Dennis J. Leise’s Indiana farm doesn’t just produce food—it’s also the wellspring for his smart, witty country and rockabilly tunes.
With “The Dutchman” and other widely recorded songs, Michael Smith created emotional realities that let you feel along with his characters.
The cruelty, ignorance, and incompetence of the federal pandemic response have cost the life of beloved singer-songwriter John Prine, who stood against all those things.
Hey, Chicago, what do you say? Right, this song sucks.
Decades after Royko started writing about the “Lincoln Park Pirates,” the company still racks up complaints from consumers claiming they were illegally towed.
Dan Berg, Dan Haligas, and Joe Gloor released two songs in 1975 and split up in ’80, but now they’re back to writing, recording, and gigging.
The Chicago producer died before the music he helped define could break out, but he’s still inspiring his Teklife crew—which is releasing a compilation to benefit his young son.
Two scientists and an artist re-create what Madagascar must have looked like 2,000 years ago.
The migration of the hipster: A Chicago history, 1898-present
Our latest round of staff picks for the Reader‘s Interactive Jukebox (jukebox.chicagoreader.com)
Kyle Beachy on the life of a Cardinals fan in Chicago.
A musical tribute to Mayor Daley