Viagra Boys’ career as acid-punk raconteurs has been fueled by mutually assured destruction—they’ve pumped their bodies full of illicit substances and squared off with toxic masculinity to a frenzied backbeat. But what happens when you tire of your old enemies as you rage toward a better world? If the Stockholm five-piece’s new album Welfare Jazz […]
When it comes to music, Sweden is perhaps most famous for sweetly catchy pop and brutal death metal. Five-piece Electric Hydra finds the spiritual midpoint between those genres on its self-titled debut album by leaning into another Swedish tradition—retro hard-rock revivalism. The record’s cover art brackets the band’s name with two gaping snake maws that […]
Katatonia were fresh off a hiatus when they dropped their 11th studio album, City Burials, in April, but the pandemic meant they couldn’t stage the triumphant return tour it merited. In May, the nearly 30-year-old Swedish metal outfit appeased their fans and assuaged their own frustration with a livestreamed concert. More than six months later—with […]
Beloved and influential Swedish progressive metal band Opeth play Chicago for the first time in nearly three years in support of a new album, last fall’s In Cauda Venenum (“Poison in the Tail”), released in English and Swedish versions. The band, established in 1989, have traditionally recorded only in English, so it’s fascinating to hear […]
Whenever an outsider style of rock music finds crossover success, it’s inevitably plagued with a surge of mediocre newcomers, but one band to rise above that fray in recent years is Swedish trio Monolord. The Gothenburg group formed in 2013 and released two promising albums on Rising Easy before making their Relapse debut with 2017’s […]
Current musical obsessions of Brokedowns drummer Mustafa Daka, Rad Payoff guitarist Jason Smith, and Reader music listings coordinator Luca Cimarusti
An Arab-Swede navigates the consequences of a car bomb in Stockholm.
This year’s Chicago installment of the Swedish-born Scorched Tundra fest features the likes of Oxbow, Fistula, Acid King, and Wolvhammer—plus a beer from Pipeworks and a burger from Kuma’s.
Also, the Park District demands answers from security firm after stabbings at Northerly Island concert.
Henry Gibson’s bongo and conga wizardry made generations of stars sound better, but he never found fame as the main attraction.
The musician’s Subtropic Arkestra reimagines a disparate array of global tunes on its superb new album.
Today’s 12 O’Clock Track is “Seagulls,” a dose of hypnotic ambience off of the new album Casino.
The Independent Order of Svithiod is a century-old fraternal organization struggling to survive.
Andersonville’s iconic wooden Dala horse received a much needed face-lift and has now moved indoors.
A review of the celebrity chef’s new memoir.