I’ve never been the type to have a single favorite artist (I’ve probably got 100, depending on the context or mood), but for more than a decade I’ve counted Italian psychedelic-metal group Ufomammut among the best bands on the planet. So in January 2020, when they announced that their drummer, Vito, was departing and that […]
When I saw Italian psychedelic doom trio Ufomammut debut in Chicago on their first-ever U.S. tour in 2015, my only complaint was that the set ended too soon—they’d played for at least an hour, but their blankets of spacey haze, locomotive riffs, and earth-shaking grooves were so entrancing that even another hour would’ve melted away […]
Current musical obsessions of Thrill Jockey publicist Mike Boyd, recording engineer Doug Malone, and Reader associate editor Jamie Ludwig
Seven Reader writers drill down into rap, jazz, punk, metal, and more—instead of just rearranging the same records on everyone else’s best-of list.
I know it’s perverse to compile a year-end list of concerts (“Want to hear about some great stuff you probably didn’t see?”), but please consider these as ongoing recommendations—all five bands below will slay your face no matter when you catch up with them. I left off some truly spectacular shows to avoid repeating previous […]
Narcotically heavy, tail-swallowing grooves from Ufomammut’s forthcoming Ecate
This new Bridgeport operation has a crowd of brewers on deck, and takes advantage of their varied talents to produce a broad range of solid beers.
At this new Evanston brewpub, a veteran of Arcadia Ales debuts with a half-dozen solid, easy-drinking traditional styles.