When Elder emerged in Massachusetts in the mid-2000s, they worshiped at the altar of stoner-doom heavyweights such as Sleep and Eyehategod. But in the years since, they’ve emerged from behind the weed to establish a voice of their own. By their fifth LP, 2020’s Omens, most of the band had relocated to Berlin, and as […]
Matt Pike of High on Fire makes his solo debut with a psych-rock blowout
Matt Pike has had a long and storied career as a member of pioneering stoner-metal trios Sleep and High on Fire. But the pandemic has been hard on team players, and so this year the guitarist and vocalist is releasing his first solo album, Pike vs the Automaton—a heartbreaking work of cabin fever. He recorded […]
Not only in my dreams
What our listings coordinator is musing about this week
Your wildest dreams and odd sleep patterns during the pandemic, explained
Therapists and sleep neurologists explain what’s making people rest uneasy as Chicago eases into a partial reopening.
Heavy sounds to shake Garfield Park Conservatory
Update: To help slow the spread of COVID-19, this show has been postponed to a date to be determined in the future. Ticket holders should check with their point of purchase for refund or exchange information. It’s only March, but this lineup will be hard for any other heavy rock show in 2020 to beat. […]
They came, they saw, they smoked: Sleep celebrate their decade-long reunion and impending hiatus at Thalia Hall
Most band reunions don’t live up to the hype, but most bands aren’t Sleep. In the early 90s, the Northern California trio—bassist and vocalist Al Cisneros, guitarist Matt Pike, and drummer Chris Hakius—laid down a guttural strain of Sabbath-worshipping blues metal, filtered through a crusty psychedelic lens. They broke up in 1998 following a years-long […]
After a couple of setbacks, High on Fire return better than ever
It’s finally happening! High on Fire, the most beloved heavy-metal band of the modern era, are going on tour in support of their eighth studio album and best release yet, last year’s Electric Messiah. They’ve tried twice before, but both times they hit roadblocks. In January, the band canceled the second of two tours when […]
Hank Pearl of Black Pearl Photo on masked Swedish synth masters Priest
Current musical obsessions of Hank Pearl of Black Pearl Photo, Joshua Hasken of the band Fernando Doppel, and Jamie Ludwig of the Reader
What we learned at the Chicago Humanities Festival
There was a ton of valuable information, but it was received in advance of a bleak future.
In Rotation: Erin Elders of Wedding Dress on Chicago’s answer to a young Scott Walker
Current musical obsessions of Wedding Dress guitarist Erin Elders and Adam Mohundro from Tinkerbelles
Gig poster of the week: Journey into the outer limits with Sleep
This week’s gig poster was designed by Portland-based David V. Andrea of Samaritan Press.
Photos of Sleep and Corrections House playing last night at Thalia Hall
And they also play tonight.
Best shows to see: Sleep, Allan Kingdom, Dan Tepfer, Dierks Bentley
The best shows to see through the weekend include Sleep, Allan Kingdom, Dan Tepfer, and Dierks Bentley.
An early taste of Aquanaut Brewing’s core lineup
This soon-to-open Bowmanville brewery will enter the market with kegs and cans of a porter, an ESB, and an extraordinary rye IPA.
Dragon Lady Doppelbock: Why do I do this to myself?
Once you get past the fact that this Lithuanian doppelbock doesn’t look or taste like a doppelbock, is it all right? No. No, it’s not.