Arriving at the peak of summer, Newcity’s August issue features our annual Music 45, a survey of the folks who keep the bands playing in Chicago and beyond, as well as a profile of our Impresarios of the Moment: the members of Chicago Independent Venue League (CIVL), who have assembled in order to defend the city's independent musical landscape against developers Sterling Bay and international entertainment monolith Live Nation. Speaking of breaking ground on disputed territory, Tara Betts interviews veteran music critic Jim DeRogatis about his new book "Soulless: The Case Against R. Kelly." Also in this issue: jewelry designer Giselle Gatsby and her high-profile collaboration with Virgil Abloh, Newcity Film Editor Ray Pride celebrates the Music Box's 90th birthday, art and activism combine in a new initiative at Red Clay Dance, and much more!
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