Streets & Soul 16: Starve with the Fam, Eat with the Fam

November 15, 2015 · Posted by Jessi Roti

A few months ago, Local Loop premiered the track, “Bursting at the Seams” –an inspiring banger that was a collaboration between Axons (acting as producer) and area MC, Miss Chiff. The song spoke to never letting anyone water-down your exuberance, passion, or hustle –so it’s no surprise that Miss Chiff, a.k.a. Marilyn Reles looks to […]

First Listen: Celine Neon – ‘Kitty’ EP

November 8, 2015 · Posted by Jessi Roti

Emily Nejad of Celine Neon was kind enough to send us an advanced stream of the duo’s new EP, Kitty -helping birth a new series we’d like to call “First Listen.”  Celine Neon have been busy this year. From their self-titled EP that dropped back in March, to killer, hip-hop minded remixes featuring The Rapper […]

Netherfriends – ‘Blues Trap’

November 1, 2015 · Posted by Jessi Roti

After cementing his status as a Chicago scene legend (though he’d probably deny that) with his Logan Square album, Netherfriends (a.k.a. Shawn Rosenblatt) released Blues Trap –his fourth LP of 2015. Inspired by love, or something vaguely close to it, smoking tree, watching Seinfeld, and feeling either ahead of the game or so far removed […]

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 […]