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,” […]

First Listen: Twin Peaks – ‘Down In Heaven’

May 12, 2016 · Posted by Jessi Roti

Twin Peaks have come a long way (in a very short time) from the “Stand in the Sand.”  The dude’s third LP, Down in Heaven (Grand Jury) is all but completely scrubbed of that fuzzy, relentless head-banging that stole everyone’s hearts on 2013’s Sunken. Lyrically, they’re already leaps and bounds beyond 2014’s Wild Onion and […]

Unknown Mortal Orchestra + Whitney @ Thalia Hall

May 11, 2016 · Posted by Jessi Roti

Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Chicago’s most exciting, up-and-coming band Whitney took over Thalia Hall in Pilsen on Tuesday night. Still riding high on their latest release Multi-Love, UMO (as the band is often feverishly-chanted on as by their cult-like fanbase) continue to prove that their fresh blend of neo-psychedelia and smooth, funky R&B has staying […]

First Listen: Flesh Panthers – ‘Willows Weep’

May 9, 2016 · Posted by Jessi Roti

Ryan, vocalist/guitarist of Flesh Panthers was kind enough to share the band’s new album with us ahead of its release on Maximum Pelt to celebrate the band’s new single, “Last I Heard.”  Don’t let the name fool you, Willows Weep (Maximum Pelt) is not a sad, introspective, singer/songwriter album. Flesh Panthers haven’t gotten to that […]

On Our Radar: CHIRP Radio’s ‘Factory Sessions’ Screening

May 3, 2016 · Posted by Jessi Roti

CHIRP Radio is celebrating its live performance series, Factory Sessions on Wednesday, May 4th…and it’s FREE! Kicking off at 8 pm at The Owl in Logan Square (21+, sorry kids), the screening will feature two episodes of Factory Sessions showcasing Chicago’s own legendary art-rock collective, ONO and post-punk trio, Luggage. The raw, visceral performances are captured in […]

Courtney Barnett + Bully @ The Riviera

May 1, 2016 · Posted by Jessi Roti

Thursday, April 28th saw Courtney Barnett and Bully take over The Riviera for a sold-out show. But this wasn’t an ordinary rock and roll takeover, this was an explosion of lyrical madness and a headlining, three-piece band that sounded like a 12-piece band. A glimpse into the future of rock and roll, and the future […]

CHIRP Radio’s 14th Annual Record Fair & Other Delights Returns 4/9

April 7, 2016 · Posted by Jessi Roti

The Chicago Independent Radio Project, the nonprofit radio entity most well-known and beloved as CHIRP Radio, is celebrating its 14th annual Record Fair & Other Delights on April 9! Once again turning the Plumbers Hall on Washington Ave into the ultimate shangri-la for vinyl hounds and music lovers of all ages, the fair boasts over […]

Frontwoman Fest Returns to Takeover The Burlington on 4/9

April 2, 2016 · Posted by Jessi Roti

Last year’s inaugural Frontwoman Fest took over The Burlington in Logan Square to celebrate local, female musicians, female-fronted bands, and those who help in the fight to stamp-out double-standards and sexism in music. The all-day fest also partnered with Girls Rock! Chicago, a nonprofit organization that fosters female creativity, self-esteem, and community awareness through music. […]

On Our Radar: Deep Fayed vs. Chris Spencer, DJ Charlie Coffeen

March 29, 2016 · Posted by Jessi Roti

*As we’re trying to make Local Loop more exciting and current for our readers, we’re trying a new feature: On Our Radar -which aims to highlight weekly shows we’re so excited about we can’t make up our minds, but either show you choose to attend is a winner* Thursday night, March 31st boasts two, killer […]