The ‘industry plant’ is hip-hop’s favorite conspiracy theory, used to discredit breakout successes—and it’s spreading to other genres, where it’s no more plausible.
Also, Walter Payton College Prep was named the nation’s top public high school in a new set of rankings.
The local rap hero is one of the few bright spots on an otherwise anemic Lollapalooza lineup that also includes Lorde, Migos, the XX, Run the Jewels, and, um, Liam Gallagher.
The Reader cherry-picks some favorite music stories from the past week of the Internet.
Accusations of assault against security guards overshadowed an otherwise strong slate of performances at Friday’s edition of the Grant Park-based music festival.
This year’s Lollapalooza lineup is a whole lot of repeat acts and bland names, though there are just enough groups that can actually get people excited—and yes, OutKast is one of them.
Lollapalooza lineup predictions, long-lost punk goodies from HoZac, and more
Lorde takes on a classic from the Minneapolis alt-rock pioneers.
“Happy” breezes to the top of the Hot 100.
“Drunk In Love” might be too weird for the Top 10.
Six Reader writers, 12 months, 30 picks—and not one list that just rearranges the same records you’ll see everywhere else
A landmark year ends in a flurry of limp ballads and fake folk.
Current musical obsessions of White/Light’s Matt Clark and the Mayfair Workshop’s Mark Greenberg
“Royals” and Pure Heroine begin a glorious reign over the pop charts.
A bare-bones single from an unknown artist storms the charts