Blane Fonda is a five-piece dance rock outfit based in Chicago. The band’s debut LP, Foolish Croon, and stand-alone single “Sounds Like Static” follow the 2009 EP Master of Stars and Broken Arms. The surrealist documentary The Tall Tale of Blane Fonda was written and illustrated by lead vocalist Mark Wetzel and animated by Ian Pfaff.
I first encountered Abe Conlon and Adrienne Lo’s cuisine at one of their X-Marx underground dinners. I recall being blown away by their hot Caesar salad soup accompanied by deep fried anchovies. Now they are opening Flour and Bones, a permanent restaurant in Chicago. Expect fantastic casual but creative dishes, influenced by their recent culinary […]
Vivian Maier has one of those bodies of work that is hard to overlook. The mysterious, and only recently discovered, nanny-photographer has left behind an incredible collection of photographs from the streets of Chicago and New York during the late 50s and 60s. I’m invariably refreshed when I stumble across a strong female photographer, and Maier’s impressive legacy of work is no exception.
Chicago Mixtape is the brainchild of Casey Meehan. Subscribers receive an email every week that includes a free mix tape of Chicago bands with upcoming shows in the city. The service keeps your iTunes fresh with trending music. In addition, Chicago Mixtape holds a live music series that features mix tape alumni at some of […]
Every rock band worth its drumsticks has crammed onto moist rugs in the corner of damp basements to play through questionably grounded amplification for dozens of overzealous under-agers spilling piss-water beer onto any gear that still works. It is the most inspired and enjoyable time in a band’s existence. Gonzo Chicago documents these moments and […]
Chicago’s Mutts have just released their first full-length, Pray for Rain. The album’s call to arms is band leader Mike Maimone’s Tom Waits-style growl, which is accompanied by fuzzed-out organ, greasy guitar hooks and brutal drumming.
In early 2011, I met fellow Chicagoans Bailiff through our mutual friend and engineer, Jon Alvin. We share a love for the blues and rock & roll, but cook them with different recipes. I feel blessed to guest with them on occasion, and learn something every time we hang out. I was moved during this […]
Audiotree is one of my favorite companies to discover new music. Based out of Chicago, the company wears many belts, including live sessions, band interviews, sponsorships and artist management. Since the recent inception of the company, they have interviewed and recorded a hundred great bands and counting, both local to Chicago and touring acts.
I was drinking over the weekend as per usual, when my buddies and I stumbled accross this legend. We were playing a game where we had to type any random name into YouTube. Tim Lyons came up. Check it.
On September 28, 2011, a Chicago billboard at Wrigley Field became Occasionally Perfect, just like last month in New York. Check out the video!
Crazy name, huh? Mentally Restarted is also known as Future Jared. The project is based in Chicago and produces electronic tracks: some are full of beats that’ll get your body moving and some will make you just want to lean back and relax.
somebody told you he was going to “redefine” the sandwich shop, would you think he could do it? What if that someone was Graham Elliot: the culinary director of Lollapalooza, a judge on the TV show MasterChef, and the owner of a Michelin-starred restaurant? Would you believe him?
If you think the world of fried pastry starts with Dunkin Donuts and ends with Krispy Kreme, then you need to hop on the next plane to Chicago. As of about three weeks ago, the Windy City is now home to a tiny underground shop called The Doughnut Vault, where “fat and delicious” doughnuts are made fresh every morning.
What do you do when you happen upon 100,000 negatives at a furniture and antiques auction? You blog about them, of course. John Maloof stumbled upon the photography of Vivian Maier at an auction in Chicago. Vivian, an unknown photographic gem, documented the streets of Chicago from 1950-1990 purely for her own enjoyment. With an awe-inspiring eye for the camera, her photos feel like the kind you should see mass produced, laminated and sold along tourist strips next to vintage French posters and pictures of Marylin.
After selling some 3,000 pieces out of the 4,000 or so that he has produced in the past decade, Chicago artist Derek Erdman is getting out of dodge. Moving westward has not stopped him from putting together one final show at High Concept Laboratories. Without Wax will feature over 1,000 paintings and drawings of this poignant Ohio-born, Chicago-bred genius.