Friday at Sleeping Village, the Coven Classic presents fresh live renditions of danceable tracks from “witches and b#$!s from Grace Jones to Nina Simone.”
Psych-pop group Roommate play their first Chicago show in more than two years, DJ Clent spins at another giant juke, footwork, and ghetto-house blowout, and more.
Underground rock festival Ian’s Party is run mostly by volunteers, which helps it feel like a community instead of a branding exercise.
Chicago artists celebrate late AACM cofounder Kelan Phil Cohran, and the new No Bros Allowed zine and monthly showcase opposes masculine-identified boneheadedness.
Adele Nicholas of Axons and Impossible Colors is also a self-employed civil rights lawyer—and she’s releasing a compilation to benefit the Chicago Community Bond Fund.
New local rock releases from Bleach Party, Coaster, Fake Limbs, Lala Lala, Strawberry Jacuzzi, and Swimsuit Addition
Shannon Candy of Strawberry Jacuzzi launches her label in time for Cassette Store Day, Chicago musicians turn up in Joe Swanberg’s Easy, and more.
Kate Fagan of Heavy Manners reissues her sought-after 1980 new-wave single, Swimsuit Addition drops a razor-sharp cassette EP, and more.
Jen Dot of Swimsuit Addition launches a comics-centric online zine, dance label Clear releases the latest from techno misfits Dar Embarks, and more.
Donnie Moore dials back the fury in his new project.
The Blue Groove Lounge returns to celebrate its 20th birthday, scene treasure and sound engineer Bob Popp dies at 49, and more.
An off-the-grid show by Swedish industrial legends Brighter Death Now, a compilation of rare Chicago house from Kstarke, and more
The Funs and Earring split a new cassette, Chicago Singles Club commits its first year to vinyl, and more.
More than 40 local bands are playing two festivals over the weekend.
What’s on the Reader‘s Agenda for Friday, February 1, 2013.