When the Wu-Tang Clan released their landmark 1993 full-length debut, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), they changed the game in popular music. Its raw, stripped-down production and its masterful lyrics, gracefully traded off among nine larger-than-life rappers, represented a fresh take on the booming genre of hip-hop—no slick studio tricks, no cartoony personalities, just lean-and-mean […]
The Reader crew start some conversations about Chicago’s loudest punk-rock institution: its lineup, its location, its role in the community, and more.
Riot Fest has its traditions, and it’s hard to hate Andrew W.K. or Gwar—but here are some bands we’d like to see.
Every few years, the always-active, always-killing-it Wu-Tang Clan explode out of the trenches and back onto the front page of the zeitgeist. In 2015, they released the one-copy-only double LP Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, which was infamously bought for $2 million by pharma douche Martin Shkreli (and later seized by a federal court). […]
Keen-eyed rapper Qari hooks up with producer Green Sllime for Operation Hennessy—and opens the floodgates on his friend’s reservoir of irreverent old-school beats.
Beer & Bands for Comfort Station This fund-raiser for Logan Square arts hub Comfort Station features a diverse bill of live music (Dos Santos, Phoelix, Dim, and Campdogzz) plus beer from Goose Island, cider from Virtue, and hard seltzer from White Claw. See Gossip Wolf for more. Sat 9/8, 4 PM, Illinois Centennial Monument, 2595 […]
Old favorites from Dinosaur Jr. and the Wu-Tang Clan still sound fresh, but a few of the “classic” albums getting played at Riot Fest have passed their expiration dates.
Jawbreaker’s improbable reunion is this year’s big Riot Fest news, but the bill also includes Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, New Order, Paramore, M.I.A., Vic Mensa, and Ministry.
On the third and final day of Riot Fest, the punk-rock fantasy camp atmosphere began to evaporate.
Today’s 12 O’Clock Track is “Love Don’t Live Here No More,” the opening single of the Wu-Tang Clan member’s new album.
Folks still needed boots for the mud, but the sunshine on Riot Fest’s second day made the good sets even better.
Tell us which headliner you’re most pumped to see, and our Riot Fest flowchart will tell you who else to catch.
The Homeroom series invites a pair of comics and a famed hashtagger to comment on race and racism.
The Cure, Jane’s Addiction, Slayer, Weezer, Wu-Tang Clan, the Offspring, and Patti Smith are among dozens of acts slated to play this tenth annual Riot Fest in September.
The North Coast Music Festival may look like it’s basically about drugs, but it’s really about enthusiasm.