In a 2015 Reader story, critic Peter Margasak called scholar and radio DJ Robert Marovich “one of the foremost authorities on Chicago gospel” and wrote that his then-new book, A City Called Heaven: Chicago and the Birth of Gospel Music, “convincingly establishes the city’s crucial role in the origin of the music.” Marovich has since […]
Julia Dratel, 30, is an events producer, curator, radio DJ, activist, and visual artist. She’s taken photos for album artwork by Circuit des Yeux and Devouring the Guilt and created music videos for Health & Beauty, Mind Over Mirrors, and Spirits Having Fun. She’s also curated night two of the Elastro A/V Fall Festival at […]
New Canyons return after eight years with a third album of gloomy dream pop, hip-hop historian Darrell “Artistic” Roberts interviews 1980s MC Mello D, and more.
Darrell “Artistic” Roberts of Chi-ROCK Nation has worked to document Chicago hip-hop culture for more than three decades—and now he’s finally publishing a book.
West-side rapper Musa Reems dazzles with a weekly single series, college radio stations WHPK and WNUR fill the weekend with festivals, and more.
Tara Terra front woman Emily Blue drops a newly expanded solo synth-pop EP, singer-songwriter Marian Runk celebrates a vivid, folky debut album, and more.
Current musical obsessions of producer and DJ Ariel Zetina, photographer Julia Dratel, and Reader associate editor Jamie Ludwig
Current musical obsessions of Sick Muse editor Sasha Tycko, Central Air Radio host Jared Brown, and Reader writer Leor Galil
A nightclub party starter, WGCI radio personality, and scene linchpin, DJ Timbuck2 died Saturday at age 34.
Brooklyn-based collective Causings play a “call-in” show on WHPK on Friday and a more conventional concert at Elastic on Saturday.
Ono headlines this outdoor festival in the U of C quad.
The Chicago punk scene suffers a sudden loss of Haki, WHPK throws this year’s Summer Breeze concert, and more.
He headlines a free concert presented by WHPK.
John Wright has lost three wives and his eyesight, but he still has his deep groove, generous spirit, and countless friends, family, and fans.
Current musical obsessions of Dumpster Tapes cofounder Alex Fryer, Justin Vittori of Rainbow Gun Show, and the Reader‘s Leor Galil