On the violence, sadness, and hope of 2020
From voter outreach to working for their communities, undocumented immigrants across the Chicago area don’t let their immigration status get in the way of participating politically.
Back in ye olde early aughts, “freak folk” ruled the land. Championed and perhaps encouraged by photogenic weirdo Devendra Banhart, artists influenced by elegiac or subliminally psychedelic folk acts from the 60s and 70s—Tyrannosaurus Rex, the Incredible String Band, Michael Hurley—started coming out of the woodwork. For a hot strange minute, indie record bins were […]
With concerts and tours on hold for most of the year, Chicago’s music scene doubled down on mutual aid and fundraising for community groups.
We’ve all had a lot to pay attention to this year, but there’s always room for more great music.
I think we can all agree the next year has got to be better.
In a year of loss, artists found momentum and took care.
She earned the title—still he was dissing her! Would he do the same to, say, Dr. Kissinger?
Charles Dickens and Ike Holter are unlikely twin spirit guides in two online shows.
When politicians sell out to win, we all lose.
Add these stories rooted in the city to your reading list.
Chicago restaurants ate shit this year. A lot of shit was still pretty great.
Art-pop wizard Sen Morimoto takes over booking at the Hideout, and self-described “bootgaze” crew the Keener Family return with a second EP.