Bil Vermette has been making ambient and electronic soundscapes for more than 40 years, and his new album, Hunting for Planet 9, won’t disappoint fans looking for another collection of instrumental, synthesizer-heavy space waves to add to their playlist. The Berwyn musician became known for his hypnotic compositions as a member of late-70s synth collective […]
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A memorial to Alejandro Morales
Alejandro Morales’s death doesn’t just leave a hole in Chicago’s DIY music scene—it’s a loss to community activists, to affordable housing advocates, and to countless friendships.
Joyride Records leaves Ukrainian Village, destination unknown
Joyride Records leaves Ukrainian Village, destination unknown; the original Mannequin Men reunite to celebrate the band’s 15th anniversary; and more.
Joyride Records throws a housewarming party in the old Permanent space
Joyride Records throws itself a housewarming party in the old Permanent storefront, Tall Pat Records bows out with a couple more rock ’n’ roll blowouts, and more.
What will the closure of Permanent Records’ Chicago store mean for the local music community?
Ukrainian Village’s beloved Permanent Records will close in September, and its full-time employees—including Moniker Records founder Robert Manis—will move to LA to work at its west-coast shops.
Seventies wizard rockers Bad Axe made their posthumous recorded debut in 2014
Bad Axe got a regular gig thanks to Rahm Emanuel’s mom and a belated vinyl release thanks to Permanent Records.
Record stores for Record Store Day heretics
Record Store Day is a great time to get acquainted with the neighborhood shops that don’t partake in the annual retail circus.
Record Store Day 2017: Sales, giveaways, in-store performances, and more
Record Store Day deals and happenings, listed by store and arranged on an interactive map
Permanent Records manager Dave McCune on celebrating the shop’s tenth anniversary
Dave McCune, manager of Chicago’s Permanent Records, reflects on the store’s history: “I got to watch the evolution of the shop from both sides of the counter.”
Permanent Records celebrates its odds-defying tenth anniversary
Permanent Records celebrates its odds-defying tenth anniversary, Comfort Station hosts the inaugural ZINEmercado festival, and more.
Record Store Day 2016: Sales, giveaways, in-store performances, and more
This year’s Record Store Day releases leave a lot to be desired, but the full slate of in-store performances should make shop hopping worth it anyway.
The Lemons’ new LP attracts a crowd of celebrity cosigners
The Lemons’ new LP attracts a crowd of celebrity cosigners, Permanent Records reissues Fred Cole’s pre-Dead Moon band Zipper, and more.
Synth collective VCSR return after more than 30 years with their first release
Original VCSR members Bil Vermette, Dave Palmer, and John Vignola reunite for the Chicago Summer Psych Fest.
Oozing Wound drummer Kyle Reynolds on the perfect balance of noise and techno
Current musical obsessions of Oozing Wound drummer Kyle Reynolds, Running drummer Alejandro Morales, and Reader drummer Luca Cimarusti
Find your favorite new local rock LP at the Chicago Independent Labels Pop-Up Shop
The inaugural event celebrates new music made by small local labels.