Drummer Tim Daisy hits a hot streak with his record label, indie rockers Jupiter Styles celebrate a star-studded sophomore album, and more.
Not Normal Tapes gives itself a year to live, Rabble Rabble reunite to benefit Resilience, and more.
Chicago’s beat scene has to do without the attention the city’s rappers get, but it’s a vital incubator for adventurous, ambitious instrumental hip-hop.
Over the past few years, Chicago has steadily grown its beat scene, and producers dedicated to instrumental hip-hop have a few monthly showcases to check out their peers, chief among them the Whistler’s Push Beats and Cafe Mustache’s Open Beats. And late in 2018, the Fresh Roasted series (also usually at the Whistler) held a […]
Chicago shoegaze saviors Panda Riot bring their album Infinity Maps to vinyl, Dark Matter pairs its monthly limited coffee blend with a cassette of instrumental hip-hop, and more.
Memphis hip-hop label Culture Power45 keeps up the Chicago love, Outrun the Sunlight celebrate a new album of instrumental prog metal, and more.
Matt Jencik of Implodes makes his solo debut with an album of gorgeous drone, the Love Lion label releases a cassette of vintage gospel to benefit Black Lives Matter, and more.
I Kong Kult end a three-year hiatus to release their ass-shaking debut, Mako Sica hold a benefit to push back against cycling deaths, and more.
Beat maker Fess Grandiose talks about the Logan Square scene and his new self-titled instrumental debut for Chicago’s ETC Records.
Anthony Janas makes sound art by sailing a boat, Fiesta del Sol celebrates ten years of its house-music festival, and more.
Local release roundup: cerebral grooves from beat maker Radius, enlightened bangers from BBU, and more
Unreleased post-hip-hop by local producer Radius goes online for free.
A hip-hop response to Derrion Albert’s death, a mix tape from “the future of rap,” power pop from a garage great, and more