virtue, and Ruby Watson—are already making some of the city’s most compelling and idiosyncratic hip-hop.
Current musical obsessions of DJ King Hippo (aka Alejandro Ayala), Resavoir bandleader Will Miller, and Reader writer Leor Galil
Rap duo Free Snacks celebrate their funky, sample-heavy debut, CabinFever’s site-specific Merce Cunningham tribute becomes an album, and more.