House of Vans Chicago announces Summer Concert Series

May 4, 2017 · Posted by Jessi Roti

House of Vans Chicago, which opened in February, has announced a series of free concerts kicking off in June. Partnered with FYF, Vans is using the concert series to mark the return of Vans House Parties -turning each House of Vans location (Brooklyn and Chicago) into an immersive, one-of-a-kind live music and art experience. The […]

Video Premiere: V.V. Lightbody — “Gaze”

April 27, 2017 · Posted by Jessi Roti

Vivian McConnell of local indie-pop outfit Santah and garage-influenced Grandkids has struck-out on her own with V.V. Lightbody, her beautifully evocative solo project. “Gaze,” her latest single and video, comes hot on the heels of a stellar Sofar Sounds set and follows previously released songs “Fish in Fives” and “Shiptalker.” Her poignant “nap rock” captures femininity, gentility […]

Video Premiere: Celine Neon — “Drugz”

April 20, 2017 · Posted by Jessi Roti

Hello loyal, albeit casual readers! We know we’ve been inconsistent. We apologize. We had to get real, “paying” jobs to you know…payback student loans. BUT, we have a treat for you today on this most sacred day, 4/20. From the wonderful, pussy-empowered ladies of Celine Neon, we present to you “Drugz.” (Don’t forget to pick […]

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Death from Above 1979 + Deap Vally @ House of Blues

October 27, 2016 · Posted by Jessi Roti

San Francisco, Cali.-based Black Rebel Motorcycle Club graced Chicago’s House of Blues Thursday, October 13 with Death From Above 1979 and dynamic-duo, Deap Vally for a night of ear-splitting rock and roll. Deap Vally, probably best-known for providing the theme song to Vh1 series “Mob Wives” kicked things off. The band’s most recent release “Femejism” […]

Angel Olsen + Rodrigo Amarante @ Thalia Hall

September 28, 2016 · Posted by Jessi Roti

“I dare you to understand what makes me a woman,” Angel Olsen echoed during her encore at night one of a two-night, sold-out stint at Thalia Hall in Pilsen. Those lyrics seemed to capture the entire evening though, for her 90-minute set crossed the bridge from female infatuation and memorable “firsts” to that of a […]

Riot Fest 2016: Day-by-Day Recap

September 19, 2016 · Posted by Jessi Roti

Riot Fest returned to Chicago’s Douglas Park, toting a three-day weekend entrenched in pure nostalgia- rock n’ roll and otherwise. Yes, the “Original” Misfits reunited (we’ll get to that later), Deftones blew everyone away, and Bad Religion reminded folks why it’s synonymous with “punk.” The Specials had thousands of folks dancing in the balmy, midday […]

Local Loop’s Guide To: Pitchfork Festival 2016

July 2, 2016 · Posted by Jessi Roti

At this time in two weeks, festival goers will be running around Chicago’s Union Park, beer sloshing in-hand, trying to decide which of Pitchfork Festival’s three stages is going to provide the best time. Yep, it’s that time again. While this year’s festival doesn’t boast as many scheduling conflicts as it has in the past, […]

Do312’s Rock N’ Roll Market 2016

June 20, 2016 · Posted by Jessi Roti

The lot behind East Room in Logan Square was again turned into a den for local vendors to sell and local bands to rock n’ roll! This year’s market was again brought to you by Do 312 and Chicago’s #1 sibling duo White Mystery, along with Jack Daniel’s, Bud Light, and Redbull. From 12-6 pm, […]

In Discussion: Steve Krakow, Ray Robertson, and Philip Montoro at The Book Cellar

May 28, 2016 · Posted by Jessi Roti

Chicago has spaces other than bars and venues to discuss music’s impact, your favorite “underrated” artists, and various scenes in. Kicking off at 6 pm on Tuesday May 31, Ray Robertson, author of The Lives of the Poets (With Guitars) and Steve Krakow, author of My Kind of Sound: The Secret History of Chicago Music will be […]

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 […]