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Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Black Chicago dance culture shines at Art on the Mart by Leor Galil

On the evening of Thursday, June 30, dozens of young Black dancers gathered on the Chicago Riverwalk across from the Merchandise Mart. At 9 PM that night, Art on the Mart, which bills itself…

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Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Mexico City transplant Fernando de Buen López leads Chicago band Así Así in their album debut by J.r. Nelson and Leor Galil

Singer and guitarist Fernando de Buen López moved to Chicago from Mexico City in 2012 with his band El Mañana, who released one more album of jangly, psychedelic indie rock in 2014 before …

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Lifeguard grow into their next underground rock vision on Crowd Can Talk by Leor Galil

A couple weeks before Lifeguard played Horsegirl’s record-release show at Thalia Hall in June, I ran into drummer Isaac Lowenstein and bassist Asher Case while walking through the Logan Sq…

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Thursday, July 28, 2022

Sharp Chicago rapper F.A.B.L.E. tries on different stylistic hats with Green Room by Leor Galil

Emerging Chicago rapper Christopher Horace charmed me a couple years ago with the first EP he released as F.A.B.L.E., (IX) The Hermit. His downy voice makes his playful raps sound more intim…

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Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Chicago lures jazz trombonist Jeb Bishop back home by J.r. Nelson and Leor Galil

On Monday, August 1, jazz trombonist Jeb Bishop will move back to Chicago after a ten-year absence. Bishop and his wife headed to North Carolina in spring 2012 (Carrboro and later Durham) an…

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Thursday, July 21, 2022

Teklife’s expanding family shows all the places footwork can go with On Life: Vol. 3 by Leor Galil

In 2017, foundational Chicago footwork collective and record label Teklife dropped On Life, a compilation highlighting all the producers in its wider family. That record became a series, and…

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Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Sugar and snacks and everything nice by Leor Galil

What would you do with 22.4 pounds of treats? The post Sugar and snacks and everything nice appeared first on Chicago Reader.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Northwest Indiana punk firestarters Liquids are the best opening band you’ll see all summer by Leor Galil

Northwest Indiana’s punk scene would be a lot less thrilling without Mat Williams—he’s been the engine behind many of the local bands whose names have filled homemade gig flyers around…

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Meteor Gem opens its doors to Chicagoland’s trve metalheads by J.r. Nelson and Leor Galil

Chicago’s newest record store specializes in all things metal. Meteor Gem occupies a garden-level boutique at 3082 N. Elston, and its stock is so laser-focused on extreme music—including…

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Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Artist and poet Marvin Tate tees up a busily multidisciplinary July by J.r. Nelson and Leor Galil

Even in a city full of talented artists with their fingers in a half dozen projects at once, Marvin Tate stands out as a Renaissance man. The west-side native is extraordinarily industrious …

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Friday, July 8, 2022

Monobody guitarist Conor Mackey gets even wilder with the IDM project Lynyn by Leor Galil

Conor Mackey plays guitar in postrock group Monobody, which is how you know he has unpredictable energy—any musician tasked with creating rogue jazz flourishes and postmetal freakouts whil…

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Thursday, July 7, 2022

The ‘new normal’ hangs over another summer of live music by Leor Galil

It’s music festival season again, and of course we’re still in the middle of a pandemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 222.3 million U.S. residents are ful…

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‘All I feel is loss’ by Leor Galil

After nearly two years on electronic monitoring, Jeremey “Mohawk” Johnson’s ankle bracelet is finally off. The post ‘All I feel is loss’ appeared first on Chicago Reader.

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Subversive Chicago rock outfit Famous Laughs immerse you in jams on Total Icon by Leor Galil

For more than a decade, Chicago multi-instrumentalist and engineer Jake Acosta has been a key player in a loose federation of subversive musicians. He’s done a lot of crucial work running …

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Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Sam Thousand, Chicago soul Renaissance man by Leor Galil

Multi-instrumentalist, producer, and vocalist Sam Thousand moved to Chicago from Texas in 2009, and within a year he’d joined hip-hop fusion outfit Sidewalk Chalk. He’s since become deep…

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Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Weirdo rippers Lollygagger make their vinyl debut with Total Party Kill by J.r. Nelson and Leor Galil

Gossip Wolf has been on the record as a fan of Lollygagger since the local glam-punk goofballs dropped their debut EP, Life on Terminus, in 2018. The band followed it in 2020 with the hilari…

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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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All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards