Chicago improvisers Tim Daisy and Matt Piet have responded to the challenges of COVID by learning new ways to record alone.
West-side rapper Musa Reems dazzles with a weekly single series, college radio stations WHPK and WNUR fill the weekend with festivals, and more.
Veteran Reader critic Peter Margasak counts down his 40 favorite records of the year—and the final installment includes music by Ikue Mori, JD Allen, and Richard Dawson.
The Reader‘s resident jazz expert publishes his ballot from the annual NPR Jazz Critics Poll.
Almost four decades after her tenure in New York no-wave band DNA, Ikue Mori brings her still-evolving music to Chicago for two rare appearances.
Tomeka Reid’s Chicago Jazz String Summit starts strong tonight with a rare chance to see three world-class players in intimate solo and duo sets.
Two new records show off new developments in her music.
The best shows to see through the weekend include Mary Lattimore & Jeff Zeigler, Raveonettes, King Crimson, and Ikue Mori.
Critics’ Choices and other notable concerts: the Cave Singers, DJ Sega, A Hawk and a Hacksaw, Moonshine Willy, Felix da Housecat, and more
Okkyung Lee, who plays Sunday night at the Pritzker Pavilion in Min Xiao-Fen’s Asian Trio, is one of the most beguiling young figures in New York’s creative-music community. The Korean cellist—she came to the U.S. in 1993, at age 18—moves effortlessly between different worlds without changing her sound in any significant way. She plays in […]