It’s sad when a talented band’s closest brush with fame is almost finishing a soundtrack for a movie that never existed, ending up with nothing but demos where one of the guitars is out of tune. To make matters worse, they’d recorded under a new name that almost nobody knew. The history of recorded music […]
Soul Train veteran and Attack of the Boogie host Andrew Kitchen celebrates the reissue of his dance show’s 1984 theme song.
Streaming your favorite artists’ music is the least helpful way to support them. But they can’t abandon those platforms, because we won’t.
On his 1976 album Mother Earth’s Plantasia, composer Mort Garson captures some of the most inventive sounds and most radical notions of the mid-70s. Specifically, he made his goofy and endearing compositions solely on the relatively new Moog synthesizer, and he intended that they be played for plants to help them grow. Inspired by his […]
Dance-music fiend Jerome Derradji Still is restoring dozens of decaying reel-to-reel tapes featuring unissued tracks and mixes from the genre’s early giants.
Deadbeat front woman Jessica Risker releases the sweet, hazy I See You Among the Stars, her most confident and consistent album yet.
On Gel Set’s Body Copy, Laura Callier tackles loneliness and alienation with her usual wit and sophistication—and lots of goofy puns.
Peerless archival label the Numero Group opened a factory outlet in its headquarters on Friday.
The Numero Group opens a factory outlet, Bay Area artist Lucien Shapiro hosts a ritual at Silent Funny, and more.
The newest Eccentric Soul compilation focuses on the Chicago vocal music that soul historian Bob Abrahamian devoted his life to.
The surviving members of Stony Island reconvene Saturday to celebrate their Numero Group reissue at the label’s Record Store Day pop-up shop.
On the new In Plain Speech, the local singer-songwriter opens her hermetic music to the outside world—and brings on a bigger, more colorful cast of collaborators than ever before.
Bootleg rap and R&B vinyl is thriving, even though most of the music is easy to buy or free to download.
Doug Shorts has been a doorman, a karate instructor, even an extra in an Adam Sandler movie—and now he might finally make it as a soul singer.
Current musical obsessions of the Numero Group’s head researcher, Reader staff writer Peter Margasak, and the Hideout’s talent buyer