Full disclosure: Mike Lust has recorded a handful of records I’ve played on. I also played in a band with him for a while. But there are probably a few hundred local musicians who could say the same thing. Between his prolific career as a recording engineer, his nearly 20-year tenure as the high-kicking, guitar-shredding […]
Rabid Rabbit alum Andrea Jablonski dusts off her bass for a duo at ESS, dance label Clear drops a 12-inch from new Chicagoan Steve Summers, and more.
Geoff Farina from Karate busts some new moves in the power trio Exit Verse, the Hood Internet throw a cookie party at the Hideout, and more.
Day two of Riot Fest features X, Dinosaur Jr., Public Enemy, and much more.
The postrock of Tortoise and the garage trash of the Oblivians are the yin and yang of this year’s West Fest.
The Local Option’s 12.5 percent double IPA makes its third appearance, and it’s as burly, bitter, and complicated as ever.
The local postpunk band’s debut can be streamed or downloaded for purchase in a digital version.
Recording studio Phantom Manor closes; Chicago musicians share its history.
Phantom Manor engineer Mike Lust fills his Logan Square abode with 80s nostalgia
Pinebender plays its first show in two years at Do-Division—and a big chunk of the rest of the lineup has been announced too.
Yo La Tengo spin their wheel and land on Duk’s. Plus: Dave Pirner dresses for success and a Pinebender veteran debuts a new project
Supported by the Chicago Center for Green Technology, the eco-friendly Green Music Fest runs Sat-Sun 6/25-6/26 on Damen between North and Schiller (rather than on a stretch of Chicago Avenue like last year). The festival’s to-do list includes providing guests with biodegradable drinking cups, biodiesel-generated power, water bottles made from plant-based plastics, free bike parking, […]
A local multimedia artist makes noise you can almost touch. Plus: Wild Flag tops the latest Pitchfork rumors, Ben Weasel
loses some fans at SXSW, and more
The reunited band sounds way more punk than it did when “Exit the Dragon” came out 15 years ago.