As far as the national press cared, Chicago’s 1990s indie-rock scene revolved around Smashing Pumpkins, Liz Phair, and Urge Overkill. I won’t say anything one way or the other about the merit of those artists, but their success had the felicitous side effect of persuading major labels to slosh irresponsible amounts of money around the […]
For more than two decades, singer and guitarist Matt Christensen has led Zelienople, a Chicago trio that explores the outer limits of slowcore by dismantling its melodies and song structures. Christensen focuses on similar territory in his solo work—at least, that’s the impression I get from what I’ve heard so far. His Bandcamp page features […]
On the eve of their latest return home, the Jesus Lizard talk about why they chose Chicago—and how they became its most beautiful noise-rock monsters.
New music from High Spirits and the Please & Thank Yous, plus a long-overdue Silkworm reissue
Bones and Fake Limbs release their sophomore LPs, and John Bellows bids Chicago adieu.
The Evens play Logan Hardware (for old times’ sake), Come does an in-store at Saki (for free), and more.
Deathfix’s Brendan Canty (who used to drum in Fugazi) talks to Dianogah’s Jay Ryan (who still runs the Bird Machine).
The local label landscape, a bunch of punk news, the first big street fest of the season, and more
Today’s 12 O’Clock Track is “Nothing,” from hardcore-punk pillars Negative Approach.
David Yow of Scratch Acid talks to Rob Warmowski of Sirs
Part of “Touch and Go,” on display at the School of the Art Institute’s Sullivan Galleries
Also: Wax Trax the book, Dismemberment Plan’s first 12-inch, new music from Psalm One, Tim Kinsella eats food, and more
This summer all 22 issues of pioneering punk zine Touch and Go will be collected in a book (which now has a Facebook page).
Henry Owings auctions off records to benefit victims of the earthquake in Haiti.
What to do with those old practice tapes? Chunklet’s Henry Owings is digitizing and posting rarities from the 80s and 90s.