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Manifest Better Community

When I say house music, you say ____________? I’m willing to bet that “civic consciousness” wasn’t even top three on your list. Three young Chicagoans founded Manifest, an art collective and community org...

Roy French goes VROOM

The contents of a Roy French starter pack: A backwood blunt A cranberry Canada Dry Some dope kicks A gold grill A big bottle of E&J A laptop, A microphone Some psychedelics ...

Silk & Sauce: Angel Davanport

It was an early spring afternoon when I met up with Angel Davanport. The nomadic but often-sighted-in-Chicago rapper is perhaps most known for her role as one third of the Rapper Chicks. Accompanied by fellow m...

Welcome to Warik

I walk into Café Marie-Jeanne on a rainy day and situate myself at a table. While Billie Holiday croons over the speakers, I await the arrival of Chicago’s own experimental crooner Malik Lemon, who performs und...

DIY Anatomy: Medicine Woman Collective

There’s something in the air in Chicago. Pumping out distinguished artists isn’t uncommon for the third most populous city in the United States — but now, it seems like the world’s stage is shining its spotl...