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'That was subversive for 2012'

Don't pigeonhole Mykki Blanco as 'a rapping drag queen'

A combination of gruff rap and beats that sound like "Tetris" on crystal meth, Mykki Blanco is equal parts Marilyn Manson and DMX. She is also the female alter ego of 28-year-old California native and former Chicagoan Michael Quattlebaum Jr., and you likely aren’t familiar with his music.

Kacey Musgraves is single-handedly turning people into country fans

Kacey Musgraves turns people into country fans

Matt Pais talks to the breakout country star about her live show, songs about trailers and sass.

Kanye West steals the stage at AAHH! Fest

Kanye West steals the stage at AAHH! Fest

The first annual AAHH! Fest, a community-focused concert effort between Common and his Common Ground Foundation and Donda's House Inc. (a creative arts foundation co-founded by Kanye West and Che "Rhymefest" Smith"), took place Sunday in Union Park. With an already announced lineup of emcee Dave Chappelle, DJs like Timbuck2, Wayne Williams, Vince Adams and performers like Lil Herb, Diggy Simmons, MC Lyte, Twista, De La Soul, Jay Electronica, Lupe Fiasco and Common himself, there was more than enough to call the event the most stacked of any of the festivals that took place in Chicago this year.

Empires' major label debut 'Orphan' grows on you

Empires' major label debut 'Orphan' grows on you

Matt Pais says the Chicago band's latest shows increased focus while delivering songs that stick with you.

'Booty' royalty Jennifer Lopez, Iggy Azalea release music video

'Booty' royalty Jennifer Lopez, Iggy Azalea release music video

Look. We all know it. Butts are winning these days. 

Culture clash: Genre-mixing quartet Clean Bandit is reveling in foreign fans

Genre-mixing quartet Clean Bandit revels in foreign fans

Clean Bandit straddles the line between the concert hall and the club, combining live, classically derived string arrangements with gurgling electronic beats.

New Chicago concerts on sale: Ariana Grande, Stevie Wonder

New Chicago concerts on sale: Ariana Grande, Stevie Wonder

The rising pop star leads the roster of this week's shows.

Fall album preview: Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift, more make it a woman's world

Fall album preview: Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift, more make it a woman's world

Female stars are dropping some of the most anticipated albums this fall.

Fall concert preview: Female (and male) artists take Chicago stages

Fall concert preview: Female (and male) artists take Chicago stages

The ladies are stealing the night in Chicago's fall concert scene.

No one can 'Let It Go,' not even Ellen DeGeneres, Kristen Wiig

No one can 'Let It Go,' not even Ellen DeGeneres, Kristen Wiig

The comedic duo karaoke the all-too famous tune.

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