☮︎ Keeping it short and sweet.

The Daily Reader

I’m writing this newsletter before the polls have closed on Tuesday night.

Which means I have no sense of how I’ll be feeling when this message hits your inbox. I suspect I will be slightly burnt out, politics aside. 

For last week’s issue, I wrote about 10,000 words between two features, several concert previews, and the Gossip Wolf column I work on with J.R. Nelson. I’ve got another big feature slated to come out next week, so apologies for the brevity of today’s newsletter. Not that I need to give anyone another reason to spend more time in front of a screen. If it’s nice out when you receive this message, I hope you’re able to carve out some respite from work and enjoy the unseasonably warm weather. 

If you’re planning to take a 30-minute walk anytime soon and need something to listen to, my playlist for this week’s newsletter will last your entire journey. (You can always find the link for my newest mix further down in these emails.) And I hope however you spend your week, it is a rejuvenating experience; we’ll all need the energy to make it to the runoff.


 I felt uneasy about reunion nostalgia. Until it came for me,” by Chris Richards (Washington Post
 Men often ignore women musicians’ stories. I’m determined to let them finally be heard,” by Jessica Hopper (The Guardian)
Separation of church and stage? Athenaeum Center’s mission shift divides former tenants and employees,” by Hannah Edgar (Chicago Tribune
Bernie & G.: a life in photos, before Stonewall,” by Jacqui Shine (well, actually)

 Cel Ray, Cellular Raymond
 Tink, Thanks 4 Nothing 
 Skrillex, Quest for Fire
😬 Leor’s “Day after the February 2023 election” playlist

Chicago punk loses a champion
Dem Hopkins didn’t just run Oz, the former gay bar that helped birth the local scene. He’d lived on the streets himself, and he devoted the same passion he had for punk to the cause of housing justice.

by Leor Galil | Read more

Bill Callahan tours on an album meant to help us move past a backward reality
by Bill Meyer | Read more

Juan de Marcos & the Afro-Cuban All Stars celebrate the effervescence of Cuban music
by Catalina Maria Johnson Read more

Saxophonist Greg Ward and his band Rogue Parade release the scintillating sophomore album Dion’s Quest
by Hannah Edgar Read more

Issue of
Feb. 23 – Mar. 8, 2023
Vol. 52, No. 10

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