In March, Meat Wave barreled through a pandemic-era dissection of the American labor market with the sardonic, sawtoothed “Honest Living,” laying bare the corrosive effects of depending for your survival on a morally bankrupt system that treats you like a disposable nobody. It’s an apt first single from their fourth full-length, October’s Malign Hex (Swami), […]
Chicago punk trio Meat Wave were planning on touring for much of 2020 to push a new LP, but COVID cleared their calendar and delayed their album (as it did for so many working bands). Rather than sit around and wait, the band hunkered down to write, record, and self-release an EP of new material […]
YouTube-famous Blue Line busker Ashley Stevenson drops her first studio album, dirt-rock ragers Hitter release their debut full-length, and more.
The Chicago Zine Fest celebrates publishing by the people, Bloodiest and Luggage play to benefit the Clinic Vest Project at Rainbo, and more.
Chicago hip-hop mourns musician and designer Quincy ‘Q’ Easton Kelly, and Joyride Records throws its first plugged-in show.
Current musical obsessions of Meat Wave drummer Ryan Wizniak, Meg MacDuff of Bleach Party and Montrose Man, and the Reader’s Luca Cimarusti
The band’s brand-new Delusion Moon hits shelves tomorrow.
A running joke takes on new life as a band name.