What began as a high school benefit concert in Des Moines, Iowa, is now a two-day celebration of marginalized artists and fans in Chicago.
Ryan Segedi’s portraits of the festival’s artists, taken with portable lights in front of a simple white backdrop in the corner of the press tent, provide a more intimate look at people we’re used to seeing under colored spotlights.
Run the Jewels closed out Riot Fest 2018. We have the live photos and a review by Jamie Ludwig of Sunday sets from Blondie and The Avengers. Photos by Danny O’Donnell Riot Fest 2018 Sunday
Day two of Riot Fest saw a range of acts from hometown, garage pop wonders Twin Peaks to iconic Elvis Costello. Check out the highlights of the Saturday performances from photographer Danny O’Donnell. Slideshow Riot Fest 2018 Saturday 15 slides Riot Fest 2018 Saturday By Danny O’Donnell Click to View 15 slides
Seventeen-year-old Victor Cervantes has only been posting his songs online for a few months, but he’s already built a large and loyal audience.
The lineup has never included more Chicago artists than it does this year.
The documentary Parallax Sounds is about the Chicago underground music scene of the 90s, but you’ll hardly hear any of the music.
Longtime city music programmer Michael Orlove has been hired by the National Endowment for the Arts.
New music from A.J. Crew, Dude ‘n Nem, Mr. Russia, the Part Five, Psalm One, and Waterhens
SEPTEMBER tuesday 9/8 Atos Trio Mandel Hall, University of Chicago, 1131 E. 57th, 773-702-8068. Busdriver Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, 773-276-3600 or 866-468-3401, $10. Jypsi Abbey Pub, 3420 W. Grace, 773-463-5808 or 866-468-3401, $12, $10 in advance, 18+. Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Depreciation Guild, Cymbals Eat Guitars Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N. Kedzie, […]
The above photo of A-Trak spinning at Smart Bar comes from Flickr user brian_howe_battle via our new Chicago Reader: Music group. If you’re interested in sharing your Chicago-music-related pics and maybe seeing them on this blog, join up. The fine print is after the jump.
You might have noticed that in the Reader‘s recent Web makeover the convenient single-page online version of Early Warnings disappeared. (I know you noticed, actually; ’cause we got your angry letters and e-mails.) And while our new, more robustly featured music listings page sort of made up for it, many people—myself included—missed the old, easier-to-browse […]
The results of Idolator’s Jackin’ Pop poll