Noname’s Book Club pushes library cards on National Fuck Amazon Day, Led Zeppelin 2 tour to celebrate Led Zeppelin III, and more.
Chicago heavy music explorers provide a peek at upcoming material
Classically trained cellist Alison Chesley is a Los Angeles native who got her start in Chicago’s 90s rock scene, pairing up with Jason Narducy for the indie duo Jason & Alison, which later morphed into a full indie-rock band called Verbow. Those endeavors were solid, but since Verbow called it a day in 2003, Chesley […]
Underground supergroup Sick Gazelle take an unexpectedly pleasing dive into postrock on Odum
There was no way that Sick Gazelle weren’t going to be good. This trio of recording engineer and Veloce mastermind Eric Block on guitar, Yakuza and Bloodiest front man Bruce Lamont on saxophone, and Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley on drums could’ve ventured down practically any musical path imaginable, and any one of them would’ve been […]
Experimental-metal mainstays Yakuza brings the gang together for a hometown show
Chicago has always been a good town when it comes to producing homegrown metal bands—the south side rocked heavy in the 80s with the likes of Trouble, Cianide, and Macabre—but it didn’t develop the international reputation it deserved until the 90s, when north-side postrock collaborators drew hipster attention. From there a new generation of freaks […]
Eternals front man Damon Locks creates a ‘sound essay’ at the MCA
Eternals front man Damon Locks creates a “sound essay” at the MCA, Deanna Belos plays a belated release party for her Sincere Engineer project, and more.
Hamid Drake drums around the world, but he’s not a star at home
Hamid Drake’s fluid fusion of jazz, reggae, and world-music percussion styles has made him an invaluable part of countless groups.
An oral history of the Empty Bottle
An excerpt from The Empty Bottle Chicago: 21+ Years of Music / Friendly / Dancing
Our guide to the 2015 Chicago International Movies & Music Festival
New documentaries focus on Devo, Morphine, the Mekons, the Residents, and more
Experimental-industrial group Corrections House mellow out with a Neil Young cover
The half-local “supergroup” takes on “Cortez the Killer.”
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Red Bull Sound Select returns to Chicago with Earthless
Red Bull Sound Select brings Earthless and Destruction Unit to Chicago for a low price this weekend.
Gig poster of the week: Clowning around with Earthless
This week’s gig poster was designed by local illustrator Josh Davis.
Reader’s Agenda Fri 1/10: Led Zeppelin 2, Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival, and Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival
What’s on the Reader‘s Agenda for Friday, January 10
12 O’Clock Track: “Bullets and Graves” is a heavy, industrial preview from Corrections House’s new LP
“Bullets and Graves” adds a noisy, experimental touch to the classic Wax Trax! sound.
Gossip Wolf: Cafe Mustache crowdfunds a bigger music room
Cafe Mustache crowdfunds a bigger music room, Pelican record their fifth LP, and more