At the beginning of the pandemic, I became mildly obsessed with a video of Limp Bizkit playing a Moscow venue in February 2020. I wasn’t drawn to the performance so much as to the sight of front man Fred Durst, who’d been an emblem of white male millennials’ bottomless teenage angst at the turn of […]
Concerts are all canceled, but you can still support artists by buying their albums.
Remember the Lil Wayne of 2008 and 2009? He constantly boasted that he was the “greatest rapper alive,” and you know what? He actually was. The 2008 album Tha Carter III, released about ten years into his career, was a full-blown landmark. It gave the world a string of smash singles, including “Lollipop” and “Got […]
Lollapalooza brought the big names on its 2019 lineup, but could it do more to engage the Chicago fans and artists who make this such a great city for music?
This year’s headliners include Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino, and Twenty One Pilots—but to get tickets, you have to pay a company owned by Live Nation, which remains an undefined part of the Lincoln Yards development.
Also, the Obama Foundation wants to change the nation’s stereotypes about the south side.
Blink-182 helped connect the mainstream pop-punk of the late 90s to the Soundcloud rap of today.
Ty Money’s new Cinco de Money 3 features the first appearance by Bump J since his release from prison last month.
The Reader collects some of the best and brightest bits from the past week’s music writing.
At Magnificent Coloring Day, not even the frenzy provoked by Kanye West’s surprise appearance could take the focus off Chance the Rapper’s message of love and blessing.
The new anthology Breakbeat Poets showcases poetry by and for the hip-hop generation.
His version of Lil Wayne’s newish “Grindin'” is one of many reasons to do so.
Ten Reader writers review 15 new records, including Pallbearer’s stately, mournful doom, Willis Earl Beal’s raw, mystical antipop, and Jack Ruby’s staggeringly savage no wave.
“Stoner” brings the young rapper’s idiosyncratic style to the mainstream.
Current musical obsessions of Notes & Bolts founder Kriss Stress, Lakshmi Ramgopal of Love and Radiation, and more