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Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Metro hosts a joyful send-off for the late Cynthia Plaster Caster by J.r. Nelson and Leor Galil

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 generat…

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Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Ne-Hi alum Mikey Wells drops a mellow, summery new album with Flamingo Rodeo by J.r. Nelson and Leor Galil

Chicago postpunks Ne-Hi split in May 2019, and since then guitarist-singer Mikey Wells has expanded his palette of delightful pop hooks in two standout projects: Spun Out, which is indie dan…

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Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Chicago country craftsman Dan Whitaker decamps to Texas by J.r. Nelson and Leor Galil

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 com…

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Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Bev Rage & the Drinks ring in Pride with a kaiju rampage by J.r. Nelson and Leor Galil

Queer garage-pop band Bev Rage & the Drinks have become one of the city’s most entertaining acts since coming together in 2015. Mixing hilariously forthright lyrics, spitfire riffs, a…

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Wednesday, June 1, 2022

‘Brutal prog’ maestro Weasel Walter debuts a Chicago lineup of the Flying Luttenbachers by J.r. Nelson and Leor Galil

Guitarist and drummer Weasel Walter, the “brutal prog” purveyor best known as longtime leader of the Flying Luttenbachers, left Chicago in 2003 for San Francisco and later moved to New Y…

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Tuesday, May 24, 2022

The Pride Bands Alliance celebrates 40 years with a symphonic-band blowout and two world premieres by J.r. Nelson and Leor Galil

In October 1982, members of seven LGBTQ+ concert and marching bands from across the U.S. met in Chicago and formed the Lesbian and Gay Band Association. Though the LGBA changed its name to t…

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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Emma Hospelhorn of Ensemble dal Niente releases a scintillating solo debut as Em Spel by J.r. Nelson and Leor Galil

Gossip Wolf always likes to hear about a new solo album from a member of Ensemble dal Niente—the long-running local contemporary-classical corps has built a spotless reputation for adventu…

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Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Mystery Actions debut a new blast of anti-war punk rock by J.r. Nelson and Leor Galil

Local four-piece Mystery Actions remind Gossip Wolf of the cool, slightly intimidating kids from the Chicago street-punk scene in the late 80s and early 90s, when it centered on Clark and Be…

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