Each of these reissues helps unfold a different chapter in the rich narrative of the Chicago hip-hop scene.
Chicago shoegaze saviors Panda Riot bring their album Infinity Maps to vinyl, Dark Matter pairs its monthly limited coffee blend with a cassette of instrumental hip-hop, and more.
Chicago metal monarchs the Atlas Moth imagine a cosmic criminal cabal that’s depressingly easy to recognize in the real world.
By now it’s common knowledge that Randy Newman’s sweet, Pixar-accompanying musical style is a facade for lyrics infused with sardonic, acerbic social commentary—much in the same way that Steely Dan’s gleaming jazz-rock is a veneer for profiles of losers, outcasts, and hucksters. In fact, in his use of American tropes for populist purposes that both […]
Dark Matter and Jump Up Records throw a party for Pressure Drip Jamaican-inspired coffee, Absolutely Not and Rat Hammer celebrate a new split LP, and more.
Best of Chicago winners Melkbelly drop a new single, the Velcro Lewis Group makes an album with John Forbes, and more.
Elastic Arts christens its new space with concerts on Thursday and Friday—and augments its preexisting programming with some ambitious new series.
Field reports from Riot Fest’s inclement opening day—highlights include Slayer, the Hotelier, Mastodon, the Offspring, and Stiff Little Fingers.
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Trash Talk kicked up dust, Bjork got rained on, and Angel Olsen seems to have enchanted just about everybody.
Parasol shutters its store and distro, Pancho’s goes upmarket, and more
Dark Matter brings the seamy side of academics to the screen.