Listening to a new Crippled Black Phoenix record is a bit like unwrapping a present. Even if you have an idea what’s under the intricate ribbons and shiny paper, you can still get surprised. That’s partially by design. Though the the songs of British multi-instrumentalist Justin Greaves provide the group with a common thread, Crippled […]
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Doom pioneers Electric Wizard worship at the altar of horror films, stoner culture, and Black Sabbath on Wizard Bloody Wizard
Update: The Electric Wizard show is no longer at the Riviera. It has been moved to the Vic. You can’t accuse British doom pioneers Electric Wizard of forgetting their roots—after 25 years and eight full-lengths, their Black Sabbath worship shows no signs of abating. They even titled their latest record Wizard Bloody Wizard (Spinefarm/Witchfinder), for […]
John Becker of Vaskula on the best gothic rock being recorded today
Current musical obsessions of Vaskula’s John Becker, Plague Bringer’s Greg Ratajczak, and the Reader’s Philip Montoro
The year in music: 2015
Seven Reader writers drill down into rap, jazz, punk, metal, and more—instead of just rearranging the same records on everyone else’s best-of list.
I know it’s perverse to compile a year-end list of concerts (“Want to hear about some great stuff you probably didn’t see?”), but please consider these as ongoing recommendations—all five bands below will slay your face no matter when you catch up with them. I left off some truly spectacular shows to avoid repeating previous […]
Four years of preparation pay off in Alarmist Brewing’s Pantsless Pale Ale
Gary Gulley’s attention to detail may have slowed down his brewery, but it’s done wonders for his beer.
Illuminated Brew Works takes its secret society aboveground
This young Chicago brewery’s excellent Belgian-inspired hybrid beers shouldn’t be hard to find for much longer.
Aphex Twin’s moments of bliss on Syro and 15 more record reviews
Ten Reader writers take on 16 albums—including Aphex Twin, Godflesh, Johnny Marr, and more.
In Rotation: Robbie Fulks on one of the greatest soul singers alive
Current musical obsessions of singer-songwriter Robbie Fulks and show taper Aadam Jacobs
Founders Doom: An imperial IPA gets even heavier
The pleasures of doom—not just Founders’ barrel-aged imperial IPA but also the heaviest metal in the universe.
12 O’Clock Track: Conan, “Older Than Earth”
This Liverpool band plays stupidly slow “caveman battle doom”