It’s romantic to imagine a DJ dropping a track so profound it can save your life, but what about a DJ who can open up possibilities away from the dance floor? Jeremy Alvarez, founder of a dark electronic DJ night called Research & Development, is known as much for his skill at connecting disparate people […]
Van Paugam, 36, is a DJ who specializes in the 70s and 80s Japanese jazz, disco, funk, and fusion records collectively known as City Pop. In 2015, he started a YouTube channel that helped renew popular interest in the genre, which in turn allowed him to move his musical activities into the offline world when […]
“You bring people together and something will always happen. . . . The how is pretty easy, but the why is more important to me.”
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“This is gonna devastate our industry. We were the first to close; we’re gonna be the last to reopen. A lot of venues aren’t gonna make it.”
Chicago’s beat scene has to do without the attention the city’s rappers get, but it’s a vital incubator for adventurous, ambitious instrumental hip-hop.
Chicago pop insurgents White Ppl play a fund-raiser for Hoist Fest, DJ and soul historian Duane Powell shines a light on songwriter Eugene McDaniels, and more.
The Chicago Independent Venue League shouldn’t have to push back against the Live Nation handouts in the Lincoln Yards development—but City Hall doesn’t protect Chicago’s homegrown music scene.
In some ways, Dorian’s is just one more boutiquey bar and restaurant. But its record store and music bookings connect it to Wicker Park’s 1990s arts community.
Transcontinental indie rockers Man’s Body celebrate their debut album in Chicago, hardcore collective CB Radio Gorgeous throw a skateboard-centric benefit for detained immigrants, and more.
Female Chicago Comics Panel, Chiang Mai Thai New Year Celebration, and more happenings from May 1-4.
Over the past week the Reader has collected these music stories that are still worth your time today.
This weekend’s No Walls benefit helps Chicagoans help the people in Trump’s crosshairs, Bobby Conn answers the inauguration with two sets at the Hideout, and more.
Dance Theatre of Harlem, Sub Chroma, and more happenings from November 18-20.
Feminist Happy Hour, Sauced Market, and more happenings from November 14-17.