Hannah Sandoz releases a new collection of melancholy avant-garde folk, the famous Danny’s Smiths Night comes back for one evening at the Empty Bottle, and cult house artist Marcus Mixx looks for help with a new apartment.
Facs light a beacon with a new album of dark postpunk, Equity Arts hosts a talk about nurturing community cultural spaces, and more.
For decades, Danny’s nurtured a devoted and welcoming community of music lovers—but it couldn’t survive the pandemic.
Chicago band Lifeguard make the kind of noisy, brooding rock that’s been foundational to generations of punk and indie bands, all the way back to the dawn of hardcore and no wave. On their self-released debut album, Dive, Lifeguard dispense driving bass lines that could enliven even the dreariest postpunk tune, impassioned drumming that ratchets […]
Disappears, White/Light, and Steve Shelley drop a collaboration recorded 11 years ago, two-thirds of Weatherman share their first music since moving to a medieval French village, and more.
The Facs formula has always been stark minimalism. On their first two albums, the Chicago trio—currently drummer Noah Leger, guitarist-singer Brian Case, and bassist Alianna Kalaba—built every track on tense rhythms, simple bass throbs, barely-there guitar plinking, and direct spoken-word vocals. It was like they were casting moods more than writing songs. The formula worked […]
This week’s featured gig poster was designed by Chicago artist Bill Connors.
Chicago postpunks Facs inherited members from Disappears, but for the new Lifelike they’ve found the personnel and the sound to become a self-contained band.
Facs plays a record-release show for Negative Houses on Friday at the Empty Bottle, and it doubles as the local debut of new bassist Alianna Kalaba.
Trouble in Mind signs Facs, Chicago shops celebrate Cassette Store Day, and the Eradicator drop a self-titled album.
Chicago label International Anthem puts in the sweat to bring progressive jazz the audience it deserves.
The Poison Arrows drop their first album since before their hiatus, Drag City and Neil Hamburger celebrate a rediscovered glam-rock weirdo, and more.
Current musical obsessions of Lowhangers vocalist Cassandra Mukahirn, Rectal Hygienics drummer Omar Gonzalez, and Reader associate editor Kevin Warwick
Current musical obsessions of artists Nick Butcher and Alex Valentine and Reader music critic Peter Margasak
New trio FACS carries the darkness of Disappears to a new place, DIY zine The Sick Muse publishes its sixth issue, and more.