Peter Margasak

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Peter Margasak is a music critic who wrote for the Chicago Reader from 1993 to 2018.[1] In 2013, he founded and began curating the Frequency Series - a weekly series which was dedicated to showcase the new musicians at the Chicago venue Constellation.[2] In 2016, Margasak launched The Frequency Festival, a week-long version of the Frequency Series featuring new musicians from the Chicago area each day and twice on Sunday.[3] The third annual Frequency Festival took place from February 20 to 25, 2018.[4] In September 2018, he announced he would be leaving the Chicago Reader to attend the American Academy in Rome as part of its Visiting Artists & Scholars Program.[1]

Before he started working for the Chicago Reader, Margasak published the zine Butt Rag, which he started as a sophomore in college.[5] A total of nine issues of Butt Rag were published, and one of them attracted the attention of three Chicago Reader employees, including the then-editor-in-chief Michael Lenehan. After they saw Butt Rag, they decided to offer Margasak a job at the Reader, in the hopes of bringing some of the zine's snarky writing to the Reader's pages.[1][6]


  1. ^ a b c Margasak, Peter (2018-09-05). "Music critic Peter Margasak says farewell and thanks to the Reader and to Chicago". Chicago Reader. Retrieved 2018-09-08.
  2. ^ Clarke, Mia (2013-04-16). "Peter Margasak talks Frequency". Time Out Chicago. Retrieved 2018-09-08.
  3. ^ Meyer, Graham (2016-02-22). "The Frequency Festival Brings the New-Music Festival Back to Chicago". Chicago. Retrieved 2018-09-08.
  4. ^ "Frequency Festival". Retrieved 2018-09-08.
  5. ^ Wyman, Bill (1993-04-22). "Fanzine Mania". Chicago Reader. Retrieved 2018-09-08.
  6. ^ McSweeney, Ellen (2013-05-09). "Music Writers on Writing: Peter Margasak". NewMusicBox. Retrieved 2018-09-08.