In 2018, the Reader ran a cover story: “Julie Doucet is done making comics.” The underground artist famously abandoned the scene in 2006, leaving fans of her cult-classic series Dirty Plotte and graphic novels like My New York Diary bereft. Through the years, her autobiographical comics became renowned in the canon. She explored other art […]
In some ways the city’s surprise announcement last month that it’s spending $17 million in funds from Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s Chicago Works infrastructure program to build or upgrade 100 miles of bike lanes in 2021 and 2022 was welcome news. But there are also some disappointing aspects of the plan, which I’ll get to in […]
Despite a 1952 smash for Chess Records, pianist Willie Mabon was soon overshadowed by labelmates such as Bo Diddley and Muddy Waters.
In 2017, Paris-based electroacoustic composer Kassel Jaeger (born François Bonnet) and Chicago-born multi-instrumentalist Jim O’Rourke joined forces for Wakes on Cerulean, a kaleidoscopic duo recording filled with shape-shifting electronics and field recordings. On their brand-new second collaborative album, In Cobalt Aura Sleeps (Editions Mego), they aim to convey a similarly rapturous experience, but the piece […]
Chicago expats Frank Rosaly and Rob Clearfield discuss the differences between pursuing jazz here and overseas.
Art Ensemble cofounders Roscoe Mitchell and Famoudou Don Moye expand the group into an 18-piece big band with the likes of Nicole Mitchell, Tomeka Reid, Jaribu Shahid, and Fred Berry.
The archly sophisticated production was worth the wait.
The late-60s band founded by unheralded composer Jim Cuomo only released one EP during its lifetime.
Making it easier for people to get to jobs, schools, and health care could save society a ton of money.
Current musical obsessions of Ensemble dal Niente pianist Mabel Kwan, Kelley Sheehan of Cacophony magazine, and Reader critic Peter Margasak
Also, prompted by the highly unpopular pop tax, Cook County commissioner Richard Boykin is mulling a 2018 run against board president Toni Preckwinkle.
As the secretary of state snubs NATO, we remember the raw deal that was the 2012 NATO summit in Chicago.
Christina Peck and Nico Deportago-Cabrera cut their teeth delivering in Chicago.
What if Illinois workers responded to austerity measures the way French workers did this week?
On the anniversary of the deadly Charlie Hebdo shootings in Paris, Evanston’s City Newsstand recounts how it got hold of the French satirical magazine’s first post-attack edition.