Like a lot of folks at the Pitchfork Music Festival, Gossip Wolf checked out bands, made new friends, chilled with old friends (and fake friends!), and kept an eye out for famous faces around Union Park. On Friday the Haim sisters grooved to Iceage alongside the Blue Stage, and on Saturday actress Marina Squerciati—aka the plucky Officer Burgess on NBC's Chicago P.D.—made the scene with a group of pals. This wolf almost tripped over Nick Viall from ABC's The Bachelorette, a show no self-respecting canid would watch (or at least admit to watching). Other sightings included Taylor Bennett, juke pioneer Gant-Man, young Teklife star DJ Taye, Treated Crew rappers Gzus Piece and Mic Terror, Leather Corduroys MC Joey Purp, Evan Weiss of Into It. Over It., Kittyhawk front woman Kate Grube, singer-producer Cole M. Johnson, and Michael Kolar of Closed Sessions. Among the festival's performers, Gossip Wolf ran into Jimmy Whispers and Ryley Walker most often—those guys were everywhere—but never at the same time. Guys! You should do a duet record!
Speaking of Ryley Walker and duet records: Walker and local guitarist Bill MacKay will release a live duet album this summer! They recorded the waltzes, blues, and psychedelic explorations on Land of Plenty during a joint residency at Logan Square bar the Whistler in January 2015, and Whistler Records will release the album on CD and LP on Fri 8/14.
It's been a minute since Gossip Wolf heard from Chicago instrumental posthardcore band RLYR, aka Trevor de Brauw (Pelican), Steven Hess (Locrian), and Colin DeKuiper (Bloodiest). They just finished their debut album, and de Brauw hopes it'll see release this fall via Magic Bullet. You don't have to wait to hear the new material, though: RLYR will play at least some of it on Sat 7/25, when they open for black-metal pop stars Deafheaven at Subterranean. v
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