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SIRS Hit the Stage Tonight!

SIRS are a Chicago hard-rock trio hitting the Green Room stage tonight! They’re currently working on their fourth album, and you may have seen them online in recent months. In April, Chicago Artist Resources featured “Mira, Mira, Maribel” from their album High Minors. Also, to celebrate The Jesus Lizard Book, Akashic Books featured an excerpt from SIRS member Rob Warmowski’s piece on the July 21, 1990 Jesus Lizard show at Edge of the Looking Glass in Chicago. Definitely give those a read, and also keep reading here to learn about the band’s influences and favorites.


Who are some of your biggest musical influences?

Devo, Killing Joke, Gang Of Four and XTC.  And Luc Dominique The Singing Nun.


What is some music worth sharing? Something new? Local favorites?

Been enjoying Grass Is Green from Boston. Chicago’s best band going now is Dead Rider.


Thursday, 7/31 at the Green Room

with My Canadian Girlfriend and The Drafts

21+ | $5 | Doors at 8:30, Show at 9

Get tickets HERE

dark fog

Dark Fog Headline the First Looking Glass Showcase Tomorrow!

Super excited to kick off looking glass’ first showcase tomorrow night at the Burlington, and couldn’t be happier to have Dark Fog headlining the bill. I’m consistently in awe of how much noise these two guys make. And it’s GOOD noise – my kind of heavy, psychedelic rock and roll. Since the release of their 4-track “EXOTICA The Exciting Sounds Of Dark Fog” last May, they’ve been buying up analog recording gear in the form of various Reel to Reel recorders and upgrading some of their microphones. Alongside the hunting, they’re currently recording what will be Dark Fog’s next full-length record, which is outlined to be released this fall (Sept/Oct-ish). They took a few minutes before tomorrow’s show to talk influences and favorites, so hit play to give ’em a listen and keep reading to learn more.


Who are some of your biggest musical influences?

60s psyche rock, 60s Sunshine Pop, The Funk Brothers, The Wrecking Crew, Scott Walker, the Pretty Things, Can, Amon Duul II, Betty Davis, Sly Stone, and, of course, we like a whole lot of the big boys of classic M.Bolan(t.rex), Zep, the Who, Bowie, etc…both of us sort of came of age as musicians in the 90s so we’re pretty partial to the whole shoegaze sound as well… at some point, as a musician, your influences become much harder to pinpoint, because there are probably too many to count…it also becomes this unconscious thing…musicians hear something cool and put it in their bag of tricks unknowingly…(Hacks Borrow, Artists Steal)…not to mention that some musicians (and non-musicians, for that matter) provide non-musical influences that will permeate the music to a degree…politics, attitudes, shit like that…


What is some music worth sharing? Something new? Local favorites?

Love the new Rabble Record, Energy Gown, anything with Ben Billington on it, Ryley Walker, Crime Wave, Dead RiderMiracle Condition, Mako Sika, Velcro Lewis, VamosLawrence Peters Outfit, anything off Eye Vybe or Maximum Pelt, Jacco Gardner…There’s so much cool shit going on right now in Chicago…pretty much if our friends are in it, it must be cool…hahahahaha…but honestly, Ryley Walker’s West Wind EP was incredibly powerful…



Wednesday, 7/23 at the Burlington

with Names Divine, The Hanging Gardens and DJ Psychedalex

21+ | $5 | Doors at 8:30, Show at 9