Have you ever wondered how people navigated Prohibition-era Chicago? How did the gangsters know where all the best Speak Easy spots were? Or maybe you’re curious about how we’d get around the world if there were no water? Thanks to Vincze Miklos, we now have access to all those bizarre ideas in the form of maps. […]
I recently checked out the Canadian band the Arkells at the Bottom Lounge in Chicago. The show was as good as the album. And it was like having a personal concert because the place was empty. I know that this was a rare opportunity; this band is going to blow up. I am still listening to their album […]
For the last three years, in addition to being an artist and graphic designer, I have been working on building up my Chicago streetwear brand Fourth is King. We make t-shirts, hats, sweatshirts, skate decks… stuff like that. And our focus is on comfort and simplicity. We recently had the opportunity to put together a […]
Do you think you’re looking at photography? Think again. Contemporary British Realist Painter Nathan Walsh has created these amazing photorealistic paintings of Chicago and New York. Nathan Walsh belongs to a new generation of artists who are extending the boundaries of realist painting. Each work takes three months to complete. Not an easy job if […]
Chicago musician James Swanberg (under the moniker Today’s Hits) is in the midst of a song-a-day project running on two years. That’s right, for 685 consecutive days (and counting) he’s written and home-recorded a new song, without exception. His mostly garage rock songs are usually around a minute long. They get to the point and […]
Tattoo artist Joseph Realubit began his artistic studies in the Phillippines before earning a second BFA in Chicago. Realubit now works as an artist in San Francisco. He has a supreme understanding of the physical musculature of the body and how to work with vibrant pigments of ink, creating tattoo art with deeper meaning. Howlya to that!
The Retar Crew is a Chicago-based hip hop group comprised of MCs/actors J.Q., G.Q., P.O. and Jackson. The Crew has built a rabid following via their YouTube channel and by offering regular free music downloads via their Website. Their most recent download is entitled Lake Effect.
Chicago-based artist Mark Siber snaps tall advertising signs in the United States and Europe, then digitally erases their supporting pillars, lending them an almost reverent appeal as they appear to float in mid-air. It says something about the absurdly blind idol worship that people can ascribe to brands.
Recently, some folks at the Chicago Tribune headed down to the basement and found a bunch of glass-plate negatives from the 1920s and 30s. Some of these glorious old photographs were of famed mobster Al Capone during his 1931 trial for tax evasion. At one time a populist hero, Al brought booze to the people when uptight sycophants thought it best to keep everyone sober and agitated. Now his legend lives on in black and white.
We’re not quite sure why Chicago-based artist Samantha Alaimo decided, “Let’s cover all the things in Skittles”, but we’re glad she did. She covered all kinds of objects in these colorful candies, and the results are pretty interesting.
OutsideIn, a boutique electronic music festival, was held at Sydney’s Factory Theatre last week. The inaugural event featured the likes of Oliver Tank, HTRK, FISHING, Flume and Jesse Boykins III in what was a day of smoke, lasers and a lot of bass. As I walked through the gates into the courtyard, the bass was […]
Riding on the success of their debut record, Death Wave (2010), Chicago’s Hemmingbirds began working on its follow-up early in 2012. Departing from the original solo writing process of Death Wave (attributed to band leader Yoo Soo Kim), Hemmingbirds worked on their sophomore effort, The Vines of Age, collectively. As a result, the album marks […]
Chicago’s Furious Frank delightfully blends a big brassy sound and poignant lyrics into their carnival romp, Lament. Told from the perspective of God, the band cleverly pokes fun at the human condition. The corresponding video adds even more to the imagery with witty illustrations and a surprise twist that Furious Frank is, in fact, the […]
Well, SPIN Magazine’s headline pretty much summed it up: ‘Billy Corgan Opens a Tea Room, Gives Chicago the Gift of Culture’. It’s true, the Smashing Pumpkins frontman with many interests (including pro wrestling and poetry spinning) is opening a tea shop dubbed the Madame Zuzu’s Tea House in Illinois this week. Corgan says the 1930s Chinese-style teahouse will be ‘a more casual hang, a place where you could come see a guru or a rabbi talk’. Hmmm, wonder whether we’ll find any mayonnaise in our tea.
Somewhere in between Little Richard, Bo Diddley and Jackie Wilson is Oklahoma’s JD McPherson. Delightfully less gimmicky than most of the ‘retro soul’ artists these days, McPherson’s album, Signs and Signifiers, (recorded in Chicago) sounds like pure late 50s rhythm and blues. You have to give him credit for doing his homework and for having […]