Identity, versatility, and productivity intertwine in the music of Patrick Shiroishi. Best known as an alto saxophonist, the Los Angeles-based musician plays five different saxophones, guitar, and keyboards. His ever-growing discography includes 65 album-length releases with his name on the cover, and that number balloons to more than 100 if you count records where he’s […]
If you’re still COVID-hesitant about sitting in the dark with strangers at the theater, then A Theater in the Dark is here to help! The company, which focuses on creating original audio dramas, returns with A Matter of Red Herrings, a 1920s-style detective noir comedy by Greg Garrison about a pair of gumshoes in Chicago […]
The title track of Sumac’s latest album, 2020’s May You Be Held (Thrill Jockey), is a tough-love affirmation built for trying times, when soothing sounds just don’t cut it anymore and you need self-care that’s more like the cathartic group therapy you might find in a Klingon gladiatorial arena. The postmetal power trio use punky, […]
Formed in Seattle by former members of technical hardcore powerhouse Botch and mathy indie-rock outfit Kill Sadie, These Arms Are Snakes defined an era and a movement of thinking person’s heavy music during their initial run from 2002 to 2009. Injecting the knotty complexity of their previous bands with a swing and throb befitting the […]
The nation may be diseased and broken, but you can still use your Bandcamp dollars to do a small kindness for musicians and labels.
There’s a lot of room in the vast and aesthetically diverse landscape of metal, but one powerhouse trio occupies its own sound-deconstructing universe: Sumac. The heady metal-centric music that guitarist and vocalist Aaron Turner (Isis, Old Man Gloom), bassist Brian Cook (Russian Circles), and drummer Nick Yacyshyn (Baptists) churn out is such a left-field beast […]
Metalcore supergroup Old Man Gloom have often fallen silent for years at a stretch, but for two decades now they’ve occasionally emerged from the depths with an offering of their signature celestial sludge. This summer they’re delivering new material as a pair of albums, an approach they’ve used twice before (with Seminar II and Seminar […]
This two-night metal festival, curated by metal and beer enthusiast Alexi Front (also the beer director for Kuma’s Corner restaurants), operates in both Chicago and Gothenburg, Sweden. In just seven years it has racked up an impressive ten installments. This year’s Chicago edition represents the heavy music of our hometown along with plenty of visitors. […]
This week’s featured gig poster was designed by local artist Daniel MacAdam of Crosshair screen printing.
Current musical obsessions of Axons drummer Amanda Kraus, Now Is Podcast host Ben Remsen, and Reader music editor Philip Montoro
Eight Reader writers tackle a dozen new releases, including John Carpenter’s first music not for film, Aine O’Dwyer’s improvisations on pipe organ, and a reissue of Del Shannon’s 1968 psych-pop masterpiece.
Challenged to cook with sumac, Do-Rite Donuts chef Francis Brennan tarts up long johns with the acidic Middle Eastern spice.
Joseph Rose of Lockwood funks up his act with smen, a fermented butter traditional in North Africa and the Middle East.
Noon-O-Kabab’s delivery depot has opened.