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Chicago Music Playlist: December 2017 with cuts from Soulection, Domo Arigato, Don Mayor +...

From hip hop to R&B to jazz and everything in between, we want to spotlight our favorite songs featuring both Chicago artists and artists playing in the city in our weekly Chicago Music Mix. If you have any suggestions or recommendations for us to consider, tweet us, post on our Facebook, or leave a message in the comments below! Chicago Music Playlist December 2017 The post Chicago Music Playlist: December 2017 with cuts from Soulection, Domo Arigato, Don Mayor + More appeared first on Chicago Music.

On the Radar: Kendrick Lamar Re-releases ‘DAMN,’ Artist Spotlight Austin Poe and Concerts

Were you too busy Christmas shopping to keep up with music news? Don’t worry because On the Radar has you covered! Check out the latest below. Kendrick Lamar releases collector’s edition of DAMN. with reversed tracklist https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLZRYQMLDW4 If you can’t get enough of one of this year’s hottest albums then you’re in luck. Kendrick Lamar released a collector’s edition of DAMN. Along with some new artwork, the record presents its songs in reverse order meaning “DUCKWORTH” now opens the album and “BLOOD” closes it. The album is also four minutes longer than the original release. Perhaps this is due to an unannounced guest verse? We’ll have to wait and see. The collector’s edition of DAMN. is available digitally, but hopefully, details of a proper release will drop soon. Eminem reveals tracklist and guests for upcoming album https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1WpP7iowLc We are only a few days away from Eminem’s new album. To get pumped up for its release, last we..

Erin Diamond spreads holiday jeer about our first lady in the sketch show Christmas:...

When writer and actor Erin Diamond steps onstage at Uptown Underground, she’s spray-tanned, her eyes piled with mascara, squinting as if she’s in desperate need of prescription lenses. She wears a gold-sequined gown that blends in with the gold-leaf design on the maroon pillows and cushions on the thronelike seats onstage.…

Chicago rapper-singer L.A. VanGogh dreams of helping those in need on ‘When I Get...

On his 2016 EP Friends First, Chicago rapper-singer L.A. VanGogh drapes his silky voice over even his hardest bars, so that his rapping feels almost like sultry R&B. As part of the Private Stock collective, VanGogh benefits not just from its ace studios but also from its management team—when he dropped the Everything Is Subjective: Episode 1 EP in October, one of its singles topped Spotify's "Fresh Finds" playlist. Playlists created by major streaming services have exploded in importance this year, sometimes rivaling Top 40 radio in influence: Spotify playlist Rap Caviar, for instance, has more than 7 million followers and a reputation for keeping up with what's viral or about to blow up nationally.…

Joe Biden’s American Promise Tour, and more of the best things to do in...

Baby, it's cold outside—but there's plenty to get out and do in Chicago this week. Here's some of what we recommend: …

The Jesus Lizard live and in color

If you have Jesus Lizard fans in your social-media feeds, you've probably seen lots of cell-phone photos and videos from Saturday's concert at Metro. I even posted a couple myself.…

Forrest Claypool abruptly resigns as Chicago Public Schools CEO, and other news

Welcome to the Reader's weekday news briefing for Monday, December 11, 2017. …

Print Issue of December 7, 2017

Volume 47, Number 10

Chicago Musicians Send Love to the World with New Song “Empower”

Empower is written by Emily Blue with features verses from Gem Tree and Ric Wilson, as well as the accompaniment of 15 artists within the city. All proceeds from the song will be going to Cure Violence, a charity dedicated to violence prevention. An absolutely beautiful release, the song is a mesmerizing lull of harmony and heartache. Speaking on the cruelties we experience day-to-day and how to band together in this troubling time. These artists urge everyone to spread love and ’empower’, growing as a community. Gem Tree & Ric Wilson deliver poetic verses speaking on the ills of a culture built around blame instead of familiarity – “pointing fingers instead of holding hands.” Impactful and timely, Empower left us speechless. A powerful release backed by incredible musicians. We can only hope that this impacts others as much as it has us. “In response to the tragedy in Las Vegas (among other countless acts of domestic terror and violence in our country), Chicago is sending our love ..

The League’s Steve Rannazzisi and more of the best things to do in Chicago...

Escape the cold at one of the plentiful events happening (indoors!) in Chicago this weekend.…

Daymaker makes sloppy punk For Chicago

“Condos are killing my country / my city gets nothing / burning like a rash from my undies / my city gets nothing,” Erin Delaney warbles before unleashing her full-throttle yowl on “Condos,” the anti-gentrification single Chicago’s Daymaker’s released in June. The band comes staggering in, sloshing loose feedback wails around the song’s can’t-get-it-out-of-your-head indie-pop hook.…

Chicago electronic duo Belmont & Clark builds TMB Limited’s eclectic catalog with a Krautrock-influenced...

The Minimal Beat began life as a music blog in 2011, and like many music blogs that came before it, it has branched out into other ventures, including a weekly radio show on Loyola’s WLUW. In 2014 it launched a label, TMB Limited, which boasts a small but varied catalog of releases, including slick contemporary yacht rock (Adam Ashbach’s “Street Lights” single), jangly garage-pop (Lucille Furs, who previously released a TMB Limited single as Shah Jahan), juiced-up electro-pop (Kaneholler), and far-out experimental recordings (Willis Earl Beal’s recent work under his own name and the pseudonym Nobody).…

Chicago hip-hop honors linchpin DJ Timbuck2 with the third-annual Timbuck2 Forever fundraiser

In December 2015 world-class DJ and WGCI on-air personality Timothy Jones, better known as DJ Timbuck2, died from stage-four renal cancer at the age of 34, leaving the Chicago hip-hop community bereft. Jones had been involved in the scene since before he could legally enter most clubs; in the early 90s, he apprenticed with Common’s right-hand DJ, Twilite Tone, who was friends with his older sister.…

Brazilian singer Bebel Gilberto tries the unplugged approach in her search for new formulas

In 2000 the Brazilian pop singer Bebel Gilberto—daughter of the brilliant bossa nova pioneer João Gilberto—achieved a breakthrough with her album Tanta Tempo (Six Degrees), a masterful blend of sensual bossa nova grooves with gentle club flourishes that, like Starbucks, quickly became a model of middle-class sophistication. Though the music remains lovely if a bit toothless, in the years since its release she has struggled to parlay this approach into something fresh.…

Baltimore band Us & Us Only find harmony in the brackish waters of indie...

On July’s Full Flower (Topshelf), Baltimore’s Us & Us Only play indie rock reminiscent of the brackish waters that split the eastern part of the state of Maryland, the Chesapeake Bay. The genre is open to mixing many different things; Us & Us Only’s version is multilayered, charmingly timid and tender to the touch.…