Greg Kot,

Greg Kot

Chicago, IL, United States

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Past articles by Greg:

Greg Kot says farewell to readers, industry folks but most importantly to the thing that made it all matter, the music that sparked so many amazing things

As a Tribune music critic for the last 30 years, I’ve attended more than 2,000 concerts where pretty much anything could happen, and often has. While scrawling in my notepad, I’ve been hit by a sod missile thrown by a Guns 'N Roses fan, punched in the eye by a guy jostling for a better view of Alice in Chains, hit by a gin bottle when the Offspring incited fans to throw garbage at the stage,… → Read More

Chicago quartet Beach Bunny writes songs worth shouting about

Beach Bunny is one of Chicago's fastest-rising bands, on the heels of viral hit "Prom Queen," a 2019 Lollpalooza set that led to a record-label deal and a debut album due out Feb. 14. → Read More

Super Bowl music review: Before the game, Demi Lovato, Yolanda Adams hit their marks, add a bit of spice

Super Bowl pre-game and halftime reviews by Greg Kot → Read More

Drive By Truckers review: A chronicle of personal and political ‘Unraveling’

Greg Kot reviews the new Drive By Truckers album, "The Unraveling." → Read More

Commentary: Grammys’ diversity blindspot shows no signs of clearing up

The Grammy Awards has a diversity problem that shows no signs of dissipating. Greg Kot analysis of this year's awards. → Read More

Commentary: Grammys get it half right on a night of mourning

Greg Kot analysis of the Grammy Awards. → Read More

Torres album review: ‘Silver Tongue’ turns a relationship inside out

Greg Kot reviews the new Torres album, "Silver Tongue." → Read More

Grammy preview: Will the sound of the new — Lizzo, Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X, Rosalia — have staying power?

Lizzo, Billie Eilish and Rosalia are up, and Chance the Rapper and Taylor Swift are down, at least in the Grammy universe. The Grammy Awards are a mirror of the pop landscape in 2020. But what do they tell us about pop longevity in the volatile decade ahead → Read More

Lollapalooza’s Charlie Jones leaves fest producer C3, no immediate changes anticipated

Lollapalooza promoter Charlie Jones leaves C3 Presents. → Read More

Verboten, the musical: The story of how punk changed the lives of four Evanston kids and went on to inspire Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl

"Verboten," a new musical written by Evanston-based musician Jason Narducy, tells the story of how his pre-teen punk band went on to change his life and that of his bandmates (as well as transforming a young Dave Grohl, who went on to play with Nirvana and Foo Fighters). The play opens Jan. 16 and runs through March 8 at the Chopin Theatre. → Read More

Top winter concerts in Chicago: Raphael Saadiq, Sturgill Simpson, Billie Eilish

Greg Kot picks 10 of the most notable rock, pop and R&B shows of the winter season. → Read More

Chicagoans of the year in music: Tim and Katie Tuten, Jim and Mike Hinchsliff and the Hideout community that make it more than just a concert venue

Hideout co-owners Tim and Katie Tuten and the Hideout community of musicians, activists, artists are The Tribune's Chicagoans of the Year in music. → Read More

Top Chicago indie albums of 2019 led by Jamila Woods, Twin Peaks

Greg Kot picks his 10 favorite Chicago independent albums of 2019. → Read More

A new music venue is coming to Pilsen early next year: 3,800-capacity Radius

The booming Pilsen music scene will add a new venue, the 3,800-capacity Radius → Read More

Chicago rapper Juice WRLD and his musical legacy of vulnerability and heartache

Greg Kot assesses the musical legacy of the late Chicago rapper Juice WRLD, who died Sunday at age 21. → Read More

Concert review: Whitney makes small moments count at Thalia Hall

Greg Kot reviews Whitney at Thalia Hall in the first of five concerts. → Read More

The best albums of 2019, including Raphael Saadiq, Nick Cave, Michael Kiwanuka, Sturgill Simpson

Greg Kot picks his favorite recordings in rock, pop and hip-hop for 2019. → Read More

Review: FKT Twigs new album 'Magdalene', includes songs 'Home With You', 'Mary Magdelene,' 'Cellophane'

Greg Kot reviews the new album by FKA Twigs, "Magdalene." → Read More

Album review: Leonard Cohen’s last ‘Dance’ feels unfinished, falls far short of the late songwriter’s best

Leonard Cohen's posthumous album, "Thanks for the Dance," is reviewed by Greg Kot. → Read More

Grammy nominations: Newcomers Billie Eilish, Lizzo, Lil Nas X rule

Greg Kot's take on the Grammy nominations. → Read More