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How the class of 2020 learned to adapt for their final exhibition
Jazz Showcase founder Joe Segal was set in his ways, but his ways are worth saving.
Chicago blueswoman Mary Lane has been making music for more than 70 years. She should be a legend, but she can barely pay her bills.
Ne-Hi formed in 2013 and subsequently became one of the most revered Chicago indie-rock bands of the decade. The four-piece called it quits in May 2019, but I imagine their reputation will only keep growing—partly because all four members continue to play in remarkable groups. Jason Balla always juggled a few projects while in Ne-Hi, […]
From digital performances to blinged out face masks, these queens are making it work.
Melancholy shoots right out of the gate on Willie Nelson’s new full-length, First Rose of Spring. The album opens with its title track, a sweet but ultimately tragic love song by a trio of stalwart Nashville songwriters: Allen Shamblin (Bonnie Raitt), Marc Beeson (LeAnn Rimes, Blake Shelton), and Randy Houser (who hit number two on […]
The former Chicago Dancers United executive director raises a social media storm about the organization and its annual benefit.
PFP’s story contains lessons about board oversight and artist empowerment.
This week’s featured historical gig poster was created by former Chicago artist Rob Schwager, aka Trucker.
Loved ones reflect on the loss of partners, parents, siblings, joy givers, caretakers, and secret keepers.
In one of Chicago’s most tumultuous 24-hour periods in recent memory, the city withstood a night of momentous civil unrest followed by a day of unsettlingly violent storms. By coincidence, I spent much of the duration listening to an oddly suitable soundtrack: Immersion, the latest full-length by Denver metal trio Primitive Man. Plenty of bands […]
Cucumbers in condoms, ageless kinks, and questions of all sizes
In a recent Illanoize Radio interview, south-side rapper Lil Romo said he started to approach his music more professionally in October 2018, after he dropped “Realla (Scrilla Remix),” where he raps like he’s trying to outrun the anxious, zippy instrumental. Since then, his career has seemed to draw on the energy of that track. He’s […]