Arthur Alexander’s single “Mr. John” didn’t go anywhere in 1972, but it still sounds great on a recent reissue.
Secret History pays tribute to its first subject, the late Phil Cohran, who cofounded the AACM, formed the Artistic Heritage Ensemble, and launched the Affro-Arts Theater.
In a career spanning 50 years, Denise LaSalle has proved herself a riveting performer and chart-topping songwriter.
Willam Bell’s 2016 album This Is Where I Live has attracted new generations of fans to his classic southern soul.
Record Store Day is a great time to get acquainted with the neighborhood shops that don’t partake in the annual retail circus.
Louder Than a Bomb cofounder Kevin Coval in the words of people in Chicago’s poetry, spoken-word, and hip-hop scenes whose lives he’s touched
This week Zeshan B celebrates his debut solo album, Vetted, which blends Indo-Pakistani music and American soul.
These modest Chicago imprints have gotten so good at what they do that they’re shaping music scenes far and wide.
Jamila Woods’s stunning solo debut, Heavn, offers a healing elixir of “black girl magic” to help us imagine a path through troubled times.
Brian Wilson owes his pop preeminence in part to racial coding that says a sensitive genius can’t be black.
Who else should fans of hip-hop, R&B, and soul see at Pitchfork?
If it didn’t have commercials it would also be better than most satellite stations.
New Orleans soul queen Irma Thomas has been recording for almost six decades—and singing at the Blues Festival since 1989.
Twin Cities soul veteran Wee Willie Walker finally plays Chicago on the strength of last year’s If Nothing Ever Changes.
Maurice White carried the influence of Chicago avant-garde elder Phil Cohran into the mainstream with Earth, Wind & Fire.