How great is the cover of this week's Reader? I think we should sell T-shirts of it. I would wear mine all the time.
Of course, once you open the paper, the quality just keeps coming. In music we've got the story of classical group Eighth Blackbird and its trial-and-error approach to crowdsourcing compositions, a profile of bluegrass banjoist Greg Cahill, who's spent 35 years as leader of the Special Consensus, another profile on dance-music eccentrics Mahjongg, Gossip Wolf news about the upcoming Syl Johnson box set and Pit Er Pat drummer Butchie Fuego's new gig with M.I.A., Clayton Hauck's pics from the Deadmau5 concert at Soldier Field, and a List featuring the Budos Band, MC Lyte, and Beach Fossils, among others. This week's fest guides include the Chicago Folk & Roots Festival, the Chosen Few House Music Reunion Picnic, and the impressive-looking West Fest, which might be the best $5 street fair of the summer.