Record Store Day usually takes place in the spring (well, before the pandemic it did), but in 2011 its organizers launched a Black Friday spin-off. Since then I’ve become increasingly weary of this invented retail holiday. Even though RSD promotes independent brick-and-mortar music shops—unquestionably a good idea—its list of special releases has become saturated with […]
It’s getting a wee bit chilly around here but here’s some things to do this week that just might warm you up. Fri 11/19 606 Records and Cleve Carney Museum of Art (CCMA) are teaming up to celebrate Ben LaMar Gay’s new album, Open Arms to Open Us (be sure to read Reader contributor Hannah […]
With federal aid to venues only now arriving, how are tour managers, stagehands, bookers, and their colleagues in the concert business making ends meet?
If you have the money to help Chicago’s record stores stay in business long enough to reopen, here are your options.
Details about discounts, giveaways, in-store performances, and more at three dozen shops—with an interactive map and alphabetized listings
Check out our interactive map and listings detailing the area’s festivities, including discounts, giveaways, in-store performances, and more.
Memphis hip-hop label Culture Power45 keeps up the Chicago love, Outrun the Sunlight celebrate a new album of instrumental prog metal, and more.
Record Store Day deals and happenings, listed by store and arranged on an interactive map
Beat Kitchen hosts a panel to confront sexual harassment in music, 606 Records books 24 hours of DJs to benefit Lumpen Radio, and more.
Two longtime record collectors open Shady Rest in Pilsen, the neighborhood’s third new vinyl shop in a year.
This year’s Record Store Day releases leave a lot to be desired, but the full slate of in-store performances should make shop hopping worth it anyway.
Plus: The Golden Horse Ranch Band hosts Haunted Honky Tonk Karaoke, and Gel Set scores “The Fall of the House of Usher.”