The fourth annual Afrofuturist Weekend comes to Elastic Arts from Friday, October 22, through Sunday, October 24, with evening programs on Friday and Saturday and daytime programs on Saturday and Sunday. The festival’s organizers describe it as a “celebration of Black artists making forward-looking work that envisions radically positive futures for Black people,” and in […]
Once again, it’s “Bandcamp day”—when almost all your money goes to the artists and labels you want to support.
Johari Noelle addresses 2020’s overlapping crises with a socially distanced new video, Serengeti drops a non-Kenny Dennis acoustic album, and more.
Streaming your favorite artists’ music is the least helpful way to support them. But they can’t abandon those platforms, because we won’t.
In the past few weeks, the Reader has recommended three dozen Bandcamp releases—and this Friday, the service will again pass its share of revenue along to artists.
In the mid-2000s, local rapper Serengeti imagined rapping as a character named Kenny Dennis, a 50-something with a thick mustache and an even thicker Chicago accent. Ever since Kenny made his debut on the 2006 single “Dennehy,” he’s become the protagonist of a sprawling universe spread out among a panoply of albums, some credited to […]
Here’s where to see who voted for what and how the points got divvied up.
The Reader polled dozens of critics to arrive at an absolutely indisputable ranked list of several hundred records that will definitely not start any arguments.
Gloriously idiosyncratic label Mississippi Records moves to Chicago, Smashed Plastic throws a free grand-opening party packed with local talent, and more.
SOB X RBE and Quando Rondo and other goings on 10/8-10/11
Serengeti’s “Dennehy” is a thing of wonder, not only because it’s a love letter to Chicago but also because it’s where Serengeti (born David Cohn) becomes the character Kenny Dennis, a middle-aged, mustachioed everyman who raps about playing softball with the boys, running errands on Western Avenue, and his favorite local teams—which serves as a […]
The pair further the story of Serengeti’s alter ego, Kenny Dennis, a 50-something blue collar rapper with an increasingly absurd, detailed history.
Owen Ashworth named his latest indie-pop project after an isolated Antarctic weather station, but its MO takes his whole family into account.
Music headliners at CIMMfest 2014 include Yo La Tengo and Goblin soundtracking Suspiria.
New music from White Mystery and Verbal Kent, a new menswear shop co-owned by Tony Trimm, and more