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

Pitchfork Music Festival 2015: Day 3

July 21, 2015 · Posted by Jessi Roti

The final day of Pitchfork Music Festival saw 88 degree-weather and muddy lagoons spaced across Union Park. Bitchin’ Bajas brought their ethereal, trance-pop to the Green Stage at 1 pm as the gates opened. While the calming vibes helped combat the heat, their power was lost into the open space (much like Panda Bear’s set […]

Pitchfork Music Festival 2015: Day 2

July 21, 2015 · Posted by Jessi Roti

Saturday, July 18 began with Chicago’s own Jimmy Whispers on the Green Stage. Whispers’ lo-fi, pop songs came complete with his own, pre-recorded hype track –which still didn’t fully prepare the crowd for what was about to happen. On stage with just his stereo, he jumped into the crowd during the second song to a […]

Pitchfork Music Festival 2015: Day 1

July 21, 2015 · Posted by Jessi Roti

Thousands ascended onto Chicago’s Union Park for the tenth anniversary of Pitchfork Music Festival. The sweltering 90-degree heat on Friday, July 17 and possible chance of rain didn’t deter anyone from trekking back and forth to catch at least half of a set from one of their favorite artists. After the gates opened at 3 […]

Pitchfork Festival 2015 After-Party Round-Up

July 18, 2015 · Posted by Jessi Roti

This weekend marks the 10 year anniversary of Pitchfork Music Festival. This year’s festival, complete with its absolutely bonkers lineup, also features an after-parties for every music lover and festival-goer. We picked our can’t-miss events for you to check out: Friday, July 17: Vic Mensa @ Virgin Hotel, free with RSVP The former-Kids These Days […]

Negative Scanner – ‘Negative Scanner’

July 12, 2015 · Posted by Jessi Roti

Post-punk outfit, Negative Scanner doesn’t hold back on its self-titled debut (Trouble in Mind Records). Nothing is off-limits and no one is safe as the foursome tear apart societal standards and normative expectations across 11 tracks. If you’ve been wronged, directly or indirectly, and don’t flinch in the eye of necessary trouble, Negative Scanner has […]

Track: The Walters – “Hunk Beach” b/w “I Wanna Be Good”

July 10, 2015 · Posted by Jessi Roti

The Walters released their debut EP Songs for Dads last November, a selection of six tracks that Local Loop said rocked like “gentility with a backbone, a softness that refuses to be stomped on.” Garnering Beach Boys comparisons after the release of Songs for Dads,, the band’s latest offerings still find it tied to those […]