Skanking Lizard’s new vinyl retrospective, Original Chicago Reggae: 1978-1996, quadruples the number of formally released tracks in their discography.
Roots-reggae five-piece Akasha address immigration and discrimination on Mother of Exiles, label and multimedia collective FeelTrip ask for help opening their record store, and more.
Izzy Olive’s Half Gringa celebrate their debut album, Metro hosts a 25th-anniversary concert for American Ska-thic, and more.
This year’s Ruido Fest spans genres and generations, with Intocable, Bomba Estéreo, Molotov, Julieta Venegas, Titán, El Guincho, Ruido Rosa, and many more.
Rude Guest’s tape-only output hurt their legacy, but local ska label Jump Up just reissued their entire discography—also on tape.
Local label Jump Up releases a Cassette Store Day special, Lost Chicago Ska 1982-1993, that collects the discography of the defunct Rude Guest.
Hamid Drake’s fluid fusion of jazz, reggae, and world-music percussion styles has made him an invaluable part of countless groups.
Charles “Organaire” Cameron had an illustrious career in Jamaica before settling in Chicago in the 70s, where he continues to record and perform.
Kate Fagan of Heavy Manners reissues her sought-after 1980 new-wave single, Swimsuit Addition drops a razor-sharp cassette EP, and more.
This week’s gig poster was created by designer Chema Skandal.
Detholz! and friends throw a Groundhog Day party in memory of bassist Ben Miranda, Caribbean dance night Feel the Rhythm makes its overdue return, and more.
The peerless local DJ crew spent two years researching and assembling a world-class sound system, and it makes its debut tonight at the MCA’s new after-hours series, Prime Time.
An early reggae classic that went unreleased until 1990
“Natty Natty,” one of a dozen nuggets on a previously unissued album produced by Yabby You
What’s on the Reader‘s Agenda for Thursday, July 3.