Pauline Anna Strom’s new album, Angel Tears in Sunlight, features the first new work in 30 years from the legendary Bay Area electronic music composer. Strom made her album debut with 1982’s Trans-Millenia Consort, a limited-edition vinyl and cassette release she’d recorded in her San Francisco home. Despite its humble beginnings, the album has become […]
Ten Reader writers review 15 new records, including Pallbearer’s stately, mournful doom, Willis Earl Beal’s raw, mystical antipop, and Jack Ruby’s staggeringly savage no wave.
Joshua Dumas, composer: “There are a lot of composers who can hear stuff in their mind’s ear, but I’m not one of them.”
Theaster Gates and Ken Vandermark join pianist Jason Moran in an oral history of their evolving Chicago collaboration Looks of a Lot.
This month’s stack of record reviews will get you better acquainted with Ben Frost’s defibrillating body music, Dawn Golden’s alchemical electro-pop, and lots more.
David Grubbs on why the experimental music of the 1960s was so rarely recorded at the time—and what changes when we listen to it today.
Composer Alvin Lucier comes to Chicago for a three-day retrospective.
Current musical obsessions of Cousin Dud bandmates Dan Schuld and Matt Carmichael
Current musical obsessions of composer Marcos Balter and Ensemble dal Niente saxophonist Ryan Muncy
Someone doesn’t have to be famous to be interesting—and that’s just as true in the Chicago music scene as it is anywhere else.
Current musical obsessions of White/Light’s Matt Clark and the Mayfair Workshop’s Mark Greenberg
Eight Reader writers take on 16 albums—including Traxman’s user-friendly footwork.
A new box set recognizes experimental composer David Tudor’s pioneering work with electronics and indeterminacy.
Reviews of 15 current releases from all over the world of music: Deerhunter, Altar of Plagues, and lots more
Saxophonist and composer Jim Cuomo played experimental psych with Spoils of War and acid folk with Mormos, and now writes for an Australian brass band.