TALsounds and Matchess braid their music together on the debut of Damiana, Chi-ROCK Nation celebrate hip-hop heritage with a monthlong exhibit, and more.
Tag: Good Willsmith
Mukqs documents pandemic living on My Most Personal Album to Date
The multifarious outlets of Chicago experimental musician Maxwell Allison include the solo project Mukqs and the improvisational ambient trio Good Willsmith, whose Twitter account he uses to opine about music. His incisive comments on the granular details of his daily listening make it clear he’s had the experience of loving a song while hating how […]
Bandcamp Friday returns for 2021
You can jump-start your Bandcamp Friday browsing with nearly 100 newly Reader-recommended releases.
Good Willsmith return with an acid-fried live album
Good Willsmith return with an acid-fried live album, Cinchel drops an ambient cassette that doubles as an art object, and more.
Chicago rock pranksters BBsitters Club can party with the best riffers around
In 2012, Chicago musicians Max Allison and Doug Kaplan launched the eclectic label Hausu Mountain, which has grown into one of the city’s best indies. It also acts as an umbrella for many of its founders’ projects: Hausu Mountain has released the ambient-adjacent sounds Allison and Kaplan have made with Natalie Chami (aka TALsounds) as […]
DIY rockers Guerilla Toss blend whimsy and profundity on Twisted Crystal
Guerilla Toss are down with the Grateful Dead. In an impassioned Facebook post from July 2015, the New York-based band threw laurels upon a group they called “the first ‘DIY’ band,” noting that the Dead used harsh noise in the 1960s and brandished modular synthesizers throughout the ’70s. Like the Dead, Guerilla Toss combine a […]
Sharkula and Mukqs: two weird sounds that go down easy together
Outsider rapper Sharkula and oddball electronic artist Mukqs make a surprisingly approachable collaborative EP.
These kebabs are terrible on the gig poster of the week
This week’s featured gig poster was designed by local comedian and artist Sarah Squirm.
RIP to beloved Chicago house DJ and producer Sean Haley
Beloved Chicago house DJ and producer Sean Haley passes away at age 49, Punk Rock and Donuts throws a Pilsen Reads! benefit, and more.
TALsounds steps into the same river twice
To support Love Sick, TALsounds’ biggest album yet, Natalie Chami has learned to replay the beautiful ambient pop songs she improvised to record it.
Chicago label Hausu Mountain turns hermetic-sounding eccentrics into a community
Hausu Mountain releases a “Family Batch”: tapes by cofounders Maxwell Allison (Mukqs) and Doug Kaplan (MrDougDoug) and their Good Willsmith bandmate Natalie Chami (TALsounds).
Beat Kitchen hosts a panel to confront sexual harassment in music
Beat Kitchen hosts a panel to confront sexual harassment in music, 606 Records books 24 hours of DJs to benefit Lumpen Radio, and more.
Natalie Chami of TALsounds on Alice Coltrane’s primal spirituality
Current musical obsessions of the Reader’s Leor Galil, Natalie Chami of TALsounds, and R&B singer Ravyn Lenae
Let TALsounds take you All the Way
Local experimental musician Natalie Chami prepares to drop All the Way, a doozy, moody cassette she recorded as TALsounds.
Fall for the warped, delicate folk of Eartheater’s ‘Homonyms’
It’s not quite folk, and that’s part of what makes this song from Guardian Alien front woman Alexandra Drewchin so enchanting.