Plastic Tiger – ‘Plastic Tiger’ EP

October 4, 2015 · Posted by Jessi Roti

On the band’s self-titled EP, Plastic Tiger find themselves dancing in the space between The Beatles at The Cavern and dressing themselves up as Tame Impala’s retro-kid brother. The four tracks are really lyrical diddies set against a sonic wall of muffled, distorted mod-chord progressions. The pop sensibilities of the ‘60s (see The Beatles, The […]

Non Exotic – ‘Non Exotic’ EP

October 4, 2015 · Posted by Jessi Roti

While many local acts have been gravitating towards the reckless-abandon, unpolished grit of the DIY garage sound, Non Exotic stick out as one of Chicago’s most hard rock acts. There will be no lo-fi, distorted buzz drifting under or above a three-to-four chord progression here. Non Exotic aren’t afraid to let their chops shine. The […]

LOFTAPALOOZA 2015: Partying with a Purpose

October 3, 2015 · Posted by Jessi Roti

Chicago, power-pop trio The Ivorys hosted the fifth LOFTAPALOOZA bash on September 26, 2015. Partnered with music licensing group Music Dealers, The Ivorys played with Mike Golden & Friends and SabaPIVOT to raise awareness and funds for Deborah’s Place, a shelter for women experiencing homelessness. Sponsored by Baron Chocolates, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Goose Island, and […]

Riot Fest Chicago 2015

September 14, 2015 · Posted by Jessi Roti

All photos by Jessi Roti, 2015. This year’s Riot Fest stop in Chicago wasn’t without its controversy and usual, torrential downpour. After being booted from its previous Humboldt Park home, Douglas Park on the city’s west side provided over 50,000 festival goers a muddy sanctuary. Arriving late on Friday, I was only able to catch […]

Deem – “Style”

September 7, 2015 · Posted by Jessi Roti

Logan Square-based MC Deem brings his quick-fire rhymes and lo-fi, trap beats on “Style.” What starts off slow builds into more of a “Feelin’ Myself” tale than any other hard-edged, local hip-hop. “Style” is all about instinct and what’s inherited, rather than what money gives you the ability to floss with. There’s always room for […]

Celine Neon x Rapper Chicks – “Vacation Time” Remix

September 6, 2015 · Posted by Jessi Roti

End of summer? Think twice. Local Loop’s favorite dirty-pop duo dropped their self-titled EP earlier this year, but this remix of the stellar “Vacation Time” reboots the party mission. Spun hard, as in on an entirely new level, by Psalm One’s group The Rapper Chicks, the “feels” are placed on the back-burner and incinerated. The […]

Vamos – ‘Spiderbait’

August 8, 2015 · Posted by Jessi Roti

Vamos have been sharpening their teeth across Chicago’s DIY punk scene for the past few years and garnering attention as one of the city’s most exciting, live bands. With three EP’s under their belt, the trio’s brand of trash-glam punk was the soundtrack to a booze-cruise, drug-fueled night out. With lyrics never short on tales […]

Bully @ Empty Bottle – Lollapalooza 2015 Aftershow

August 2, 2015 · Posted by Jessi Roti

Bully -the buzzy, alt-rock quartet out of Nashville played to a sold-out crowd at Empty Bottle on Saturday night, August 1 as part of a Lollapalooza after-show series. The band, led by its fearless, growling frontwoman Alicia Bognanno ripped through tracks from their debut LP Feels Like, which has been dubbed one of 2015′s best releases. Opening […]

The Rubs – ‘The Rubs Are Trash’

July 26, 2015 · Posted by Jessi Roti

What you’re not going to get from The Rubs on their new LP, The Rubs Are Trash  are webs of words strung together through metaphor, deep reflections on the meaning of life, or exceptional precision of any kind –whether it’s how they play their instruments or how frontman Joey Montanaro (a.k.a Joey Rubbish) uses his […]

Pitchfork 2015 Photo Gallery

July 21, 2015 · Posted by Derrick Alexander