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.
Bobby Conn’s new album confronts the cruel delusion of “self-help,” Matt Jencik and Whitney Johnson team up as Deep Space Duo, and more.
This week’s featured gig poster was created by local artist and animator Samuel Nigrosh.
Spektral Quartet bring a mind-expanding program (and Julia Holter) to the Music Box, the Synthesizer-Chili Cookoff signs off with its tenth installment, and more.
One of the first times I saw Brett Naucke onstage was in in 2007, when he and his noisy power trio, Druids of Huge, played a Cleveland punk bar. During the first minutes of the set someone dumped an entire pint of beer on Naucke’s synthesizer, rendering it unusable. In response, Naucke cranked the dials […]
On his 1976 album Mother Earth’s Plantasia, composer Mort Garson captures some of the most inventive sounds and most radical notions of the mid-70s. Specifically, he made his goofy and endearing compositions solely on the relatively new Moog synthesizer, and he intended that they be played for plants to help them grow. Inspired by his […]
Katinka Kleijn and Lia Kohl play with 30 cellos in a swimming pool, the rejuvenated Skin Graft Records drops a Chicago vs. New York compilation, and more.
Fohr’s three freewheeling Wednesday shows feature guests such as Hamid Drake, Tim Kinsella, and Olivia Block, plus an eight-piece version of her Circuit des Yeux band.
Afro-futurism short films at Chicago Filmmakers and more goings on 7/27-7/29.
Chicago violist, singer, and organist Whitney Johnson completes her Matchess Trilogy with the occult healing songs of the new Sacracorpa.
This week’s featured gig poster was created by local artist Carrie Vinarsky.
Minimal techno master Wolfgang Voigt returns to Chicago with his most beloved project, Gas, and answers questions from Whitney Johnson of Matchess.
One of the best bargains in the Chicago scene, this well-established festival—currently co-organized by Plastic Crimewave, aka Steve Krakow (a Reader contributor), and artist Matt Ginsberg (Dark Fog, Underground Symposium)—celebrates its ninth installment. Named after a 1968 song by Marc Benno and Leon Russell, Icicle Star Tree has a killer lineup that showcases the diversity […]
The Poison Arrows drop their first album since before their hiatus, Drag City and Neil Hamburger celebrate a rediscovered glam-rock weirdo, and more.