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The Kind’s slick, glammy 80s records caught on locally, but their high-energy late-70s power pop barely made it to vinyl.
Mute Duo release a taut, painterly album for pedal steel and drums, young neo-classic rockers Rookie celebrate their debut, and more.
Dockless bike-share companies that met with the city recently fear LimeBike, whose board includes Rahm’s former top adviser, could have a leg up.
Popular Chicago rockers Ritz lost a Polygram deal in 1989 and broke up without releasing any music at all.
Poor Richard front man David Trentlage sang on the famous Oscar Mayer jingle as an 11-year-old, but the band’s own music took after Yes, Wishbone Ash, and the Moody Blues.
Burgers and Beer 5K, Summer Night Market, and more happenings from July 18-21.
Cheap Trick performed at the Metro, one week ahead of their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Robin Zander, Rick Nielsen, and many more recall Cheap Trick’s scrappy beginnings on the midwest club circuit of the 1970s.
Current musical obsessions of Oozing Wound drummer Kyle Reynolds, Running drummer Alejandro Morales, and Reader drummer Luca Cimarusti
Plus: New shows and new music from local punks Mama and singer-producer Justin Demus
To help celebrate the return of The Best Show, the Reader asked Tom Scharpling and Jon Wurster to revisit their first collaboration, the famous “Rock, Rot & Rule” sketch, which predated the show by several years—and still stands as one of the great moments in the history of trolling. Wurster played fictional blowhard Ronald Thomas […]
The alternative-rock titans come to Chicago in the first episode of their HBO series, named after their forthcoming record.
Other Sunday favorites at the festival included Patti Smith, Billy Bragg, the Cure, Chumped, and Cheap Trick.
Chicago makes a good showing at Riot Fest—at least if you don’t count Ur Lineup Sux, Bro. Because they sux.