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To celebrate thriving Black culture in Chicago and beyond, we’re amplifying the coolest content creators around. We’re forever grateful to these artists for their voices, truths, and inspiration to White Mystery. Support their art, watch their videos, and seek them out on social media NOW.
Clint is a pizza punk who always brings snacks to the party. You may remember Show You Suck from White Mystery TV Episode 2 with Cadien James from Twin Peaks. White Mystery has been a big fan of SYS since playing together at a Pitchfork after-party in 2015. For Chicago news and thought pieces, you need to follow Show You Suck on Twitter immediately.
Krystal is the kind of friend you feel you’ve known your whole life. Her unique blend of rock’n’soul unites her St. Louis roots with her Chicago spirit, and her performances are guaranteed to give you chills! You may recognize Krystal’s voice from the White Mystery Lightscape soundtrack for outdoor sculptures that played music on State Street during Lollapalooza. We met her cousin Mannie Metcalfe when White Mystery opened for Iron & Wine at the Pageant in STL in 2010, and he’s one of our favorite pals on Earth as well. Thank you for blessing us with your friendships, Metcalfes!
Get Krystal Metcalfe “Fearless” on Bandcamp.
JC Brooks & the Uptown sound are absolutely unbeatable live, led by the exuberant, endlessly talented JC Brooks. White Mystery first joined forces with them at the Brooklyn Vegan SXSW showcase in 2012, and jammed many times since then. The Chicago Sun Times call these groovy dudes one of the “city’s hottest young bands” and you’d be lucky to experience them.
Support JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound on Bandcamp.
Psalm One is an incredible rapper, poet and artist we first played with at the Girls Rock! Camp jamboree in 2011. She is a talented MC and vocal critic of sexism and racism in the music industry. We’re forever grateful to Cristalle for inviting us backstage when she opened for Insane Clown Posse in 2017. Psalm One rocked the White Mystery Telepathic record release at the Hideout in 2013 and teamed up with the illustrious Angel Davanport as Big $ilky for the 4/20 x 420 x 420 Fest in 2020. Rapper Chicks are badass.
Jesse 5k is a born and bred Chicagoan introduced to us this year through his performance for Do312 MORE. Jesse 5k is an emerging rapper that blends poetry, psychedelic, spoken word, and hip hop into eye-opening music that blends indie genres. We deeply respect his perspective on being a young Black man in America, and encourage you to dive in with his experiences.
Download Jesse 5k “Grey Skies” on Bandcamp.
One part thespian, one part poet, another part musician, and one more part philosopher, Mykele Deville brings change through the depth of his voice. You may recognize Mykele from his groundbreaking record release performance at Thalia Hall not too long ago. Mykele graced us with his presence on White Mystery “WMTV” Episode 4, where Francis and he played video games and talked about politics, which is a great way to share real perspectives. We urge you to check out his recent work, “Maintain.”
Download Mykelle Deville on Bandcamp.
You may recognize the brilliant Jolene from her DIY literary ‘zine, the Sick Muse. She is a multi-hyphenate super star that shares her truth by all means necessary and lifts up others in the process. White Mystery is blessed to have rocked with her barn-stomping punk’n’soul group Blacker Face at Rock ‘n Roll Market in 2019. Blacker Face will blow your hat off your head with their live performances, and you’ll emerge a changed person.
The Black Tones are Seattle-based twins Eva and Cedric, on guitar and drums respectively. They are a rock’n’roll duo, and White Mystery feels a particular kinship with them as a two-piece sibling band. The Black Tones’ unbeatable grooves are the best parts of garage and surf that only family can knit together so tightly. We love the Black Tones and you should too.
When Joseph Chilliams dances, the whole world dances with him. Named Chicago’s “Most Charming Rapper” by VICE Magazine, he founded the iconic Pivot Gang and transformed the profound losses into spiritual, musical magic. We’re honored that Chilliams joined us on White Mystery TV where he and Francis and Joseph bonded playing Super Smash Bros. Chilliams is a gentle soul who’s power comes through his words. You may also be familiar with his equally talented brother and Chicago rapper, Saba.
Right yourself with Chilliams on Soundcloud.
Manasseh Champion aka Doso is an emerging Chicago hip hop artist whose roots run deep with his family’s West Point School of music on the South Shore. You can hear the discipline of his music education flow and transform into freedom of expression. When he was a Music Business student at UIC, Manasseh interned for White Mystery and supported outdoor event production at Rock’n’Roll Market, and Season 1 of WMTV. Now, Doso carves his own path through independently booking shows and creating his own brand.
Download many tracks from Doso on Bandcamp!Posted 07.03.20 Permalink to this story
Chicago is a thriving city that booms with diverse artists. Through this wild roller coaster of 2020, artists are suffering now more than ever. This city needs their voices to be heard. The Chicago Artists Relief Fund is a project put together for artists, by artists. It supports creators who are suffering from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds will give mini-grants to artists most affected by the quarantine. Join together with our vibrant lineup of musicians on Sunday, July 5th at 6pm for this historical concert!Posted 07.01.20 Permalink to this story
In order to amplify Black Voices on Juneteenth, we compiled a list of femme entrepreneurs for you to discover and spend your dollars with! We became acquainted with these Chicago creatives through Rock’n’Roll Market and hope you appreciate their ingenuity as much as we do.Posted 06.19.20 Permalink to this story
White Mystery’s song “Good Girl” was implemented in the independent film: A Girl From A Box, and is featured in this year’s New York City Independent Film Festival. A Girl From A Box was written and directed by Alxis Ratkevich & Chloe Taylor. We are honored to be included in the 11th Annual New York City Independent Film Festival!Posted 06.12.20 Permalink to this story
The three day online fest is part of our Lincoln Calling Give to Lincoln fundraising campaign. Lincoln Calling has quickly switched its 2020 focus and production to support Lincoln’s music and arts communities. During these times we know how much our friends in the entertainment industry are struggling. We want to do our part to create opportunities for our local artists and secure the future of Lincoln’s entertainment industry. The funds we raise during this event, and the month of May, will go towards creating more events throughout the year to support our local music and arts community. You can read more here: https://givetolincoln.com/nonprofits/lincoln-callingPosted 05.13.20 Permalink to this story