The Dream Syndicate and Eleventh Dream Day performed in Colectivo’s Back Room and brought back alt-rock classics. Read more

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“We’re like a hip-hop Chicago,” says Lance Loiselle, sousaphone player for the Windy City’s Lowdown Brass Band. Read more

Music Feature

The crew hit the road to Chicagoland to meet up with the team at Mikerphone Brewing to discuss their hoppy, hazy IPAs, the challenges of accommodating 800+ people at a special release, and the expansion of their fledgling barrel-aging program. Read more

Tap Takeover Podcast

The award-winning indie psycho-drama Wichita, the ’70s cop movie Brannigan and the 1970 production of Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters have been released on DVD or Blu-ray. Read more

Home Movies

The Dainty Rogues are a local burlesque group that standsapart from other locals for their frontal approach to nerd culture. After showsthat have incorporated themes of steampunk, Dungeons & Dragons and crimesolving mystery, they set the.. Read more

Happening Now

WBEZ journalist Natalie Y. Moore brings an illuminating perspective to the complex issues of modern-day segregation in her debut book, The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation. Read more


Chicago’s second album, Chicago II (1970) has been reissued in a sterling new remix that puts in sharp relief their conservatory perfect, brass-woodwind arrangements. Read more

Album Reviews


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April brings with it another full week of music and comedy in Milwaukee. Read more


I love how the title sounds like an abstract performance art piece. 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche is actually a contemporary 5-woman comedy written by Evan Linder and Andre Hobgood. Set in a community center basement in 1956, the show is 75 m.. Read more


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Milwaukee's newest jazz club, Mr. J's Jazz Lounge, has been building up a solid track record for putting on great shows.This Friday may be their biggest get yet, as celebrated jazz saxophonist Steve Cole makes his first appearance at Mr. J's.Steve.. Read more

Happening Now


Chicago soul veteran Nellie “Tiger” Travis packed the dance floor at a North Side club Sunday night. Read more

Concert Reviews

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By the mid-19th century, the U.S. was quickly becoming a nation of cities. These urban centers, unlike their 21st-century counterparts, came to be seen as centers Read more


The mercurial Chicago outfit Disappears scored themselves a major publicity coup in 2011, shortly after the release of their memorable EP Guider, by enlisting Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley as their temporary drummer. That kind of star power (... Read more

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In The Third Coast: When Chicago Built the American Dream, Chicago native Thomas Dyja transports readers to a time in the Windy City’s recent past when artists and innovators flourished. Focusing on the years between Read more


Only a small number of blues musicians are still alive among those who were raised in Mississippi and moved to Chicago in the 1950s to contribute to the modern, electric blues sound and influence other forms of American... Read more

Album Reviews

Two founding members of Milwaukee’s late Theatre X, Conrad Bishop and Elizabeth Fuller, recently released Co-Creation: Fifty Years in the Making, a profound memoir based on five decades of cooperating as partners... Read more


Harlem-folkie-wonder-cum-Chicago-blues-badass Taj Mahal gets the legend treatment as Columbia honors the singer/songwriter/storyteller’s back pages with a hidden treasures/stuff-we-haven’t-made-money... Read more

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