Baseball fans are accustomed to the walk-up music chosen by each ballplayer as they stroll confidently up to the plate. But at last night's NFL Draft, each prospect got to select the music echoing through Radio City Music Hall as they proudly took the stage. It's an opportunity to see what type of ... More >>
Vampire WeekendOrpheum Theatre, MinneapolisMonday, August 5, 2013Vampire Weekend are not a sentimental band. We should know this already, of course. It's plain to see in their music, and frankly, they're too successful to waste their time with such middling emotions. But, as the New Yorkers returned ... More >>
This past weekend's Pitchfork Music Festival was tremendous. From R. Kelly's cavalcade of hits to the muscular fury of Savages in the hot sun to Lil B's doting fans, there were thousands of indelible moments on display in Union Park over the three-day fest. With help from photographer Erik Hes ... More >>
R. KellyPitchfork Music FestivalUnion Park, Chicago, IllinoisSunday, July 21, 2013For the many Twin Cities music fans who made the trek down to Chicago for this weekend's Pitchfork Music Festival in Union Park, there wasn't much consensus over what to do about Sunday night. On the one hand, people w ... More >>
It's almost the Freakin' Weekend, and Burlesque of North America has us covered. Just in time for the Pitchfork Festival in Chicago, the local design firm that created some bodacious visuals for our 10 Thousand Sounds Festival are back with a keepsake for those planning to get trapped in the closet ... More >>
The Pitchfork Music Festival lands at Chicago's Union Park July 19-21, and after the initial tease of R. Kelly, Björk, and Belle & Sebastian, the full lineup is now here!One of the main curiosities for Twin Cities music fans is how the acts announced might filter into First Avenue's music festi ... More >>
Chicago's the Hood Internet is coasting into the Memory Lanes Block Party on a wave of momentum. Having just issued Mixtape Volume 6 on their website (for free) and taking part in a national tour with Star Slinger and Chrissy Murderbot, they will interrupt their trip home with a stop in Minneapolis ... More >>
VH1's endless barrage of reality programming continues to feed a hungry public with a new series that you might swear already existed, Hollywood Exes. And for those starving for tidbits from Prince's era of public and label alienation in the '90s, they may come mainlined from his ex-wife Mayte Ga ... More >>
Who will heal The-Dream's funny-bone? Who will tickle his love handles and send him into fits of uncontrollable laughter?
The jokes write virtually themselves: "Trapped In The Foreclosure (Chapter 11)," "I Believe I Can't Pay," "Step In The Name Of Debt Relief." But when the laughing's done and the tears have been wiped away, R. Kelly still stands to lose his multi-million dollar Chicagoland mansion to J.P. Morgan C ... More >>
"I once told this writer a story about how I met the guys in an elevator and found out we all had the same last name, so we decided to form a band."- Joey Ramone
If somehow you're not familiar with R&B superstar R. Kelly, here's the basic rundown: 1) He has one of the most beautiful tenors in all of pop music, and 2) He's a sex addict. Probably. At the very least, Kelly has an unabashed fascination with erotic encounters of the freakiest variety, and ... More >>
So it wasn't a rumor or a delusion, after all: Mariah Carey was really pregnant with real fetuses, experiencing the real ups, downs, and all-around of being with child. And Saturday, she really did become a mom for the first time, which means Nick Cannon is a dad, and maybe The-Dream is like a cr ... More >>
R. Kelly's Love Letter currently sits atop the iTunes Album Chart, and we ask: What?Kanye's dick pics did little to harm his reputation, and Miley Cyrus's salvia bongabout will likely result in little professional fallout -- but R. Kelly's paper trail is peppered with less cheeky gaffes, namely t ... More >>
Last week, you hurried to begin Christmas shopping, finish buying Thanksgiving trimmings, and scrounge enough spare change to buy yourself a copy of Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday. And while you weren't paying much or any attention - and who could blame you? - all of this stuff happened.
It would take a telenovela at least two weeks to tell a story as epic as R. Kelly's "Trapped in the Closet," a 22-chapter song that weaves through lives filled with sordid affairs, bisexual husbands, and midgets hiding in cabinetry. Tonight at the Turf Club they will be screening Chapters 1-12 ... More >>
Music articles from this week's print edition.
Propagating crap attempts at pop, rap, rock, or any other genre or sub-genre you care to name had become easier than ever.
Probably should get in line at your lunch break for this one.
Thanks for all the stuff, Earth! Here's a mix tape!
The Chicago music critics opine on writing, journalism, iPods, and the future of the industry.
The songs we can't escape
The songs we can't escape
1. Sufjan Stevens, Illinois 2. R. Kelly, TP.3 Reloaded 3. Son Volt, Okemah and the Melody of Riot 4. The White Stripes, Get Behind Me Satan 5. Webbie, Savage Life 6. Gorillaz, Demon Days 7. Gear Daddies, Billy's Live Bait (reissue) 8. Ry Cooder, Chavez Ravine 9. Spoon, Gimme Fiction 10. The Ja ... More >>
Steppin' in the name of love at the Zuhrah Shrine ballroom
"Steppin' is not just a dance...it's what we eat, think, and breathe," preached R. Kelly on "Step in the Name of Love." Kelly's claim is truer in Chicago, where aficionados can find a place to step just about every night. But the dance/lifestyle is growing in Minneapolis, abetted by ambassadors such ... More >>
R. Kelly TP.3 Reloaded Jive/Zomba I was more than a little conflicted about hard I fell for 2003's Chocolate Factory and 2004's Happy People/U Saved Me, R. Kelly's one-two punch of flawed masterpieces. So in a way I'm relieved to report that his new one, TP.3, mostly ranges from dull to dire. "TP" ... More >>
Side One (Manic Side): Skip James, "I?m So Glad" Sly and the Family Stone, "Fun" R. Kelly, "Happy People" The Young Rascals, "Groovin'" Sam Cooke, "Good Times?" The Beach Boys, "Good Timin'" Al Green, "I Want to Hold Your Hand" Sun Ra Arkestra, "Nothin? from Nothin'" Blur, "Song 2" Big Jay McN ... More >>
Radio Gaga's 10 best pop singles of 2004
Pleading for redemption, R. Kelly steps back into the light
City Pages scribes chime in with their top tens
The naked truth about this summer's radio singles
The world is hell, but relax, baby: The Isley Brothers are still here
Sean Na Na blows his own horn with dark, potent pop and not-so-ridiculous R&B