The U. of C. Folk Festival celebrates 60 years on Valentine’s weekend, Polo G headlines a stacked Metro benefit before the NBA All-Star Game, and more.
Current musical obsessions of Adam Schubert from Cafe Racer, Magic Ian of the Maximum Pelt label, and Reader staff writer Leor Galil
La Armada return with an overdue album of Dominican-born hardcore, awesomely trashy Indiana punks the Fritz celebrate their debut record, and more.
Chicago shoegaze saviors Panda Riot bring their album Infinity Maps to vinyl, Dark Matter pairs its monthly limited coffee blend with a cassette of instrumental hip-hop, and more.
The Burlington conjures up a witch-house night, local record labels take over the Empty Bottle for an afternoon, and more.
A day of pro-choice activism culminates in a #ShoutYourAbortion fund-raiser at Gman Tavern, the Vinyl Emergency podcast celebrates its first birthday, and more.
These modest Chicago imprints have gotten so good at what they do that they’re shaping music scenes far and wide.
Current musical obsessions of stand-up comics Nicholas Rouley and Stephanie Hasz and Reader music staffer Luca Cimarusti
Chicago rockers Rabble Rabble hang it up after nine years, Rainbo hosts a musician-heavy art exhibit dishonoring Trump, and more.
White Mystery, Flesh Panthers, Vamos, Dumpster Babies, and others help raise money for Logan Square arts hub Comfort Station with an outdoor show next Saturday.
Chicago power trio Beat Drun Juel drop a heavy new EP, Maximum Pelt throws a double release party for Swear Beam and Basement Family, and more.
Stoner-pop trio Basement Family drop their first vinyl next week—and play a release party next month.
Laura Callier of Gel Set joins the wagon train to LA, Manhole hosts the midwest’s biggest queer hip-hop showcase, and more.
Gossip Wolf guesses about the Riot Fest roster, Skin Graft Records cranks back into action for its 25th anniversary, and more.
Wally’s World hosted more than 100 shows over three years, but after a nine-day good-bye blowout, it’s waiting for the wrecking ball.