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
I know it’s perverse to compile a year-end list of concerts (“Want to hear about some great stuff you probably didn’t see?”), but please consider these as ongoing recommendations—all five bands below will slay your face no matter when you catch up with them. I left off some truly spectacular shows to avoid repeating previous […]
Prior to the ascendance of Michael Jordan, if you said “Chicago” anywhere in the world, regardless of language barrier, you’d be greeted with finger guns and mentions of Al Capone. But now the peaceful period of international Be Like Mike-ism has passed—Chicago is once again synonymous with gunfire, thanks in part to a constant media […]
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. […]