I’ve been delving into Windy City jazz for most of my life, beginning with the out-there, Afrocentric sounds of the Sun Ra Arkestra, the Art Ensemble of Chicago, and the […]
The Artistics could match the quality of the Impressions and the Chi-Lites, but not their chart success.
Current musical obsessions of VJ Darrell Gordon, DJ Ken Wong, and Reader listings coordinator Salem Collo-Julin
Despite his arresting falsetto on “Time Stopped” (and a cosign from Curtis Mayfield), Marvin Smith’s solo records never did better than his 1966 Artistics single “I’m Gonna Miss You.”
For Willie Clayton’s fourth appearance on the Blues Festival’s main stage, the southern soul king will be cooking with a full band—backup singers, horn players, and all.
Also, Chicagoan Raj Fernando is at the center of a Trump-Clinton feud.
Two African-American companies present revelatory dramas.
The live version of Oddisee’s “The Goings On” should melt the hearts of Marvin Gaye fans.
“Let’s Get It On,” the new single from Lil Chris, shares a title with Marvin Gaye’s knockout 1973 track, but west-side MC makes a version all his own.
Three of Chicago’s best journalists—Natasha Korecki, Dan Mihalopoulos, and Charles Thomas—will join Mick and Ben at the Hideout on Tuesday to discuss the upcoming governor’s race, among other political things.
Conor McPherson’s play The Night Alive may not be great, but it’s superb in its goodness.
An obscure holiday tune by the soul giant
There’s something strangely transfixing about the way the Texas-based MC sings the word “fourteen,” and it says a lot about how one Reader writer sometimes listens to rap music.
Nine of my favorite soul tracks that push for a better world
A survey on marijuana legalization in Chicago: Guess what the answers are