| Jul 21, 2014
| 11:08 AM
The crowd at the Pitchfork Music Festival, held last weekend in Chicago's Union Park, tends to do its own thing when it comes to style — but this was the year of the dress.
Casual, summery, mostly retro styles mixed with great vintage...
| Jul 12, 2014
| 12:35 PM
The Downtown Sound music series is now a Monday night fixture during the summer at Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, but it wasn't always so.
The city of Chicago had a hands-off policy toward rock music for generations, a phobia turned into...
| Jul 10, 2014
| 2:26 PM
R&B singer SZA is keeping good company these days. Her latest EP, “Z,” features appearances from labelmate Kendrick Lamar and Chicago’s own Chance the Rapper, and recently she decamped to a studio with Coldplay singer Chris Martin,...
| Sep 14, 2014
| 8:10 PM
Hundreds of fans stood shivering in the rain for 75 minutes to listen to two Russian women speak about how they came to be imprisoned for participating in a feminist protest. The scene played out at Riot Fest, which celebrated its 10th year over the...
| Sep 5, 2014
Twin Peaks would seem to have been at a disadvantage when the band took the big stage at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Union Park over the summer with singer-guitarist Cadien Lake James in a wheelchair, his leg in a cast.
But the North Side 20-year-...
| Sep 5, 2014
| 8:49 AM
The action starts to move indoors as fall descends, and there is a legion of impressive concerts to choose from during this busy season in the touring business. Here are 10 of the most highly anticipated concerts arranged chronologically:
| Aug 22, 2014
After three and a half decades, can the tradition-bound Chicago Jazz Festival evolve into something better, newer, fresher?
Can the event break with formulas of the past and prove worthy of the great jazz city whose name it bears?
At this late date,...
| Aug 13, 2014
| 9:49 AM
Anyone who tells you beer is cheap hasn't been to a craft beer festival recently. I'm all for spending money on the good stuff—treat yo'self; quality is worth it; etc.—but if you start scooping up festival tickets left and right, $40 here...
| Aug 6, 2014
| 11:38 AM
DJ Rashad, a pioneer in the footwork genre of music who was found dead in April at a West Side apartment, died of an accidental drug overdose, according to autopsy results released today.
Rashad, whose real name was Rashad Harden, was found dead shortly...
| Jan 10, 2014
| 7:54 AM
Chris Kaskie pulled out his phone and flipped though his pictures until he stopped on an image, then turned the screen toward me and grinned: It showed the local staff of Pitchfork Media, the Chicago company behind the Pitchfork music website and...
| Apr 26, 2014
| 9:57 PM
Chicago footwork and juke pioneer, DJ Rashad Harden, 35, died Saturday afternoon, according to police.
Chicago police are conducting an investigation after a friend found Harden's body in an apartment on the 2100 block of West 21st Street, said Hector...