First Listen: Olivia Grace – ‘Heart Shaped Bruises’ EP

January 24, 2016 · Posted by Jessi Roti

Indie-pop, singer-songwriter Olivia Grace was kind enough to send us an advanced stream of her new EP, Heart Shaped Bruises for this installment of “First Listen.” Check out the previously released “Let it Fall” (not included on the new EP) Chicago-by way of-Baltimore, MD-based singer/songwriter Olivia Grace hints at something much bigger on her upcoming-EP, Heart […]

For the Creatives: Showcasing local Artists + Musicians

January 23, 2016 · Posted by Jessi Roti

Chicago is very much having a renaissance right now. Young artists, whether part of a collective or on their own, are being driven by their own endless ambitions, visions, music, and art. Different scenes bloom every day and it’s hard to keep track of it all. This boom isn’t going unnoticed and a fellow surveyor […]

Sedgewick – ‘Gardens’ EP

January 19, 2016 · Posted by Jessi Roti

Logan Square-based trio, Sedgewick blends sugary-sweet, indie pop with bare-bones folk to create a dreamy soundtrack to lay your head down to. The band’s four-song EP, Gardens is a lucid escape from the pummeling garage rock or aggressively-haunting styles of Chicago’s hip-hop scene. Sedgewick employ choral rounds that feel similar to Simon & Garfunkel, with the melancholy […]

2015 Wrap-Up: Best Local Releases

January 1, 2016 · Posted by Jessi Roti

It’s that time of year again, where we at Local Loop fall prey to recommending and ranking our favorite releases of the year by Chicago artists. There were many noteworthy releases in 2015 and this list is by-no-means definitive of everyone’s personal tastes -but if you find your new favorite act with a little help […]

Ian’s Party 2016: 3 Days, 3 Venues, 60+ Bands, a Guaranteed Good Time

December 27, 2015 · Posted by Jessi Roti

Nine years ago, Ian’s Party started as a New Year’s Eve punk show headlined by The Brokedowns in suburban Elgin. Now, the single show has grown into a festival of sorts, spreading across Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood for three days of  rock and roll, hip-hop, metal, and everything between. This time around, Ian’s Party will […]

OTG Management’s 3rd Annual “Give Back Chicago” Toy and Food Drive Charity Concert: Featuring Sir the Baptist and Anthony Pavel, among others

December 22, 2015 · Posted by Jessi Roti

OTG Management’s 3rd Annual “Give Back Chicago” Toy and Food Drive Charity Concert will take place at Reggie’s on December 23rd, benefitting the Greater Chicago Food Depository.  In partnership with Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs of Chicago, Tru Colour Bandages, and DeedPin, artists including Sir the Baptist, Anthony Pavel, and singer Romiti among others will take […]

FUZZ w/ Walter and Oozing Wound at Thalia Hall

November 21, 2015 · Posted by Jessi Roti

FUZZ returned to Chicago last night in support of its sophomore album, II.  The shredding, power trio -made up of Ty Segall on drums/vocals, Charles Moothart on guitar/vocals, and Chad Ubovich on bass blazed through selects from their new album as well as 2013’s self-titled debut, complete with coordinating Clockwork Orange-esque ensembles and facepaint. The theme of […]

Streets & Soul 16: Starve with the Fam, Eat with the Fam

November 15, 2015 · Posted by Jessi Roti

A few months ago, Local Loop premiered the track, “Bursting at the Seams” –an inspiring banger that was a collaboration between Axons (acting as producer) and area MC, Miss Chiff. The song spoke to never letting anyone water-down your exuberance, passion, or hustle –so it’s no surprise that Miss Chiff, a.k.a. Marilyn Reles looks to […]

First Listen: Celine Neon – ‘Kitty’ EP

November 8, 2015 · Posted by Jessi Roti

Emily Nejad of Celine Neon was kind enough to send us an advanced stream of the duo’s new EP, Kitty -helping birth a new series we’d like to call “First Listen.”  Celine Neon have been busy this year. From their self-titled EP that dropped back in March, to killer, hip-hop minded remixes featuring The Rapper […]

Netherfriends – ‘Blues Trap’

November 1, 2015 · Posted by Jessi Roti

After cementing his status as a Chicago scene legend (though he’d probably deny that) with his Logan Square album, Netherfriends (a.k.a. Shawn Rosenblatt) released Blues Trap –his fourth LP of 2015. Inspired by love, or something vaguely close to it, smoking tree, watching Seinfeld, and feeling either ahead of the game or so far removed […]