Though live shows are returning, there’s no safer way to support artists and labels than buying music online.
Chicago rapper and librarian Roy Kinsey has drawn national attention for his remarkable concept albums and their sensitive, piercingly thoughtful lyrics. In 2018 he dropped Blackie: A Story by Roy Kinsey, a deeply personal and thoroughly researched record about race in America that’s informed by Kinsey’s family history and the Great Migration; last year he […]
Tonic Room transforms itself into Golden Dagger, and Eleventh Dream Day release the surprise double album Since Grazed.
Chris Crack has released five albums of no-frills trash-talking hip-hop in 2020 alone, but he’s not worried about saturating the market. When he talked to Audiomack’s Matthew Ritchie upon the release of his first album of 2021, Might Delete Later, the west-side rapper quipped, “Did Aunt Jemima make too much syrup? Can Clorox ever make […]
Even as Illinois reopens, artists and labels remain cut off from major sources of income—so Bandcamp is again waiving its cut of sales.
Reunion Chicago, Slo ’Mo, and Open Television throw a three-night virtual Pride party, Brent Gutzeit of TV Pow assembles a massive compilation to benefit the fight for racial justice, and more.
With his next album, Roy Kinsey wants to make the music he wishes he’d heard as a young queer man of color.
Bodymilk Tapes invites a crowd of queer and trans musicians to Noise Prom II, the Chicago Humanities Festival hosts a discussion of Jim DeRogatis’s new R. Kelly book, and more.
Chicago’s hip-hop scene overflows with such variety and abundance that it’s impossible to show enough love to every great release—but that’s no reason not to try.
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.
In 2011, Erik Wallace (aka rapper Mister Wallace) and Anthony Pabey (aka producer Aceb00mbap) met at the Boystown cocktail lounge Wang’s; four years later they launched Futurehood, a label that supports gay and transgender musicians of color. “My driving force was to create a space there that was what Boystown was not providing, giving, or […]
The rapper and singer-songwriter are set up to release two of the best records of the year.
Chicago rapper Roy Kinsey has long known how to make it feel like his voice is the most important in the room. When he appeared on “Loverboy,” a track on Big Dipper’s 2013 Thick Life mixtape that’s anchored by a perfect Sade sample (an idea that came straight from Kinsey), his persona radiates so strongly […]
Current musical obsessions of Sick Muse editor Sasha Tycko, Central Air Radio host Jared Brown, and Reader writer Leor Galil
The queer formerly local MC just dropped his first full-length mixtape, and it’s quite raunchy.