The final Bandcamp Friday of the year arrives December 2. I’ve made a habit of rounding up music recommendations from recent Reader stories for each Bandcamp Friday, and since this is the 26th one, I hope it’s redundant to explain that for a 24-hour period, Bandcamp passes along its usual share of sales revenue to […]
Tag: Sweet Cobra
Sweet Cobra go post-everything with a brilliant new musical reinvention
Born of the Fireside Bowl hardcore scene, local trio Sweet Cobra have become synonymous with heavy music in Chicago over the past two decades—but they’ve also evolved every step of the way. They started off as a fairly typical early-aughts doomy hardcore act, and though they’ve shifted away from hardcore with proggy, sludgy, and melodic […]
Chicago rockers share their Mutiny memories, foggy and otherwise
Eulogies for the notoriously debauched punk bar from members of Sweet Cobra, Montrose Man, the Functional Blackouts, and more
Russian Circles lead a night that shows Chicago’s got a lot of heavy music to be thankful for
Following two sold-out stints at the Empty Bottle earlier this year, hometown “instru-metal” heroes Russian Circles reward their local legions once more with this Metro date the day after Thanksgiving. And there’s plenty to be thankful for, as the postmetal trio put on one helluva performance. Though it’s been two years since their most recent […]
Stephanie Marlow of Indie Publicity on a brutal band with a soft spot for pitties
Current musical obsessions of Stephanie Marlow from Indie Publicity, Jason Gagovski from Sweet Cobra, and Jamie Ludwig from the Reader
Violence begets violence on the gig poster of the week
This week’s gig poster was designed by a local artist operating as Mute Neighbor.
Supervillains chill out on the gig poster of the week
This week’s featured gig poster was designed by local artist Ryan Duggan.
The Green Music Fest catches Dave Mata’s Royal Hands
The Green Music Fest catches Dave Mata’s Royal Hands, Bric-a-Brac Records celebrates four years, and more.
The year in music: 2015
Seven Reader writers drill down into rap, jazz, punk, metal, and more—instead of just rearranging the same records on everyone else’s best-of list.
Albums by Chicago punks playing Ian’s Party
Because such an impressive glut of local punk full-lengths came out this year, to pick just five I had to come up with a narrower category. Luckily for me (and for you), local punk showcase Ian’s Party (see page TK) has supersized for 2016, moving into three relatively large venues and blowing out its lineup. […]
Sweet Cobra release a music video along with their new record
The clip for “Future Ghosts” is a wild, trippy ride.
Singer-songwriter Jennifer Hall celebrates her first studio material in four years
Singer-songwriter Jennifer Hall celebrates her first studio material in four years, Electric Hawk play a release party for their long-awaited second album, and more.
Crushing shoegaze trio Cloakroom celebrate the release of their second full-length on Saturday
The band teamed up with Hum frontman Matt Talbott on their heavy new release.
Gossip Wolf: Riot Fest to book Cobra Lounge
Riot Fest takes over booking Cobra Lounge, Zigtebra and Soft Leather throw Halloween parties, and more.
Gig poster of the week: Shred into Arluck Time
This week’s gig poster was designed by Milwaukee-based artist (and former Chicagoan) Francisco Ramirez.