Last month, local darkwave band Kill Scenes dropped “Acid Black Window,” the first single from the upcoming full-length album Masque. The five-piece group, anchored by songwriters Meghan Lamb (vocals) and Sean Whittaker (guitar, electronics), lace their tracks with swirling six-string textures and driving synth melodies—Gossip Wolf doesn’t doubt for a second that “Acid Black Window” […]
Supa Bwe’s ear for melody and taste for sweet hooks make him one of the city’s best rappers. Since breaking out in 2014, he’s amassed a cult audience with performances that blend screamo intensity and R&B sensuality, and he was doing it years before Soundcloud rap introduced a cohort of shouty rappers who sounded like […]
Veteran rapper and activist Rhymefest remembers an all-star festival by and for the community.
Darrell “Artistic” Roberts of Chi-ROCK Nation has worked to document Chicago hip-hop culture for more than three decades—and now he’s finally publishing a book.
The DJs of Windy City Soul Club celebrate ten years of getting asses moving, Sunny Woodz throws a release party with a bonkers bill in West Chicago, and more.
His influential career took him from house and punk to gigs for the likes of Prince, Destiny’s Child, and Michael Jackson.
Twista celebrates (more than) 25 years in hip-hop, Well Yells drop a new tape of creepy, crawling postgoth, and more.
Fake Shore Drive has grown alongside Chicago rap, becoming an institution in its own right—and it celebrates its tenth anniversary by reuniting Big Tymers for a show at the Portage.
Blink-182 helped connect the mainstream pop-punk of the late 90s to the Soundcloud rap of today.
Seven Reader writers tackle a dozen records, including the long-gestating debut from footwork producer Jana Rush, lost recordings from 60s garage-rock oddballs the Monks, and a riveting solo set from unsung improvising pianist Pat Thomas.
Ty Money’s new Cinco de Money 3 features the first appearance by Bump J since his release from prison last month.
For ages, Chicago rappers tore each other down, as though the city could produce only one star at a time—but in 2016 the whole scene seemed to grasp the value of community.
Guitarists Ryley Walker and Bill MacKay whip up some sorely needed holiday cheer, Timbuck2Forever returns to Metro to honor the fallen Chicago DJ, and more.
Also, video of a racist rant at a Lakeview craft store is going viral.
On the new Bucket List Project, Saba reminds Chicago that the west side is more than just a source of crime statistics—it’s also a home.