Founded as a four-piece in New York City in 2002, quirky electronic math-rock band Battles soon established itself as a force in its genre thanks to its multilayered melodies, cavorting grooves, and danceable beats. Founding keyboardist and vocalist Tyondai Braxton—who also played guitar, along with Ian Williams and Dave Konopka—departed after the band’s successful first […]
Former Battles front man Tyondai Braxton plays his first solo set in Chicago since 2006
Tyondai Braxton (son of Anthony) brings his herky-jerky analog-synth music to Constellation on Saturday.
Chill out to Ant’lrd’s engrossing ‘Backyard’
It’s off Balanced Breakfast, a recent split cassette from Ant’lrd and Drawing Trees.
Wire’s gooey-sweet Change Becomes Us and 15 more record reviews
Reviews of 16 fresh releases from all over the map: Wire, Aosoth, Julia Kent, DJ Koze, Pedrito Martinez, Sax G, and lots more
The year in music: my favorite albums the Reader has favored
My favorite albums of the year that the Reader wrote about
Three Beats: Chicago vs. Atlanta on a new cassette comp of local psych
Plus: A transformed Singer returns for a second album, and Parallax Sounds, a doc on Chicago architecture and music, needs your support
A Very Special Week in Reader Music
A new look, new features, and much more
Soundboard: April 28-May 4
Recommended and notable shows, including Ghe20 Goth1k, David Grubbs, Hunx & His Punx, Femi Kuti & the Positive Force, Dead Milkmen, and more
Even Yet Still More Summer Festival Announcements
Tons and tons of music coming to a (Pitchfork, North Coast, Wicker Park) festival near you.