Chicago multi-instrumentalist and Reader contributor Luca Cimarusti is having a busy summer. In July his minimalist postpunk trio, Luggage, dropped the album Happiness, and now he’s about to put out the second full-length from his black-metal solo project, Annihilus. Cimarusti originally wanted to keep this project anonymous, but he dropped that idea after releasing his […]
TALsounds and Matchess braid their music together on the debut of Damiana, Chi-ROCK Nation celebrate hip-hop heritage with a monthlong exhibit, 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.
Inspired by comic books and science fiction, the new Annihilus album Ghanima proves that negative emotions can draw people together, not just drive wedges between them.
Local noise-rock bands Den and Salvation drop new albums this week, Epworth United Methodist hosts an experimental music festival, and more.
The Chicago Zine Fest celebrates publishing by the people, Bloodiest and Luggage play to benefit the Clinic Vest Project at Rainbo, and more.
Chicago hip-hop mourns musician and designer Quincy ‘Q’ Easton Kelly, and Joyride Records throws its first plugged-in show.
Chicago four-piece Dim make the kind of shoegaze that’s allergic to the daylight. The damp and brooding industrial clang of the group’s new 12-inch, Stereo 45 (Rotted Tooth), occasionally lights up subbasements with piercing strobes, but I find it hard to believe that the members of Dim could even make out the outlines of their […]
New improv theater Laugh Out Loud launches, and more happenings from March 25-27.
Shame That Tune rides off into the embarrassing sunset, Owen and Into It. Over It. release a split EP, and more.
Riot Fest lineup predictions, round one, plus new music and shows from Bike Cops, Roach Beach, Ganser, and more
Erin Oldenburg’s stylish home is filled with items found, inherited, and bartered