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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Folk genius Dwain Story died a legend to the few who still knew his music

Posted By on 12.04.18 at 06:00 AM


Since 2004 Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) has used the Secret History of Chicago Music to shine a light on worthy artists with Chicago ties who've been forgotten, underrated, or never noticed in the first place. Older strips are archived here.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

A linchpin of Chicago’s 1980s avant-garde has died in Florida

Posted By on 11.20.18 at 06:00 AM


Since 2004 Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) has used the Secret History of Chicago Music to shine a light on worthy artists with Chicago ties who've been forgotten, underrated, or never noticed in the first place. Older strips are archived here.

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Monday, November 5, 2018

Eighties rockers the Service birthed venerable Chicago indie label Pravda Records

Posted By on 11.05.18 at 04:56 PM


Since 2004 Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) has used the Secret History of Chicago Music to shine a light on worthy artists with Chicago ties who've been forgotten, underrated, or never noticed in the first place. Older strips are archived here.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

The Wildwood Pickers took their bluegrass around the world—and worked as a house band at Dollywood

Posted By on 10.23.18 at 04:02 PM


Since 2004 Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) has used the Secret History of Chicago Music to shine a light on worthy artists with Chicago ties who've been forgotten, underrated, or never noticed in the first place. Older strips are archived here.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Otis Rush and his searing guitar immortalized the west-side Chicago blues sound

Posted By on 10.09.18 at 07:00 AM


Since 2004 Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) has used the Secret History of Chicago Music to shine a light on worthy artists with Chicago ties who've been forgotten, underrated, or never noticed in the first place. Older strips are archived here.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Spoils of War pioneered the fusion of experimental electronics and psychedelic rock

Posted By on 09.25.18 at 06:00 AM


Since 2004 Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) has used the Secret History of Chicago Music to shine a light on worthy artists with Chicago ties who've been forgotten, underrated, or never noticed in the first place. Older strips are archived here.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

If you don’t know Megon McDonough, blame the maleness of Chicago’s 70s folk scene

Posted By on 09.11.18 at 06:00 AM


Since 2004 Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) has used the Secret History of Chicago Music to shine a light on worthy artists with Chicago ties who've been forgotten, underrated, or never noticed in the first place. Older strips are archived here.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Chicago producer Larry Sturm worked with Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley and Naked Raygun—just for starters

Posted By on 08.28.18 at 03:57 PM


Since 2004 Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) has used the Secret History of Chicago Music to shine a light on worthy artists with Chicago ties who've been forgotten, underrated, or never noticed in the first place. Older strips are archived here.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Folksinger Kristin Lems has been a favorite of the women’s movement—and of Dr. Demento

Posted By on 08.14.18 at 06:00 AM


Since 2004 Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) has used the Secret History of Chicago Music to shine a light on worthy artists with Chicago ties who've been forgotten, underrated, or never noticed in the first place. Older strips are archived here.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Chicago soul man Marvin Smith hit big with the Artistics, but couldn’t break out on his own

Posted By on 08.01.18 at 06:00 AM


Since 2004 Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) has used the Secret History of Chicago Music to shine a light on worthy artists with Chicago ties who've been forgotten, underrated, or never noticed in the first place. Older strips are archived here.

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