Flesh Panthers – N G C 2632

May 25, 2015 · Posted by Jessi Roti

Good-time punks, Flesh Panthers unapologetically bust down your front door with their new album, N G C 2632. At first listen, the 12 tracks embody a New York Dolls’ draw and swagger that’s much more glam than what came across on the band’s previous releases. These tracks are fully-fleshed, leaving a heightened ringing in your […]

Swearwords – Solar Vortex

May 9, 2015 · Posted by Jessi Roti

For their latest release, Swearwords’ Solar Vortex chronicles an all-too relatable interpersonal relationship, set the sound of infectious, indie power-pop. The 11 tracks take cues from bands like Dashboard Confessional and Boxer Rebellion. Album opener, “On Board with the Lie” sets the tone. The gradual onset of guitars and drums flood the speakers, signifying a […]

Nonpronto – Unready

May 8, 2015 · Posted by Jessi Roti

With the release of their first LP, Nonpronto take a slight side-step from the jazz-infused sound that stood out on their previous EP’s and go straight for powerful, piano-pop. Unready plays like the soundtrack to a road warrior’s tour diary. You can visualize the outside world blur past as you stare out the window, not […]

Record Store Day Events in Chicago

April 14, 2015 · Posted by Kirsten

Love it or hate it, Record Store Day is coming up on April 18, and at the very least this calls for some great in-store performances and events. Here’s what’s happening on Record Store Day 2015 in Chicago.

Interview: Deep Fayed

April 10, 2015 · Posted by Jessi Roti

The first time I saw Deep Fayed was at Emporium Arcade Bar in Wicker Park. It was about 15 degrees outside, but 500 degrees inside as the band took the stage. The crowd was ready, ready in a way I wasn’t used to. I’m used to the rock shows where the crowd’s crammed together as […]

Spaces of Disappearance – ‘Passionate Electronics’ EP

April 5, 2015 · Posted by Jessi Roti

Elaine Davis’ vocals were meant specifically for Spaces of Disappearance’s sound. Her Portishead-meets-Madonna melodies drip over minimalist, electronic drums and twinkling keyboards. But there’s nothing bubblegum about Passionate Electronics; the sweetness is stomped on by lyrical aggression and synth-laden angst. The lead single, “Dick Cheney in the Light” –a hilariously titled, yet relatable narrative of […]

Track Premiere: Jude Shuma – “Wandering”

April 1, 2015 · Posted by Jessi Roti

Singer/songwriter Jude Shuma’s new single, “Wandering” off of his debut, Afternoonified floats above the room, rather than filling it, in the best way. What starts off quiet, with gentle keyboards that sound like falling rain, darkens against the startling crack of a sketchy, hollow guitar that grows into an understated, languid sexiness. This minimalist approach […]

Celine Neon – ‘Celine Neon’

March 27, 2015 · Posted by Jessi Roti

Despite the kitsch in their name, Celine Neon have diva chops all their own. “Diva,” as in its most Beyoncé definition, Celine Neon have no time to wait around for some sorry lover when there are too many feelings to feel and too many parties to crash. Case-in-point, the duo’s debut, self-titled EP. Across seven […]

Beat Drun Juel – ‘Off Your Face’ EP

March 26, 2015 · Posted by Jessi Roti

If Kim Gordon swallowed PJ Harvey whole, you’d get Beat Drun Juel -led by their sensually sinister frontwoman and guitarist, Pasty Face. On Facebook, the trio describes itself as “raw and emotive,” but that’s an understatement. The guttural growl that flows from Pasty is just as intimidating as it is enticing. It’s real in beautifully-toned […]

Varsity – ‘Varsity’

March 25, 2015 · Posted by Kirsten

  Just try to listen to “Hairpin,” the opener of Varsity’s self-titled album, without singing along or bobbing your head – I dare you. Its strolling riffs and refrain of “It’s just you and I / all the time / It’s just you and me / wasted, wasted wasted” make for an irresistible indie track. […]