Instrumental five-piece Monobody have the tenacity and vision to add to Chicago’s storied postrock legacy, and they proved it with 2018’s Raytracing, which borrowed its frenzied energy from punk and metal. On their new third album, Comma (out on Sooper, the label co-owned by Monobody drummer Nnamdi Ogbonnaya), the group maintain the seat-of-the-pants spirit of […]
Our country has always privileged the powerful—a group that, historically and presently, has consisted almost exclusively of straight white men. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, they’ve only intensified their avaricious push to feed the rest of us into the grinder in order to prop up a broken, inhumane economic system. It can feel […]
Prolific musical polymath Nnamdï uses his new solo album to teach himself something about work-life balance.
A new Chicago indie-rock comp benefits Brave Space Alliance and Black & Pink, Anna Holmquist of Bad Songwriter Podcast drops an album with their band Ester, and more.
On her debut album, Chicago singer-songwriter Kaina takes strength from her favorite people: her friends and collaborators, her childhood mentors, her immigrant parents.
The fledgling Why? Records crew—Davis, Malci, Joshua Virtue, and Ruby Watson—are already making some of the city’s most compelling and idiosyncratic hip-hop.
Sen Morimoto’s mix of hip-hop, pop, prog, and jazz has won over international entertainment platform 88 Rising, but for now he’s sticking with his friends at Chicago indie Sooper Records.
Hill’s Sunday-night headlining set celebrated the 20th anniversary of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, one of the greatest albums in the history of the genre.
Several veterans of Chicago’s multifaceted DIY scene have leveled up to play the Pitchfork Music Festival.
Headliners of Pitchfork’s 2018 aftershows include Japanese Breakfast, Girlpool, and Kweku Collins.
Current musical obsessions of Brown Girls writer Fatimah Asghar, Macie Stewart of Ohmme, and the Reader’s Peter Margasak
Palehound at a florist’s shop, Drab Majesty at the Museum of Surgical Science, Lume at the Damen Silos—Audiotree’s Far Out series makes its performances part of Chicago’s cityscape.
Underground rock festival Ian’s Party is run mostly by volunteers, which helps it feel like a community instead of a branding exercise.
A dog film festival, a comedic roast of Wonder Woman, and more events June 2-4
“Girl Play,” the University of Chicago Artist Summit, and more happenings from April 28-30.