Nas’s new track, “Hip Hop Is Dead,” makes kick-ass use of “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida.”
Downstate prisons + Chicago inmates = a perpetual prisoner machine.
A conservative curmudgeon gets conned.
Ron Artest releases rap album; thankfully, he still has a job in the NBA
The wisdom of Kevin Federline.
Looking for a few simple answers about war, the environment, landmarks, and Daley II.
Pagan festivities that last.
A newly issued live recording made by Junior Wells in 1975 at Theresa’s delivers what’s missing from the blues today.
Salon’s battle of the mediocre indie bands
The Society of Environmental Journalists is a nonpartisan organization. Why aren’t some of its members behaving that way at its conference?
A Northwestern scholar looks into the decline in crime since 1991.
Some farms produce corn and soybeans. Others produce organic vegetables and books and movies.
Rogerio Duprat, the composer who helped the define the sound of Tropicalia, dies at 74
Architect Doug Farr believes a green building is just one part of making a green city.
Ume makes bad puns, good rock. (Playing the Beat Kitchen on Sunday.)