On Monday, August 1, jazz trombonist Jeb Bishop will move back to Chicago after a ten-year absence. Bishop and his wife headed to North Carolina in spring 2012 (Carrboro and later Durham) and then in early 2016 to Boston. While living in Boston, Bishop built a new creative community that included at least one old […]
In July 2019, Chicago indie-rock trio Horsegirl played the eighth annual Square Roots Festival. At the time, live shows were the only way to hear the group’s taut but disarming dream pop, with its windswept-lakefront sound—and they’d only performed a few of them. They hadn’t released any music, not even to stream, and unsurprisingly they’d […]
Facs light a beacon with a new album of dark postpunk, Equity Arts hosts a talk about nurturing community cultural spaces, and more.
Chicago band Lifeguard make the kind of noisy, brooding rock that’s been foundational to generations of punk and indie bands, all the way back to the dawn of hardcore and no wave. On their self-released debut album, Dive, Lifeguard dispense driving bass lines that could enliven even the dreariest postpunk tune, impassioned drumming that ratchets […]
In the past few weeks, the Reader has recommended three dozen Bandcamp releases—and this Friday, the service will again pass its share of revenue along to artists.
Disappears, White/Light, and Steve Shelley drop a collaboration recorded 11 years ago, two-thirds of Weatherman share their first music since moving to a medieval French village, and more.
Close your eyes and picture yourself at your favorite local venue while listening to these new releases.
The Facs formula has always been stark minimalism. On their first two albums, the Chicago trio—currently drummer Noah Leger, guitarist-singer Brian Case, and bassist Alianna Kalaba—built every track on tense rhythms, simple bass throbs, barely-there guitar plinking, and direct spoken-word vocals. It was like they were casting moods more than writing songs. The formula worked […]
This week’s featured gig poster was designed by Chicago artist Bill Connors.
Chicago postpunks Facs inherited members from Disappears, but for the new Lifelike they’ve found the personnel and the sound to become a self-contained band.
Trouble in Paradise, a meeting of the minds between tastemaking Chicago label Trouble in Mind Records and North Carolina’s heady Paradise of Bachelors, takes place over the same weekend as Riot Fest, but this intimate Empty Bottle-based festival offers a musical and philosophical opposite to its sprawling counterpart. There’s no nostalgia, overhyped reunions, or overblown […]
This week’s featured gig poster was designed by local artist Ryan Duggan.
Current musical obsessions of Stephanie Marlow from Indie Publicity, Jason Gagovski from Sweet Cobra, and Jamie Ludwig from the Reader
Facs plays a record-release show for Negative Houses on Friday at the Empty Bottle, and it doubles as the local debut of new bassist Alianna Kalaba.
This week’s featured gig poster was created by local artist Bill Connors, who plays in the band Dim.