A guide to your rights as a Chicago renter during a pandemic
The Egg Roll Lady has 75 varieties in her arsenal.
The Artistics could match the quality of the Impressions and the Chi-Lites, but not their chart success.
For Independent Venue Week, the Reader has rounded up some favorite stories about Chicago music venues past and present.
Jeff Tweedy’s new solo album is a family affair. He made Love Is the King with his two sons: his eldest, Spencer (already a longtime musical collaborator), plays drums and organ on most of the record, while his younger son, Sammy, sings harmony on five of its 11 tracks. They recorded the album in April […]
Aaron Sorkin rewrites Chicago history to help beat Trump.
Ten years ago, Jim Becker sought out yoga and meditation teacher Lama Lobsang Palden, hoping to find physical and spiritual healing. But at the end of their first encounter, Palden told the local multi-instrumentalist that they should make an album together. Three years later, they began the protracted process that resulted in the new Drag […]
This week features an outdoor group exhibition of posters curated by Someoddpilot and Public Works.
A guide to who holds the power and purse strings when it comes to Chicago’s money
Budget season is here but it’s more dogged than usual. How will the city recover from a nearly billion-dollar budget gap?
The crafty, supernatural queen hosts the webseries Knitting’s A Drag.
We need a new ethic of care that values workers not only for their labor but for the lives that they are living.
Sheet Ghosts soundtrack imaginary horror films, Gramps the Vamp go far out with Keeper of the Void, and more.
For their new second album, Baltimore postpunk trio Quattracenta teamed up with producer J. Robbins (Jawbox) and the Brokers Tip label, owned by Bob Nastanovich (Pavement, Silver Jews). Those familiar names aren’t the band’s only nods to the 90s—their sound draws on Slint and occasionally the Jesus Lizard—but II doesn’t feel pinned to any one […]
For more than a decade, Chicago singer-songwriter Lee Ketch has used his band Mooner to perfect an earthy indie-rock sound that draws equally from Americana and power pop. On the group’s new third album, The Alternative Universe of Love (Aerial Ballet), he reflects on his past with an irresistible combination of nostalgia, regret, and forgiveness. […]