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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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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Sixties garage rockers the Riptides won their only studio session at a talent show

Posted By on 07.17.18 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, July 2, 2018

Matt ‘Guitar’ Murphy did much more than join the Blues Brothers

Posted By on 07.02.18 at 08:32 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, June 19, 2018

Prog-rock wizards the Mugicians never released a note—but they may still unearth their dazzling early-80s demos

Posted By on 06.19.18 at 05:40 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, June 5, 2018

Seventies blues-rockers Iron Lung prove the suburbs can outweird the city

Posted By on 06.05.18 at 05:05 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, May 22, 2018

Crate diggers have caught up with the funky soul of Doug Shorts’s Master Plan Inc.

Posted By on 05.22.18 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, May 8, 2018

The Weaker Sex crashed the boys’ club of the music biz in the late 60s

Posted By on 05.08.18 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, April 25, 2018

Deacon Jones cofounded the legendary Baby Huey & the Babysitters—and that was just for starters

Posted By on 04.25.18 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, April 10, 2018

Bluesman Cash McCall hasn’t written a hit in more than 50 years, but that isn’t stopping him

Posted By on 04.10.18 at 06:58 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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