Dead RiderTodd Rittmann has been around Chicago forever, at the forefront of the fringes, in various outfits — though he is best known for his influential work with U.S. Maple. Now Rittmann is four albums deep with Dead Rider, and though he cites the band’s roots as being in classic rock and R&B, the band is still deeply weird — a fascinating balance of highbrow and the decidedly lowbrow, making albums that enrapture and repel in the same measure.

Music: deadrider.bandcamp.com 
Website: deadrider.us
Label: dragcity.com/artists/dead-rider