Ratboys celebrate their tenth birthday in a virtual living room at Schubas, Northwestern’s New Music Conference returns in online form, and more.
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.
Mavis Staples drops a benefit single to help Chicago seniors survive the pandemic, Mukqs embarks on a weekly series of live-recorded experimental EPs, and more.
A new Chicago indie-rock comp benefits Brave Space Alliance and Black & Pink, Anna Holmquist of Bad Songwriter Podcast drops an album with their band Ester, and more.
Bill MacKay and Katinka Kleijn finally document their dynamic duo with an album, friends band together to help Jazz Showcase founder Joe Segal with medical bills, and more.
Not Normal Tapes gives itself a year to live, Rabble Rabble reunite to benefit Resilience, and more.
Metro hosts a memorial for musician and mensch Rob Warmowski, Jeremiah Meece of The-Drum teases an imminent album of spooky electro, and more.
Tara Terra front woman Emily Blue drops a newly expanded solo synth-pop EP, singer-songwriter Marian Runk celebrates a vivid, folky debut album, and more.
Local power trio the Moses Gun drop their best record yet, Hanif Abdurraqib reads from his great new book on A Tribe Called Quest, and more.
Guitarist and soul singer Isaiah Sharkey warms Chicago up for his next album, the Humboldt Park Orchestra celebrates five years with a tribute to women in salsa, and more.
Transcontinental indie rockers Man’s Body celebrate their debut album in Chicago, hardcore collective CB Radio Gorgeous throw a skateboard-centric benefit for detained immigrants, and more.
Millennium Park hardly has a monopoly on the blues this weekend—outside the fest you can see Shemekia Copeland, John Primer, Selwyn Birchwood, and many more.
Charlie Coffeen of Sidewalk Chalk gives Dilla’s Donuts the big-band treatment, John Walt’s arts mentorship foundation hosts a fund-raising dinner on the anniversary of the rapper’s death, and more.
Saturday at Metro, actor Michael Shannon joined Sons of the Silent Age for yet another demonstration of the lasting impact of Bowie’s work.
Underrated young rapper Charlie Curtis-Beard drops his ambitious second album, LGBTQ prisoner-advocate group Black and Pink throws a benefit show at Elastic, and more.