Gossip Wolf has long admired local country-music craftsman Dan Whitaker, whose considerable discography includes folk-tinged solo work and recordings with his combo the Shinebenders that combine hillbilly jazz, country blues, honky-tonk stompers, and working-class ballads about booze, trucks, and lost love. By the end of this month, Whitaker will have relocated to Martindale, Texas (between […]
Few pop acts are quite as prepared to engage with climate change as Chicago’s Air Credits. Since 2016, rapper ShowYouSuck (aka Clinton Sandifer) and producer Steve Reidell (half of the Hood Internet) have turned dystopian nightmares into strangely joyful songs. There’s catharsis to be found in these missives from a future where oxygen is a […]
Bandcamp Friday lets you be sure that basically all your money will reach the people who made what you’re buying.
No-wave luminaries the Scissor Girls give their 1992 demo its first-ever vinyl release, radio producer Morgan Sherm debuts the rap podcast Another Element, and more.
Nick Butcher of Sonnenzimmer drops a time-traveling solo album, Pugs Atomz collects a decade of his music on a star-studded compilation, and more.
Silkworm veteran Tim Midyett finally drops the first Mint Mile full-length, Steve Reidell of Air Credits almost remakes the 1980 Genesis album Duke, and more.
Spektral Quartet bring a mind-expanding program (and Julia Holter) to the Music Box, the Synthesizer-Chili Cookoff signs off with its tenth installment, and more.
You might mistake Chicago duo Bad Ambassadors for a new group, since they’re just now dropping their debut—a self-titled EP of easygoing hip-hop filtered through sophisticated boogie, energetic yacht rock, and sleepy psych. But if you’ve been to even one local hip-hop show in the past five years, you’ll immediately recognize the silver voice on […]
Wild bear rapper Big Dipper, rock iconoclasts Blizzard Babies, gnarly glam band Lollygagger, and brand-new boogie label Leisure Records all celebrate fresh releases.
Nequient hit the road behind their scorching debut full-length, Dark Matter Coffee expands its annual block party to two days, and more.
The Chicago five-piece have been announced as the secret musical act appearing at Old Style’s annual pizza-and-beer bash.
Jordan Reyes of Moniker Records moves back to Chicago with a new tape label, singer-songwriter Micha and hip-hop producer Nasim Willams drop singles, and more.
Ty Segall hangs his first art show in Chicago, hip-hop showcase All Smiles puts together a top-shelf March lineup, and more.
Production collective ThemPeople recruits Smino, Via Rosa, and the Mind for the new Sitcom.
The newish YouTube series Sllime’s Broke Ass Low Budget Show caters to Chicago hip-hop fanatics.