David Skidmore couldn’t even begin to count the number of instruments he’s played. As a member of Grammy Award favorites Third Coast Percussion (most recently nominated for Perspectives, released earlier this year), Skidmore could plausibly play instruments from all six habitable continents for any given performance—plus the odd metal scrap, surgical tube, or squeaky toy. […]
Triad Radio, Chicago’s pioneering experiment in commercial free-form radio, left the airwaves in 1977. Now longtime program director Saul Smaizys is moving its archives online.
This stubbornly strange duo gigged only in their apartment, and only one song survives from their hours of bizarre recordings.
The largest single archive devoted to influential experimental composer John Cage lives in a library at Northwestern—and it goes a lot deeper than its famous Beatles lyric sheets.
The late-60s band founded by unheralded composer Jim Cuomo only released one EP during its lifetime.
Iconoclastic composer Julius Eastman died homeless almost three decades ago, and his work was nearly lost. But classical music finally has room for a queer black voice in the minimalist pantheon.
“Merce Cunninghman: Common Time” considers one of the 20th century’s most significant choreographers.
The performance artist, festival curator, and “topless cellist” is the subject of a new Block Museum retrospective.
Three of Fontaine’s musician profiles screen at Black Cinema House this Saturday afternoon.
Andrew Bird talks to Brett and Rennie Sparks of the Handsome Family.
David Grubbs on why the experimental music of the 1960s was so rarely recorded at the time—and what changes when we listen to it today.
Composer Alvin Lucier comes to Chicago for a three-day retrospective.
What’s on the Reader‘s Agenda for Friday, February 21
V-Day Issue: Aay Preston-Myint and Colin Dickson’s first date “didn’t just have a third wheel, it had 20.”
A dreamy composition by Puerto Rican composer Angélica Negrón