We’ve all had a lot to pay attention to this year, but there’s always room for more great music.
I think we can all agree the next year has got to be better.
The shrinking of music media requires a new definition of “overlooked,” but even the strictest criteria admit a vast unexplored trove of riches.
Don’t listen to nobody nobody sent. 2018 was a good year.
I was running errands Saturday and distracted, so when I hit the Fullerton-Pulaski intersection it took me a moment to figure out what was going on. A man with a walker and several full shopping bags had apparently begun crossing the street a few feet outside of the crosswalk and then stopped. A man, in […]
Witches, monsters, selkies, cosmic musings and family dramas, and, of course, the Golden Girls
A look at the best, worst, and most memorable moments from the Reader‘s first year in business.
We marginalized folks didn’t start this garbage fire.
More than ever it’s important to recognize the women who stand out among bland stand-ups.
These three are the most stylish Chicago girls of the past last year.
Seven Reader writers drill down into rap, jazz, punk, metal, and more—instead of just rearranging the same records on everyone else’s best-of list.
My ballot from the annual jazz critics’ poll published at NPR music
Because such an impressive glut of local punk full-lengths came out this year, to pick just five I had to come up with a narrower category. Luckily for me (and for you), local punk showcase Ian’s Party (see page TK) has supersized for 2016, moving into three relatively large venues and blowing out its lineup. […]
It’s been a brutal year. A lot of darkness has crossed our thresholds, so that even when we make time to celebrate—to embrace life and joy—we can never entirely escape all the reasons to do the opposite. With winter poised to strike and our TV and computer screens continually stained with what look like signs […]
Chicago doesn’t just have a vibrant, busy music scene—it’s also full of busy music writers. This year some of the city’s best talents were at the top of their game, helping drive big, important conversations and refining their distinctive styles. It’s surely just a coincidence that several of them have also contributed to the Reader. […]