Jun 11, 2014
Plus: Hoyle Brothers guitarist Brian Wilkie gets a benefit for a stolen pedal steel, garage rockers Circles drop their debut LP, and more.
By J.R. Nelson and Leor Galil
Gossip Wolf, Emperor Custom Cabinets, Studious Amplifiers, Humboldt Park, Wilco, Jeff Tweedy, Beach Fossils, Dustin Payseur, Walkmen, Hamilton Leithauser, Paul Maroon, Brian Wilkie, Hoyle Brothers, Hideout, Rick Sherry, Tin Pan Alley, Can.Ky.Ree, Bruce Lamont, Robbie Fulks, Shadowgraph, Hat Stretchers, Gin Palace Jesters, Grit & the Double Knit, Diminished Arc Records, Bare Mutant, Srini Radhakrishna, France Has the Bomb, Football, Anthony Cozzi, Radar Eyes, Melissa Elias, the Ponys, Christen Thomas, Empty Bottle, Ken Coulman, Holy Ghosts, Circles, Bob Abrahamian, WHPK, Sitting in the Park, Logan Square
Jun 9, 2014
A personal farewell to Chicago soul historian and WHPK deejay Bob Abrahamian, who died at age 35 last week
By Jake Austen
RIP, Music, News, Bob Abrahamian, WHPK, University of Chicago, Sitting in the Park, soul, doo-wop, R&B, Roctober, Dusty Groove, radio, obituary, RIP, suicide, depression, death
Jun 26, 2013
He's been a doorman, a karate instructor, even an extra in an Adam Sandler movie—and now, after decades of trying, he might finally make it in the music business.
By Leor Galil
Music Feature, Doug Shorts, Wells High School, Chatham, Chess Records, Shades of Brown, soul, vocal soul, funk, Cermakk, Cherries Records, R&B, 45s, seven-inches, Andrew Brearley, records, Herb Butler, WHPK, Master Plan Inc., Bob Abrahamian, record collectors, The Players, Meaty Ogre, doormen, Galapagos4, Brian "Robust" Kuptzin, Sheila Hernando, DJ Shred One, Jazzman, compilations, Numero Group, Frank Dukes, Dap-Kings, Homer Steinweiss, Frederick Douglass Shorts, The Mannequins, The Visitors, Joe Stevenson, Dean Knox, James Clark Revue, Eddie Manning, The Fugitives, Archie Brooks, song-writing, David Rivkin, David Z., record producers, Ed Cody, Brunswick, Gary Jackson, Raymond Haley, Mundo, vanity labels, Wabash YMCA, Motown, Roosevelt Purifoy, Buccellati, mvoies, cassettes, gospel music, CDs, albums, home studios, Funkland, Record Dugout, Steve Batinich, Joe Lopez, Numero Group, Rob Sevier, tapes, acetates, Video
Dec 23, 2010
In 1967, Larry Blasingaine played on the first studio recording by the Jackson Five. The tape was lost for 42 years. The song still hasn't been released. But now he can finally listen to it.
By Jake Austen
Music Feature, Jackson 5, Larry Blasingaine, Michael Jackson, Big Boy, Steeltown Records, Gary, Indiana, Bob Abrahamian, One-derful Records, Michael Jackson first recording
Mar 4, 2010
Music venues, festivals, series, ensembles, and more
By Peter Margasak, Miles Raymer, and John Dunlevy
Music Sidebar, Bowen Violin Shop, Checkerboard Lounge, Chicago Presents, University of Chicago Presents, Mandel Hall, Contempo, Eighth Blackbird, Pacifica Quartet, Fulton Recital Hall, Experimental Station, Experimental Station, Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company, Hyde Park Art Center, Notes to Nonself, Hyde Park Jazz Society, Hyde Park Jazz Festival, Room 43, Hyde Park Records, Hyde Park Suzuki Institute, International House, Eastern European Folk Festival of Music & Dance, Jimmy's Woodlawn Tap, Linda's Place, Little Black Pearl, Marsha's Music Together, Renaissance Society, Robie House, Emerging Jazz Series, Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, Rockefeller Chapel, University of Chicago Folk Festival, University of Chicago Department of Music, University Wind Ensemble, Middle East Music Ensemble, Issa Boulos, Newberry Consort, Oriental Institute Museum, Friends of the Gamelan, Hyde Park Union Church, WHPK, The Pride of the South Side, Pure Hype, JP Chill, Sitting in the Park, Bob Abrahamian
Sep 10, 2009
This was supposed to be the story of the Jackson Five’s first single, cut in Chicago in 1967. But while writing it, Jake Austen picked up the trail of a tape nobody knew existed: the earliest known studio recording of Michael Jackson and his brothers.
By Jake Austen
Music Feature, Michael Jackson, Jackson Five, Moonwalk, One-derful Records, George Leaner, Ernie Leaner, Eric Leaner, Tony Leaner, Billy Leaner, Phyllis Newkirk, Larry Blasingaine, Hakeem, Four Dukes, Joseph Jackson, Katherine Jackson, Joe Jackson, Marlon Jackson, Jermaine Jackson, Tito Jackson, Jackie Jackson, Johnny Jackson, Jake Austen, Bob Abrahamian, WHPK, Sitting in the Park, Rob Sevier, Numero Group, Ken Shipley, Larry Nestor, Wilton Crump, Delroy Bridgeman, Senators, Vee-Jay, Abner, James Porter, Robert Pruter, Chicago, soul, R & B, Big Boy, Eddie Silvers, Soul Merchants, Sharpees, I'm a Big Boy Now, You've Changed, We Dont Have to Be Over 21, Some Girls Want Me for Their Lover, first recording, earliest recording, Gary, Indiana, Steeltown Records, Steeltown, Gordon Keith, Motown, Berry Gordy, Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers, Ben Brown, Jerry Reese, Sherman Nesbary, Ludie Washington, Lou D. Washington, Maurice Rogers, Willie Spencer, Shirley Cartman, Pervis Spann, WVON, E. Rodney Jones, Bud Pressner, Sunny Sawyer, Apex, Vaughn Morrison, Morrison Sound Studio, Atlantic Records, Atco, Luther Terry, Richard Arons, Dynamo Records, Magical Connection, Next Movement, Ripples & Waves, Phillip Mack, Troy Shondell, Ed Cody, Jerry Mundo, Richard Brown, Freddie Young, Ray Grimes, Lamont King, Solomon Ard, George Rias, Swamp Dogg, Jerry Williams, The Jackson Five & Johnny: Beginning Years, Brunswick Records, Pre-History, J. Randy Taraborrelli, Elvy Woodard, Otis Hayes, Teens With Talent, Alvin Cash, Twine Time, Five Du-Tones, Tone Recordings, United Distribution, Billy McGregor, Louis Jefferson, J.J. the DJ, WMPP, Jimmy Jones, Amos Cobb, Rod Shard, Young Folk