Just in case you’ve been waiting to spend your monthly music budget till more of it would go to artists and labels
These days, nihilism isn’t a choice—it’s a corner that we’ve boxed ourselves into in a feeble attempt to preserve some semblance of peace of mind. By 2020, Protomartyr had already spent more than a dozen years making malaise seem ineffably cool, with vocalist Joe Casey serving up tongue-lashings over gummy bass lines and bristling riffs. […]
One of the most spectacular characteristics of Detroit’s Protomartyr is just how spectacularly understated they remain as a postpunk force, even with the recent release of their fourth full-length and Domino Records debut, Relatives in Descent. Subtlety in postpunk is par for the course—the subgenre is essentially defined by its minimalistic structures, exercises of negative […]
Plus: Mastering engineer Matthew Barnhart on a band for people “going through stuff,” the Reader‘s Philip Montoro on the happiest audience he’s ever seen, and more
Remember Pitchfork? The three-day blowout is just a few months past, but some of the festival’s best acts are already returning to Chicago. As with the three stages at Pitchfork, October 8 presents fans with a choice between three festival alums: piano balladeer Tobias Jesso Jr. at the Empty Bottle, beat master DJ Jamie XX […]
The Reader followed a few intrepid teenage journalists while they interviewed musicians at this year’s Pitchfork Music Festival.
An unexpected storm briefly shut down the festival, but a triumphant Sleater-Kinney set waited at the end of the rainbow.
This week’s gig poster was designed by local illustrator Joe Schorgl.
Current musical delights of Tic Tac Totally founder Matt Clark and Chicago Mastering Service’s Jason Ward
What’s on the Reader‘s Agenda for Sunday, July 21
Between now and Sunday, your live-music options include Lord Dying, Caleb James, Eviyan, Protomartyr, the Vans Warped Tour, and of course the Pitchfork Music Festival.
Pitchfork afterparties: There’s no Bitchpork this year, but there is Rotted Tooth, plus plenty more.