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.
With Pitchfork this weekend, a lot of the attention has been been on shock rappers Odd Future performing, but Das Racist is the fest's rap group that would be on my must-see list (they perform tonight at 6:30 p.m.) if I didn't have to spend the evening saying, "No, you can't have/do that" to my
Album sales are down, and parts of the touring industry have slumped but there’s a segment of the live music world that’s thriving. Music festival culture is growing in the states, with early sellouts at Bonnaroo and Coachella. Pitchfork Music Festival sold out of its three-day passes in a week.