When I finished college downstate and moved to the Windy City in 1995, the Chicago no-wave scene was breaking apart. While still in school, I’d often driven three hours to catch gigs here, and after my move I caught the last shows by local no-wave stars the Scissor Girls and Lake of Dracula. The original […]
In the early days of the COVID pandemic, retail clerks, day-care staff, public-transportation employees, and many other workers learned what coal miners have known for a very long time: that the authorities who deem their labor essential don’t necessarily feel the same way about their lives. Freakwater and the Mekons have each sung folk ballads […]
The Maypole Folk Festival builds a big tent, the Goldstars lead a crowded tribute to R&B icon Andre Williams, and more.
Chicago rapper the Boy Illinois headlines his first show since dropping the triumphant Windy EP, three current and former Chicagoans set a piece of Finnegans Wake to music, and more.
Current musical obsessions of Impulsive Hearts front woman Danielle Sines, CHIRP codirector of features Amelia Hruby, and Reader music editor Philip Montoro
Plus: The Golden Horse Ranch Band hosts Haunted Honky Tonk Karaoke, and Gel Set scores “The Fall of the House of Usher.”
Dancer-poet Ian Spencer Bell comes to the Poetry Foundation to perform his Geography Solos, a suite of “talking dances” and a new autobiographical piece, Holler.
The Sonic Youth cofounder talks with the Mekons’ Sally Timms about her recent divorce, her rejuvenated art career, and her new memoir, Girl in a Band.
What’s on the Reader‘s Agenda for Tuesday, December 17
Gossip Wolf: People-watching at Pitchfork, new material from Pezband, and a farewell to Cross Record.
A middle finger to pop sexism, a blasphemous metal fest, Pitchfork rumors, and more
An unprecedented U.S. show for Deiphago, an odd Sally Timms reissue, and another dose of Johnny Love
It’s time for The Fifth Annual Hideout Christmas Egyptian/Cosmic Panto
Set list and a few notes on the Mekons show at Lincoln Hall.
Kid Sister in the studio, plus a Maps & Atlases LP, new dollies by Archer Prewitt, good-bye to Graeme Gibson, and more