Philip Montoro has been an editorial employee of the Reader since 1996 and its music editor since 2004. Pieces he has edited have appeared in Da Capo's annual Best Music Writing anthologies in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2011. Philip has played scrap metal in Lozenge, drummed with the Disasters, the Afflictions, and Brilliant Pebbles, and sung for the White Outs. He wrote the column Beer and Metal from 2012 till 2015, and hopes to do so again one day. He has been struck by lightning 29 times, and as a result has lost not only much of his high-frequency hearing but almost all of his former faith in the benevolence of the supreme being. He will not respond to "Phil" if there's any way he can help it.
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by David Hammond | Apr 1, 2010
by Philip Montoro | Mar 6, 2015
Plus: WHPK's Mario Smith on a J Dilla orchestra, the Reader's Philip Montoro on microtonal black metal, and more
by Philip Montoro | Feb 10, 2014
Last weekend this ambitious festival brought together several generations and even more genres of Latinx music.
by Philip Montoro | Jun 25, 2019
Beer and Metal returns to review a long-gestating collaboration by two beloved Chicago institutions.
by Philip Montoro | Jun 24, 2019
Plus: Rob Frye of Bitchin Bajas on a violinist who plays bicycle wheels, Reader music editor Philip Montoro on Houston’s favorite defunct noise-rock deviants, and more
by Philip Montoro | May 30, 2019
Plus: Wet Wallet bassist Gina Herzik on a perfect use for a Flying V, Reader music editor Philip Montoro on a mind-breaking way to play two pianos, and more
by Philip Montoro | Mar 26, 2019
Plus: Haggathorn guitarist Nathan Scripter on anti-Nazi black metal from Germany, Reader music editor Philip Montoro on a gorgeous video from northern Ghana, and more
by Philip Montoro | Jan 11, 2019
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