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 guitar wunderkind Ryley Walker releases his first album of proper songs in a couple of years, this new glimpse at where he’s headed in his music is cause to rejoice. The Rockford native shredded in a noisy fashion as a youth, playing in free-jazzin’ bands Heat Death and Tiger Hatchery, but about a decade […]
For Glen Echo, Azita Youssefi’s first album in more than eight years, she played and recorded every instrument herself.
New-music group Ensemble, Et Al. uses tuned percussion that reflects Tortoise’s influence as much as Steve Reich’s.
Kid Sister dishes about her imminent mixtape, Decade Studio takes over the Soma space, and more.
David Grubbs on why the experimental music of the 1960s was so rarely recorded at the time—and what changes when we listen to it today.
A year in the life of someone pulled out of the churn of the music business, plus ten albums not appearing on many year-end lists.
Dirgy local act Anatomy of Habit debut their brand new all-star lineup.
Gossip Wolf: New blood in Anatomy of Habit, a new band from Josh Chicoine of the M’s, and a new mixtape from Alex Wiley
Even more recommendations for this weekend’s Neon Marshmallow Music Festival: Daniel Lopatin (aka Oneohtrix Point Never), Mountains, Bill Orcutt, and Sonic Celluloid.
The electronic musicians discuss the Buchla, music tech, and infinity.
Art stars shooting rock stars, art rockers eating tacos, false Katy Perry sightings, and more
An installation by local drone duo White/Light sets the Museum of Contemporary Art abuzz.
John McEntire dancing with a giant owl in space
Rhys Chatham redeems himself with two killer versions of his classic Guitar Trio (1977). He’s still a weirdo.