“Common and Crucial Conflict, and Common and Twista, had completely different sounds, because they were from different sides of the city. I think the Internet has killed that.”
by Meaghan Murphy •
Everything about the Washington Park Arts Incubator is new.
by Osita Nwanevu •
Bridgeport’s 312 Vintage Guitars offers the South Side a new musical outpost.
by Katryce Lassle •
Four men, one woman; she’s blonde, while the guys sport variations of an unkempt jet-black mop. She, Lariyah Daniels, traverses the stage in a leather corset, while her band- mates assume their positions: guitarists riffing with their legs wide apart, drummer headbang- ing, everyone wearing an evil grin.
by Sasha Tycko •
Ken Shipley is a hard man to shake. “I’ll call somebody a hundred times in a week if I think it’s the right person, if they don’t pick up,” he says matter-of-factly. “I’ll call some- body on an alternate cell phone number so they don’t see the same number over and over.” Shipley, along with Tom Lunt and Rob Sevier, runs Numero Group, a decade-long pro- ject to track down and reissue rare soul, funk, and blues from the 60s and 70s.
by Nathan Worcester •
As I crossed the tire-shaped craters of fallen leaves along 31st Street, I thought I knew what to expect from Chicago DIY venue The Orphanage.
by Zachary Goldhammer •
Gathered last Saturday at a quarterly “Soul Reunion” hosted by P.J. Willis, a WHPK DJ and member of the “Thursday Night Dusty Steppers Crew,” one thing was clear: a party was brewing.
by Ellen Kladky •
“Buzzing! This place was buzzing!” Mr. Young, the tour guide, shouted as our bus plowed north on Cottage Grove from 43rd Street. “And I mean buzzing, like people everywhere, twenty-four-seven.” Within the first few minutes of this tour sponsored by…