After D.C.-area rock group Two Inch Astronaut went on hiatus in 2018, Sam Goblin decamped for the midwest and began making music as Mister Goblin. He’s settled in Indiana, but to assemble his backing band he’s drawn from the deep well of talent in Chicago: the three-piece lineup on the April album Bunny (Exploding in […]
It’s difficult to describe the vastness of Chicago indie rock and punk without mentioning Great Deceivers, partly because of the four-piece’s pedigree. Guitarist Russell Harrison and bassist-vocalist Ben Rudolph play in unforgivingly ferocious hardcore unit C.H.E.W., while drummer Seth Engel makes delightfully solemn indie rock as Options and has been part of far too many […]
Many musicians and labels will donate the day’s Bandcamp money to support the fight for Black lives.
Chicago punk multi-instrumentalist Seth Engel can deliver a sweet, melancholy riff so gracefully that you’d think he lives inside the guitar chords from Jawbreaker’s Dear You. Engel, who records solo material under the name Options, is a busy young man about town. He drums with mathy progressive trio Pyramid Scheme as well as heavy indie-rockers […]
Unassuming Chicago musical wunderkind Seth Engel has his hand in too many musical projects to print in a short concert preview; even listed on his website, the titles of albums he’s produced, engineered, or played on take up a great deal of real estate. Suffice to say, if you’ve spent any time at this year […]
Closing night of Lifeline’s Anna Kareina and more goings-on 4/6-4/8
Seth Engel’s solo project Options released a full-length of emo-tinged power pop two months ago, and he follows it up with an EP of B sides to help fight the Dakota Access Pipeline.
New local rock releases from Bleach Party, Coaster, Fake Limbs, Lala Lala, Strawberry Jacuzzi, and Swimsuit Addition
Shannon Candy of Strawberry Jacuzzi launches her label in time for Cassette Store Day, Chicago musicians turn up in Joe Swanberg’s Easy, and more.
Singer-songwriter Jennifer Hall celebrates her first studio material in four years, Electric Hawk play a release party for their long-awaited second album, and more.
Take a listen to the exclusive Reader stream of the forthcoming EP from local rock group Coaster.
Options main man Seth Engel delivers a melancholic, stripped-down tune about a failed friendship with “Go.”
What’s on the Reader‘s Agenda for Wednesday, October 16
Other shows to see in the beginning of the week: Fiona Apple, Watain, Earl Sweatshirt, and more
Icy Demons bassist Griffin Rodriguez needs help bouncing back from a bike crash, and more.