Ratboys celebrate their tenth birthday in a virtual living room at Schubas, Northwestern’s New Music Conference returns in online form, and more.
Chicago “frog rock” four-piece Floatie talk about the lost year of COVID, finding inspiration in adventure novels, and their complicated but congenial songs.
Rapper Matt Muse runs a second Love & Nappyness Hair Care Drive, a new compilation of 46 local artists benefits Chicago Community Jail Support, and more.
Chicago indie rockers Ratboys recently released their best album yet, and though they can’t tour, they’re finding ways to stay connected to their fans.
Prolific musical polymath Nnamdï uses his new solo album to teach himself something about work-life balance.
A new Chicago indie-rock comp benefits Brave Space Alliance and Black & Pink, Anna Holmquist of Bad Songwriter Podcast drops an album with their band Ester, and more.
Guitarist-vocalist Julia Steiner and guitarist David Sagan met as first-year students at the University of Notre Dame in 2010, and they’ve since become ingrained in Chicago underground rock. Under the name Ratboys, they made themselves a home in the emo scene in the mid-2010s, playing country-flecked indie songs and drawing in a couple prolific collaborators […]
Drummer Tim Daisy hits a hot streak with his record label, indie rockers Jupiter Styles celebrate a star-studded sophomore album, and more.
Dusty Groove sells off thousands of LPs for a dollar each, anonymous local dark-ambient producer Faithful drops a free EP, and more.
Current musical obsessions of singer-songwriter Micha, Half Gringa front woman Izzy Olive, and Reader staff writer Leor Galil
In April I was caught off guard when the New York Times previewed a Pinegrove show by saying, “On paper, this six-piece New Jersey band shouldn’t work, but its blend of country and emo somehow does.” That straw man is predicated on the idea that two genres built on guitars and deep subversive histories have […]
Photographer Brittany Sowacke uses double exposures and prisms to give her concert shots an otherworldly beauty.
This week’s featured gig poster was designed by Ratboys guitarist Dave Sagan.
This week’s featured gig poster was designed by local artist and comic Sarah Squirm.
The punk-focused music-booking company bids adieu to the Lakeview bar, and many of MP Presents’ August shows have been moved to 1st Ward in Wicker Park.