CLAIRE SAYS

(Photograph by Dasha Denger) Here's an interview with Claire Lambach (bass, vocals) of Chicago minimalist psych-pop duo GOSH! I first heard GOSH! in 2015 when Ruix booked them at our old space, and was lucky enough to have done some tour dates with them last fall. It's been rad to see them change and grow over those few years. The group has …

Thollem’s Hot Pursuit of Happiness

  For our first entry in Ruix's archival series, we have an essay from 2013 about the prolific musician and peripatetic traveler Thollem McDonas. Thollem is presently on tour, playing and singing his songs, presented under the name Hot Pursuit of Happiness.  With Thollem playing at Monk's Kaffee Pub in Ruix's home base of Dubuque, I…

it pays to be niiice.

So, I guess emo is back? Bears to reason, between the general cyclical nature of things and the ever-present angst and urgency of youth. If self-described ‘queer punk/emo’ band niiice. is any indication of the resurgent genre’s quality control, however, I’m cool with traveling back to my tragic youth. While niiice. (yup, three i’s, one…

INTO THE VOID

Voiddweller - Illegal Content (self-released) A likely commentary on the legalities surrounding sampling, each of the 40 copies of the aptly named Illegal Content comes packaged with one of the source CDs containing samples used on the album. My copy arrived bundled with Nirvana’s Bleach, which took me down its own interesting rabbit hole, recal…