This week’s featured gig poster is a collaboration between local artists Kaitlyn Beiriger and Frank Okay.
Since debuting in 2008, Ian’s Party has evolved from its humble suburban punk origins into an annual Wicker Park-based mini fest showcasing underground Chicago artists (though there are always a few acts from the greater midwest thrown in for good measure). Over the years it’s grown in ambition and in its commitment to inclusivity and […]
Chicago rap duo Mother Nature have already carried their message of self-reliance and self-realization into schools and overseas—and they’re raising their own bar with the EP Pressure.
Current musical obsessions of Brokedowns drummer Mustafa Daka, Rad Payoff guitarist Jason Smith, and Reader music listings coordinator Luca Cimarusti
Underground rock festival Ian’s Party is run mostly by volunteers, which helps it feel like a community instead of a branding exercise.
Start a two-piece instrumental bass-and-drums rock duo with a penchant for mutant masks and sounds that might’ve been forged during the opening reception of a back-alley art gallery, and watch the Lightning Bolt references roll in. Space Blood are plenty deserving of comparison to the iconic noise-rock band, but to stop at that alone would […]
Ian’s Party, The Interview Show viewing party, and more happenings from January 6-8.
This week’s gig poster by Frank Okay celebrates the humongous megafest.
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.
Because such an impressive glut of local punk full-lengths came out this year, to pick just five I had to come up with a narrower category. Luckily for me (and for you), local punk showcase Ian’s Party (see page TK) has supersized for 2016, moving into three relatively large venues and blowing out its lineup. […]
The fresh local trio brings some fire to the festival.
We’re premiering the music video for Rad Payoff’s “Sunglasses” just prior to the local punk band’s Sun 1/4 performance at Ian’s Party.
Here’s why you should start the new year with the local grind-pop group.
Six Reader music writers share their favorites from 2014 with year-end lists that do more than just put the same records in a different order.
What’s on the Reader‘s Agenda for Saturday, January 4