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.
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 […]
It’s easy to get the impression that Natalie Chami dreams in music—she’s immersed in it in practically every minute of her waking life. By day, she teaches choir, vocal technique, and music technology at the Chicago High School for the Arts. She spends her free time immersed in Chicago’s experimental-music community, making noisy drones as […]
Since it opened two years ago, Sleeping Village has become a hub for some of the city’s best (and most affordable) local shows. A fine example is this concert, headlined by Chicago underground stalwarts Mako Sica. They’ve been at it since 2007, with core members Przemysław Drążek (formerly of intense rockers Rope) and Brent Fuscaldo […]
One of the first times I saw Brett Naucke onstage was in in 2007, when he and his noisy power trio, Druids of Huge, played a Cleveland punk bar. During the first minutes of the set someone dumped an entire pint of beer on Naucke’s synthesizer, rendering it unusable. In response, Naucke cranked the dials […]
On his 1976 album Mother Earth’s Plantasia, composer Mort Garson captures some of the most inventive sounds and most radical notions of the mid-70s. Specifically, he made his goofy and endearing compositions solely on the relatively new Moog synthesizer, and he intended that they be played for plants to help them grow. Inspired by his […]
Outsider rapper Sharkula and oddball electronic artist Mukqs make a surprisingly approachable collaborative EP.
Chicago violist, singer, and organist Whitney Johnson completes her Matchess Trilogy with the occult healing songs of the new Sacracorpa.
To support Love Sick, TALsounds’ biggest album yet, Natalie Chami has learned to replay the beautiful ambient pop songs she improvised to record it.
This week’s featured gig poster was created by local artist Bred Rohloff.
Dead Meat Design gets a show of its own, the Chili-Synth Cook-Off returns for year seven, and more.
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).
Current musical obsessions of the Reader’s Leor Galil, Natalie Chami of TALsounds, and R&B singer Ravyn Lenae
Teklife and Treated Crew bring their collaboration to the stage, Hausu Mountain erupts again with three oddball tapes, and more.