A photo collage that places five hosts of the radio show Abstract Science in parallel vertical strips, all facing the camera and with their eyes all on the exact same level
From left: Abstract Science hosts Chris Widman, Henry Self, Luke Stokes, Joshua P. Ferguson, and Bill Bearden (aka Whoa-B) Credit: Courtesy of Abstract Science

In July 2017, the hosts of WLUW 88.7 FM’s weekly electronic-music program, Abstract Science, celebrated the show’s 20th anniversary with a blockbuster 20-hour broadcast. (Gossip Wolf managed to tune in for a few of those hours, anyway. Sleep is important!) Those hosts include longtime selectors Chris Widman, Henry Self, Luke Stokes, Joshua P. Ferguson, and Bill Bearden, and they must’ve enjoyed themselves during that marathon—because this year they’ll celebrate 25 years (and their 1,225th episode) by raising the bar and going live for 25 hours! Widman says the show will feature appearances from a few special guests, including British EDM mainstay Luke Vibert (aka Wagon Christ) and former Chicagoan Chrissy, the DJ and producer who founded the Dead Homies/Sleazetone/Loose Squares family of labels. The anniversary show goes live on WLUW at 8 AM on Thursday, August 18, and ends at 9 AM the next day. Mercy! Just in case the music alone can’t keep you awake, you might want to have some caffeinated beverages on hand. 

A portion of the 20-hour broadcast celebrating the 1,000th episode of Abstract Science in 2017

Singer-songwriter Bridey Hicks, who performs as Bridey, has enthralled local audiences for years with her smoky, Americana-inflected jams. For the past several months, she’s been working on a new EP produced by former Oshwa member Michael Mac. By the time it drops in 2023, Hicks will have left Chicago for Los Angeles—according to her manager, Colin Smith, she’s moving this fall “to be closer to family.” It’s not time to miss her yet, though, and she plays a farewell show at Sleeping Village on Sunday, August 21. Also on the bill are indie-rock trio Modern Nun, drag comedian Derry Queen, and improvising sketch comedians Colin Rourke and Miranda Rozas. Best of luck, Bridey!

This September 2021 single is Bridey’s most recent Bandcamp release.

Local jazz composer and drummer Jeremy Cunningham made the album The Weather Up There in honor of his late brother, and Gossip Wolf has had it in near constant rotation since the day it came out in February 2020. On Friday, July 29, a collaborative trio of Cunningham, local saxophonist Dustin Laurenzi, and Los Angeles-based bassist and producer Paul Bryan released a similarly stunning album, A Better Ghost, whose final track is dedicated to Cunningham’s late father. The trio also brought aboard several top-shelf guests, including saxophonist Josh Johnson, vocalist Katie Ernst, percussionist Jay Bellerose, and trumpeter Will Miller. The record’s airy, nimble, adventurous jazz mixes in swirling grooves and dark electronics that recall the best of grimy 70s fusion. Cunningham and a shifting lineup of musicians he calls Happenstance play a Wednesday-night residency at Andy’s till the end of August.

Jeremy Cunningham’s album A Better Ghost is out on New York label Northern Spy.

On Friday, August 12, experimental Cleveland tape label Unifactor drops Fabrik, the debut from Chicago duo Andlace. Vocalist and synth player Jessica Tucker (who makes industrial pop as Fetter) and vocalist and violinist Mallory Linehan (who makes sound art as Chelsea Bridge and plays in experimental pop trio Desert Liminal) flit between brooding electronics and spacey sound art in the dark, immersive sounds of Fabrik.

Andlace recorded Fabrik in June 2021, at which point they’d been playing shows for a couple years.

Update Fri 8/12: This story has been amended to clarify the nature of the trio on A Better Ghost and to correct the extent of its dedication to Jeremy Cunningham’s father.


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