Lilac are essentially a Chicago supergroup of musicians who’ve done time in underrated bands. They include former Cacaw and Coughs front woman Anya Davidson (also an underground comics artist and author and occasional Reader contributor) on guitar and vocals, Kenny Rasmussen (late of Anatomy of Habit) on drums, and two veterans of Baltimore outfit Witch […]
The term “minimalism” often conjures up white walls and bright lights—a defiant barrenness in a world steeped in chaos—but Chicago-based industrial duo Hide take their stark sounds to a far darker and more malevolent space. On the new Interior Terror, multi-instrumentalist Seth Sher (Coughs, Ga’an) and singer and visual artist Heather Gabel don’t attempt anything […]
Seth Sher has been a fixture of the weirdo Chicago underground for close to two decades, holding down the drums for bands such as Coughs, Ga’an, and Zath, as well as his solo project Psychic Steel. Describing Sher’s drumming as mesmerizing sells his skill set short; his technique combines topsy-turvy prog-rock dexterity with thrash-metal intensity […]
Jill Flanagan of Forced Into Femininity takes her underground scene to task, the Era throw a listening party for their first ‘footwork mixtape,’ and more.
No matter what these weirdos get up to, it’s worth your time.
Forced Into Femininity plays an aboveground show, Templehead unveils its rock opera, and more
Brian Chippendale of Black Pus and Lightning Bolt talks drums with Seth Sher of Zath and Psychic Steel.
Robert Manis—the record collector who brought Death to Drag City—starts his own reissue label.