Police and security are meant to keep concertgoers safe, but what happens when they do more harm than good? In summer 2020, as America reckoned with a sickness in its system of law enforcement, so too did the music community interrogate the role of police and hired security at concerts. Like the municipalities that explored […]
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Chicago art-pop wonder Sen Morimoto captures the magic of his community
Chicago art-pop wizard Sen Morimoto made national news in July, when the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events removed him from its Millennium Park at Home virtual summertime music series. Morimoto had prerecorded a series of mystical, gentle musical movements, but he began his set by delivering a brief statement lightly criticizing Mayor Lori […]
If enough of us celebrate Independent Venue Week, we might have one next year too
For Independent Venue Week, the Reader has rounded up some favorite stories about Chicago music venues past and present.
Chicago’s Rezn gets more psychedelic and experimental on Chaotic Divine
Chicago has no shortage of bands making metal or psychedelic rock (thank God), but relatively few operate in that sweet spot where the two genres overlap. If you’re into that kind of thing, you’re going to want to keep your eye on local four-piece Rezn. Over the past few years, they’ve released a couple of […]
Want live music back? Wear a mask and call Congress.
Staff from 22 Chicago music venues talk about how far they still are from normal—and what it’ll take to keep them around till we all get there.
Tied House is that rarest of neighborhood restaurants: a destination
The new fine-dining annex to Schubas Tavern brings home a Trotter’s vet with stunning results.
Audiotree’s Far Out video series records bands where you’d least expect
Palehound at a florist’s shop, Drab Majesty at the Museum of Surgical Science, Lume at the Damen Silos—Audiotree’s Far Out series makes its performances part of Chicago’s cityscape.
Nikki Hartel of Audiotree on a new way to fill out your Eurythmics collection
Current musical obsessions of Nikki Hartel of Audiotree, Mike Gebel of the Empty Bottle, and Luca Cimarusti of the Reader
This Week in Reader Music
Audiotree tries out a new music-business model, Gossip Wolf gossips about noise rock and a local anti-SXSW fest, Peter Margasak reviews A Hawk and a Hacksaw, 3/4HadBeenEliminated, and the Moritz von Oswald Trio, and more.
Audiotree Does the Record Business a la Carte
Audiotree’s plan to outlast conventional labels: serve more artists by giving them only what they ask for.