Avant-rock elder statesman John Cale hasn’t played in Chicago in years, so this show is a hell of an occasion. One of two surviving members of the original Velvet Underground, the Welsh-born musician has had a career spanning more than five decades, and while he’s slowed down his recorded output since reaching his late 70s, […]
Before he died at 24, Peter Laughner cofounded Rocket From the Tombs and Pere Ubu. Had he lived, he could’ve rivaled Patti Smith or Richard Hell—and a new box set shows why.
Current musical obsessions of veteran singer-songwriter Susan Werner, musician and artist Scott Montgomery, and Reader coeditor in chief Karen Hawkins
America is going full-tilt for pinball again and the resurgence is being led by the sons of a legendary Chicago pinball wizard.
Digital downloads haven’t yet driven box sets extinct—and this year the best include Paul Bowles’s Moroccan field recordings, vintage Ray Charles in mono, a 50-year NRBQ retrospective, and ten discs of foundational 40s bebop from Savoy Records.
Perhaps the music lovers in your life would enjoy 23 CDs of the Isley Brothers, two decades of the Staple Singers, or a half century of rural southern sounds from County Records.
Tony Fitzpatrick bids Chicago farewell in The Midnight City, the last in a four-part series.
Handsome Dick Manitoba of the Dictators NYC talks to Little Richie Speck of Tutu & the Pirates.
Your guide to visual arts around the city this weekend.
What’s on the Reader‘s Agenda for Wednesday, December 4
Lou Reed’s death inspired a change in style for longtime Chicago artist Tony Fitzpatrick.
Noting three upcoming screenings at the Lincoln Park punk bar
“Amphibian Days” rings true in the wake of Reed’s death.
The South Korean filmmaker’s collaboration with French actress Isabelle Huppert is now available on DVD.
New York artist, philosopher, musician, writer, and filmmaker Henry Flynt visits Chicago next week