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  • Kanye West pens poem about McDonald's, has intense fry-related feelings

    Kanye West pens poem about McDonald's, has intense fry-related feelings

    Kanye West has a complicated relationship with McDonald's french fries. As part of last week's release of Frank Ocean's new album "Blonde" and visual album "Endless," West penned a poem titled "McDonald's Man" for the accompanying "Boys Don't Cry" magazine. The zines were only available at four...

  • Wilco and Twin Peaks made our summer with an amazing Millennium Park show

    Wilco and Twin Peaks made our summer with an amazing Millennium Park show

    There isn't anything like seeing Wilco play Chicago outdoors on a perfect summer night. In fact, several of the best shows I've seen have been with this winning combination of the long-running local rock band playing against the backdrop of the skyline. Their jaw-dropping performance Sunday at...

  • Kanye pop-up store in Northbrook draws plenty of fans

    Kanye pop-up store in Northbrook draws plenty of fans

    This story is part of Being There, an occasional series that focuses on place and everyday life in the Chicago area.  Summer, as Kanye would put it, was fadin’. Northbrook, on the northern edge of the Chicago suburbs, was dead and heavy, the August air wet. Chicagoland sweat. And yet inside Northbrook...

  • Frank Ocean releases new album 'Blonde' and gives away copies at pop-up shops

    Frank Ocean releases new album 'Blonde' and gives away copies at pop-up shops

    Frank Ocean has released “Blonde,” his second album in as many days, turning the enigmatic R&B crooner’s comeback into both a test of endurance and an ambitious reworking of the album release. After weeks of rumors, the singer on Saturday released “Blonde,” the official follow-up to his heralded,...

  • Singer Mike Golden finds his own lane in Chicago on ‘Just Be A Better Person’ 

    Singer Mike Golden finds his own lane in Chicago on ‘Just Be A Better Person’ 

    Had singer Mike Golden not checked his phone last year, he might have missed his biggest opportunity yet. “After SXSW, I went to California to work on my album. My buddy and I were on the way to go to the beach for a break day when I got a text from Nico [Segal, aka Donnie Trumpet] asking for my...

  • Jeremih, Sir the Baptist, Taylor Bennett to headline Aahh Fest

    Jeremih, Sir the Baptist, Taylor Bennett to headline Aahh Fest

    Chance the Rapper is scheduled to host the first Magnificent Coloring Day festival at U.S. Cellular Field on Sept. 24, the same day his younger brother is slated to headline Common's Aahh Fest in Union Park. Taylor Bennett, Tink and youth talent are scheduled to appear at a community day for Aahh...

  • Expect more music to come after Frank Ocean releases visual album 'Endless'

    Expect more music to come after Frank Ocean releases visual album 'Endless'

    After weeks of rumors, new Frank Ocean music has arrived.  Late Thursday night the enigmatic R&B crooner released “Endless,” an 18-track visual album streaming exclusively on Apple Music. “Endless” adds to the growing trend of upending the traditional album release model that has buoyed recent...

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