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Smokey Robinson Returns to Waukegan In Fine Form

The term ‘legend’ is often thrown around anytime one’s contributions or achievements are applauded. Some may even argue that it’s used a bit loosely. When your accolades include being a Kennedy Center Honoree, writing 37 top 40 hits, and co-founding one of the most prolific record labels in music history, this debate can only go […]

Mick Jenkins Links Up With Kaytranada for “Understood”

Ahead of the release of his forthcoming project, Mick Jenkins is back with a new single. The Chicago-based rapper has linked up with Kaytranada for “Understood“, the latest track from his upcoming album, Pieces Of A Man. Kaytranada, a well-regarded Montreal-based producer, has been known to team up with Jenkins on multiple occasions in the past, and […]

Riot Fest: The Musical Gathering Chicago Desperately Needs

It was 3:30 AM on Friday. For the first time in many years, I was feeling like a kid again. Following a string of failed attempts, I felt obligated to accept defeat. The eve of Riot Fest had shown no mercy, as it found a way to trigger my unbearable insomnia. Despite inducing an additional […]

Joey Purp Drops “Elastic” Ahead of New Project

Ahead of the release of his forthcoming project, Joey Purp is back with a new single. The Chicago-based rapper has blessed fans with “Elastic”, the second release from his upcoming album Quarterthing. Despite being a seasoned veteran from an early age, Purp first caught the attention of many in 2016 after the release of his […]

Real Estate Tease Brand New Album

Does Real Estate have new music on the way? Signs are pointing to yes. The indie rockers took to social media earlier this week, discreetly hinting that a new record may be in the works. Not saying that we are NOT in the process of making another record A post shared by Real Estate (@realestateband) […]