The cover story of this week’s Reader music section is Miles Raymer’s profile of instrumental metal quartet Pelican on their tenth birthday, which addresses the changes in the music business that drove the band’s hard decision to take a break from touring. Patrick Flanary interviews art-pop guru, former aerobatic pilot, and self-diagnosed Asperger’s patient Gary Numan about his current tour, where he’s playing 1979’s The Pleasure Principle in its entirety; Gossip Wolf notes that Joan of Arc is one member closer to being an Owls reunion, and that Paul Simonon dropped in at Myopic looking for a submarine-warfare book they didn’t have; and the List previews shows by the Gories, Deerhunter, the Legendary Pink Dots, Suffocation, and yes, Gary Numan.
The Photo Pit features shots by Robert Loerzel from the Baseball Furies reunion last weekend at the Empty Bottle, and Plastic Crimewave’s Secret History of Chicago Music tells the story of Chicago doo-wop group the Danderliers. In movies, J.R. Jones reviews The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector. And though it isn’t about music per se, Ling Ma’s cover story is about the Windy City Rollers All-Stars, who are about as rock ‘n’ roll as you can get.