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When he’s not backing big-time rockers, Chicago guitarist Steve Gerlach surfs the stratosphere with Outronaut

Outronaut bandleader and guitarist Steve Gerlach probably reaches more ears as a sideman than he does with his own outfit. For nearly a decade he’s played in Sons of the Silent Age, Matt Walker and Chris Connelly’s nine-member David Bowie tribute group; that gig got Gerlach work on Connelly’s solo material. In a 2021 interview […]

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Metro hosts a joyful send-off for the late Cynthia Plaster Caster

Legendary artist and writer (and onetime Chicago mayoral candidate) Cynthia Plaster Caster passed away in April after a lengthy illness, but Gossip Wolf isn’t done mourning. Future generations of local musicians and fans won’t get to bask in the splendor of her warm, glowing personality—thankfully her famous plaster casts of the private parts of musicians […]

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David Bowie tribute project Sons of the Silent Age play two of the artist’s most iconic albums

This dedicated, lushly meticulous David Bowie tribute band debuted at Metro in 2013 as a benefit for a cancer charity. They’ve carried that tradition forward (albeit with different charities) into each subsequent performance at the venue, as well as expanding their scope into other fund-raising events and special shows—including a few full-album sets and a […]

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Pigface offers a cornucopia of industrial-flavored madness with two shows Thanksgiving weekend

Pigface was born in 1990 as the supergroup brainchild of Ministry members Martin Atkins, also of Public Image Limited and Killing Joke, and William Rieflin, who has led a miraculously eclectic career—anyone who’s been a member of R.E.M., Swans, and King Crimson can probably play just about anything. By design, the group has had a […]