The results are in . . . This summer we hosted a button design contest, in partnership with Busy Beaver Button Co., celebrating five decades of the Reader being Chicago’s go-to alternative media source. Here are the winning designs chosen by the Reader community to be a part of our 50th anniversary button pack. Thanks […]
A daily dip into the stacks, leading up to our 50th anniversary in October
The rug revival
Tufting their way through the pandemic
Spelunking in the Reader of 1971
The music ads in the Reader’s very first issues add context—and curiosities—that the stories alone can’t provide.
Ritz played ornate, arena-ready 70s rock—but just a few years too late
Popular Chicago rockers Ritz lost a Polygram deal in 1989 and broke up without releasing any music at all.
Seventies wizard rockers Bad Axe made their posthumous recorded debut in 2014
Bad Axe got a regular gig thanks to Rahm Emanuel’s mom and a belated vinyl release thanks to Permanent Records.
The Brass Monkey is as funky as you want it to be
Go easy on the 70s kitsch at this spendy West Loop spot.
Artist on Artist: Chaka Khan talks to Jake Austen of the Goblins
Chaka Khan talks to Jake Austen of the Goblins and Chic-a-Go-Go.
Rick Perlstein crosses The Invisible Bridge between Nixon and Reagan
In a new book, Chicago historian and Nation writer Rick Perlstein continues to chart America’s rightward shift.
Patrick Haggerty carries on the spirit of Lavender Country
Forty years later, the man behind the first gay country record teams up with a former Chicagoan to reach out to another marginalized population.
Artist on Artist: Justin Broadrick of Godflesh talks to producer Sanford Parker
Justin Broadrick of Godflesh talks drum machines, Crass, and 80s hip-hop with producer Sanford Parker.
The Secret History of Chicago Music: Vyto B
The scoop on Vyto B, the eclectic enigma behind First Chips and Tricentennial 2076—straight from the man himself
12 O’Clock Track: The summery, engrossing instrumental guitar of William Tyler’s “Cadillac Desert”
The second track off of Impossible Truth, the sophomore album from the instrumental guitarist, who plays at the Hideout Fri 4/26.
Best of 2011, number 3: Film Socialisme
Our year-end review continues with Jean-Luc Godard’s Film Socialisme.