What sets Chicago’s The Sometimes Family apart from other groups in this new soul era is their aim to bring back the vocally driven tune: the collaborative, harmonic group sound. Drawing inspiration from a variety of sources, including the Fifth Dimension, the Staples Singers, the Jackson 5, and the Friends of Distinction, The Sometimes Family […]
It’s Sunday. You’re fifteen minutes west of downtown Chicago. And you’ve realized your life is a hollow, empty shell that can only be made right with a desk-top anvil, a sculling oar, and some Foolish Crow Habanero Hot Sauce. Fortunately, you’re also in River Forest, and the newly opened Yearbook has everything you need.
Warehouse district! Restaurant corridor! Warehouse district! Restaurant corridor! Either way you look at it, Randolph and Halsted in Chicago is one of the best areas to store your … whatever, or find the newest and best places in the city to eat. But even better than that, you can spend a long and quiet afternoon sipping what is undoubtedly the best coffee you’ve ever tasted served by the friendly and eclectic staff.
Is rap music ‘music’? Is pop art ‘art’? Here’s another insoluble: suppose a pastry chef uses flour, water, sugar, chocolate, frosting, and other yummy fixins to create a cake. When the cake is presented, is it a piece of art?
According to Krusty the Klown, the funnest place on Earth is Tijuana. But the funnest place in Chicago is the Rotofugi Gallery. Whether you pronounce is with a hard ‘g’ or a ‘j’, the Rotofugi Gallery is the city’s focal point for all things vinyl toy, low brow, and otherwise disrespectful.
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!