Chicago punk multi-instrumentalist Seth Engel can deliver a sweet, melancholy riff so gracefully that you’d think he lives inside the guitar chords from Jawbreaker’s Dear You. Engel, who records solo material under the name Options, is a busy young man about town. He drums with mathy progressive trio Pyramid Scheme as well as heavy indie-rockers […]
Dusty Groove sells off thousands of LPs for a dollar each, anonymous local dark-ambient producer Faithful drops a free EP, and more.
Closing night of Lifeline’s Anna Kareina and more goings-on 4/6-4/8
Lifted Bells couldn’t have picked a better time to release their first EP than 2013, when “emo revival” had become an indie-rock buzzword. Now the local underground supergroup—made up of exacting musicians from spritely fourth-wave emo acts (including Options, Stay Ahead of the Weather, and Their/They’re/There) and second-wave heartthrob Bob Nanna (of Braid and Hey […]
The Horace Mann Marching Mustangs launch a fund-raiser to buy instruments, Douglas Park hosts a free workshop on field recordings and graphic scores, and more.
New local rock releases from Bleach Party, Coaster, Fake Limbs, Lala Lala, Strawberry Jacuzzi, and Swimsuit Addition
Shannon Candy of Strawberry Jacuzzi launches her label in time for Cassette Store Day, Chicago musicians turn up in Joe Swanberg’s Easy, and more.
Dance party Bump & Grindcore gets nasty in memory of Amy Winehouse, local postpunks Daylight Robbery release a long-in-the-works LP, and more.
For its Riot Fest preparty, the Burlington’s monthly Emo Night doesn’t just spin tunes but also books three live bands.
Singer-songwriter Jennifer Hall celebrates her first studio material in four years, Electric Hawk play a release party for their long-awaited second album, and more.
Matt Kimmel’s good-bye to booking the Burlington, emo royalty at American Football, a new Swearwords EP, and more
Singer-songwriter Bob Nanna discusses working on the forthcoming No Coast, the first full-length in 16 years by the influential second-wave emo group.
New music from High Spirits and the Please & Thank Yous, plus a long-overdue Silkworm reissue
Take a listen to the exclusive Reader stream of the forthcoming EP from local rock group Coaster.
Thanks to the songwriting service Downwrite, Bob Nanna of Braid makes a pretty affordable cupid.