“A home is a place that’s full of people,” says Chicago guitarist, composer, and improviser Daniel Wyche. “I’ve been inspired by my grandparents’ hospitality. They had this need to welcome tons of people into their home. That’s cultivating what family means.” The first track on Earthwork, Wyche’s new album on local label American Dreams Records, […]
Alejandro Morales’s death doesn’t just leave a hole in Chicago’s DIY music scene—it’s a loss to community activists, to affordable housing advocates, and to countless friendships.
“Right before the shelter-in-place got announced, we started thinking: OK, how can we help?”
Since it opened two years ago, Sleeping Village has become a hub for some of the city’s best (and most affordable) local shows. A fine example is this concert, headlined by Chicago underground stalwarts Mako Sica. They’ve been at it since 2007, with core members Przemysław Drążek (formerly of intense rockers Rope) and Brent Fuscaldo […]
Composer and guitarist Daniel Wyche has long been a vital figure in Chicago’s experimental music scene, most notably at Elastic Arts, where he’s curated, produced, and organized concerts since 2013. His upcoming show at the Logan Square venue, where he’ll perform alongside frequent collaborator and fellow guitarist Mark Shippy, celebrates his 40th birthday and his […]
On his 1976 album Mother Earth’s Plantasia, composer Mort Garson captures some of the most inventive sounds and most radical notions of the mid-70s. Specifically, he made his goofy and endearing compositions solely on the relatively new Moog synthesizer, and he intended that they be played for plants to help them grow. Inspired by his […]
Busy drummer Ben Billington releases music from two of his bazillion bands, black digital media platform the TRiiBE crowdfunds new projects, and more.
These modest Chicago imprints have gotten so good at what they do that they’re shaping music scenes far and wide.
Cable-access dance party Chic-a-Go-Go celebrates its 1,000th episode, Al Jourgensen of Ministry appears on the next Ono album, and more.
The duo team up at Cole’s tonight to benefit the Carrefour Collaborative.
A folk chanteuse who soulfully sublimates her noisy past into transcendent performances full of pained howls and delicate melodies
More one-take split cassettes from Hausu Mountain, a new long-distance LP from Slushy, and more
Help for two former Chicagoans caught in the SXSW hit-and-run, new music from the Lemons, and more
New tapes from Teen River, news from superduo Acteurs (Disappears, White/Light), and more.
A one-man hip-hop pizza party, and more