Twenty-two years ago, Steve Albini called the Smashing Pumpkins and Liz Phair “pandering sluts.” At least they didn’t turn out to be flavors of the week.
The new reissues of Red Red Meat’s first two albums sound as great as ever.
The migration of the hipster: A Chicago history, 1898-present
The year in Chicago history via the pages of the Reader
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
This week’s Early Warnings include the Black Angels, Elvis Costello, the Fleshtones, Human Eye, Ice Cube, Kamelot, Low, Willie Nelson, Phosphorescent, Pinback, and Urge Overkill.
Meet your new mayor, Cynthia Plaster Caster. Plus: Steve Shelley, honorary Chicagoan, Svenonius on Nation of Ulysses reunion rumors, and more.
The reunited band sounds way more punk than it did when “Exit the Dragon” came out 15 years ago.
Critics’ Choices and other notable concerts: Black Keys, Girl Talk, Prefuse 73, Von Freeman, and more
Bill Wyman: The opening paragraph of your Year-in-rock recap [Hitsville, January 7] is one of the most brilliant bits of ass-forward thought I’ve seen in years. If I read your heavily parenthetical English correctly, you are making the case that Liz Phair, Urge Overkill and the Smashing Pumpkins are somehow unique in rock music because they […]
Urge Overkill, 1990/When they were in with the indie crowd