ESS’s Option music salon returns for spring with Jim O’Rourke, and Chicago rappers Saint Ripley and Osa North level up on new releases.
Jessica Risker combines her two loves with the podcast Music Therapy, footwork crew the Era drop a dreamy rap single, and more.
New talent buyer Zoey Victoria stirs up Tonic Room, the Hideout hosts a livestream to benefit Chicago Community Jail Support, and more.
Party photo crew GlitterGuts take to Patreon to survive the nightlife drought, Hali Palombo creates otherworldly collages from antique audio cylinders, and more.
Dream-pop artist Claude releases her refined debut EP, Brooklyn label Fire Talk signs Chicago singer-songwriter Mia Joy, and more.
Good Willsmith return with an acid-fried live album, Cinchel drops an ambient cassette that doubles as an art object, and more.
Catalytic Sound launches a streaming service to support improvising musicians, rapper-producer Rashid Hadee collaborates with the Primeridian, and more
With his generous spirit and boundless enthusiasm, Running drummer Alejandro Morales was the beating heart of a vibrant community.
Art-pop wizard Sen Morimoto takes over booking at the Hideout, and self-described “bootgaze” crew the Keener Family return with a second EP.
Hamid Drake and Michael Zerang livestream their traditional solstice drum duo, Che Arthur of Pink Avalanche drops two instrumental solo EPs, and more.
Rapper Matt Muse runs a second Love & Nappyness Hair Care Drive, a new compilation of 46 local artists benefits Chicago Community Jail Support, and more.
No-wave luminaries the Scissor Girls give their 1992 demo its first-ever vinyl release, radio producer Morgan Sherm debuts the rap podcast Another Element, and more.
Hideout talent buyer Sullivan Davis steps down, and CIVL launches a virtual concert series to push a new benefit fund.
Nick Butcher of Sonnenzimmer drops a time-traveling solo album, Pugs Atomz collects a decade of his music on a star-studded compilation, and more.