North Coast Music Festival has found its niche—one where Danny Brown, AlunaGeorge, and the Disco Biscuits fit side by side.
A brief history of “The Champ”
One of the most popular samples of all time and the song it came from
Wavefront Music Festival
Attractions at the first Wavefront Music Festival include Sasha, Bad Boy Bill, and a nice lake breeze
Spring Awakening Music Festival
The Spring Awakening Music Festival has Carl Cox, Skrillex, and Diplo, but absolutely no glow sticks
Stream new Supreme Cuts cut
The psyche-y, juke-worthy “Silkk”
This week on the B Side
A young face at the CSO, words with Die Antwoord’s Ninja, music tips from locals, and much more
Artist on Artist: A-Trak talks to Mike Perry of Supreme Cuts
A-Trak: “It’s difficult to make a track when you’re in a hotel room”
This Week on the B Side
Cloud music, Matana Roberts’s epic “Coin Coin,” Dorkbot vs JBOT, singing mice, a fingerpicking prodigy, Baby Dee, Jonathan Richman, Destruction, and more
Soundboard: May 5-May 11
Recommended and notable shows, including A-Trak, Baby Dee, Destruction, Neil Young, Calle 13, Jonathan Richman, and more
Early Warnings Roundup
This week’s Early Warnings include A-Trak, the Beach Boys, Sheer Terror, the Dillinger Escape Plan, Jaga Jazzist, Here We Go Magic, and Lil B the Based God.
You Shoot: A New Reader Flickr Group
The above photo of A-Trak spinning at Smart Bar comes from Flickr user brian_howe_battle via our new Chicago Reader: Music group. If you’re interested in sharing your Chicago-music-related pics and maybe seeing them on this blog, join up. The fine print is after the jump.
Lollapalooza: Freedom Dancers and Also the Regular Kind
It wasn’t till I started putting together a custom schedule in the surprisingly handy Lollapalooza iPhone app that I realized how much dance music there is in this year’s lineup—and it’s not just limited to the dedicated Perry’s stage either.
Wednesday re-coldening afternoon playlist
French garage rock, Swedish krautrock, and new sounds from old indie rockers.
Good thing someone invented Twitter.
I need to know what kind of toothbrushes my favorite party DJs are using. Thanks, Twitter!
Mega-exclusive merch alert
Fool’s Gold kicks and a Blackhawks jersey signed by the Cure