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
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 intimate but hard-hitting debut album
Izzy Olive’s Half Gringa celebrate their debut album, Metro hosts a 25th-anniversary concert for American Ska-thic, and more.
Ruido Fest announces its 2017 lineup
This year’s Ruido Fest spans genres and generations, with Intocable, Bomba Estéreo, Molotov, Julieta Venegas, Titán, El Guincho, Ruido Rosa, and many more.
Chicago’s Rude Guest bridged two-tone and third-wave ska in the 80s
Rude Guest’s tape-only output hurt their legacy, but local ska label Jump Up just reissued their entire discography—also on tape.
Jump Up Records rescues Chicago ska band Rude Guest from obscurity
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 drums around the world, but he’s not a star at home
Hamid Drake’s fluid fusion of jazz, reggae, and world-music percussion styles has made him an invaluable part of countless groups.
Charley Organaire helped introduce the harmonica to ska and reggae
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
Kate Fagan of Heavy Manners reissues her sought-after 1980 new-wave single, Swimsuit Addition drops a razor-sharp cassette EP, and more.
There’s a happy crab on the gig poster of the week
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
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.
Impala Sound Champions debut their massive sound system tonight at the MCA’s Prime Time
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.
Listen to the catchy, pioneering reggae of Clancy Eccles
An early reggae classic that went unreleased until 1990
Lost roots reggae from singer Willi Williams
“Natty Natty,” one of a dozen nuggets on a previously unissued album produced by Yabby You
Reader’s Agenda Thu 7/3: Eyes to the Skies festival, International Festival of Life, and Singleman Affair
What’s on the Reader‘s Agenda for Thursday, July 3.