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Kriss Stress Named Best New Visual Artist

A big congratulations to Kriss Stress for being recognized by the people of Chicago as 2014’s Best New Visual Artist in the Chicago Reader’s Best of Chicago poll. You may have seen pieces of the Blank Expression series littered throughout your Facebook feed, on Loud Loop Press, or at Simone’s, and there are still plenty more portraits and showings to come! Incredibly happy to have Kriss as part of the looking glass family, and I encourage you to give the Kriss Stress Art Facebook page a “like” so you can see what’s coming next.


Kriss’ interview series, Notes + Bolts, was also named Chicago’s Best Local Music Podcast, so be sure to check that out too!

Network Spotlight: Notes + Bolts

Kriss Stress has been documenting oral histories and stories of Chicago’s musical community since early 2012, and today marked episode #250 with Oshwa. An active part of helping the scene both grow and unite, I’m happy to have Notes + Bolts as part of the looking glass network.


The network is simply folks that offer services to the Chicago music scene that I vouch for. I recognize looking glass doesn’t offer everything a band may need in order to succeed, and we certainly don’t have time to do it all, so I fully endorse other Chicagoans who do good things. Kriss is one of those people, and I highly encourage you to scroll through the Notes + Bolts archive to hear conversations with and music by some of the amazing bands in our city. Folks included are Thunders, Vaya, Bowl of Dust & Co., An Aesthetic Anaesthetic, The Lemons, The Columbines, Swimsuit Addition, Landmarks, Lil Tits, Le Tour, Strychnine, Flesh Panthers, Disappears, Vamos, Rabble Rabble, Velcro Lewis Group, Mucca Pazza, Plastic Crimewave Syndicate and many more.


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Jolly Korea show Tonight!

Get ready for some rock and roll, ’cause Jolly Korea is headlining tonight’s show at the Green Room! In addition to checking out their sound below, you can head over to VENTS to read an interview where they discuss musical influences and their writing and recording process. And if you missed it, they were recently featured on Notes + Bolts, so you can give that episode a whirl too.



Thursday, 4/10 at the Green Room

with Earth Program and Stepfather Gets Mohawk

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

Get tickets HERE

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Jolly Korea Featured on Notes + Bolts

Notes and Bolts is a 67% DIY and 100% independent vinyl and cassette label, as well as online audio show dedicated to documenting and supporting Chicago’s music scene. The latest interview is with Jolly Korea, who’s headlining at the Green Room this Thursday night. Click HERE to listen to the show, including conversation and music with Jolly Korea as well as songs from some of their local favorites, Flesh Panthers and My Dad.