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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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.
Hailing from one of my favorite music cities, Chicago’s Castevet reminds me of what it was like to discover the youthful, orchestrated energy of Cap’n Jazz and Hot Water Music years ago. I’d call it math punk, with plenty of gorgeous hooks.
Though most people in the West think of mahjong as a mysterious game old Chinese people play, it’s actually gets quite rowdy when people get together to play it. Rowdy is certainly a good adjective for Mahjongg, the exquisitely danceable electro-whatever outfit from Chicago who draw as much from Afrobeat as they do vocoder-laden sleaze […]
These heady times call for heady music, something spaced-out, trance-y, weird, and devilishly ecstatic to distract us from reality. Chicago’s Cave heeds this call for musical escapism, channeling Hawkwind, Kraftwerk, funk, and tribal frenzy into their mothership-beaconing groove.
Chicago’s Cheer Accident started as a post-no-wave weirdo band typical of the Skin Graft roster, but of late, they’ve been doing some unrestrained pop and rock. They even have harmonized vocals and an occasional horn. This isn’t to say they’re commercializing – their songs are just as complex as ever, and there’s still a hint […]