For 12 years, the Chicago Psych Fest has provided a great way to check out some of the city’s best psychedelic and experimental rock bands. The 2022 edition features a one-off reunion of the Great Society Mind Destroyers, whose headlining set will be their first gig together in 11 years—reason enough by itself to come […]
In-person gatherings are still a possibility, so the Gig Poster of the Week continues to publish artwork for upcoming concerts. We at the Reader generally support you in your choice to give local bands your love by going to shows, but please keep safety guidelines in mind as you do so—especially now that it’s painfully […]
Chicago label Sanzimat International documents the Lithuanian diaspora with three new tapes, including one with Vyto B, creator of 70s outsider classic Tricentennial 2076.
Homeroom’s Physics for Listeners series connects local trio ZRL with four disparate composers, the Plastic (Crimewave) Ono Band releases its fourth tape-only split, and more.
This week’s featured gig poster was designed by local artist, musician, and Secret Historian Steve Krakow for his band Plastic Crimewave Syndicate.
Finding enlightenment and banishing evil with the Plastic Crimewave Vision Celestial Guitarkestra.
This week’s featured gig poster was created by artist, musician, and Reader contributor Steve Krakow, aka Plastic Crimewave.
Pastor T.L. Barrett is beloved by music fanatics and rappers eager to sample throwback gospel; he also defrauded thousands, as the Reader reported in 1989.
This year’s Million Tongues includes Munehiro Narita of High Rise, fingerstyle guitarist Mark Fosson, and a few acts that played the first festival in 2004—Spires That in the Sunset Rise, Fursaxa, and Charalambides.
Navigating public transit when you can’t see well isn’t easy, musician Andy Slater says.
The Hideout isn’t having a full-blown Block Party this year, but you can still see Eleventh Dream Day, Kelly Hogan, the Lawrence Peters Outfit, Robbie Fulks, the JC Brooks Band, Devil in a Woodpile, the reunited Mr. Rudy Day, and many more.
This week’s featured gig poster was designed by local artist and musician Steve “Plastic Crimewave” Krakow.
Sauced Night Market, Empty Bottle Book Club returns, and more happenings from February 15-18
Bobby Conn, Ono, Athanor, and VCSR play a launch party tonight for a book collecting the long-running Reader feature the Secret History of Chicago Music.
Plus: Jerome Derradji reissues Larry Dixon’s missing-link boogie funk, and Streets and Soul honors the Dyett 12.