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Earlier this year, the iconoclastic Chicago singer-songwriter Willis Earl Beal left XL, his label, and threw himself into the chaotic, uncertain world of self-released records to get his Experiments…   Read Story »
Willis Earl Beal spoke last month about why he decided to leave his old label, XL, and release his new album entirely by himself. That album, Experiments In Time, sounded more and more intriguing as…   Read Story »
The Chicago art-soul auteur Willis Earl Beal recently told the world that he wasn't happy on XL Recordings, his old label, and that he'd elected to leave and to self-release his new album Experiments…   Read Story »
In a long and fascinating interview, the Chicago art-soul belter Willis Earl Beal recently announced plans to leave XL Recordings, his label, and to self-release his new album Experiments In Time…   Read Story »
Last week, Willis Earl Beal revealed in a fascinating interview that he would be leaving his label XL and self-releasing music again. His next album sounds pretty exciting, but another briefly…   Read Story »
A few years ago, the Chicago soul singer Willis Earl Beal went from singing for commuters on El train platforms to signing with XL Recordings, becoming labelmates with Adele and Vampire Weekend.…   Read Story »
Back in January, the mercurial lo-fi Chicago soul singer posted a mysterious new eight-song album called A Place That Doesn't Exist online. He essentially suggested that he just had a bunch of extra…   Read Story »
When was the last time you thought about Mischa Barton? The former The O.C. star shows up in Willis Earl Beal's new video for the Cat Power collaboration "Coming Through," a lo-fi short film in which…   Read Story »
In recent interviews, itinerant experimental folk freak Willis Earl Beal has been mentioning a new album called A Place That Doesn't Exist and suggesting he might give it away for free. He told Under…   Read Story »
Right about now, the folk-soul brother Willis Earl Beal is two months into his album-release cycle; he dropped the new one Nobody knows. in September. But over the weekend, he threw two new songs,…   Read Story »