Legendary artist and writer (and onetime Chicago mayoral candidate) Cynthia Plaster Caster passed away in April after a lengthy illness, but Gossip Wolf isn’t done mourning. Future generations of local musicians and fans won’t get to bask in the splendor of her warm, glowing personality—thankfully her famous plaster casts of the private parts of musicians […]
Chicago bassist Nick Macri is the model of versatility. He has appeared with a formidable gallery of jazz, folk, and rock musicians, including Ken Vandermark, James Elkington, Laetitia Sadier, Bobby Conn, and instrumental combo Stirrup. Adept on electric bass guitar and acoustic double bass, he can be unassumingly supportive or assertively tuneful, depending on what […]
Bobby Conn’s new album confronts the cruel delusion of “self-help,” Matt Jencik and Whitney Johnson team up as Deep Space Duo, and more.
Since debuting in 2008, Ian’s Party has evolved from its humble suburban punk origins into an annual Wicker Park-based mini fest showcasing underground Chicago artists (though there are always a few acts from the greater midwest thrown in for good measure). Over the years it’s grown in ambition and in its commitment to inclusivity and […]
With the new Chicago XX, their third full-length in three years, the indefatigable weirdos in Cheer-Accident have hit a hot streak late in the fourth decade of their career.
The Co-Prosperity Sphere devotes a concert and exhibit to 90s Chicago no wave, and the CHIRP Record Fair returns for year 17.
Katinka Kleijn and Lia Kohl play with 30 cellos in a swimming pool, the rejuvenated Skin Graft Records drops a Chicago vs. New York compilation, and more.
This weekend’s No Walls benefit helps Chicagoans help the people in Trump’s crosshairs, Bobby Conn answers the inauguration with two sets at the Hideout, and more.
Moth GrandSlam Championship, Festival of Inner Peace, and more happening from August 1-4.
An excerpt from The Empty Bottle Chicago: 21+ Years of Music / Friendly / Dancing
Bobby Conn, Ono, Athanor, and VCSR play a launch party tonight for a book collecting the long-running Reader feature the Secret History of Chicago Music.
Plus: Baudelaire in a Box returns with its goth-tastic eighth installment, and Ho Etsu Taiko takes over the Athenaeum.
What’s on the Reader‘s Agenda for Friday, June 6
The avant-pop singer made a mix of pop songs for his seven-year-old daughter as she’s getting hooked on Katy Perry.
Chicago kids’ musician Justin Roberts is up for a Grammy, so we asked seven local parents to listen to his latest album.