The music ads in the Reader’s very first issues add context—and curiosities—that the stories alone can’t provide.
An oral history of DJ Jesse de la Peña’s foundational Blue Groove Lounge hip-hop night, on the occasion of its belated 25th birthday parties
In January 2000, as the likes of Sunny Day Real Estate and the Get Up Kids led emo’s second wave, a group of five young adults from Lawrence, Kansas, calling themselves the Anniversary released a striking debut. Built around the dueling guitars and vocals of Josh Berwanger and Justin Roelofs and backed by the infectious […]
This week’s featured gig poster was created by local artist and musician Ethan D’Ercole.
The Maypole Folk Festival builds a big tent, the Goldstars lead a crowded tribute to R&B icon Andre Williams, and more.
The club continues to draw audiences and motivate local comics to obtain a paid slot.
The Blue Ribbon Glee Club turns ten with a reunion party, old-school beat party Boombastic comes back to Wicker Park, and more.
With the comedians on tour celebrating the tenth anniversary of Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, CAN TV variety show host Steve Gadlin talks to his Adult Swim heroes about public-access television, absurdist comedy, and much more.
As a bandleader and an educator, harmonica master Billy Branch links blues tradition to the genre’s evolving future.
This week’s featured gig poster was designed by local artist Ryan Duggan.
The Green Music Fest catches Dave Mata’s Royal Hands, Bric-a-Brac Records celebrates four years, and more.
A badly injured Logan Bay keeps running WLPN from the hospital, Seth Vanek moves throws The Therapy Sessions a birthday party, and more.
This year’s Winter Block Party celebrates women in Chicago hip-hop, the eighth Chicago Psych Fest fogs up the Hideout, and more.
A day of pro-choice activism culminates in a #ShoutYourAbortion fund-raiser at Gman Tavern, the Vinyl Emergency podcast celebrates its first birthday, and more.
On Wednesday at the Empty Bottle, local punk-rock LGBTQ night Glitter Creeps celebrates two years of being weird and proud.