Led by Jon Langford of the Mekons and the Waco Brothers, Chicago alt-country band the Pine Valley Cosmonauts have covered plenty of ground in their quarter century or so of existence: they’ve made tribute albums for icons such as Bob Wills and Johnny Cash, spearheaded a series of death-themed covers compilations called The Executioner’s Last […]
Electric performances heat up a Joffrey program that could use more coherence.
The Reader‘s weekly look at music stories we didn’t publish ourselves
Fifteen new reviews of stage shows including limited runs of Cabaret and the one-man show Sancho: An Act of Remembrance.
Vincent Labriola attempted to apply the Grantland and Dissolve model to interviewing Chicago chefs and bartenders.
Chicago Shakespeare’s star-powered production is even more than its celebrated parts.
Commonly interpreted as Shakespeare’s farewell to theater, The Tempest is the tale of a magician performing his final and greatest feat. Prospero plans to use skills acquired over a lifetime to put his wrecked world back together. When that’s accomplished, he promises, “I’ll break my staff, bury it certain fathoms in the earth, and deeper […]
Current musical obsessions of Lamajamal bassist Joey Spilberg and Bad Mashadi front man Ehsan Ghoreishi
Living alone and in hiding, the actor and Lounge Lizards legend John Lurie has reinvented himself yet again—this time as a painter.
Cal Schenkel doesn’t need to name-drop Waits or Zappa.
Tattoo artist David Allen isn’t your therapist, but he’ll talk to you if he must
Blues harmonica great Charlie Musselwhite talks to local guitar hero Rockin’ Johnny Burgin
Counting down my favorite albums from 2011, starting from 40
This week’s Chicagoan: Michael Reed, rigger
Plus: Kevin Warwick on Rip Off Records’ great comp, and Moniker’s Robert Cole Manis plugs crowdsourced review mag Dusted