In 2021, the idea of editing yourself can sound cynical—it’s been tainted by social-media influencers who manufacture images and videos of a blemish-free life of luxury while struggling to make ends meet offline. But on their brand-new second album, Cutting Room Floor, dark Chicago synth-pop duo Wingtips suggest that self-editing can be part of a […]
In the past few weeks, the Reader has recommended three dozen Bandcamp releases—and this Friday, the service will again pass its share of revenue along to artists.
On March 11, prolific Chicago rapper Adamn Killa debuted a new dance on Triller that he calls “Hit the Adamn,” performing it to a sample of his new song of the same name. In the clip, Adamn cocks his arm at a 90-degree angle and leans his shoulder to one side, then makes sharp crouching […]
Concerts are all canceled, but you can still support artists by buying their albums.
This year’s best jazz records include a large-ensemble concept album about conspiracy theories, a tug-of-war between loops and live-band grooves, and an amazing hybrid of jazz and hip-hop.
The Thalia Hall team’s new Hyde Park venue, the Mopery’s new identity, and more
Dee Alexander has earned international acclaim, but fame has eluded her. Her great new album might change that.
Forty years later, the man behind the first gay country record teams up with a former Chicagoan to reach out to another marginalized population.
Justin Broadrick of Godflesh talks drum machines, Crass, and 80s hip-hop with producer Sanford Parker.
Current musical obsessions of Cave’s Cooper Crain and Scott McGaughey of Chandeliers
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Ten Reader writers review 16 records, including Angel Olsen’s otherworldly folk, and more.
Current musical obsessions of Roctober‘s Jake Austen and WHPK’s Mario Smith
Boots Riley of the Coup lays some truth on straightedge Chicago party rapper ShowYouSuck.
Current musical obsessions of Primeridian’s Simeon Viltz and Ayana Contreras of Vocalo’s Reclaimed Soul