Underground rock festival Ian’s Party is run mostly by volunteers, which helps it feel like a community instead of a branding exercise.
Eternals front man Damon Locks creates a “sound essay” at the MCA, Deanna Belos plays a belated release party for her Sincere Engineer project, and more.
Original Rap Karaoke makes a comeback at Township, Berlin hosts Big Dipper’s LaCroix Boi: The Party, and more.
“The Kurt Russell Art Show,” the Divine Feminine, and more happenings from March 17-19.
Kathleen Rooney at Curbside Books and Records, stand-up from Megan Gailey, and more happenings from February 27-March 2
Metal from Lordi, Joffrey Ballet’s Game Changers, and more happenings from February 13-16
Current musical obsessions of Shane Merrill of Empire Productions, John Ugolini of Kickstand Productions, and the Reader’s Kevin Warwick
This week’s featured gig poster was designed by local artist Daniel MacAdam of Crosshair screen printing.
The new Chicago chapter of Good Night Out joins the fight to reform a nightlife culture that too often turns a blind eye to harassment and sexual assault.
Anthony Janas makes sound art by sailing a boat, Fiesta del Sol celebrates ten years of its house-music festival, and more.
Brickworld, Green Music Fest, and more happenings from June 17-19.
Liqs have been making noise in Chicago’s DIY garage scene, but you can hear them play their great recent single, “Nothing for Me,” at a legit venue too.
The heavy, ominous “Steady Waves” is a great introduction to Cross Record’s powerful new album.
Nearly a year ago the Logan Square restaurant-slash-venue cut ties with music-booking company MP Presents, and now it’s got a few new owners who aim to fill up its music calendar.
The punk-focused music-booking company bids adieu to the Lakeview bar, and many of MP Presents’ August shows have been moved to 1st Ward in Wicker Park.