Since the pandemic arrived in the U.S. in March 2020, Bandcamp has declared 15 Bandcamp Fridays, so forgive me if I truncate my usual spiel. If you’ve somehow found this post without being aware of Bandcamp Friday, I’ll just say this: for 24 hours, the digital retailer passes along its usual share of revenue to […]
Macie Stewart has her hands in so many different musical projects it’s a wonder she finds the time to sleep. She coleads enchanting art-rock band Ohmme, of course, which she cofounded with Sima Cunningham in 2014, but aside from her best-known gig, Stewart plays violin in a duo with cellist Lia Kohl, makes up one-third […]
Ayanna Woods raises funds to capture ten years of songwriting in the studio, Fulton Street Collective hosts an exhibit of photos by four jazz musicians, and more.
Spread Joy share their playful postpunk how the pandemic allows, pop outsider Kevin and Hell drops an ambitious new album, and more.
With concerts and tours on hold for most of the year, Chicago’s music scene doubled down on mutual aid and fundraising for community groups.
On their debut album, Cliff, Chicago duo Big Branch combine warm vocal melodies with kitchen-sink instrumentals inspired by the dusty samples of underground rap. The record’s ramshackle sound recalls Beck circa “Loser” or Dubya-era TV on the Radio, a hybrid style the group calls “hop ’n’ roll.” Vocalist Jamal Semaan and guitarist and producer Rob […]
On Fantasize Your Ghost, Macie Stewart and Sima Cunningham make their music a place of trust, discovery, and compassion.
Drummer Tim Daisy hits a hot streak with his record label, indie rockers Jupiter Styles celebrate a star-studded sophomore album, and more.
City of Djinn wed psychedelic drone rock to Arabic tradition, Good Kids Mad City throw a beach party to commemorate the 1919 race riots, and more.
On her debut album, Chicago singer-songwriter Kaina takes strength from her favorite people: her friends and collaborators, her childhood mentors, her immigrant parents.
Current musical obsessions of Dave Collis from Slow Mass, Macie Stewart from Ohmme, and Leor Galil from the Reader
John Corbett celebrates his latest book with free barbecue and fantastic bands, self-described “Bruce jazz” trio Poplife play a farewell-for-now show, and more.
Rapper-singer Jean Deaux drops a standout EP in a season crowded with great Chicago music, Matt Baron of Future Hits returns to the stage with Young Man in a Hurry, and more.
Current musical obsessions of Brown Girls writer Fatimah Asghar, Macie Stewart of Ohmme, and the Reader’s Peter Margasak
Producer Knox Fortune, aka Kevin Rhomberg, headlines his first show as a solo artist to celebrate his debut album, Paradise.