Amid the wall-to-wall media coverage of Kanye West’s promotional events for Donda in August, you could be forgiven for imagining that the only notable new Chicago hip-hop release had come from a billionaire who hired crews to rebuild his childhood home in the middle of Soldier Field. That’s far from the case, of course, though […]
Catalytic Sound launches a streaming service to support improvising musicians, rapper-producer Rashid Hadee collaborates with the Primeridian, and more
Bandcamp Friday lets you be sure that basically all your money will reach the people who made what you’re buying.
Nick Butcher of Sonnenzimmer drops a time-traveling solo album, Pugs Atomz collects a decade of his music on a star-studded compilation, and more.
The Year of Chicago Music has had less music in it than anybody anticipated, but we still have plenty to celebrate.
Hyperprolific rapper and Culture Power45 label co-owner Marcellous “Infinito 2017” Lovelace and Chicago hip-hop scene player Sterling “Pugs Atomz” Price are both former members of the Nacrobats crew, and when Lovelace asked Pugs last year about releasing a vinyl compilation of old Nacrobats tracks, it kicked off a wave of celebrations that will continue through […]
Each of these reissues helps unfold a different chapter in the rich narrative of the Chicago hip-hop scene.
In the 90s Andre Vasquez rapped as Prime and joined underground collective the Molemen. Now he’s a socialist candidate for 40th Ward alderman, hoping to unseat entrenched incumbent Patrick O’Connor.
Awdazcate dropped this fun cut last night while wrapping up preparations for the summer edition of Waffle Fest.
The local-rapper singer talks about the history of Waffle Fest ahead of the fourth annual bash, which hits the Empty Bottle on Saturday.
The famous folks mingling at Pitchfork last weekend included Taylor Bennett, who’s playing an antiviolence fund-raiser for Kids Off the Block.
The local rapper teams up with AraabMuzik to make a “Wu Wear” type track about local streetwear company Iridium.
Ensemble dal Niente cellist Chris Wild drops a solo record, Chuck Wren celebrates 20 years of American Ska-thic, and more
What’s on the Agenda for Friday, August 31, 2012
Tons of live music, outdoors and otherwise, plus the latest in air-guitar news