With concerts and tours on hold for most of the year, Chicago’s music scene doubled down on mutual aid and fundraising for community groups.
Did Chicago musicians booked for Lollapalooza know their sets might look like an endorsement of Mayor Lightfoot?
Current musical obsessions of sound artist and performer Andy Slater, DJ Hannah Viti, and Reader listings coordinator Salem Collo-Julin
Photographer Tim Nagle went behind the scenes with Tasha at her Pitchfork 2019 performance.
This year Pitchfork booked enough acts from in and around Chicago to fill one side of a 90-minute cassette.
Headliners Robyn, Haim, and the Isley Brothers are joined on the bill by the likes of Pusha T, Stereolab, and Mavis Staples.
Minor Moon celebrate a new album of lush, stately folk rock, Hooligan magazine throws itself a fifth-birthday party, and more.
Current musical obsessions of Slumpgang777 rapper Vagabond Maurice, hip-hop duo Glitter Moneyyy, and Reader digital managing editor Karen Hawkins
Chicago singer, songwriter, poet, and activist Tasha Viets-VanLear knows the personal is political—though there’s not much of a chance to completely sidestep politics when you’re a young, queer woman of color. On her new debut album, Alone at Last (Father/Daughter), Tasha acknowledges the machinations of society that inflict cruelty on people who have stories similar […]
The rapper and singer-songwriter are set up to release two of the best records of the year.
Woods contributed a song inspired by a Coval poem about the blues going electric, and Coval enlisted Tasha for a wintertime answer to Woods’s “LSD.”
Jordanna has left behind the riot-grrrl trio Glamour Hotline to make her bodacious new solo EP Sweet Tooth.
Current musical obsessions of singer and poet Tasha, musician and producer Kamaria Woods, and Reader music editor Philip Montoro
With her newest single, Tasha Viets-VanLear proves herself a perfect match for Saturday’s community-focused Winter Block Party at Metro.
The Growing Concerns Poetry Collective celebrate their debut again (this time on vinyl), power-pop four-piece Gal Gun drop their first full-length, and more.