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The Reader polled dozens of critics to arrive at an absolutely indisputable ranked list of several hundred records that will definitely not start any arguments.
Chicago singer-songwriter Andrew Smith has promoted Jungle Green’s homemade songs mostly by sending them to people who reply to flyers he’s taped to lampposts. Fortunately he’s also made some well-connected fans.
Drone artist Nicholas Szczepanik returns with a new surname and a new project, underground emo supergroup What Gives finally release an album, and more.
Indefinable musician Willis Earl Beal hasn’t made much of an appearance in his hometown of Chicago since January 2015, when he performed a synth-heavy set that coincided with the debut screening of the restless 2014 indie flick he starred in called Memphis. Since then Beal has dropped three releases through Tender Loving Empire, an arts […]
Willis Earl Beal remains as contemptuous as ever of genre boundaries on A Chaos Paradigm, and his experiments continue to succeed.
Sometimes the things people write on bathroom walls are nastier than they are funny, but they can tell you a lot about the culture and history of a neighborhood.
See the excellent group play, and hear today’s 12 O’Clock Track, “Eternal Reveal.”
New music and a film screening from Willis Earl Beal, swords-and-scorcery stories by heavy-metal heroes, and more
Photographer Michael Schmelling deftly captures Chicago’s underground music scene in “Your Blues.”
Synth pop for Gaza from Aftersound, a free Willis Earl Beal EP, a release party for Melkbelly, and more
Ten Reader writers review 15 new records, including Pallbearer’s stately, mournful doom, Willis Earl Beal’s raw, mystical antipop, and Jack Ruby’s staggeringly savage no wave.
Rhymefest crowdfunds a lavishly packaged new LP, Willis Earl Beal and Jennifer Hudson turn up in Wicker Park, and more
We sit down with the formerly local anti-pop musician to discuss his new album, his band, and, toilets for our ongoing live-music video series.
Between now and Sunday, your live-music options include the Hideout Block Party & A.V. Fest (with Neko Case, Mavis Staples, and more), House of Ladosha, Robbie Fulks, Willis Earl Beal, and Marc Anthony.