Last July, local arts and music nonprofit Quiet Pterodactyl put together a sprawling compilation called Situation Chicago to support local music venues struggling during the pandemic. Almost a year later, with another few hundred thousand Americans dead and live music as we once knew it still mostly impossible, the organization has put together a sequel—this […]
On its first compilation, Buds Volume 1, Chicago label Rosebud Allday showcases the talent of its roster and its friends from the local scene. Founded in 2018 by Bill Ocean and producer Jayson “Jsun” Rose, Rosebud Allday specializes in the overlap of pop, hip-hop, and R&B; its sunny sounds recall Chicago neosoul groups such as […]
When record stores aren’t buying used vinyl directly from the public, they might find a carload of goodies at the Chicagoland Record Collectors Show.
Reader writers tackle Morbus Chron’s feral-to-cerebral death prog and 14 more new records.
Epicycle’s brief career ended more than 30 years ago, but this North Shore punk band is still inspiring reissues today.
Ten Reader writers review 16 records, including Angel Olsen’s otherworldly folk, and more.
Current musical obsessions of Roctober‘s Jake Austen and WHPK’s Mario Smith
Bluesman Willie “Poor Boy” Lofton died in obscurity, but one of the eight songs he recorded would change the genre forever.
Record roundup: Don Cherry’s joyful collectivist jazz, Against Me!’s transformative arena punk, and more
Current musical obsessions of composer Marcos Balter and Ensemble dal Niente saxophonist Ryan Muncy
Dam-Funk & Snoopzilla’s house-party jams, Last False Hope’s steel-toed bluegrass, and 14 more records reviewed.
Ten of the year’s best box sets—including 17 discs of Harry Nilsson, six decades of southeast Asian 78s, and more
Current musical obsessions of saxophonist Nick Mazzarella and drummer Frank Rosaly
Folk duo Mason & Crowe are a lost treasure from Champaign’s Red Herring coffeehouse scene.
Kill Yourself Dancing collects the daringly eclectic output of late-80s Chicago house-music label Sunset Records.