Oakland’s Kowloon Walled City formed in 2007 as an intense postmetal outfit who tipped their hat to fellow Oaklanders Neurosis, who’d helped pioneer the fusion of hardcore and sludge. During the 14 years since, the band have slowly pulled back on the aggression and fury, settling into creeping, deliberately paced noise rock. Kowloon Walled City’s […]
Steve Von Till is best known as co-front man of the mighty Neurosis, but for two decades the singer, multi-instrumentalist, and poet has also led an ambitious and expansive solo career. Under his own name he’s released dark pastoral folk, and as Harvestman he’s made dynamic, psych- and drone-infused music. On his new album, No […]
Most band reunions don’t live up to the hype, but most bands aren’t Sleep. In the early 90s, the Northern California trio—bassist and vocalist Al Cisneros, guitarist Matt Pike, and drummer Chris Hakius—laid down a guttural strain of Sabbath-worshipping blues metal, filtered through a crusty psychedelic lens. They broke up in 1998 following a years-long […]
For local heavy-music fans, this stacked bill—which also includes pioneering postmetal masters Neurosis and beautifully crushing doom duo Bell Witch—is among the most-anticipated concerts of the summer. But anyone planning to go should make sure to arrive in time for the Chicago debut of Brazilian trio Deafkids, who open the show. Formed in 2010, Deafkids […]
Current musical obsessions of singer and poet Tasha, musician and producer Kamaria Woods, and Reader music editor Philip Montoro
Chicago metal monarchs the Atlas Moth imagine a cosmic criminal cabal that’s depressingly easy to recognize in the real world.
More than 30 years in, progressive-metal legends Neurosis know exactly how to deliver—their 11th studio album, last fall’s Fires Within Fires (Neurot), is a ruthlessly efficient travelogue of varied soundscapes and altered consciousness. It feels much longer than it actually is (about 40 minutes), and that’s not a function of tedium but of density. The […]
Revisiting the old haunts of legendary 90s hardcore band Los Crudos provides a miniature history of gentrification and activism in Chicago.
The half-local “supergroup” takes on “Cortez the Killer.”
What’s on the Reader‘s Agenda for Saturday, November 30
“Bullets and Graves” adds a noisy, experimental touch to the classic Wax Trax! sound.
George Clarke of Deafheaven talks to Stavros Giannopoulos of the Atlas Moth.
More Pitchfork predictions, two Loose Dudes’ new group, the next Synthesizer-Chili Cook-Off, and more
This week’s gig poster was designed by Michigan-based artist Shawn K. Knight.
Current obsessions of Alma Negra’s Erin Page and Anatomy of Habit’s Mark Solotroff