How three gay bars—La Mere Vipere, O’Banion’s, and Oz—became the cradle of the city’s punk scene
Chicago four-piece C.H.E.W. twist and tear at their favorite genre to give it a strange new shape.
Maybe Riot Fest can book amazing reunions forever—but only by building current bands into tomorrow’s back-from-the-dead headliners.
Five films that captured the vibrant, changing pop-music scene of the 1980s.
The Vic screens the Wax Trax! Records documentary before it’s even finished, Chicago expat Alex Wiley returns to headline a hip-hop party at the Promontory, and more.
Sinead O’Connor’s 1990 album combines the rage of ’80s antifascist punk with a private grief that’s timeless—it’s music for a battle we hoped we’d never have to wage again.
End Result were mentored by avant-garde troupe Ono and shared members with the likes of Big Black and Articles of Faith.
An off-the-grid show by Swedish industrial legends Brighter Death Now, a compilation of rare Chicago house from Kstarke, and more
BONEdanse’s rowdy Bully.punk.riot nails groupthink.
Our coverage of the Chicago International Movies & Music Festival
What’s on the Reader‘s Agenda for Monday, January 14, 2013
What’s on the Agenda for Thursday, November 15, 2012
Jeff Alulis’s documentary “Let Them Know: The Story of Youth Brigade and BYO Records” screens Saturday 10/10 as part of Riot Fest.