As we at the Reader head into 2020, a spirit of transformation and renewal prevails. In keeping with that spirit, we’re publishing what as far as anyone here knows is the first music critics’ poll in the paper’s nearly 50-year history. Initially the brainchild of Reader senior staff writer Leor Galil, it quickly grew to […]
The knowledgeable and curious Chicago writer gets into the Microgroove.
Though I didn’t see Terry Teachout’s ominous look at the state of jazz in 2009 when it originally ran in the August 9 issue of the Wall Street Journal, in the week and a half since then it’s been hard to miss the hubbub the story has caused. Armed with statistics from a recent National […]
White Americans can apparently make “world music” now, but good luck getting respect if you’re a foreigner who plays the traditional music they’re ripping off.
The story of early American music keeps unfolding.
Sasha Frere-Jones searches in vain for blackness in indie rock.
Oxford American’s annual music issue digs deep.
The yuks keep coming from Time Out Chicago.
A promising Tribune feature on the impact of the Internet on music wimps out.
Arthur Magazine gets back on its feet.
A disagreement between the founders of Arthur magazine seems to have killed their beautiful baby.
The Trib recommended the wrong Peter Walker at the Empty Bottle tonight.
Idolator challenges the Village Voice’s Pazz & Jop with a new year-end critics poll.
What does the phrase “classically trained” actually mean?