Ask A Chicago Expert: Best Ways To Discover New MusicThe mega festival sells out each year, but you know that a city that has produced Buddy Guy, Herbie Hancock, Muddy Waters, Styx, Smashing Pumpkins, Rise Against and Kanye West likely has the next trend producer playing at a local joint. Indeed, the city overflows with bars and even BBQ storefronts that welcome, as they say, "live music."
Pitchfork Music Festival 2013: R. Kelly Is Everything To Everyone, Bjork Summons The StormPitchfork music festival, now in its eighth year, is produced by the people behind the indie-rock bastion Pitchfork Media—essentially, a music festival put on by people who frequent music festivals. Held in Union Park, a small patch of grass on Chicago’s north side, a few dozen carefully selected bands are spread out over three days on three stages. The collection of pop and indie pretty accurately encompasses the music website’s taste, while indie clothing retailers and a vinyl record tent represented its lifestyle.
Best of 2011: EventsDespite what my mother says, I do leave my house occasionally (and I’m not a nerd, dammit). It’s my job. Kind of. To go out in the world and to find junk to write about. And, you know, some of the junk I’ve found is great. Really great. Looking back over 2011, here are five of my favorite things that’ll be back in 2012. So leave your house in 2012! Go to these cool things! Prove to your mother that you're not a nerd!