According to Peter Margasak’s feature on Chicago’s 14th annual World Music Festival, the only really good news about the WMF this year is that all the shows are free, not just the ones hosted by parks or city facilities—”unless you count the simple fact that it’s happening.” The fest’s looking kinda shaky these days, thanks to some turmoil in the department that organizes it, but Margasak still has some must-see picks, including Fatoumata Diawara and Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto.
In our latest installment of Artist on Artist, avant-garde cellist Helen Money chats up legendary Velvet Underground veteran and accomplished solo artist John Cale, who is hands-down one of the top five baddest Welsh violists in rock history. Gossip Wolf bears news of a new label affiliated with Saki Records, as well as Yakuza’s upcoming LP and the brief return to Chicago of noted Misfits fan Dave Pajo (in his solo guise as Papa M). In the Secret History of Chicago Music, Plastic Crimewave profiles “proper gospel group” the Gay Sisters. And on Soundboard we have a bunch of show recommendations, including Rodriguez, Patterson Hood, and Bobby Womack, who’s appearing alongside Cale at this weekend’s Brilliant Corners of Popular Amusements festival.