Psalm One – “Plenty of Wins”

October 27, 2015 · Posted by Jessi Roti

“All there’s really left to do is mud wrestle,” Psalm One only half-jokes with radio host, Weekend Gabe at the start of the video for “Plenty of Wins.” The fitting title for the track, the third single from her LP Psalm One Loves You (or P.O.L.Y), follows the same rapid-fire recipe as songs like “Need Love Too” and “Queen […]

R&B singer, Sir the Baptist to host Anti-Violence Demonstration: “Wake Up Chicago!”

October 14, 2015 · Posted by Jessi Roti

Violence in Chicago has become a national, headline-making epidemic. In an article published by the Chicago Tribune this past June, there have already been 1,050 people shot in the city –an increase from the 933 in 2014. Not a weekend goes by without a Monday morning report of weekend shootings on the city’s south and […]

The Kickback – ‘Sorry All Over the Place’

October 10, 2015 · Posted by Jessi Roti

The Kickback have to be the most exciting band to be brought together by a Craigslist ad. That notion of making something out of the unknown carries itself across the band’s debut LP, Sorry All Over the Place. A collection of hopes, fears, and lessons learned are compiled into 10 tracks and cinematically arranged, taking […]

Plastic Tiger – ‘Plastic Tiger’ EP

October 4, 2015 · Posted by Jessi Roti

On the band’s self-titled EP, Plastic Tiger find themselves dancing in the space between The Beatles at The Cavern and dressing themselves up as Tame Impala’s retro-kid brother. The four tracks are really lyrical diddies set against a sonic wall of muffled, distorted mod-chord progressions. The pop sensibilities of the ‘60s (see The Beatles, The […]

Non Exotic – ‘Non Exotic’ EP

October 4, 2015 · Posted by Jessi Roti

While many local acts have been gravitating towards the reckless-abandon, unpolished grit of the DIY garage sound, Non Exotic stick out as one of Chicago’s most hard rock acts. There will be no lo-fi, distorted buzz drifting under or above a three-to-four chord progression here. Non Exotic aren’t afraid to let their chops shine. The […]

LOFTAPALOOZA 2015: Partying with a Purpose

October 3, 2015 · Posted by Jessi Roti

Chicago, power-pop trio The Ivorys hosted the fifth LOFTAPALOOZA bash on September 26, 2015. Partnered with music licensing group Music Dealers, The Ivorys played with Mike Golden & Friends and SabaPIVOT to raise awareness and funds for Deborah’s Place, a shelter for women experiencing homelessness. Sponsored by Baron Chocolates, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Goose Island, and […]

Riot Fest Chicago 2015

September 14, 2015 · Posted by Jessi Roti

All photos by Jessi Roti, 2015. This year’s Riot Fest stop in Chicago wasn’t without its controversy and usual, torrential downpour. After being booted from its previous Humboldt Park home, Douglas Park on the city’s west side provided over 50,000 festival goers a muddy sanctuary. Arriving late on Friday, I was only able to catch […]

Deem – “Style”

September 7, 2015 · Posted by Jessi Roti

Logan Square-based MC Deem brings his quick-fire rhymes and lo-fi, trap beats on “Style.” What starts off slow builds into more of a “Feelin’ Myself” tale than any other hard-edged, local hip-hop. “Style” is all about instinct and what’s inherited, rather than what money gives you the ability to floss with. There’s always room for […]

Celine Neon x Rapper Chicks – “Vacation Time” Remix

September 6, 2015 · Posted by Jessi Roti

End of summer? Think twice. Local Loop’s favorite dirty-pop duo dropped their self-titled EP earlier this year, but this remix of the stellar “Vacation Time” reboots the party mission. Spun hard, as in on an entirely new level, by Psalm One’s group The Rapper Chicks, the “feels” are placed on the back-burner and incinerated. The […]

Vamos – ‘Spiderbait’

August 8, 2015 · Posted by Jessi Roti

Vamos have been sharpening their teeth across Chicago’s DIY punk scene for the past few years and garnering attention as one of the city’s most exciting, live bands. With three EP’s under their belt, the trio’s brand of trash-glam punk was the soundtrack to a booze-cruise, drug-fueled night out. With lyrics never short on tales […]