“I love that I can share the music that I love, and that once people hear it they’re gonna love it too.”
An oral history of DJ Jesse de la Peña’s foundational Blue Groove Lounge hip-hop night, on the occasion of its belated 25th birthday parties
Even when Mavis Staples wasn’t singing gospel at Pitchfork, her powerful spiritual voice could bring together generations.
There may have been rain on Sunday, but that didn’t stop the rainbows from taking over Marz Community Brewing for our Pride Block Party! Thanks to all who came out to celebrate our city’s rich and diverse 50 years of LGBTQ+ community legacy with Drag Queen Story Hour, house and salsa dance lessons, a Janet Jackson […]
Mykele Deville, McKenzie Chinn, and Jeffrey Michael Austin—aka the Growing Concerns Poetry Collective—tell stories for black folks that aim to reach everyone.
The Green Music Fest catches Dave Mata’s Royal Hands, Bric-a-Brac Records celebrates four years, and more.
Little rappers still believe in big radio thanks to DJs like Nehpets at Power 92.
The Palace Film Festival hosts two days of experimental music and movies, Louder Than a Bomb celebrates a new mixtape at Metro, and more.
Current musical obsessions of Slo ’Mo DJ Tess Kisner, MC Rita J, and Reader digital content editor Tal Rosenberg
Two big local hip-hop shows kick off Saturday night, one featuring 90s legends Crucial Conflict and Twista, the other anchored by rising stars such as Mick Jenkins.
Current musical obsessions of Primeridian’s Simeon Viltz and Ayana Contreras of Vocalo’s Reclaimed Soul
Ensemble dal Niente cellist Chris Wild drops a solo record, Chuck Wren celebrates 20 years of American Ska-thic, and more
Employees of Chicago Public Media vote overwhelmingly to join SAG-AFTRA.
The highs and lows of longtime WBEZ visionary Torey Malatia
Malatia’s statement did not say what or where his next “innovation project” would be.