Double Michaels! Triple threats! Joe Jackson’s aggression! MJ the Musical titillates in a new touring production of the Broadway hit navigating the chaotic life of King of Pop Michael Jackson, highlighting the challenges public and private during his 1992-93 Dangerous world tour. The Pepsi-Cola-sponsored global event went on to gross $140 million for Jackson’s Heal […]
It was just unofficially Harold Washington week in Chicago as the city celebrated the 100th anniversary of his birth. That’s right—had Harold lived, he’d have been 100 years old on April 15. Everywhere I look I see articles proclaiming Harold’s greatness. Oh, if only he had so much support when he was mayor. Look, I […]
On December 13, I took a long drive to Des Plaines to pick up relatives of my friend Perry Kanlan, a showbiz-adjacent eccentric known as Dancin’ Man. The time on the road gave me the chance to reflect on the circumstances of my relationship with him. I formally met Perry in 2011, when my friend […]
Chicago soul-funk band Pieces of Peace didn’t put out their only album till 35 years after they broke up.
For two decades, a short stretch of Michigan Avenue hosted a concentration of creative entrepreneurship whose influence on Black popular music is still felt today.
Current musical obsessions of Jay Wood and S.O.S of the Freesole collective and Reader intern Aaron Allen
Current musical obsessions of Chances Dances cofounder Latham Zearfoss, artist and educator Jen Delos Reyes, and Reader music listings coordinator Salem Collo-Julin
His influential career took him from house and punk to gigs for the likes of Prince, Destiny’s Child, and Michael Jackson.
Five young people try their best to find a measure of grace in a society temperamentally unsuited to it.
A great piece of detective work uncovered a great piece of Chicago music history.
Current musical obsessions of Billie Howard from Akosuen and Aperiodic, Bow & Hammer violinist Kathryn Satoh, and the Reader’s Philip Montoro
Supa is in peak form on the taut, minimal mixtape cut “Come Close (Get Away).”
DJ Spinn talks about DJ Rashad and Michael Jackson in Pitchfork’s record fair.
A posthumous single that doesn’t feel ghoulish.
An assortment of some of the departed house legend’s greatest work