Bandcamp Friday lets you be sure that basically all your money will reach the people who made what you’re buying.
Carnival of Killers, the first album by south-side heavy-music pioneers Macabre in nearly a decade, is pretty much exactly what I hoped it would be. The trio, who haven’t had a lineup change since forming in 1985, have built a global following with what they call “murder metal”—that is, songs about serial killers and other […]
For 22 years, south-side murder-metal legends Macabre have been running their Holiday of Horror festival, enabling Chicago metalheads to blow off seasonal stress in a cathartic evening of joyous brutality. This year’s fest features an all-local lineup of live music across two stages at Reggies’. The main-stage lineup in the Rock Club includes Macabre, of […]
As saccharine as holiday-themed foo-foo can get, there’s always a dark current beneath the tinsel—consider the tradition of Christmas ghost stories, for example. Chicago murder-metal institution Macabre are at the core of a distinctly local custom that reliably provides an opportunity to harmlessly vent in the mosh pit: Holiday of Horror. This year, the mini […]
Nothing against “Monster Mash,” but Chicago has spawned lots of scary songs that sound good all year—these 13 tracks cover house, psych rock, techno, boogie, hip-hop, extreme metal, pop punk, and more.
The Lincoln Lodge’s Christmas Feztacular and more events the weekend of 12/22-12/24
What better way to celebrate the joys of the holiday season than by listening to a bizarre, hyper death-metal track titled “What the Heck, Richard Speck?” Local trio Macabre—whose mashup of death metal, grindcore, thrash, and serial killer obsession has been dubbed “murder metal”—have been ringing in the holiday season with a showcase of twisted […]
Guitarists Ryley Walker and Bill MacKay whip up some sorely needed holiday cheer, Timbuck2Forever returns to Metro to honor the fallen Chicago DJ, and more.
A fest for those fascinated with serial killers, Mad Mobster True Crime & Horror Expo looks to become an annual Chicago institution.
The best shows to see on Thu 12/26 through Sun 12/29.
A new monthly party spans the goth ecosystem. Plus: BSS ties up some loose ends, Trouble in Mind goes along, and more
December 26, Reggie’s Rock Club
If it’s heavy and it was recorded in Chicago, there’s a good chance Sanford Parker was at the mixing board.
Critics’ Choices and other notable concerts: Robbie Fulks, Roy Hargrove, Josh Berman’s Old Idea, Fiery Furnaces, and more