The most arresting facet of Diamanda Galás’s music is that it treats terror as an affecting, illuminating experience. Her 1982 solo debut, The Litanies of Satan, combines tape music with her commanding vocals to capture (as she wrote in the liner notes) the “emeraldine perversity of the life struggle in Hell.” Her landmark 1986 album, […]
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Jucifer explore resilience through transforming Arabic and Central Asian sounds on نظم
Gazelle Amber Valentine and Edgar Livengood of avant-metal powerhouse Jucifer are a married couple, which means that during the COVID-19 pandemic, the duo’s creative process hasn’t been disrupted like those of bands whose members can’t “pod up.” Formed in Athens, Georgia, in 1993 and nomadic since 2000, when they began touring full-time, Jucifer are most […]
Black Scholars Salon with Thelma Golden, WhiskyFest Chicago kick-off, and more things to do this week
Open Books and Laugh, Karaoke Night, and more happenings from April 17-20.
Diamanda Galás’s once-in-a-generation voice keeps growing darker and wilder
Virtually everything that’s ever been written about postapocalyptic Greek-American mourning diva Diamanda Galás focuses first and foremost on her voice—and rightly so, given that it’s a once-in-a-generation instrument that’s only grown darker and wilder since her electrifying 1982 debut, The Litanies of Satan. There’s also a lot to say about her prowess as a composer […]
Vintage photos from SST Records house producer Spot
Spot, house producer for SST, shares his vintage pics of Black Flag, Darby Crash, Diamanda Galas, and more
This week on the B Side
An intense conversation between Diamanda Galas and Mark Solotroff, a sixth grader’s musical faves, a lost pioneer of guitar evangelism, and more
Artist on Artist: Diamanda Galas talks to Mark Solotroff
Diamanda Galas talks to Mark Solotroff of Anatomy of Habit
Diamanda Galas on the death of Whitney Houston
Diamanda Galas calls out the loathsome profiteers who ran Whitney Houston “into the ground,” calls Clive Davis a “colossal pig”
Still More Weekend Music
A dizzying weekend of great local concerts includes two very different shows: jazz pianist Dan Tepfer at Pianoforte and postgoth chanteuse Zola Jesus at the Bottle.
Freak folkers and a space vampire
Diamanda Galas scares me in a new way
Howling at the Hunter’s Moon
Diamanda Galas’s haunting performance at the MCA.
Eyes wide shut?
Sometimes even the best of films can’t keep you awake.