2016 Wrap-Up: Best Local Releases

December 29, 2016 · Posted by Jessi Roti

2016 was rough, there’s no denying it. Nationally, we lost some of music’s biggest icons and innovators and the country hopped the fast-track to fascism while locally there was a record number of shootings and violence prompting numerous (and necessary) acts of protest and civil disobedience. But 2016 also happened to be an amazing year […]

Interview: Beat Drun Juel, hard, loud, and in your face

September 22, 2016 · Posted by Jessi Roti

Beat Drun Juel is one of Chicago’s best bands— you just wouldn’t know it because of the current garage-rock boom eclipsing the city’s scene. Just beneath that catchy, jangling power-chord surface though, are many scenes and bands who don’t know where they fit and don’t really care to. There you’ll find Beat Drun Juel, showing […]

Riot Fest 2016 Photo Gallery

September 20, 2016 · Posted by Jessi Roti

Pitchfork Music Festival 2016: Day-by-Day Recap

July 19, 2016 · Posted by Jessi Roti

It was a cool day in July for the first day of Pitchfork Music Festival at Union Park. Early acts battled overcast and light sprinklings in the early afternoon, but festival goers were completely un-phased. The first band on Friday was Car Seat Headrest, playing tracks from its stellar debut Teens of Denial. The band’s […]

Pitchfork 2016 Photo Gallery

July 18, 2016 · Posted by Jessi Roti

*All photos by Jessi Roti

Interview: White Mystery on Chicago D.I.Y & Choosing Your Own Adventure

June 12, 2016 · Posted by Jessi Roti

*A version of this interview originally appeared in the June issue of the Illinois Entertainer Rock n’ roll can be found in almost any space in Chicago on any given night and no band has canvased this better than White Mystery. In the past two years alone, the band has performed on a float with […]

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,” […]

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 […]

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 […]