With short sets from small groups in unexpected spots, the Hyde Park Jazz Festival creates a communal experience that’s pandemic safe.
Cycling, sightseeing, and snacking from Rogers Park to Edison Park, Mount Greenwood to Hegewisch
This three-man Oakland death-metal powerhouse formed in 2011 and quickly began releasing appetite-whetting demos and singles, but on their debut full-length, 2017’s Blood Offerings, they proved they had the energy for a sustained assault. Though their new second album, Mortal, treads most of the same boards as its predecessor, the band’s fury feels fresh and […]
Would an East Bay-style Slow Streets program be beneficial in Chicago during the coronavirus crisis? It depends on whom you ask.
The groovy, pummeling riff metal of the early 90s owes a lot to Oakland’s Machine Head. The band made their album debut on Roadrunner in 1994 with Burn My Eyes, just a couple years after Pantera codified the style for mainstream consumption with Vulgar Display of Power. Machine Head cranked out chunky, high-gain riffs over […]
Little Black Pearl (LBP) was founded in 1994 by Monica Haslip, who began inviting neighborhood youth to gather at her south-side home to learn about art, community history, and empowerment. Since then, the organization has grown into an essential Chicago cultural institution that provides a variety of arts, culture, and entrepreneurship programs for youth, families, […]
At this past weekend’s “anti-bait-truck” shoe giveaway, the 25-year-old rapper declared himself a revolutionary.
An interview with the Chicago native, an artist and activist, about the politics of his sci-fi comedy with radical left and anti-capitalist messages.
A Black Lives Matter lawsuit seeking federal oversight over CPD reform has real power—but only if there’s pressure on leadership from the ground up.
Rays collide jittery postpunk with the minimalist pop aesthetic of vintage Flying Nun releases.
A roundup of the Reader‘s favorite music-related writing from the past week
The “Orange Julius Caesar” has a thing or two coming.
The Bay Area reedist delivers some fleet sounds with the current version of his long-running Ton Trio.
Boots Riley of the Coup lays some truth on straightedge Chicago party rapper ShowYouSuck.
Today’s 12 O’Clock Track is “Sick as a Dog” by Oakland’s Sex Snobs.