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 […]

First Listen: Olivia Grace – ‘Heart Shaped Bruises’ EP

January 24, 2016 · Posted by Jessi Roti

Indie-pop, singer-songwriter Olivia Grace was kind enough to send us an advanced stream of her new EP, Heart Shaped Bruises for this installment of “First Listen.” Check out the previously released “Let it Fall” (not included on the new EP) Chicago-by way of-Baltimore, MD-based singer/songwriter Olivia Grace hints at something much bigger on her upcoming-EP, Heart […]

For the Creatives: Showcasing local Artists + Musicians

January 23, 2016 · Posted by Jessi Roti

Chicago is very much having a renaissance right now. Young artists, whether part of a collective or on their own, are being driven by their own endless ambitions, visions, music, and art. Different scenes bloom every day and it’s hard to keep track of it all. This boom isn’t going unnoticed and a fellow surveyor […]

Sedgewick – ‘Gardens’ EP

January 19, 2016 · Posted by Jessi Roti

Logan Square-based trio, Sedgewick blends sugary-sweet, indie pop with bare-bones folk to create a dreamy soundtrack to lay your head down to. The band’s four-song EP, Gardens is a lucid escape from the pummeling garage rock or aggressively-haunting styles of Chicago’s hip-hop scene. Sedgewick employ choral rounds that feel similar to Simon & Garfunkel, with the melancholy […]

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 […]

OTG Management’s 3rd Annual “Give Back Chicago” Toy and Food Drive Charity Concert: Featuring Sir the Baptist and Anthony Pavel, among others

December 22, 2015 · Posted by Jessi Roti

OTG Management’s 3rd Annual “Give Back Chicago” Toy and Food Drive Charity Concert will take place at Reggie’s on December 23rd, benefitting the Greater Chicago Food Depository.  In partnership with Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs of Chicago, Tru Colour Bandages, and DeedPin, artists including Sir the Baptist, Anthony Pavel, and singer Romiti among others will take […]

FUZZ w/ Walter + Oozing Wound @ Thalia Hall

November 21, 2015 · Posted by Jessi Roti

FUZZ returned to Chicago last night in support of its sophomore album, II.  The shredding, power trio -made up of Ty Segall on drums/vocals, Charles Moothart on guitar/vocals, and Chad Ubovich on bass blazed through selects from their new album as well as 2013’s self-titled debut, complete with coordinating Clockwork Orange-esque ensembles and facepaint. The theme of […]