Alejandro Morales’s death doesn’t just leave a hole in Chicago’s DIY music scene—it’s a loss to community activists, to affordable housing advocates, and to countless friendships.
With his generous spirit and boundless enthusiasm, Running drummer Alejandro Morales was the beating heart of a vibrant community.
Jazz Showcase founder Joe Segal was set in his ways, but his ways are worth saving.
Dave Shelton didn’t just found the legendary Medusa’s—he also helped everyone in his orbit shine like a star.
The cruelty, ignorance, and incompetence of the federal pandemic response have cost the life of beloved singer-songwriter John Prine, who stood against all those things.
Chloe the punk-scene pug crosses the rainbow bridge, online ecology publication Mid Magazine launches with an Ariel Zetina mix, and more.
The MC born Jarad Higgins became a commercial juggernaut in less than two years, and passed away just days after turning 21.
The underappreciated genius behind many of Funkadelic’s most famous album covers died last month after nine years in a nursing and rehab center.
He most perfectly captured this dichotomy between the carnal and the philosophical on the 1979 B side “Why Can’t I Touch It?”
Rush is hardly obscure, but the Secret History of Chicago Music couldn’t let the death of such a powerful and influential artist pass in silence.
First-wave drill producer LeekeLeek dies at 27, veteran Chicago rapper Longshot celebrates his collaboration with Lazerbeak, and more.
Beloved Chicago house DJ and producer Sean Haley passes away at age 49, Punk Rock and Donuts throws a Pilsen Reads! benefit, and more.
Mark E. Smith’s inimitable sneer was a lacerating antidote to mediocrity for more than four decades.
Trey Gruber of up-and-coming Laurel Canyon-style rockers Parent has died at age 26.
Beloved underground rapper Mic One passes on too soon, Donnie Biggins of Harmonica Dunn takes over as booker at FitzGerald’s, and more.