Monday, December 6, 2010
Buke and Gass are truly a DIY band, having essentially created their own musical instruments. Aron plays what they've dubbed the "gass", a guitar/bass hybrid, while his female counterpart Arone is on the "buke", a modified baritone ukulele. Their music is as unique as their makeup; they teeter the line between mainstream and avant garde, sometimes with so much going on, you'd expect it to be overwhelming, instead finding it intriguing. It's near impossible to assign a single genre--sometimes folk, mostly rock with experimental and pop injections (especially on songs like "Your Face Left Before You" and "Medulla Oblongata" (free download), which would be the closest things they have to singles). One thing they always have is a big sound, whether epic or just plain loud.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
See the "making of" (and listen to Matt whine) here.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
I cant wait to write my preview for The Sea & Cake’s Lincoln Hall show next weekend.
Monday, November 15, 2010
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Monday, November 1, 2010
Apparently it has something to do with Record Store Day, which I do not understand because Black Friday is not Record Store Day, but whatevs. I also have no idea if it will be available for purchase on the site, or just in record stores like RSD.
Friday, October 22, 2010
-GORILLAZ. (Tankboy can die happy.)
-I made the executive decision to skip Mizzou Homecoming (which will never happen again) along with an of Montreal show in STL that would have made for one hell of a weekend.
Tonight? Sleigh Bells @ Metro. Let's hope they're as loud as they're meant to be.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
OMFG is about all there is to say:
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Yes, I know it's been almost three weeks since Lollapalooza ended, but I've taken a well deserved break after two music super-fests (and a weekend at Party Cove). I think I'm finally "back" though, as I've spent my morning combing venue schedules and entering shows into Gapers Block's "Slowdown" calendar.
My Lolla music and general fest coverage is up here, here and here, but GB is not is not the place for me to brag about all the parties I went to, all the access I had, and all my celebrity sightings--this is. So here it goes... (disclosure--parts of this have been written over the last three weeks, and I'm really just tired of looking at it, so it's posted as-was)
We kicked off the weekend Thursday night at Perez Hilton's "One Night In Chicago" Party at the Hard Rock Hotel (where we began and ended most days). Free drinks and lots of "important" people looking to be seen. Local lady Kid Sister performed, among others, and of course there was a Gaga rumor that didn't come to fruition.
Our first daytime stop at the Hard Rock's Music Lounge we heard the lounge area was closed off because Ke$ha was inside--which isn't really worth mentioning except to link to this. That same day we hitched a ride back to the festival grounds that afternoon on the Vitamin Water bus, where Stars were guest DJing on-board. There was Vitamin Water and vodka, and a bottle of tequila, which led to fuzzy memories of Lady Gaga's set (with a little help from a bottle of wine that Sam's dad bought us) and a massive Saturday hangover.
During my first stop in the press area I found myself walking right past The Black Keys' drummer Pat Carney, and then I realized there are musicians all over doing interviews and the like. On Saturday we even saw what I'll call a pop-up acoustic performance by Phoenix for FUSE. You never know what your're going to see back there, from an interview with Erykah Badu, to a bunch of kids bum rushing the fence in an attempted break-in. Britt Daniel (Spoon) was even hanging out back there during the performance (who I was constantly running into for the rest of the weekend, and no, I never talked to him, and yes, I will be made fun of forever for it).
Tankboy took part in a Celebrity Kickball game early Saturday, which if nothing else was entertaining. I took a ton of pictures (yes, that's a picture of Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul, and no, I didn't talk to him either).
That night was my photo pit debut at The Black Keys show at Metro. Tankboy was kind enough to let me shoot the band (based on an earlier deal we had) and well, it was awesome. I was so nervous. I don't know that my shots were that amazing, but you can't help but get some good ones with just two performers on stage, plenty of lighting and only one other guy in the pit.
Oh, and on the final day, there was a rumor started via Twitter by Time Out that David Bowie would be joining Arcade Fire on stage. I chose not to address the "disappointment of no Bowie" in my official coverage because I felt it took away from Arcade Fire's moving performance, which was amazing all on it's own.
And then I slept.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Is it possible for me to work all day and party all night? We'll find out as I approach another long Lollapalooza weekend. The weather is looking nice and I'm all prepped. This year I'm "press" so I get some perks, but it also means I've got a lot of work to do in between watching bands and partying.
Tankboy and I both have passes for the Hard Rock night parties again which are so fun (you better believe I'm gonna be all up in Phoenix's business when they DJ), and there are so many parties and concerts tonight to kick off the weekend I cant even keep them straight.
Check back in on Monday to see if I've made it!
Here are my picks for the early shift:
These United States
The Soft Pack
Son of a Bad Man
See the rest of my "custom lineup" here.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Well now there is no need! Yesterday The Reader's Early Warnings email alerted me that oM will be playing at Riviera Theater on 9/25! Now, the Riv isn't one of my favorite places to see a show, BUT one perk is that the show is on a Saturday (instead of a Monday like the last one, ugh).
