The zeitgeist’s thirst for nostalgia has driven otherwise sensible people to dig up some guys who haven’t moved the needle since the late 2000s, but meanwhile, one of the most exciting hip-hop acts of that period are making music like they never left their prime. Chicago duo the Cool Kids, aka rappers Sir Michael Rocks […]
Rappers Klevah Knox and TRUTH, known collectively as Mother Nature, have worked tirelessly to ascend through the Chicago scene over the past few years. COVID-19 threw a gigantic roadblock in their path—the same way it did for almost anyone who isn’t a billionaire using a society-shifting pandemic to get billions of dollars richer—but the duo’s […]
The Reader‘s weekly roundup of music journalism that didn’t happen here
Local rappers who deserved more attention this year include Angel Davanport, Ric Wilson, and Shorty K.
This month’s release roundup includes White Lung’s witchy two-minute mantras, Monarch’s crawling tectonic doom, and Sir Michael Rocks’s bleakly sunny party rap.
Local studio to release its third compilation
Superchunk, TV on the Radio among Pitchfork possibilities. Plus: Ruby Hornet gets into the record biz, Dawnbringer’s first show in 13 years, and more