In October 2019, Gossip Wolf praised local folk project DPCD for crafting immaculate, autumnal songs “as potently specific as the crunch of fallen leaves underfoot.” It thus seems seasonally appropriate that DPCD will self-release its new album, It’s Hard for a Rich Man to Enter the Kingdom of God, on Friday, October 1, and that […]
Update: Due to a stormy forecast for Tuesday morning, the performance of Lykanthea’s Dawn Birds has been rescheduled for Wednesday, September 22, at 6:30 AM. Lakshmi Ramgopal, who makes music as Lykanthea, moved to the east coast in 2016 (she’s an assistant professor of history at Columbia University in New York), but she still considers Chicago […]
Gossip Wolf has been following the work of local singer-songwriter Isabel “Izzy” Olive, aka Half Gringa, since she was still calling her project Tin Silos in the mid-2010s. Since adopting the Half Gringa name, Olive has been on an incredible hot streak: her 2017 debut, Gruñona, earned a spot in the Reader’s sprawling list of […]
Multi-instrumentalists Havadine Stone and Ben Baker Billington have played a handful of compelling local shows as the duo Blue Lick since 2017, but they haven’t released any recordings yet—probably because they both keep themselves busy. Stone has dropped solo cassettes on Reserve Matinee and American Dreams Records over the past few years, and Billington (who […]
Since its founding in 1956, the Chicago Children’s Choir has grown into a cultural juggernaut and an essential ambassador of the city’s musical spirit. Nearly 5,000 kids ages eight to 18 participate in the nonprofit’s in-school and after-school educational programs, which prioritize racial diversity and reach students from low- to moderate-income homes via sliding-scale tuition […]
Hannah Sandoz releases a new collection of melancholy avant-garde folk, the famous Danny’s Smiths Night comes back for one evening at the Empty Bottle, and cult house artist Marcus Mixx looks for help with a new apartment.
Hip-hop veterans Coolout Chris and SamIam the MC celebrate a collaborative EP, hybrid performance series ¡Hot Mess! returns to Elastic Arts, and more.
Burr Oak debuts with a long-gestating album of dreamy folk-pop, Experimental Sound Studio hosts an all-star fundraiser in its backyard, and more.
Veteran sound explorer Kevin Drumm uploads a Bandcamp bounty, reedist Hunter Diamond launches his label by releasing his solo debut, and more.
Fundraisers help music writer Scott Morrow recover from a gunshot, Lorna Donley and David Thomas’s post-Da band, the Veil, posthumously release an LP of 1980s recordings, and more.
TALsounds and Matchess braid their music together on the debut of Damiana, Chi-ROCK Nation celebrate hip-hop heritage with a monthlong exhibit, and more.
Rock critic Jessica Hopper publishes a hugely expanded edition of her first book, Bryan Away (aka Elliot Korte) drops an album of lush folk-pop, and more.
Rapper and poet Mykele Deville signs on as the Hideout’s new booker, ghetto-house pioneer DJ Deeon makes his debut for the Teklife label, and more.
The Lowdown Brass Band celebrate their new collection with a real-live show, Allen Moore creates sound collages with LPs cast by hand, and more.
Jonn Wallen of Oui Ennui marks his 17th post-COVID record with a live show, the second Make Noise Myanmar comp rallies musicians against the military coup, and more.