California-born Chicagoan cellist Alison Chesley, aka Helen Money, studied at Northwestern, played in 90s indie-rock band Verbow, and often collaborates with the likes of Sanford Parker, Bruce Lamont, and Russian Circles. As a solo artist she’s cut her own road through the hills of heavy music, drone, and avant-garde. Her brand-new album, Atomic (Thrill Jockey), […]
Noname’s Book Club pushes library cards on National Fuck Amazon Day, Led Zeppelin 2 tour to celebrate Led Zeppelin III, and more.
Pigface was born in 1990 as the supergroup brainchild of Ministry members Martin Atkins, also of Public Image Limited and Killing Joke, and William Rieflin, who has led a miraculously eclectic career—anyone who’s been a member of R.E.M., Swans, and King Crimson can probably play just about anything. By design, the group has had a […]
Chicago label Sanzimat International documents the Lithuanian diaspora with three new tapes, including one with Vyto B, creator of 70s outsider classic Tricentennial 2076.
There was no way that Sick Gazelle weren’t going to be good. This trio of recording engineer and Veloce mastermind Eric Block on guitar, Yakuza and Bloodiest front man Bruce Lamont on saxophone, and Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley on drums could’ve ventured down practically any musical path imaginable, and any one of them would’ve been […]
A New Attitude: In Tribute to Patti LaBelle and more goings-on 5/21-5/24
Chicago metal/experimental polymath Bruce Lamont (Yakuza, Bloodiest, Corrections House, Brain Tentacles) has just released his second solo album, Broken Limbs Excite No Pity (War Crime Recordings), and will be celebrating its release tonight. Lamont is such a tireless collaborator—along with his many bands, he frequently appears on albums by others—that his solo output has been […]
Eternals front man Damon Locks creates a “sound essay” at the MCA, Deanna Belos plays a belated release party for her Sincere Engineer project, and more.
An excerpt from The Empty Bottle Chicago: 21+ Years of Music / Friendly / Dancing
Metal Haven rises again as restaurant and record shop Metal Haven Grill, White Mystery release Outta Control on their favorite day, and more.
James Swanberg of Today’s Hits plays 100 songs at one show, the You Are Here festival sets up a maze beneath Thalia Hall, and more.
The half-local “supergroup” takes on “Cortez the Killer.”
A new project from Scotland Yard Gospel Choir’s Elia Einhorn, new bands with folks from Bloodiest and Fake Limbs, and more
An Emperor veteran launches Studious Amplifiers, Hoyle Brothers guitarist Brian Wilkie gets a benefit for a stolen pedal steel, and more.
More than you could conceivably want to read about Three Floyds’ 2014 Dark Lord Day—but there are lots of pictures too!