For Independent Venue Week, the Reader has rounded up some favorite stories about Chicago music venues past and present.
Current musical obsessions of Huntsmen bassist Marc Stranger-Najjar, musician and producer Sanford Parker, and Reader associate editor Jamie Ludwig
How a doughnut-shop parking lot became a confluence of Chicago youth subcultures—and what killed it off
New York R&B singer Samoht knows how to draw listeners in by draping his luxurious voice all over lava-lamp instrumentals. Keeping them engaged is the challenge. A few too many tracks on Samoht’s 2019 album, Exit (Mxxn Wave), sluggishly disintegrate into the ether, no matter how captivating his vocal twists and turns get. But when […]
Chicago riff machines Bible of the Devil celebrate 20 years with album number seven, local rapper Boys vs. Girls hosts “The Pride Takeover” at Gallery Cabaret, and more.
Everybody on Wells Street knew Steve, and they knew how he liked his burritos.
Boylan and Pranas’s “Pick It Up” samples the latest smash single from lightning-rod Chicago rapper Famous Dex.
On the eve of their latest return home, the Jesus Lizard talk about why they chose Chicago—and how they became its most beautiful noise-rock monsters.
Formed at Northwestern in 1979, the Front Lines played diverse and ambitious tunes—but they split after just a few years, done in by drummer turnover.
Early-80s weirdos the Bonemen of Barumba attacked pigs’ heads with axes onstage and shared a label with Big Black and the Dead Milkmen.
Beat Kitchen hosts a panel to confront sexual harassment in music, 606 Records books 24 hours of DJs to benefit Lumpen Radio, and more.
Featuring clubbers clutching neon glowsticks and PBR tallboys
A belated countdown of my 40 favorite albums of the year
Oozing Wound discharges its first album, Teen Witch throws a sexy alien party, and more.
Berlin voted best anything-goes club