Beat Drun Juel – ‘Suppressor’

July 22, 2016 · Posted by Jessi Roti

Beat Drun Juel is one of Chicago’s best hard rock bands, if not the best.  The trio’s debut EP, Off Your Face was a haunting collection of meandering riffs and rumbling bass before singer Pasty Face’s knockout growl crashed against the busiest of drum cymbals. Suppressor picks up where Off Your Face left off and takes it to the dark […]

GØGGS + Running + Choke Chains @ Empty Bottle

July 20, 2016 · Posted by Jessi Roti

Its well-documented that Ty Segall likes to keep himself busy. After 2014’s solo release Manipulator, his heavier, more metal-influenced band FUZZ released FUZZ II in 2015, and two releases in 2016 -his own Emotional Mugger and now? A full-throttle, brash punk record with the band GØGGS. Comprised of himself, Ex-Cults’ Chris Shaw and Fuzz’s Charles Moothart, GØGGS and their self-title debut, […]

Pitchfork Music Festival 2016: Day-by-Day Recap

July 19, 2016 · Posted by Jessi Roti

It was a cool day in July for the first day of Pitchfork Music Festival at Union Park. Early acts battled overcast and light sprinklings in the early afternoon, but festival goers were completely un-phased. The first band on Friday was Car Seat Headrest, playing tracks from its stellar debut Teens of Denial. The band’s […]

Pitchfork 2016 Photo Gallery

July 18, 2016 · Posted by Jessi Roti

*All photos by Jessi Roti

Local Loop’s Guide To: Pitchfork Festival 2016

July 2, 2016 · Posted by Jessi Roti

At this time in two weeks, festival goers will be running around Chicago’s Union Park, beer sloshing in-hand, trying to decide which of Pitchfork Festival’s three stages is going to provide the best time. Yep, it’s that time again. While this year’s festival doesn’t boast as many scheduling conflicts as it has in the past, […]

Do312’s Rock N’ Roll Market 2016

June 20, 2016 · Posted by Jessi Roti

The lot behind East Room in Logan Square was again turned into a den for local vendors to sell and local bands to rock n’ roll! This year’s market was again brought to you by Do 312 and Chicago’s #1 sibling duo White Mystery, along with Jack Daniel’s, Bud Light, and Redbull. From 12-6 pm, […]

Interview: White Mystery on Chicago D.I.Y & Choosing Your Own Adventure

June 12, 2016 · Posted by Jessi Roti

*A version of this interview originally appeared in the June issue of the Illinois Entertainer Rock n’ roll can be found in almost any space in Chicago on any given night and no band has canvased this better than White Mystery. In the past two years alone, the band has performed on a float with […]

In Discussion: Steve Krakow, Ray Robertson, and Philip Montoro at The Book Cellar

May 28, 2016 · Posted by Jessi Roti

Chicago has spaces other than bars and venues to discuss music’s impact, your favorite “underrated” artists, and various scenes in. Kicking off at 6 pm on Tuesday May 31, Ray Robertson, author of The Lives of the Poets (With Guitars) and Steve Krakow, author of My Kind of Sound: The Secret History of Chicago Music will be […]

The Used + The New Regime @ House of Blues

May 18, 2016 · Posted by Jessi Roti

Here at Local Loop, we like to keep it “locals only” (I mean, it’s in the name). However once in awhile, we’re given the opportunity to cover a non-local show that we can’t bear to miss. Case in point, The Used celebrating the band’s 15 year anniversary and playing their self-titled debut in full. For […]

Video Premiere: Courtney – “Girl”

May 18, 2016 · Posted by Jessi Roti

Chicago’s own grunge-pop trio, Courtney is releasing their debut album. Not just any kind of album, but a “valbum” (or visual album) as the band so lovingly referred to their work via Facebook. Slowly rolling out their debut LP through performance videos, Courtney showcases sticky, ’90s-tinged melodies without any frills or gimmicks. On the band’s latest “Girl,” […]