In a recent interview with the Yale Center for Faith & Culture’s podcast For the Life of the World, pianist Julian Reid described the way mourning informed the thematic underpinnings of The Eternal Boombox, a new self-released EP by his Chicago-based band, the JuJu Exchange. The members of this jazz combo also draw upon their […]
On the new Legacy! Legacy!, Chicago singer and poet Jamila Woods lovingly details how art can learn from the past as it shapes the future.
Woods contributed a song inspired by a Coval poem about the blues going electric, and Coval enlisted Tasha for a wintertime answer to Woods’s “LSD.”
Towkio’s balloon trip to the stratosphere wasn’t just to promote his first album for Rick Rubin—the Chicago rapper also wants to talk about inspiration, perspective, and togetherness.
Producer Knox Fortune, aka Kevin Rhomberg, headlines his first show as a solo artist to celebrate his debut album, Paradise.
Louder Than a Bomb cofounder Kevin Coval in the words of people in Chicago’s poetry, spoken-word, and hip-hop scenes whose lives he’s touched
For ages, Chicago rappers tore each other down, as though the city could produce only one star at a time—but in 2016 the whole scene seemed to grasp the value of community.
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.
Joey Purp’s new iiiDrops comes from a perspective shaped by neighborhoods on both sides of Chicago’s racial and economic divides.
Surf, the new album from Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment (aka Chance the Rapper’s backing band), is for sale on iTunes.
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.