When metallic hardcore masters Harm’s Way dropped their second full-length, Isolation, in 2011, Gossip Wolf hailed the “chug-o-riffic” album for its “circle-pit-ready brutality”—and the band have gone on to build a worldwide fan base and sign to Metal Blade. In November, Closed Casket Activities (who originally put out Isolation) released a tenth-anniversary edition with four […]
Original copies of Me & E’s Rap have sold for hundreds of dollars, but Canadian archival label Mixed Signals is about to burst that bubble.
Flying Nun Records has revived Straitjacket Fits’ catalog, giving the band a second chance at the huge audience they deserved.
Chicago funk superhero Captain Sky releases his first album in 40 years—and this time his mission includes mentoring Black teenagers on the south side.
Naperville teen punks Protagonists get reissued after 35 years, indie-pop trio Gosh Diggity add a little muscle to their tender sound, and more.
Each of these reissues helps unfold a different chapter in the rich narrative of the Chicago hip-hop scene.
Prince could hardly have avoided influencing Chicago house, whose earliest, most ardent fans were queer Black and Brown kids.
Current musical obsessions of Adam Schubert from Cafe Racer, Magic Ian of the Maximum Pelt label, and Reader staff writer Leor Galil
Current musical obsessions of Dave Collis from Slow Mass, Macie Stewart from Ohmme, and Leor Galil from the Reader
New postpunk label Chicago Research charges out of the gate, the Latin Rootz DJ crew remixes Chicago Afrobeat Project, and more.
Current musical obsessions of DJ King Hippo (aka Alejandro Ayala), Resavoir bandleader Will Miller, and Reader writer Leor Galil
Current musical obsessions of Reader critic Peter Margasak, SAIC assistant professor Seth Kim-Cohen, and U. of C. assistant professor Seth Brodsky
American Football became heroes to the emo scene after breaking up in obscurity—and 17 years later, they’ve returned with a second album.
Permanent Records celebrates its odds-defying tenth anniversary, Comfort Station hosts the inaugural ZINEmercado festival, and more.
Current musical obsessions of Eternals drummer Areif Sless-Kitain, his I Kong Kult bandmate Fred Wells, and Reader critic Peter Margasak