Chicagoland band the Jamestown Massacre provide the Secret History of Chicago Music an opportunity to discuss the “regional hit.” This phenomenon has survived the rise of streaming, which makes it seem like anyone can (at least in theory) find an audience anywhere. But the days when local radio play would drive equally local sales of […]
I sometimes wonder if Mr. Bungle have been trolling their fans since day one. Their self-titled debut full-length, released in 1991 by Warner Brothers, is a blur of funk, ska, world music, and death metal that flips from Morbid Angel-influenced riffs to zany circus music and back on a dime. Formed by high school friends […]
Since 2007, Los Angeles rapper Blu has dispensed more than a dozen albums indebted to hip-hop’s golden age, and on his releases with producer Exile, his garrulous style finds a firm footing. The duo’s third effort, the double disc Miles: From an Interlude Called Life (Dirty Science), spans the globe and the history of the […]
Prince could hardly have avoided influencing Chicago house, whose earliest, most ardent fans were queer Black and Brown kids.
James Cagney dances past his gangster persona in several of FilmStruck’s “Star of the Week” selections.
Noting the marginalization of working life in mainstream U.S. cinema
Billboard and the RIAA are ignoring mixtapes, which just happen to be outside music-industry control.
Sifting trough 15 years of trash and treasure.
A new deal, a new video, but still no Kanye remix
Too Much Joy vs. the Warner Brothers bureaucracy
The legendary postpunk concert film gets an official DVD release . . . sort of.
Frank Tashlin screens in 35-millimeter at Northbrook Public Library.