On Monday, August 1, jazz trombonist Jeb Bishop will move back to Chicago after a ten-year absence. Bishop and his wife headed to North Carolina in spring 2012 (Carrboro and […]
Guitarist and drummer Weasel Walter, the “brutal prog” purveyor best known as longtime leader of the Flying Luttenbachers, left Chicago in 2003 for San Francisco and later moved to New […]
When I finished college downstate and moved to the Windy City in 1995, the Chicago no-wave scene was breaking apart. While still in school, I’d often driven three hours to […]
Sandy Ewen’s music is a constant series of negotiations. She’s constantly seeing what new sounds she can get out of her guitar, using found objects such as steel-wool scrubbing pads, […]
Ever since guitarist Sandy Ewen moved from Texas to New York City in 2017, she’s been a prolific performer, both at conventional venues (Bushwick Public House, Downtown Music Gallery) and […]
Two years ago, legendary avant-garde artist Lydia Lunch brought her all-star no-wave revival band Retrovirus to Chop Shop. The group laid down a charismatic, devastatingly tight set that wove together […]
Katinka Kleijn and Lia Kohl play with 30 cellos in a swimming pool, the rejuvenated Skin Graft Records drops a Chicago vs. New York compilation, and more.
Or 1990s Wicker Park encapsulated in a single letter to the editor by Weasel Walter.
In the late 70s and early 80s, Silver Abuse shared members with Naked Raygun—and their eclectic, discordant music was in some ways even more confrontational.
Gossip Wolf guesses about the Riot Fest roster, Skin Graft Records cranks back into action for its 25th anniversary, and more.
The former Chicagoan plays Township with his band Cellular Chaos.
The Empty Bottle seals the deal on Pilsen’s Thalia Hall, Weasel Walter returns with Cellular Chaos, and more.
Behold the Arctopus play awesomely intricate, nonrepeating instrumental technical metal—but don’t worry, they know how silly that is.
As I wrote in my Critic’s Choice for drummer and former Chicagoan Weasel Walter, who plays Friday night at Enemy and Tuesday night at Elastic, he’s been churning out recordings […]
Critics’ Choices and other notable shows: Goatwhore, the Mekons, Baby Teeth, Gucci Mane, and more