Selections from her riot grrrl zine Hit It or Quit It are omitted, but Hopper's feminist eye is pervasive. Clever (and yes, disheartening) title aside, "Emo: Where the Girls Aren't" is worth the price of admission alone, and her conversation with fellow Chicago music critic Jim DeRogatis about R. Kelly's sexual predilections is as relevant now as it was when Kelly's proclivities were first exposed.
But Hopper's writing is just as powerful when she's writing about genderless concerns, like indie rock ad syncs or profiles of Chi-town MCs Chance the Rapper and Chief Keef. That the book's biggest through-line is the connection to her adoptive city is further evidence that it's possible to expertly weave personal narratives into objective journalism. The one knock against this collection — it's a bit all over the place in terms of subject matter — is also its greatest strength. (Featherproof Books)