OP $av is a two man group from Oak Park, IL made up of CRZY and NSNE. They met in high school and continued to create music remotely throughout college before officially forming OP $av. They have played shows in California at UCSB; in Iowa City at Yacht Club & Gabs; and in Chicago at Star Bar, Refuge, The Water Hole, and North Bar.
You can find them on social media, stream/buy their music, and book them via their website.
MuddaGoose is a rapper and visual artist from Chicago. As a visual artist, she works primarily in oil-based paint marker, printmaking, and graphic design. In 2014-2016 she hosted three shows at Floating World Gallery. In 2015 she was featured in the Logan Square Arts Festival. She was the Whitney M. Young High School class clown of 2014, and in 2015 and 2017 she displayed artwork in the Gallatin Arts Festival.
The images above with a grey background are from a 2014-2015 series entitled "Closed Eyes, Open Mouth".
Emily Wunsch is a storyteller from Oak Park, IL. She has previously been published in Crest Literary Magazine.
The Hustle is a young Chicago area rock’n’roll quartet in their teens. The band features Ted Ansani on bass & vocals, Tommy Hinds on guitar & lead vocals, Alex O’Malley on the drums, and Andrew Pridmore on keyboard and guitar. Growing up surrounded by great music and touring musicians, Teddy’s dad, Ted Ansani plays in Material Issue, and Alex’s dad, Sean O’Malley plays in The Safes, these kids had no choice but to follow in their footsteps of playing fun, catchy, rock’n’roll. These boys have rocked basements, house parties, talent shows, and probably would even play hydrant flushings if asked; they love to rock’n’roll. Now, The Hustle has bursted onto the Chicago music scene, playing shows at Township and Chop Shop, as well as being featured on the Chicago Vibe’s showcase, “Dishin’ at Dimos”.
You can find them on Soundcloud.
Madeline Simms is a poet, painter, and person of art from LaGrange, IL, currently living in Galesburg, IL. Her work has been featured in Catch, Quiver, Folio, and Cellar Door magazines.