Multi-instrumentalist Liam Kazar has been so crucial to my evolving understanding of Chicago’s bustling, magnanimous music scene that I felt a little heartbroken when he moved to Kansas City in […]
Chicago rapper Vic Mensa has had a career trajectory unlike many other Chicago artists the past decade. After rising to national prominence in the early 2010s as front man of […]
On Fantasize Your Ghost, Macie Stewart and Sima Cunningham make their music a place of trust, discovery, and compassion.
Keen-eyed rapper Qari hooks up with producer Green Sllime for Operation Hennessy—and opens the floodgates on his friend’s reservoir of irreverent old-school beats.
Rising rapper Vic Mensa considers his old Hyde Park neighborhood home, even though gentrification has killed his favorite hangouts.
Producer Knox Fortune, aka Kevin Rhomberg, headlines his first show as a solo artist to celebrate his debut album, Paradise.
After foregrounding his radical politics with last year’s “16 Shots,” Vic Mensa emphasizes the pop aspects of his rap songs on a new EP.
Chicago rapper Vic Mensa publicly supports Black Lives Matter and LGBT rights, while Lollapalooza tries to please everyone—so it’ll be interesting to see how his festival set goes down.
Chicago rapper Vic Mensa doesn’t always strike the best balance of politics and pop, but he never fails to get his point across.
Surf, the new album from Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment (aka Chance the Rapper’s backing band), is for sale on iTunes.
The 19-year-old talks about the influence of Vic Mensa, Chicago violence, and Phantom of the Opera.
One Reader writer went on a scavenger hunt for a CD copy of the brand-new debut mixtape from Save Money cofounder Vic Mensa, Innanetape.
Friends help Scoundrel bounce back from a van crash, Hunter Husar books a schizo bill in Bridgeport, and more
Chance the Rapper drops Acid Rap—and it’s going to take him to places he’s only imagined.
This week’s featured gig poster was created by Austin Sellers out of Portland, OR