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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

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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Head to the Burlington Tonight!

Two of my favorite Chicago bands, Vamos and Thunders, are playing one of my favorite Chicago venues, the Burlington, tonight. And if that wasn’t enough, members from another of my favorites, Rabble Rabble, are DJing. So, yeah. Even though this isn’t a looking glass show, it’s definitely looking glass endorsed!


Oh, and Megafauna from Austin are playing too, and they’re pretty cool. Check ’em out below, then come out to the show!

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Eye Vybe Records hosting Good Vybes Fest this Weekend

Eye Vybe Records is a Chicago-based label that also makes buttons, creates artwork, and throws fests, among other awesome things. In addition to collecting some amazing music for the stage over the next two days, Eye Vybe is also a part of the looking glass network, making that two easy reasons to head over.


Check out this mix of the artists on the roster, then take a look at what the press is saying, and then join the party tonight!


Chicago Reader’s “Eye Vybe Records presents the first-ever Good Vybes Fest


Midwest Action’s “Psychedelic Sunday: Good Vybes Fest at The Empty Bottle – 3/21 & 3/22’s “The Label Files: Interview with Karissa Talanian of Eye Vybes Records