After COVID quashed touring for much of 2020 and 2021, we seem to have collectively agreed that anyone celebrating a significant album anniversary could do their victory lap whenever they damn well pleased. Of course, Berlin-based Canadian musician and artist Merrill Nisker has never asked for or needed anyone’s permission, not even before she dropped […]
Land Trust: Benefit for NEFOC embodies the spirit of mutual aid that guides many punk communities. When Bikini Kill’s 2020 reunion tour was canceled, touring guitarist Erica Dawn Lyle and drum tech Vice Cooler wanted to make themselves useful. But during lockdown, they were isolated in their respective homes on opposite sides of the country—Lyle, […]
ÉSSO collect their pandemic output on one funky LP of Afro-Latin fusion beats, David Singer & the Sweet Science release a timely glam-rock opus, and more.
Alejandro Morales’s death doesn’t just leave a hole in Chicago’s DIY music scene—it’s a loss to community activists, to affordable housing advocates, and to countless friendships.
Until COVID-19 laid waste to his and everyone else’s touring schedule, Bill Nace was looking forward to a splendid spring. Not only would the Philadelphia-based guitarist have opened in Chicago for the Gunn-Truscinski Duo and Mdou Moctar; he’d also have joined Gunn, Truscinski, and Kim Gordon (his bandmate in Body/Head) at a couple festivals in […]
For its 15th year, the famously eclectic fest has booked headliners the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Run the Jewels, and the National.
The Evanston native’s new book of poetry explores love, loss, and pain.
Kim Gordon always struck me as the Sonic Youth member most rooted in a primal punk foundation. Her no-frills bass lines anchored the chaos surrounding them, and the songs she sang lead on always packed a streamlined gut punch. That makes it all the more interesting that in our post-Sonic Youth landscape, she’s the only […]
It’s been a few years since Body/Head, the unapologetically rude guitar duo of Kim Gordon and Bill Nace, dropped Coming Apart, a seething debut where slate-gray chords, strangulated single-note flurries, and clouds of viscous feedback commingle in carefully sculpted environments that are usually punctuated by the former’s pregnant whispers, potent shouts, and numbing incantations. Late […]
Plus: Philip Lesicko of the Funs on the band that helped him survive megachurch country, the Reader‘s Kevin Warwick on classic rock for the modern basement dweller, and more
Kim Gordon’s talks fashion designs in the 90s
The Sonic Youth cofounder talks with the Mekons’ Sally Timms about her recent divorce, her rejuvenated art career, and her new memoir, Girl in a Band.
The Punk Singer profiles a feminist rocker who walked away.
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