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 […]
When Chicago indie-rock stalwarts Eleventh Dream Day released their 14th album (and first in five years), Since Grazed, in April 2021, the pandemic prevented them from having a proper release party. The group, formed in 1983, are creeping up on their 40th anniversary, and though they didn’t hold together this long by being impatient, they […]
An excerpt from the new book Punks in Peoria: Making a Scene in the American Heartland takes us back to central Illinois in the 1970s.
Artist on Artist: Fingerstyle guitarist William Tyler talks to Douglas McCombs of Brokeback and Tortoise.
Within the past year, the best record by one of Tortoise’s numerous spin-offs has come from its bassist.
Brokeback, the long-running side project of Douglas McCombs (Tortoise, Eleventh Dream Day), is back with its first new recording in a decade
Members of Tortoise, interviewed at Amoeba Records in LA, respond in their particular style.
Critics’ Choices and other notable concerts: David Daniell & Douglas McCombs, Sunny Day Real Estate, the Urinals, Otis Clay, Death, Thee Oh Sees, and more
Douglas McCombs revives Brokeback.