The Co-Prosperity Sphere devotes a concert and exhibit to 90s Chicago no wave, and the CHIRP Record Fair returns for year 17.
Gloriously idiosyncratic label Mississippi Records moves to Chicago, Smashed Plastic throws a free grand-opening party packed with local talent, and more.
Lollapalooza’s ticket sales have slowed, and Reggae Fest and Chicago Open Air are canceled—are these the growth pangs of a healthy but crowded festival market, or is a crash on the way?
Izzy Olive’s Half Gringa celebrate their debut album, Metro hosts a 25th-anniversary concert for American Ska-thic, and more.
Rude Guest’s tape-only output hurt their legacy, but local ska label Jump Up just reissued their entire discography—also on tape.
Local label Jump Up releases a Cassette Store Day special, Lost Chicago Ska 1982-1993, that collects the discography of the defunct Rude Guest.
Charles “Organaire” Cameron had an illustrious career in Jamaica before settling in Chicago in the 70s, where he continues to record and perform.
Ensemble dal Niente cellist Chris Wild drops a solo record, Chuck Wren celebrates 20 years of American Ska-thic, and more
What’s on the Reader‘s Agenda for Thursday, August 29