Kamasi Washington and the Sun Ra Arkestra bring jazz to Pitchfork for the first time since 2007.
Gossip Wolf guesses about the Lolla lineup, the Hideout throws its annual party for local acts heading to SXSW, and more.
As a collection of one-offs and loosies, Kendrick Lamar’s Untitled Unmastered isn’t as cohesive as his previous albums, but its individual songs still resonate.
Also, RIP to the Shrine nightclub, and plans for sex club in River North are off the table.
Local rappers who deserved more attention this year include Angel Davanport, Ric Wilson, and Shorty K.
Veteran Reader critic Peter Margasak begins counting down his 40 favorite records of the year—this installment includes Sleater-Kinney, Julia Holter, and Kendrick Lamar.
Dozens of Riviera stagehands fired by Jam Productions this fall after attempting to unionize gathered at a rally outside the company’s headquarters.
The success of recent releases by Run the Jewels and Kendrick Lamar suggests that, commercially speaking, the tide may turn for political-activist hip-hop.
Surf, the new album from Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment (aka Chance the Rapper’s backing band), is for sale on iTunes.
Riot Fest lineup predictions, round one, plus new music and shows from Bike Cops, Roach Beach, Ganser, and more
It’s one of many deep, tense, and dynamic songs that make the brand-new To Pimp a Butterfly a treat.
The Chicago hip-hop icon demonstrates some of the advantages of collaborating with more than a dozen songwriters at a time.
When the Compton MC released “The Blacker the Berry” on Monday it made everything else feel irrelevant.
Geoff Farina from Karate busts some new moves in the power trio Exit Verse, the Hood Internet throw a cookie party at the Hideout, and more.
Kendrick Lamar’s “i” doesn’t have a lot in common with Milo’s A Toothpaste Suburb, but both LA rappers released something that’s worth a listen.