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Peter Margasak

Peter Margasak 

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I’ve been a staff writer at the Chicago Reader since 1996, which is when I started writing the Post No Bills column. It ran until 2004 and was reborn a few years ago as my Reader blog. I've written about all kind of styles and music-related topics over the years, from proto-punkers to rabid record collectors to jazz drummers. My work has also appeared in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Spin, DownBeat, and on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. I also appear on the third Friday of each month as a guest on WBEZ’s Radio M program.
  • Short Takes on Recent Releases
  • Short Takes on Recent Releases

    The early electric gospel of Elder Utah Smith, jazz pianist Martial Solal live at 80, and groove-based abstraction from Huntsville
  • Short Takes on Recent Reissues
  • Short Takes on Recent Reissues

    Detroit rockers Death presaged punk, Indiana's Zero Boys epitomized it, and Volcano Suns carried it into the indie era.
  • Braxton and the Beast
  • Braxton and the Beast

    Once upon a time, a major label not only signed but supported one of the most uncompromising radicals in jazz.
  • Short Takes on Recent Releases
  • Short Takes on Recent Releases

    Hybrid street music from Kinshasa, meticulous jazz from Norway, and enlightening country from a neglected pioneer
  • Africa on the Ground
  • Africa on the Ground

    Tiny reissue labels dig past the canon to the undiscovered treasures of the continent's golden age.
  • Sunk by Success
  • Sunk by Success

    Boston's Big Dipper, who dallied with the majors too early, are back with an anthology on Merge.