Peter Margasak
Peter Margasak

Peter Margasak

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.


The <i>Reader</i>'s guide to the 2013 Umbrella Music Festival The Reader's guide to the 2013 Umbrella Music Festival Chicago's most daring jazz fest features Tarbaby, Mark Dresser, Joe McPhee, Eric Boeren, Amina Claudine Myers, and much more. November 04, 2013
Jason Moran builds a bigger bandwagon Jason Moran builds a bigger bandwagon Artist Theaster Gates and reedist Ken Vandermark join the jazz pianist in an oral history of their evolving Chicago collaboration Looks of a Lot. May 28, 2014

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Manic Mondays Frances Cocktail Lounge
November 20
Gerry Hemingway Experimental Sound Studio
October 22

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