Riot Fest has its traditions, and it’s hard to hate Andrew W.K. or Gwar—but here are some bands we’d like to see.
Reunions and full-album sets are Riot Fest’s specialty—so what does it have to offer this year, besides Bikini Kill?
The Flaming Lips, Black Star, and George Clinton are among the big names at the Grant Park festival in July.
Folks still needed boots for the mud, but the sunshine on Riot Fest’s second day made the good sets even better.
This new Bridgeport operation has a crowd of brewers on deck, and takes advantage of their varied talents to produce a broad range of solid beers.
Flaming Lips front man Wayne Coyne drops by local shop Permanent Records to sell some more weird merch.
David Yow’s monolith inspires this collection of impressive album covers
This week’s Chicagoan: Mia Park, kids’ show host
The inaugural Dave Matthews Band Caravan posts up on the lakefront Fri-Sun 7/8-7/10. Part tour, part festival, part celebration of the DMB’s 20th anniversary, the caravan hits four cities this summer; this is its only midwest stop. Gates open at 11 AM each day, and the Dave Matthews Band headlines all three nights. Friday’s show […]
Falling as usual on the third Saturday in April (4/16), the vinyl nerd’s favorite made-up holiday is celebrating its fifth year of celebrating independently owned record stores. This year’s Record Store Day attempts a coup d’etat against what the organizers call “online retailers or corporate behemoths” with the help of more than 700 stores in […]
This week’s Early Warnings include the Flaming Lips, Black Lips, Cake, Diplomats, Echo & the Bunnymen, Sebadoh, Hunx & His Punx, YACHT, and Yelle.
Critics’ Choices and other notable concerts: the Flaming Lips, Pelican, Keri Hilson, Marduk, Unsilent Night, and more
Pitchfork just released 300 more individual passes for each day of the Pitchfork Music Festival. If you missed out on the first round of tickets for the weekend’s festivities (Flaming Lips, the Jesus Lizard, Grizzly Bear, Fucked Up, and so on), I’d jump at the chance to snatch up the remaining passes. I’m sure they’ll […]
What you need to know before you go
Intro | Saturday | Sunday friday17 5 PM Tortoise I never saw Tortoise as radical reinventors of rock. To me it just looked like they had good taste, deep curiosity, and remarkable focus; what other people called “postrock” was just the band following their interests where they led, using whatever atypical instrumentation it took to […]