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Mad Love in the Chicago Reader

Hi there! It’s been a minute; I hope your summer was swelllll. We hit pause a few months ago but we’re BACK.


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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.

Two Great Shows Tonight!

Happy 4/20 everyone!



One of my favorite problems about Chicago is how many amazing shows there are every day of the week, but that sometimes means I have to make a hard decision on where to spend my night. Tonight’s one of those nights, as a slew of great local bands celebrate the holiday and new releases. Check ’em out and head on out, and if you make your way to the Hideout seeyathere.


the bingers


The Empty Bottle is hosting The Bingers (LP release), Peach Fuzz (EP release), and Glyders, and there’s no doubt in my mind it’s going to be a fantastic time. Click the pic for event details, and get familiar!



Over at The Hideout even more music is being released, as Dark Fog, Bionic Cavemen, and The Velcro Lewis Group hit the stage. This bill is too good to pass up, so I’ll be festively celebrating the good tunes here tonight. Come on out!

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