I’ll be the first to admit that I never really considered the return of the Denver-based, Elephant 6 Collective-associated indie-pop act Dressy Bessy. It’s not because I didn’t love the band’s first record, 1999’s Pink Hearts, Yellow Moons, or the freaky pop scene they worked within, one also traversed by Apples in Stereo, Beulah, and […]
Since her chirpy single “Fidelity” from Begin to Hope became an unlikely earworm in 2007, Regina Spektor has been beloved by the cultural cognoscenti and celebrities alike, even though she hasn’t a produced a single as massive since. It’s a rare win for someone operating within her own sui generis sphere, where classical sophistication commingles […]
It wasn’t too long ago that the core members of midwestern revivalist act Durand Jones & the Indications met at Indiana University through gigs with the IU Soul Revue, the college’s tip-top throwback ensemble that performs black popular music from the 1960s. As the story often goes, front man Jones grew up in a church […]
Bridgeport-based low-power station Lumpen Radio provides an on-air home for diversity and dissent.
Morrissey’s Riot Fest set included only a couple of his hits, and he showed up late—but at least he actually made it to the stage.
The neighborhood that hosts Riot Fest also has some of Chicago’s best Mexican food.
A radical Chicago collective throws a loud, inclusive party every summer that celebrates and supports queer, trans, and intersex people of color.
An interview with singer-songwriter Lera Lynn
This month’s release roundup includes White Lung’s witchy two-minute mantras, Monarch’s crawling tectonic doom, and Sir Michael Rocks’s bleakly sunny party rap.
Like Merrill Garbus, this band’s singer forgoes sultry front-woman crooning in favor of something headier and more interesting.
Future’s conscience-stricken coke rap and 15 more reviews of recent releases
Reader writers tackle Morbus Chron’s feral-to-cerebral death prog and 14 more new records.