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 […]

Glyders – ‘DIM’

March 20, 2016 · Posted by Jessi Roti

Has Dumpster Tapes ever steered us wrong? The local label’s latest release comes from Glyders, whose blend of ’60s pop and garage blues makes you feel like you’re peeking in on a Kinks jam session you’re not supposed to. DIM marks the band’s third release and a clearer, more concise take on their sound. If 2015’s […]

The Rapper Chicks – ‘Shitty Punk Album’

March 20, 2016 · Posted by Jessi Roti

The Rapper Chicks need to be on your radar, stat. The chicks, Psalm One a.k.a. Hologram Kizzie, Angelenah fka Angel Davanport, Ill-Esha, and WhoIsFluffy? are bringing women -particularly strong, black women in the male-dominated, rap game to the forefront, claiming their space, and finally taking what’s theirs. As it’s rhymed effortlessly on “Karma,” “I’ma sit […]

Ganser – ‘Audrey’

March 19, 2016 · Posted by Jessi Roti

Since Ganser released Less, the band’s debut EP in 2015, the now-quartet have been keeping busy and inspired. First with the noisy, Cramps-like searing “Smelling Salts,” and now with their latest offering, Audrey. The three-track, EP/cassette keeps all the promises made and fulfills the potential Less and “Smelling Salts” showed, but hones in on the band’s identity and direction. Audrey showcases a […]