Don’t let the live vibe fool you—The Hideout Sessions features no cheering, no clapping, and no cries for “Freebird.” Josh Caterer, lead singer of the Smoking Popes for 30 years, recorded this new collection of songs and covers pandemic style last October: he played to no one, just cameras that livestreamed the show from the […]
The cruelty, ignorance, and incompetence of the federal pandemic response have cost the life of beloved singer-songwriter John Prine, who stood against all those things.
How a doughnut-shop parking lot became a confluence of Chicago youth subcultures—and what killed it off
This week’s featured gig poster was designed by Josh Davis of Dead Meat Design.
The classic Smoking Popes lineup releases its first full-length in nearly two decades, not-quite-retired Chicago rapper E.C. Illa reissues two old Kanye collabs, and more.
Current musical obsessions of Pelican’s Trevor de Brauw, Anatomy of Habit’s Kenny Rasmussen, and the Reader’s Luca Cimarusti
Anthony Janas makes sound art by sailing a boat, Fiesta del Sol celebrates ten years of its house-music festival, and more.
This week’s featured gig poster was created by the design team Hand Carved Graphics.
Plus: Varsity tease their new garage-pop tape, and friends say farewell to beloved sound engineer John Emerson.
Our guide to the best places to be when 2014 starts
Treasure Fleet, another Chicago supergroup featuring members of the Arrivals, Smoking Popes, and Lawrence Arms, celebrate the release of their sophomore LP tomorrow night
The Smoking Popes announce a concept album and Gauge plays with Haymarket Riot. Plus: Chrissy Murderbot signs to Planet Mu, James Chance likes Snapple, and more