This week’s featured gig poster was created by local writer and designer Brian Shamie.
The Moondogs gigged hard for a few years in the late 70s and early 80s, and these beloved country rockers have played a reunion show as recently as 2012.
Reunions and full-album sets are Riot Fest’s specialty—so what does it have to offer this year, besides Bikini Kill?
Boundary-pushing jazz trio Twin Talk celebrate a gracefully daring new album at the Hideout, the Girl Talk team discuss muting R. Kelly and supporting his survivors, and more.
Joyride Records leaves Ukrainian Village, destination unknown; the original Mannequin Men reunite to celebrate the band’s 15th anniversary; and more.
Wayne Kramer and worthy sidemen play Metro in honor of the protopunk classic.
Slowcore veterans Pinebender resurrect their original lineup, underground rapper Freako celebrates a new mixtape with a jam-packed art show, and more.
Original guitarist James Iha is back, but can that prevent Billy Corgan from continuing to suck the life out of Smashing Pumpkins?
Current musical obsessions of Nikki Hartel of Audiotree, Mike Gebel of the Empty Bottle, and Luca Cimarusti of the Reader
On the eve of their latest return home, the Jesus Lizard talk about why they chose Chicago—and how they became its most beautiful noise-rock monsters.
This quintet reunites at iO Theater for more shameless, whiz-bang comedy.
Chicago Design Week, iO’s bilingual comedy show Generation LatinX, and more goings-on October 23-26
Current musical obsessions of Strawberry Jacuzzi’s Shannon Candy, Rahim Salaam of the What About Chicago?! podcast, and Reader staff writer Leor Galil
The new Jawbreaker documentary Don’t Break Down hardly makes the band look healthy, but at Riot Fest they played like they’d been reborn.
Don’t Break Down: A Film About Jawbreaker unpacks the group’s legend, even for people who don’t know it has one.