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.
Chicago rapper and cult legend Sharkula focuses his flow on BBQ Fingaprints
If you’ve spent much time in Chicago’s artsier north-side enclaves, you’ve likely crossed paths with Chicago rapper Brian Wharton—he goes by Sharkula, but he’s also sometimes known as Thigahmahjiggee. And if you’ve ever talked to him, he’s inevitably tried to sell you something: a homemade CD-R, a T-shirt he’s drawn on with Sharpie markers, or […]
Everything Must Go pays tribute to the displaced working-class of Wicker Park.
West-side rapper Musa Reems dazzles with a weekly single series
West-side rapper Musa Reems dazzles with a weekly single series, college radio stations WHPK and WNUR fill the weekend with festivals, and more.
Sharkula and Mukqs: two weird sounds that go down easy together
Outsider rapper Sharkula and oddball electronic artist Mukqs make a surprisingly approachable collaborative EP.
RIP to beloved Chicago house DJ and producer Sean Haley
Beloved Chicago house DJ and producer Sean Haley passes away at age 49, Punk Rock and Donuts throws a Pilsen Reads! benefit, and more.
Mick Jenkins’s DJ, Green Sllime, takes a break from the turntables to host a talk show
The newish YouTube series Sllime’s Broke Ass Low Budget Show caters to Chicago hip-hop fanatics.
High Spirits achieve liftoff with a new album of exuberant trad metal
High Spirits achieve liftoff with a new album of exuberant trad metal, experimental trio TV Pow put some funk in their gestural minimalism, and more.
Dreezy could take tips from Sharkula on dealing with tracks that feel their length
Dreezy doesn’t always win her fight with the major-label bloat of her debut studio album, but Sharkula knows how to rock a too-long song.
Catch up on Sharkula’s latest smattering of eccentric tracks tomorrow night
The longtime local cult phenom headlines a hip-hop show tomorrow night at Elastic Arts Foundation.
Willis Earl Beal makes a return visit with a new album
New music and a film screening from Willis Earl Beal, swords-and-scorcery stories by heavy-metal heroes, and more
Gossip Wolf: Fame spotting at the Pitchfork Music Festival
The famous folks mingling at Pitchfork last weekend included Taylor Bennett, who’s playing an antiviolence fund-raiser for Kids Off the Block.
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North Coast 2013: Partying like summer will never come again
The North Coast Music Festival may look like it’s basically about drugs, but it’s really about enthusiasm.
Gossip Wolf: Names Divine take a left turn into desert rock
Names Divine take a left turn into desert rock; Keith Herzik weirds up the walls at Saki.