An online collaboration by four musicians in four states has parlayed pandemic necessity into new forms of creativity—and some tight long-distance friendships.
Like doesn’t necessarily breed like—just ask all the friends for whom I’ve tried (and failed) to play cupid. But similarity is bliss for underground labels Deathbomb Arc and Hausu Mountain, which collaborated to release the compilation Arc Mountain on May 7. Based respectively in Los Angeles and Chicago, these eclectic, irreverent labels might be separated […]
The U.S. could’ve had live music back already, but at least Bandcamp is still helping the artists making do without.
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 […]
Mavis Staples drops a benefit single to help Chicago seniors survive the pandemic, Mukqs embarks on a weekly series of live-recorded experimental EPs, and more.
As Pepper Mill Rondo, Max Allison and Doug Kaplan find the horrifying and the sublime in holiday kitsch.
West-side rapper Musa Reems dazzles with a weekly single series, college radio stations WHPK and WNUR fill the weekend with festivals, and more.
Outsider rapper Sharkula and oddball electronic artist Mukqs make a surprisingly approachable collaborative EP.
Electronic musician Angel Marcloid drops a new collage barrage as Fire-Toolz, Groove Cafe releases a compilation to benefit rebuilding efforts in Puerto Rico, and more.
Beloved Chicago house DJ and producer Sean Haley passes away at age 49, Punk Rock and Donuts throws a Pilsen Reads! benefit, and more.
To support Love Sick, TALsounds’ biggest album yet, Natalie Chami has learned to replay the beautiful ambient pop songs she improvised to record it.
These modest Chicago imprints have gotten so good at what they do that they’re shaping music scenes far and wide.
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, 606 Records books 24 hours of DJs to benefit Lumpen Radio, and more.
The Good Willsmith side project mixes broadcast samples with erratic guitar drones.