• Lee Fields

If you visit the Reader online mostly via our blog, you already know that we recommend shows here—last week, for instance, Peter Margasak previewed a Tue 5/1 gig by Tomas Fujiwara’s new trio and the Fri 5/3 reception and performance celebrating the completion of Nick Butcher’s Free Jazz Bitmaps project. But there’s also an online analog to the Soundboard spread we run in print every week, and it’s easy to miss from here on the Bleader. The dead-tree version features writeups on more than a dozen shows, plus a curated collection of listings, all arranged chronologically and by genre for easy browsing. The Soundboard page at ChicagoReader.com includes all those writeups, plus other notable and recommended shows, arranged by day—three choices every day at minimum, and sometimes many more. Refresh the page and the selection will often change.

After the jump, some Soundboard picks for the next few days.

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.