Ahead of R. Kelly headlining Pitchfork Music Festival, WBEZ’s Jim DeRogatis talks to a professor of black popular culture about how different audiences view Kelly's music, from the South Side where the star grew up to the concert lawn.
Ahead of R. Kelly headlining Pitchfork Music Festival, WBEZ’s Jim DeRogatis conducts a series of conversations with smart, passionate cultural critics and asks big questions: Can we separate the art from the artist? Should we?
Ahead of R. Kelly headlining Pitchfork Music Festival, WBEZ’s Jim DeRogatis conducts a series of conversations with smart, passionate cultural critics. This timeline chronicles important events in Chicago native R. Kelly’s life, including a musical career that has sold 54 million albums worldwide and a pattern of behavior that led to his trial in May 2008 on charges of making child pornography.
A little more than three weeks after pulling the plug on movies at the historic Portage Theater on the Northwest Side, controversial venue owner Erineo “Eddie” Carranza is putting tickets on sale tomorrow for his first musical offering at that venue: a show by Los Angeles rapper Kid Ink.
Time for round two of recent rock-reads to pile into the beach bag, starting with the definitive biography of one of the most important bands of the last century, without whom much modern music is unimaginable.Kraftwerk Publikation: A Biography (Omnibus Press) is not the fi
Asked to assess the most important part of the legacy of long-running English art-punks Wire, most fans will cite the quartet’s first three albums. But a new album and book are strong summations of the legendary art-punks’ legacy.
On Tuesday's Morning Shift, we talk to Representative Nekritz on gun hearings, get to know some goose hunters, WBEZ's business reporter Niala Boodhoo on all things in the sky, WBEZ blogger Nico Lang on fat shaming in movies and the melodic sound of Quartet Parapluie.