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Friday, July 1, 2022

Mister Goblin beefs up his heart-on-sleeve indie rock with Chicago collaborators by Leor Galil

After D.C.-area rock group Two Inch Astronaut went on hiatus in 2018, Sam Goblin decamped for the midwest and began making music as Mister Goblin. He’s settled in Indiana, but to assemble …

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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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Monday, June 27, 2022

After two years online, historic Chicago house collective the Chosen Few return to Jackson Park for a 30th-anniversary picnic and festival by Leor Galil

I can’t imagine summer in Chicago without the Chosen Few Picnic & Festival, and that’s not just because this grassroots house-music gathering is celebrating its 30th annual installme…

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Friday, June 24, 2022

Cult emo experimentalist Weatherday arrives in Chicago by Leor Galil

In February, teenage Chicago indie rockers Dwaal Troupe contributed a tender, dusty tune called “Everyone Forgot but You” to Porcelain Songs, a 30-track compilation made by fans of enigm…

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Thursday, June 23, 2022

For his first album in 11 years, dance-music veteran Ron Trent enriches deep house with help from around the world by Leor Galil

Chicago dance-music veteran Ron Trent creates deep house that can keep a dance floor jumping for hours while simultaneously maintaining an intoxicating tranquility. Since the early 90s, Tren…

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Archive dive: On house music by Leor Galil

Between Drake’s sleepy Honestly, Nevermind and Beyoncé’s “Break My Soul,” a lot of people have something to say about house music lately. (And while I can’t say I have thoroughly …

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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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Monday, June 20, 2022

Photos from Summer Smash 2022 by Leor Galil and Dylan Barnedo

Photos by Dylan Barnedo Since its launch as a one-day festival in 2018, Lyrical Lemonade’s Summer Smash has grown into a three-day extravaganza that can go toe-to-toe with nationally recog…

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Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Chicago R&B singer Ravyn Lenae makes a play for stardom on Hypnos by Leor Galil

In 2015, when Chicago R&B wunderkind Ravyn Lenae was just 16, she self-released a sophisticated, vigorous EP called Moon Shoes, singing about romance and longing with the grace and lucid…

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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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Thursday, June 9, 2022

22 months by Leor Galil

Jeremey Johnson has chronicled nearly two years of pretrial house arrest. The post 22 months appeared first on Chicago Reader.

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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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Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Chicago native R.A.P. Ferreira can make you see your everyday in a different way by Leor Galil

In the 2010s, Rory Allen Phillip Ferreira became a national force in underground hip-hop rapping as Milo. He retired that name in 2018 and now performs as R.A.P. Ferreira, but the whimsical,…

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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 31, 2022

Chicago indie sensations Dehd go big-time with Blue Skies by Leor Galil

Chicago trio Dehd sound like they’re trying to levitate by fusing the ineffable but often incompatible powers of frigid postpunk and wispy indie rock. Dehd are dedicated minimalists: their…

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Friday, May 27, 2022

Jonn Wallen of Oui Ennui made a torrent of genre-hopping albums while battling long COVID by Leor Galil

In the past year or so, whenever a friend has asked me to recommend music, I’ve pointed them at Chicago multi-instrumentalist Jonn Wallen, who creates omnidirectional experimental electron…

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Thursday, May 26, 2022

Horsegirl and the dream of a teen rock scene by Leor Galil

In July 2019, Chicago indie-rock trio Horsegirl played the eighth annual Square Roots Festival. At the time, live shows were the only way to hear the group’s taut but disarming dream pop, …

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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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Thursday, May 12, 2022

Gentle Heat make compact indie rock that feels huge by Leor Galil

Chicago band Gentle Heat play no-nonsense indie rock that captures the allure of a towering blaze in the space of a single spark. On their new full-length, Sheer (Flesh & Bone), they pac…

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Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Eli Schmitt, jack-of-all-trades in Chicago’s young DIY arts and music scene by Leor Galil

Eli Schmitt, 20, moved to Chicago a couple years ago to attend DePaul, where he studies journalism and art history. In that time he’s become a crucial connector in an emerging youth arts m…

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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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Three albums in, Chicago underground supergroup Rlyr are still having fun by Leor Galil

I heard a lot about the glory days of the Fireside Bowl even before I moved to Chicago, and I loved the way the venue brought together bands from disparate subscenes with almost every show. …

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

The many dreams of Wesley Willis by Leor Galil

Matthew Rachman Gallery documents the architectural creations of Chicago's ultimate outsider artist. Last summer, Intuit began exhibiting nearly a dozen Wesley W…

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