While Chicago indie supergroup Doom Flower were getting to work on their new second album, Limestone Ritual (Record Label), they hit a speedbump that would’ve killed a lesser band’s momentum. As Tribune critic Britt Julious reported in a November profile, drummer Areif Sless-Kitain couldn’t make it to the recording sessions, and because he’s such a […]
If you’ve paid even the slightest bit of attention to Chicago music over the past, say, 35 years, you’ve surely heard Douglas McCombs. He’s held down the low end for indie-rock legends Eleventh Dream Day since the mid-80s, acted as the heart and soul of postrock pioneers Tortoise since their founding in 1990, and helmed […]
Sometimes Lea Bertucci treats architecture as an extension of her instruments. For the 2019 album Resonant Field (NNA Tapes), the composer, sound designer, and instrumentalist brought her alto saxophone into the confines of the Marine A Grain Elevator in Silo City, a collection of three such elevators in Buffalo, New York. The structure’s size—it’s 13 […]
Former Zincs leader James Elkington plays with Joan Shelley, Tweedy, Brokeback, Eleventh Dream Day, and more—and the new Wintres Woma, his first album under his own name, won’t change that.
Since Douglas McCombs’s long-running project Brokeback evolved from a solo endeavor into a quartet lineup seven years ago, he and his cohorts have engaged in an exquisitely patient act of retrenchment and refinement. The striking new Illinois River Valley Blues (Thrill Jockey) is the first record from the group in four years, during which Jim […]
Current musical obsessions of Eternals drummer Areif Sless-Kitain, his I Kong Kult bandmate Fred Wells, and Reader critic Peter Margasak
Geoff Farina from Karate busts some new moves in the power trio Exit Verse, the Hood Internet throw a cookie party at the Hideout, and more.
The Christopher Saathoff Foundation hosts a celebration of the local musician ten years after his tragic passing.
Artist on Artist: Fingerstyle guitarist William Tyler talks to Douglas McCombs of Brokeback and Tortoise.
This week’s poster was designed and printed by Daniel MacAdam of Crosshair Silkscreen Design.
Janet Bean of Eleventh Dream Day on Nick Drake’s mom, and more
Within the past year, the best record by one of Tortoise’s numerous spin-offs has come from its bassist.
The local postpunk band’s debut can be streamed or downloaded for purchase in a digital version.
What’s scheduled for some of this summer’s best free concert series.
The world premiere of the new Brokeback video