As usual, recommendations from our Soundboard page—of which the four in the headline are only a fraction—can’t do justice to the concert goodness that goes down every week in Chicago. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that the great High on Fire is playing the Double Door on Friday with Goatwhore and Lo-Pan. HOF guitarist Matt Pike is out of rehab and in top form, if reports from the road can be trusted—though at least one photo from the band’s NYC shows last week shows him in a shirt, which is like seeing Burt Reynolds without a mustache. Also on Friday is the last Country Calendar show at FitzGerald’s, as Peter Margasak has already pointed out. You’ve also got two free chances to see M.O.T.O., first at a Permanent Records in-store and second at the Mutiny.

On Saturday the Hideout hosts a soul concert presented by the Secret History of Chicago Music, with Renaldo Domino and Andre Williams backed by the band Expo ’76. Boys Noize and Le1f play House of Blues, and . . . you know what? I could keep going like this for a while, but I wouldn’t be telling you anything you couldn’t learn by browsing our listings. After the jump, more picks from the Reader‘s capable cadre of music writers.

Philip Montoro

Philip Montoro has been an editorial employee of the Reader since 1996 and its music editor since 2004. Pieces he has edited have appeared in Da Capo’s annual Best Music Writing anthologies in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2011. He shared two Lisagor Awards in 2019 for a story on gospel pioneer Lou Della Evans-Reid and another in 2021 for Leor Galil's history of Neo, and he’s also split three national awards from the Association of Alternative Newsmedia: one for multimedia in 2019 for his work on the TRiiBE collaboration the Block Beat, and two (in 2020 and 2022) for editing the music writing of Reader staffer Leor Galil. Philip has played scrap metal in Lozenge, drummed with the Disasters, the Afflictions, and Brilliant Pebbles, and sung for the White Outs. He wrote the column Beer and Metal from 2012 till 2015, and hopes to do so again one day. You can also follow him on Twitter.