The Avantist – “Truth in Light”

June 29, 2015 · Posted by Jessi Roti

The Avantist have traded spastic fringe-rock for soaring melodies and a new pair of dancing shoes. “Truth in Light” sees the band toying with the notion of reinvention without actually committing to give up the style at heart. Frontman Fernando Arias’ vocals smoothly pour over David Arias’ languid guitar-drone, which ebbs-and-flows like a wave before […]

Chicago’s Front Porch: Summer Concert Series

June 20, 2015 · Posted by Jessi Roti

Concerts have become big business, where the size of the bands and the stages they’re playing on are dependent on how much money a sponsor is willing to pay to plaster its logo high above the throngs of screaming fans. The idea of occupying a venue, field, or parking lot strictly for the music is […]

Single Premiere: “Bursting at the Seams” – Axons + Miss Chiff

June 11, 2015 · Posted by Jessi Roti

When electronic-minimalist Adele Nicholas released Unmanageable under Axons back in January, Local Loop saw Nicholas’ approach to dance music as “masterful subtlety” saying, “where Top 40 musicians might rely on hooks as a crutch, Nicholas’ take is more apt to lean back into itself; and when the melody bursts, it’s all more explosive.” Well, her […]

Unknown Mortal Orchestra + J. Fernandez @ Lincoln Hall

June 7, 2015 · Posted by Jessi Roti

Portland-based act, Unknown Mortal Orchestra brought their Multi-Love tour to Chicago’s Lincoln Hall last night, for over an hour of psych-funk grooves and all-around good vibes. Chicago’s own experimental-psych pop outfit, J. Fernandez opened the show around 10 pm. The crowd instantly took to the band’s brand of lo-fi guitar fuzz that floats slightly above […]

Flesh Panthers – N G C 2632

May 25, 2015 · Posted by Jessi Roti

Good-time punks, Flesh Panthers unapologetically bust down your front door with their new album, N G C 2632. At first listen, the 12 tracks embody a New York Dolls’ draw and swagger that’s much more glam than what came across on the band’s previous releases. These tracks are fully-fleshed, leaving a heightened ringing in your […]

Swearwords – Solar Vortex

May 9, 2015 · Posted by Jessi Roti

For their latest release, Swearwords’ Solar Vortex chronicles an all-too relatable interpersonal relationship, set the sound of infectious, indie power-pop. The 11 tracks take cues from bands like Dashboard Confessional and Boxer Rebellion. Album opener, “On Board with the Lie” sets the tone. The gradual onset of guitars and drums flood the speakers, signifying a […]

Nonpronto – Unready

May 8, 2015 · Posted by Jessi Roti

With the release of their first LP, Nonpronto take a slight side-step from the jazz-infused sound that stood out on their previous EP’s and go straight for powerful, piano-pop. Unready plays like the soundtrack to a road warrior’s tour diary. You can visualize the outside world blur past as you stare out the window, not […]

Record Store Day Events in Chicago

April 14, 2015 · Posted by Kirsten

Love it or hate it, Record Store Day is coming up on April 18, and at the very least this calls for some great in-store performances and events. Here’s what’s happening on Record Store Day 2015 in Chicago.

Interview: Deep Fayed

April 10, 2015 · Posted by Jessi Roti

The first time I saw Deep Fayed was at Emporium Arcade Bar in Wicker Park. It was about 15 degrees outside, but 500 degrees inside as the band took the stage. The crowd was ready, ready in a way I wasn’t used to. I’m used to the rock shows where the crowd’s crammed together as […]

Spaces of Disappearance – ‘Passionate Electronics’ EP

April 5, 2015 · Posted by Jessi Roti

Elaine Davis’ vocals were meant specifically for Spaces of Disappearance’s sound. Her Portishead-meets-Madonna melodies drip over minimalist, electronic drums and twinkling keyboards. But there’s nothing bubblegum about Passionate Electronics; the sweetness is stomped on by lyrical aggression and synth-laden angst. The lead single, “Dick Cheney in the Light” –a hilariously titled, yet relatable narrative of […]