Downstate frat rockers the 4 Taus split in 1964 but reunited periodically for almost 50 years.
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.
An expert negotiator, he went to bat for stars as big as James Brown and Muddy Waters, but he also clawed back royalties for countless forgotten artists who’d never gotten their due.
The best best box sets of 2017 include 11 CDs from David Bowie’s Berlin period, 529 tracks of live vintage country from Louisiana Hayride, Roland Kayn’s 14-hour electronic masterwork, and the most complete portrait yet of Hüsker Dü’s early years.
Playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins resurrects a wildly popular—and wildly racist—19th-century melodrama.
Digital downloads haven’t yet driven box sets extinct—and this year the best include Paul Bowles’s Moroccan field recordings, vintage Ray Charles in mono, a 50-year NRBQ retrospective, and ten discs of foundational 40s bebop from Savoy Records.
With an eye toward winning south-side votes, Mayor Rahm agrees to move the Kenwood Academic Center into the closed Canter school building.
The new book Hidden in the Mix details African-American contributions to country music.
On her latest album, The Blue Room, Madeleine Peyroux pays homage to the country recordings of Ray Charles—sort of.
A deluge of reissues of titles from Impulse and CTI Records celebrates the 50th and 40th anniversaries, respectively, of two iconic labels founded by jazz producer Creed Taylor.