In an effort to help spread the word about all the great folks involved in Chicago’s music scene, I threw together a little crossword. All the answers are bands, venues, labels, and other players within Chicago, and can be found on those respective resource pages.
There’s a new book by Ben Ratliff called Every Song Ever: Twenty Ways to Listen in an Age of Musical Plenty, and Pitchfork recently posted a write-up about it alongside an interview with the author.
In order to navigate today’s landscape of music abundance, Ratliff argues a seemingly obvious proposal: listen to the sound. He argues by removing genre, culture, and biography from the scope, one can better hear and navigate the overwhelming amount of sounds available today.
A chapter on the utility of speed in music connects the dots between jazz pianist Bud Powell, 19th-century classical composer Franz Liszt, and OutKast, explaining that fleetness is “best heard as an expression of joy, and best played when it seems to have no practical purpose.”
I found the idea pretty interesting, and I definitely plan to give it a read. You can check out the full article HERE.
These guys entered my ‘Top 5 Local Bands’ list the first time I saw them. I’ve been a fan since day one, and waiting for this record ever since. FINALLY, it’s here, and they’re celebrating with a release show tonight at Virgin Hotels.
Their self-titled, debut album is out as of today. You can check the whole thing out on Spotify, and included below is their recently released video for the track “Our Lady of Perpetual Frustration”. If you’re not already familiar, give ’em a whirl.
Presented by The Minimal Beat & Virgin Hotels, this is definitely where I’ll be tonight. The show is FREE but subject to capacity, so be sure to get there early! Good news is the entire night of sound should be great, with Chicago’s Constantine and Peoria’s The Golden Fleece on the bill, and Chicago’s DJ Psychedalex spinning tunes throughout.
Hi there! It’s been a minute; I hope your summer was swelllll. We hit pause a few months ago but we’re BACK.
Want to kick things off with a huge thanks to Karissa Talanian of Eye Vybe Records for including Looking Glass Projects as one of her three recommendations in the Chicago Reader. Hailed as a “new online mecca for Chicago underground music,” she also gives a shout-out to our a Facebook group that helps reconnect musicians with gear lost or stolen in Chicago.
“Anyone looking for something to do on a Friday night, hunting for info on local labels, or trying to find a cool new band to round out a bill should absolutely check this site out. “
The interview was part of the Reader’s regular feature “Kevin is curious what’s in the rotation of . . .” LGP was one of three highlights, alongside Japan’s Kikagaku Moyo and locals the Velcro Lewis Group. Check out Eye Vybe HERE, and the whole feature article HERE.