With his next album, Roy Kinsey wants to make the music he wishes he’d heard as a young queer man of color.
Not Normal Tapes gives itself a year to live, Rabble Rabble reunite to benefit Resilience, and more.
The fledgling Why? Records crew—Davis, Malci, Joshua Virtue, and Ruby Watson—are already making some of the city’s most compelling and idiosyncratic hip-hop.
Chicago four-piece C.H.E.W. twist and tear at their favorite genre to give it a strange new shape.
Chicago’s DIY punk scene packs a ton of its greatness into one show, Reader writer Erin Osmon reads from her new book on Jason Molina, and more.
These modest Chicago imprints have gotten so good at what they do that they’re shaping music scenes far and wide.
Not Normal Tapes demonstrates its range and ambition with a three-day hardcore festival featuring Uranium Club, American Hate, Negative Scanner, the Bug, Tigress, and dozens more.
BBU’s MC Epic wins the Matthew Freeman Social Justice Award, and new music arrives from punk four-piece the Bug and techno duo Juzer.
Today’s 12 O’Clock Track is “Clairvoyant” from Olympia punk band Vexx.
Current musical obsessions of Not Normal Tapes’ Ralph Rivera and Hip Kid Records’ Jim Gies
A tale of four record labels: Not Normal Tapes documents the midwest hardcore scene