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A few years back, Charlie Coffeen put together an ensemble to pay live tribute to one of his greatest influences – the legendary producer J. Dilla.

Summer is upon us. Random fireworks, cookouts and (hopefully) sun-drenched relaxation populate the too-short days and nights. And our fresh In Rotation tracks, selected by #TeamVocalo out of hundreds of artist submissions are ready to serve your personal soundtrack. Check out some of the cuts we’ll be spinning on air all month long on our playlist below — and don’t forget to add it to your library so you can stay up to date on handpicked new music, refreshed every month.

Chicago jazz outfit New Context discusses their writing processes, inspirations and the ways in which the galaxy of jazz is expanding.

A growing chorus of artists are speaking out, claiming Rosebud cultivated a toxic environment and unfair business practices.

This weekend, Chicago hosts two of its legendary DJ teams who pioneered what Spin magazine called the “boldest dance music on the planet,” in a one-night-only house party. In the 1980s, The Original Hot Mix 5 DJs (Farley Jackmaster Funk, Mickey Mixin Oliver, Ralphi Rockin Rosario, Kenny Jammin Jason), and in the 1990s the Original B96 Mixmasters (Julian Jumpin Perez, Bad Boy Bill, Frankie Hollywood Rodriguez, Tim Spinnin Schommer, Brian Hitmix Middleton) brought house music […]

Two Chicago recording studios adapted amid pandemic, serving as midwives for births… and sometimes rebirths of recordings.

It’s been over a year since Chicago stages went silent, and venues across the city are doing what they can to hang on until the return of public performance.

The single, his first since 2020’s “The Return”, is scheduled for release Friday. This week, Chance announced the release of a new single, scheduled to drop Friday March 5. He expressed the release with his characteristic Black Boy Joy in a moment when a lot of press concerning him has revolved around his ongoing, acrimonious […]

Chicago’s Jacob on the Moon releases sophomore album “APOGEE”

“Crown” looks to cast out past demons looking to the future…