Alex Grelle and Jesse Morgan Young’s Floor Show premiered in a brief electric run in February 2020 at the Chopin. The plan was to bring it back later that spring. But then . . . you know. Blessedly, this compelling exploration/channeling of the chameleonic (and always self-aware) spirit of David Bowie—to call it a “tribute […]
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Pioneering electronic producer Man Parrish reworks the music of his departed friend Klaus Nomi
You might expect an album of Klaus Nomi material to sound like Klaus Nomi, but Man Parrish’s Dear Klaus Nomi isn’t that. Instead, the New York producer has added highly technical musical accompaniments to archival recordings of the cult figure’s songs to give them fresh sounds and feelings. The result is a love letter from […]
Goregrind monsters Organ Failure deliver 17 tracks in 15 minutes on their album debut
In March 2021, Gossip Wolf was bowled over by the debut demo from local grindcore crew Organ Failure. The band packed four merciless rippers into three thoroughly unwholesome minutes, whetting this wolf’s appetite for even more disgusting noise to come! Late last month, Organ Failure followed up with the delightfully putrid Neurologic Determination of Death, […]
Watching the 80s through the lenses of its superstars is its own glossy and compelling reward, but Freedom also depicts the carnage of the decade.
Magic, Bowie, con artists, and more
Yeah, it’s cold, but our hearts are still warm with all the feels for these upcoming events! FRI 1/7 Tickets are still available for tonight’s live podcast taping of Not Another D&D Podcast at the Vic (3145 N. Sheffield). In this campaign after the campaign, three unlikely adventurers try to correct all the wrongs that […]
Garbage indicts social injustices on No Gods No Masters
When Garbage broke out with their self-titled debut album in 1995, their alluring but abrasive sound—dark power-pop melodies topped by Shirley Manson’s alternately growled and whispered vocals—enticed listeners like sweet pink candy with a messy center. Their second album, 1998’s Version 2.0, expands on this recipe of fuzzed-out guitar and distorted vocals with multilayered tracks […]
Alexis Hex casts spells—and yarn
The crafty, supernatural queen hosts the webseries Knitting’s A Drag.
Remembering Triad Radio, where the usual was unusual
Triad Radio, Chicago’s pioneering experiment in commercial free-form radio, left the airwaves in 1977. Now longtime program director Saul Smaizys is moving its archives online.
Alex Grelle is the new David Bowie
The transformative performer channels the legendary artist for the completely original, electric Floor Show.
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 […]
Hank Pearl of Black Pearl Photo on masked Swedish synth masters Priest
Current musical obsessions of Hank Pearl of Black Pearl Photo, Joshua Hasken of the band Fernando Doppel, and Jamie Ludwig of the Reader
Sons of the Silent Age honored David Bowie’s life and death by playing his Berlin trilogy
Saturday at Metro, actor Michael Shannon joined Sons of the Silent Age for yet another demonstration of the lasting impact of Bowie’s work.
Sons of the Silent Age revive the music of David Bowie’s Berlin trilogy
After David Bowie decamped from Los Angeles to the then-divided city of Berlin in the mid-70s, he recorded Low, “Heroes,” and Lodger. The three albums, known as the Berlin Trilogy, contain some of the most challenging music of his career, and he paid the price for it; to this day, none of them has gone […]
Gifts that sing—are you listening?
The best best box sets of 2017 include 11 CDs from David Bowie’s Berlin period, 529 tracks of live vintage country from Louisiana Hayride, Roland Kayn’s 14-hour electronic masterwork, and the most complete portrait yet of Hüsker Dü’s early years.
Drew Peterson murder conviction upheld by Illinois Supreme Court, and other Chicago news
Also, the son of the Chicago Housing Authority’s CEO was arrested in connection with an alleged murder.