Since the start of the pandemic, Bandcamp has passed along its usual share of sales revenue to artists and labels 17 times, usually on the first Friday of the month. You probably already knew that, since you clicked on a story about the 18th such Bandcamp Friday—but you might not be aware that the site […]
Late last month, local contemporary classical composer and pop musician Elenna Sindler dropped a new collaborative digital EP, Lullaby Baby, with Hasco Duo (aka soprano Amanda DeBoer Bartlett and guitarist Jesse Langen, both of Ensemble dal Niente). Sindler, who sings the lead vocal parts on the EP, describes it as reflecting “different fears and anxieties […]
This week’s featured gig poster was designed by local artist, musician, and Secret Historian Steve Krakow for his band Plastic Crimewave Syndicate.
Gloriously idiosyncratic label Mississippi Records moves to Chicago, Smashed Plastic throws a free grand-opening party packed with local talent, and more.
Strutting garage rockers Bleach Party finally drop a full-length album, half of Sonic Youth helps celebrate 30 years of Daydream Nation at the Music Box, and more.
Underground rock festival Ian’s Party is run mostly by volunteers, which helps it feel like a community instead of a branding exercise.
Current musical obsessions of Meat Wave drummer Ryan Wizniak, Meg MacDuff of Bleach Party and Montrose Man, and the Reader’s Luca Cimarusti
New local rock releases from Bleach Party, Coaster, Fake Limbs, Lala Lala, Strawberry Jacuzzi, and Swimsuit Addition
Bands dress up as better bands for Halloween at Cole’s, Gramps the Vamp celebrate their spooky, funky new LP, and more.
Prolific trio Absolutely Not celebrate the release of their new single with a benefit show Friday night at Emporium.
Shannon Candy of Strawberry Jacuzzi launches her label in time for Cassette Store Day, Chicago musicians turn up in Joe Swanberg’s Easy, and more.
The Avondale space hosts one final show, with a handful of bands that appear on its brand-new cassette compilation.
This week’s gig poster was designed by local artist Frank Okay.
Blizzard Babies heat up a bitter February with their debut LP, downstate label Manic Static launches a seven-inch series, and more.
The group disappear into the stars on their new single “Secret Ships.”