Also, a Republican state representative is considering running against Rauner.
Reedist Chris Speed partners with drummer Dave King and bassist Chris Tordini on the recent Platinum on Tap, the most thoughtful, beautiful, and straightforward album of his career.
Sean Baker’s indie drama is an impressive feat of sympathetic filmmaking.
A busy weekend at the Museum of Contemporary Art and more goings-on October 20-22
The Daily Show With Trevor Noah wraps up a stint at the Athanaeum Theatre.
Earlier this year Bob Dylan released his third consecutive collection of prerock American pop standards, Triplicate (Columbia). With 30 songs spread across three CDs, it rates as the most substantial volume yet. The album not only demonstrates that Dylan wasn’t kidding around when he started essaying tunes sung by Frank Sinatra (among countless others) a […]
The general public loves using long-running Detroit hip-hop duo Insane Clown Posse and their fans, better known as Juggalos, as avatars for just about anything convenient to its cause. After Trump narrowly won Michigan, a battleground state, in the 2016 election, I noticed handfuls of Twitter users blaming Juggalos (who, generally speaking, are white and […]
Eddie Palmieri will turn 81 in December, but the pianist and bandleader hardly seems ready for retirement. As one of the most revolutionary and paradigm-shifting figures in the history of Latin music, he’s certainly earned the right to take it easy, and while he’s definitely quieted down on the recording front, this year’s Sabiduría/Wisdom (Ropeadope)—his […]
This Chicago band’s 1969 debut, Witchcraft Destroys Minds & Reaps Souls, had the misfortune of being pulled from distribution shortly after the Manson murders. The woman-driven Satanic majesty of the band’s ritualistic psych rock had nothing to do with the Family’s helter-skelter, but at that point any occult rock was thought to be a hard […]
Chicago four-piece Dim make the kind of shoegaze that’s allergic to the daylight. The damp and brooding industrial clang of the group’s new 12-inch, Stereo 45 (Rotted Tooth), occasionally lights up subbasements with piercing strobes, but I find it hard to believe that the members of Dim could even make out the outlines of their […]
Last year the New York-based pianist Mara Rosenbloom took a bold step forward with her third album, Prairie Burn (Fresh Sound New Talent), an incisive outing named for the practice of using controlled fires to encourage the natural preservation and renewal of indigenous growth. Rosenbloom, who grew up near Madison, Wisconsin, thought of the process […]
A couple months before he dropped June’s Beautiful Thugger Girls (300/Atlantic), Young Thug tweeted it would be his “singing album.” But to expect Thug would follow any traditional concept of singing would be to ignore his track record of eschewing what had been generally accepted as rap’s norms. As he rose to fame he didn’t […]
When elegiac doom band Warning take the stage at Reggie’s Rock club on October 26, it will be their first and last time playing in Chicago. The UK-based band, which formed in 1994 and disbanded for three years in the early 00s before breaking up for good in 2009, are on a brief and final […]
If there’s a more efficient and affordable way to build a high-quality experimental music collection than subscribing to Kevin Drumm’s Bandcamp page, I don’t know about it. Over the last couple of years he’s produced new work at a prodigious clip, releasing multiple titles each month that alternate between restrained, deeply resonant drones, furious noise […]
Advice for the would-be sex-positive