Irresistibly absurd music zine Roctober returns after a six-year hiatus, rootsy rock collective Contorno drop their first album, and more.
As DJ Roc, Chicago producer Clarence Johnson helped mold footwork and provided the support it needed to become an international underground phenomenon. He started making juke tracks in the early 2000s, but just a few years later he adopted the faster, battle-ready footwork sound. Johnson strengthened the footwork scene in 2005 by cofounding production collective […]
R&B legend Andre Williams influenced generations of rockers and rappers—and his decades-long comeback ended only with his death at 82.
Chaka Khan talks to Jake Austen of the Goblins and Chic-a-Go-Go.
The Thalia Hall team’s new Hyde Park venue, the Mopery’s new identity, and more
A personal farewell to Chicago soul historian and WHPK deejay Bob Abrahamian, who died at age 35 last week
What’s on the Reader‘s Agenda for Saturday, April 19
Current musical obsessions of Roctober‘s Jake Austen and WHPK’s Mario Smith
Mr. Lee & the Rearrangers Band are credited on what Roctober‘s Jake Austen calls “perhaps the most bizarre 45 in Chicago history.”
Silver apples for the Owl’s Silver Apples show, the CFA’s second annual media mixer, and more.
Roctober throws Norton Records a post-Sandy benefit, and more
This week’s gig poster celebrates the debut performance of the puppet-fronted Ratso & the Rabbits.
The new book Flying Saucers Rock ’n’ Roll anthologizes the under-the-radar zine and its underappreciated subjects.
Ratso from Chic-a-Go-Go forms a furry supergroup. Plus: R. Kelly’s lovin’ it, Saki turns one, and more.
The Goblins play Caveman-a-Go-Go tonight at Bottom Lounge, performing a set of their own material for the first time in nearly ten years.