The pandemic has shattered so many bands that any project that’s come together since March 2020 represents a small victory. And when the project in question is as much fun as Plosivs—a new four-piece consisting of vocalist and guitarist Rob Crow, vocalist and guitarist John Reis, bassist Jordan Clark, and drummer Atom Willard—the victory isn’t […]
Current musical obsessions of noise musician Jason Soliday, sound artist Jeff Kolar, and Reader music editor Philip Montoro
Chicago has grown into a full-on hub for summer music festivals. We’re home to some of the biggest and most beloved fests on the planet, and every weekend from late spring to early fall you can find outdoor music happening on city streets big and small. But why should the warm months get all the […]
The Reader crew start some conversations about Chicago’s loudest punk-rock institution: its lineup, its location, its role in the community, and more.
If your lunch runs late, you’ll miss some of Riot Fest’s most exciting acts—including Mongolian metal warriors the Hu, garage monsters Drakulas, and folk-pop wild card Caroline Rose.
Riot Fest got Blink-182! Cypress Hill! Blondie! The Jesus Lizard! Liz Phair! Atmosphere! Beck! Cat Power! And . . . the 82-year-old Jerry Lee Lewis?
The San Diego garage-punk band helmed by posthardcore legends John Reis and Rick Froberg hadn’t recorded a studio album since 2004’s Audit in Progress, but Hot Snakes’ upcoming fourth full-length, Jericho Sirens (due out March 16 on Sub Pop), picks up right where they left off. It’s a searing 30-minute blast of pure rock fury […]
Other Sunday favorites at the festival included Patti Smith, Billy Bragg, the Cure, Chumped, and Cheap Trick.
Current musical obsessions of artists Heather Gabel and Amanda Joy Calobrisi
“Rana (Frogs)” from pre-Drive Like Jehu/Rocket From the Crypt/Hot Snakes band Pitchfork
Danzig gets all uppity and difficult at Fun Fun Fun Fest on Friday and blows the fun for everyone.
Off! visits Bottom Lounge in April with Trash Talk. Here’s a video of the band playing “Panic Attack” and “Rat Trap.”
Festival guides, hip-hop gossip, and artwork by an underground guitar god