Benji Espinoza’s work for Quantum Distributors and the D.J. International label helped boost house into its exalted place in the global pop pantheon.
Chicagoan Frank Zango possesses something like magic: under the name Zango the Third, he’s able to create oddly soothing, stylistically scrambled outsider-soul songs fast enough to fill several full-lengths a year. In early April, he self-released his second album of 2020, Aunt Ida’s Asteroid Mixtape, where he continues to stretch to the outer edges of […]
The shrinking of music media requires a new definition of “overlooked,” but even the strictest criteria admit a vast unexplored trove of riches.
Several veterans of Chicago’s multifaceted DIY scene have leveled up to play the Pitchfork Music Festival.
As the 25th Chicago Underground Film Festival approaches, here are ten stand-out features from festivals past.
On the new Nothing Valley, Pilsen four-piece Melkbelly have found a tense balance between delicate melody and frantic noise.
This Friday, GOOD Music drops the first album the former Hollywood Holt is releasing in his postpunk incarnation Hxlt.
He traveled to China for the first episode in his international underground music series.
Local makgeolli, tamale perfume, a lawsuit for Billy Dec, and more
Dragon Ranch’s Asian-American barbecue (and assorted other stuff) exceeds low expectations
It’s a jungle down there
David Bowie sleepwalking his way through The Man Who Fell to Earth, William S. Burroughs scamming his buckshot-splattered paintings into galleries–plenty of artists skilled in one medium misguidedly think they can step right into another. But Alan Licht–whose first book, An Emotional Memoir of Martha Quinn, was published last year by Drag City–is no dilettante. […]
Before he split for New York last year, Chad Taylor, the drummer who anchors the various Chicago Underground groups, was one of the most elegant and open-minded percussionists in town. In every context, from one-off gigs with Dutch reedist Sean Bergin to playing pop behind the Sea and Cake’s Sam Prekop to his regular work […]
As a founding member of LA’s short-lived Freestyle Fellowship, one of hip-hop’s most original and intelligent groups, Aceyalone helped lay the groundwork for today’s anything-goes underground scene. His free-form rap slops over tight beat schemes like runny oatmeal, much in the style of Kool Keith; but unlike Kool Keith’s sci-fi fantasies, Aceyalone’s thoughts are rooted […]
Last year drummer Bill Stevenson clocked his 20th year with the hardcore outfit that began as the Descendents, and while his band has never really grown up, his concept has never really grown old either. SST labelmates Husker Du, the Minutemen, and Dinosaur Jr mixed hardcore with psychedelia, funk, and 70s guitar rock, respectively, but […]