Promoter Alexi Front began his love affair with Scandinavian metal in the mid-2000s by publishing a zine and running a label. He started the Scorched Tundra festival in Gothenburg, Sweden, in 2011, and five years later he began throwing one in Chicago as well—spearheading a sort of underground-metal sister-cities program. Front is a curator by […]
Slow Pulp make a dreamy album for the year we can’t wake up from
Slow Pulp make a dreamy album for the year we can’t wake up from, Pelican guitarist Dallas Thomas keeps the solo jams coming, and more.
Metropolitan Brewing teams up with Pelican for the biere de garde Cold Hope
Beer and Metal returns to review a long-gestating collaboration by beloved Chicago institutions Pelican and Metropolitan Brewing.
Pelican deliver a powerful and emotional new album, Nighttime Stories
Chicago (mostly) instrumental progressive-metal favorites Pelican produced full-lengths on a fairly regular schedule throughout the 00s, but that reliability began to break down when the decade flipped to the 10s. Four years passed between What We All Come to Need and Forever Becoming, the first album with Dallas Thomas of the Swan King stepping in […]
Local power trio RLYR premiere the first song from their upcoming debut
Three masters of boundary-pushing metal go shiny, pretty, and epic in RLYR.
Pelican play a rare show with vocals at the Goose Island Urban Block Party
For just the third time in their 15-year career, Pelican won’t be entirely instrumental onstage: Allen Epley of the Life and Times will join the band to sing “The Cliff” on Friday.
Stargazing in the mud at Pitchfork
Stargazing in the mud at Pitchfork, plus new records on the way from RLYR and the duo of Ryley Walker and Bill MacKay
Gossip Wolf: Riot Fest to book Cobra Lounge
Riot Fest takes over booking Cobra Lounge, Zigtebra and Soft Leather throw Halloween parties, and more.
Pelican offers up a preview to self-released live record Arktika
The local instrumental four-piece ready a double LP.
Pelican plays a ‘secret’ show at the Owl tonight
The local metal band just announced a show tonight at the Logan Square watering hole.
Gossip Wolf: Riot Fest lineup predictions
Riot Fest predictions, For Practically Everyone Records revs up for spring, and more
12 O’Clock Track: “Seven Angels” is pioneering doom drone by Earth
“Seven Angels” is an insanely slow and heavy drone by the Olympia, Washington, band Earth.
Would you let your children listen to Justin Roberts?
Chicago kids’ musician Justin Roberts is up for a Grammy, so we asked seven local parents to listen to his latest album.
Beer and Metal’s year in review
This year’s ten most read Beer and Metal columns include two of the Reader‘s top five blog posts of 2013.
Three Floyds and Pelican team up again, this time for the black IPA Immutable Dusk
Pelican celebrate the release of Forever Becoming by tapping a new Three Floyds collaboration at their Bottom Lounge show on Wednesday.