🎶 2022 in Review: Music

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The best overlooked Chicago records of 2022

Word of mouth has to start somewhere—and where better than with somebody who’s listened to hundreds of local releases this year.
by Leor Galil

Rewind it back: 2022 Music stories

Before Detroit had Motown, Chicago had Vee-Jay
Vee-Jay Records was one of the country’s most successful Black-owned labels, helping launch the careers of artists as diverse as Curtis Mayfield, the Four Seasons, and the Staple Singers.
by Robert Marovich

Hemlock wants us to stay in touch
On her intimate debut album, Talk Soon, the singer-songwriter also known as Carolina Chauffe weaves her relatives’ voices into cross-country folk songs to tell a story of love, family, and connection.
by Tasha Viets-VanLear

It’s quiet around here until it’s not
What does a neighborhood sound like? And what does that mean?

by Salem Collo-Julin

Rethinking concert safety
Do police and hired security have a place in live music? Or is the community of fans, artists, venues, and presenters better able to keep itself safe?

by Kira Leadholm

What I learned handing out bingo cards at the Pitchfork Music Festival
“Festival bingo” isn’t just about snark and sarcasm—it can also teach us how and why we need to pay attention to our surroundings.

by Annie Howard

Shifting priorities
How parenthood and the 2020 uprisings impacted Tiara Déshané’s approach to music

by Alejandro Hernandez

Blue water road to Chicago
by Debbie-Marie Brown

When Orville Peck’s mask came off, his walls went up
by Micco Caporale

Rescuing the legacy of Dancin’ Man
It can feel quixotic to write about the unjustly obscure. When they pass away, saving them from oblivion becomes even more difficult—and even more urgent.

by Jake Austen

NaomiG steps into a new world for women in hip-hop
Her fun, poppy combination of rapping and singing owes a debt to generations of stars—from Lauryn Hill to Doja Cat.
by Kenyatta Victoria

Issue of
Dec. 22. 2022 –
Jan. 11, 2023
Vol. 52, No. 6

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