Gossip Wolf has been following the work of local singer-songwriter Isabel “Izzy” Olive, aka Half Gringa, since she was still calling her project Tin Silos in the mid-2010s. Since adopting the Half Gringa name, Olive has been on an incredible hot streak: her 2017 debut, Gruñona, earned a spot in the Reader’s sprawling list of […]
Jessica Risker combines her two loves with the podcast Music Therapy, footwork crew the Era drop a dreamy rap single, and more.
With federal aid to venues only now arriving, how are tour managers, stagehands, bookers, and their colleagues in the concert business making ends meet?
Rapper Matt Muse runs a second Love & Nappyness Hair Care Drive, a new compilation of 46 local artists benefits Chicago Community Jail Support, and more.
Bandcamp Friday lets you be sure that basically all your money will reach the people who made what you’re buying.
Hideout talent buyer Sullivan Davis steps down, and CIVL launches a virtual concert series to push a new benefit fund.
The Reader recommends 34 recent releases for this month’s Bandcamp day.
In 2016, Chicago alt-country singer-songwriter Isabel Olive began performing and recording as Half Gringa, a name that refers to her Venezuelan ancestry. As she told music writer Britt Julious in the Trib that year, she wants to use Half Gringa to explore complicated questions about ethnicity and identity. Olive knows she’s unlikely to find easy […]
On March 20, Bandcamp responds to the pandemic by giving up its cut so that all your money supports musicians. Here are six local acts to start with.
The Flaming Lips, Black Star, and George Clinton are among the big names at the Grant Park festival in July.
Emily Jane Powers writes pop songs fit for a Pushcart anthology, Paul Cherry finally fills a full-length with his sweet yacht rock, and more.
Izzy Olive’s Half Gringa celebrate their debut album, Metro hosts a 25th-anniversary concert for American Ska-thic, and more.
Current musical obsessions of singer-songwriter Micha, Half Gringa front woman Izzy Olive, and Reader staff writer Leor Galil