American news media can be frustratingly myopic. But even when mainstream reporting fails to deliver the goods from outside our bubble, the simple act of listening to an album can remind us that we’re part of a global community of people who share more common interests—and face more common threats—than our leaders would have us […]
Norway’s Ulver debuted in 1993 as a howling black-metal outfit, but since then front man and composer Kristoffer Rygg has steered his ship into such different waters you can hardly say it’s going a-Viking anymore. (If you want to hear Ulver at their heaviest since their early days, I’d recommend their collaborations with Sunn O))), […]
I was once at a Nest Egg gig where a friend said to me, “The thing I love about these guys is that they’re punks who just happen to play psychedelic music.” This joyously astute statement gets at something important about psychedelia: though the word often conjures lovey-dovey visions of the pastoral and the perfumed, […]
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.
Before I first press play on an “aging punks still at it” record, I try to prepare myself for the worst. Whether the band in question have retained only one original member in a completely retooled lineup (like present-day Gang of Four), or replaced their figurehead (like the Misfits did in the 90s), or awkwardly […]
A vacation sounds pretty good right about now, doesn’t it? Or it would in a world without COVID-19, large-scale lockdowns, and an overabundance of existential dread. Seoul-based Korean/Japanese duo Tengger can’t do anything about the pandemic, but their music can provide a bit of a mental escape, or at least uplift the spirit. Inspired by […]
Update: This show has been canceled to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Tickets will be refunded at point of purchase. Damo Suzuki has always had a case of wanderlust. Born in 1950 in Kobe, Japan, he began traveling while still in his teens and spent time living in Gräsmark, Sweden, before eventually landing in […]
Jaki Liebezeit died in his sleep on Sunday, but we still have his recordings—including “Mushroom,” a Can classic powered by his limber, nonchalantly precise drumming.
These modest Chicago imprints have gotten so good at what they do that they’re shaping music scenes far and wide.
Verma’s fourth full-length, Mul.Apin, comes out tomorrow on Trouble in Mind, and the Reader is premiering the video for “Elil.Sa.Ursag / Hero’s.Theme.”
The two-piece debuts a music video from their upcoming Ehse Records LP.
Walking Bicycles gear up for their first LP in five years, Johnny Love releases more nu-industrial as Deathface, and more.
Amping up while staying stationary with the near-15-minute freak-out on 1970’s Soundtracks.
The infectious opening track from the Swiss duo’s new album
The Owl continues its great booking with two sets from San Francisco’s Lumerians tonight.