Two days after the 2016 election, when I caught a package tour headlined by British-American grindcore pioneers Napalm Death, the night seemed to encompass the best and worst of the moment: After witnessing a presidential candidate openly lean into hate and emerge victorious, the sound of hundreds of people belting out “Nazi Punks Fuck Off” […]
Pigface was born in 1990 as the supergroup brainchild of Ministry members Martin Atkins, also of Public Image Limited and Killing Joke, and William Rieflin, who has led a miraculously eclectic career—anyone who’s been a member of R.E.M., Swans, and King Crimson can probably play just about anything. By design, the group has had a […]
At Killing Joke’s Chicago show, front man Jaz Coleman talks esoteric philosophy, touring with Tool, and his new symphonic album.
For local heavy-music fans, this stacked bill—which also includes pioneering postmetal masters Neurosis and beautifully crushing doom duo Bell Witch—is among the most-anticipated concerts of the summer. But anyone planning to go should make sure to arrive in time for the Chicago debut of Brazilian trio Deafkids, who open the show. Formed in 2010, Deafkids […]
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?
Industrial supergroup Pigface celebrates 25 years of revolving-door lineups, the Chosen Few DJs honor a bygone house-music club, and more.
Plus: Steven Hess of Locrian on mind-bending death metal, the Reader‘s Luca Cimarusti on Jandek and John Mayer, and more
Justin Broadrick of Godflesh talks drum machines, Crass, and 80s hip-hop with producer Sanford Parker.
New ideas in underground rock, a Wu-Tang master gets funky, genre-spanning postpunk icons, and two sunshiny sisters from LA
HA’s lone mid-80s EP is long gone, but Andy Mead and Steve Marcotte now play together in the Finnish Charts
Ian Mackaye opinions about album pricing, an 18-disc box set of African pop, Will Oldham’s Crocs, folky photos, and lots of concert recommendations
Martin Atkins discusses his book “Tour: Smart” at Reggie’s Music Joint tonight.