If the 80s had been a perfect decade for music, we wouldn’t have the overproduced, radio-friendly power pop of Eddie Money or Bryan Adams still getting pumped over the airwaves—instead, we’d have the fun, catchy anthems of Julian Leal. The Romeoville native, who now lives in Plainfield, never reached the mainstream heights he deserved, probably […]
My friend Mac Blackout has found a way to turn his chaotic and provocative personality into chaotic and provocative art, and he celebrates his first book Friday at Galerie F.
Garage rocker Mac Blackout hangs his cosmic caricatures at Ampersand’s first art show, raunchy rapper Cupcakke hits an all-building party at Metro and Smart Bar, and more.
Support from HoZac and the Numero Group has helped resuscitate Julian Leal’s rock ‘n’ roll career—and may yet lead to new music.
If you’ve spotted tree stumps topped with the face of a strange, smiling creature you’ve seen the work of visual artist and local rock veteran Mac Blackout.
The best shows to see through the weekend include Prince Royce, Stacian, Mickey, and Dakhabrakha.
Braid plot their first full-length in 16 years, Slushy become a transcontinental duo, and more.
Corbett vs. Dempsey’s reissue label, a Kickstarter for a Yakuza doc, and a release party for a live Empty Bottle comp
Village on a downtown rooftop, backstage with Tyler, the Creator, and ten more
Miles Raymer’s favorite local albums of 2011
Glam garage, Hopper’s current jams, Tyler Jon Tyler meets Screaming Females, picks from local scenesters, and more
In the Reader‘s Best of Chicago issue last year, I wrote that I hoped the next “Chicago sound” would turn out to be glammy garage, pointing out two reasons it might: the already ascendant Smith Westerns and the yet-to-be-discovered Mickey. At the time Mickey had only released a criminally overlooked single on HoZac, “She’s So […]
A recap of last weekend’s HoZac Blackout at the Velvet Perineum in Logan Square, with photos by Rob Karlic.
HIP-HOP | Vic Spencer goes in on Odd Future Advance copies of Tyler, the Creator’s Goblin were hard to come by, and his label, XL Recordings, managed to keep it from leaking until just days before its release date—but it seems like every music critic alive wrote about Tyler and Odd Future before the album […]
A first look at HoZac’s lineup for the party you won’t remember. Plus: Tyler Jon Tyler on Shameless, David Daniell’s comp for Japan, and more