And hey, there's no saying I won't still hit up that show at The Pageant in St. Louis...
Here's her new video for "Big N Bad":
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Beauty Bar has decided to forgo early DJs during the week, making tomorrow our last Wednesday there, so we've decided to have a Pink Slip Party! Join us from 7-10pm as we go out with a bang, playing whatever we want!
Friday, July 23, 2010
Somebody bring me some coffee to the Continental tomorrow night because I'm DJing with my boyfriend Tankboy til 5 in the morn!
The significance of tomorrow night? It will be two years to the day that Tankboy and I met at that that very spot. Come celebrate with us, and eat some tamales!
Thanks to Clayton Hauck for snapping that shot of us at West Fest shortly after we met.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Andy Rosenstein is a busy guy these days. Skipping out on film school in LA to stay in Chicago and concentrate on music, he now splits his time between Bumpus, Terrible Spaceship and has even contributed to JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound. Clip Art, however, is all his own pet project, and tonight is the group's EP release show at Empty Bottle.
I've been raving quite a bit lately about a certain band that's been described as 70's glam rock, but now it's time to turn our attention to this local band that falls in a similar arena, but is still rooted in pop. You'll hear quite a bit of piano, as on the ballad-esque tune "I Was Gone" (one you'll probably find yourself singing along to by the end), along with Elton-John-worthy belt-outs on "Better." Tonight, expect to hear some new material, see some feet tapping, some swaying--especially on the EP's title track, "Broken By Design"--and maybe, just maybe, some falsetto.
YellowFever and Mittens on Strings also play tonight, but get there early, because Clip Art takes the stage promptly at 9:30pm. Plus, Rosenstein tells us that "if you tell the man at the front that you're there to see Clip Art, you'll get a free prize!" Tickets are $8. 1035 N. Western. 21 & up.
Photo by George Aye
I'm usually a little late in getting my posts up after a show, especially a three-day marathon like Pitchfork Music Festival, but here it is, my full weekend review on Gapers Block. It was a hot one to say the least, but it was another successful weekend of fun, friends and of course, kick ass bands.
Be sure to check out all of Lisa's Conversations At Pitchfork too, accompanied by some amazing montage portraits from our photographer, George Aye.
Now it's back to the grindstone to prepare for Lollapalooza in less than three weeks!
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Animal Collective - My Girls
Beach House – Norway
Broken Social Scene – Forced to Love
Free Energy - Dream City
Vampire Weekend – A-punk
Matt & Kim - Daylight
Dirty Projectors - Stillness is the Move
Neon Indian – Deadbeat Summer
Netherfriends – Bret Easton Ellis Novel
Beirut – Postcards from Italy
Spoon – I Summon You
St. Vincent – The Apocalypse Song
Why? – One Rose (Atlas Remix)
The Mae Shi – See You Again
Bear In Heaven – Wholehearted Mess (Pink Skull Remix)
Lindstrom and Christabelle – Baby Can't Stop
Junior Boys – In The Morning
Cut Copy – Lights and Music
Fujiya & Miyagi – Collarbone
CSS - Let’s Make Love and Listen to Death From Above (Spank Rock remix)
Delorean – Deli
Big Boi – General Patton
Battles – Leyendecker
!!! – Pardon My Freedom
Girl Talk – Play Your Part (Pt. 1)
Jamie Lidell – When I Come Back Around
Titus Andronicus – My Time Outside The Womb
Modest Mouse - Tiny Cities Made of Ashes
Sonic Youth – Silver Rocket
Pavement – Unfair
The Flaming Lips – Unconsciously Screamin’
Clipse - When The Last Time
Major Lazer – Hold The Line
Cool Kids - Basement Party
LCD Soundsystem – Time To Get Away
Sleigh Bells – Riot Rhythm
Dâm-Funk – A Day at the Carnival
Robyn – Don’t Fucking Tell Me What To Do
Of Montreal – Gallery Piece (Jon Brion Remix)
Lightning Bolt - Magic Mountain
The Apples in Stereo – Can You Feel It
The Black Lips - Veni Vidi Vici (Diplo Remix)
Liars – Plastic Casts of Everything
Klaxons – It’s Not Over Yet
De La Soul – A Roller Skating Jam Named Saturdays
Grizzly Bear – Knife (Girl Talk Remix)
Tortoise – Prepare Your Coffin
M83 – Don’t Save Us From The Flames
Voxtrot – The Start of Something
Os Mutantes – A Minha Menina
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
I saw Rush last night. I liked them, but not near as much as everyone around me. I haven't been to a concert like that in a long time, where almost everyone is wearing the band's t-shirt, and you almost question whether the people who aren't in the band's tee are real fans.
Here are some of Tankboy's photos from the evening on Northerly Island.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
It's also Sweet Treat Wednesday, so come by Beauty Bar early for the party where I'll be playing some of Tankboy's favorite songs! Expect lots of Blur, Bowie, Flaming Lips, and maybe I'll even play something from that Fun. band...maybe.
Monday, June 28, 2010
I just pre-ordered of Montreal's new album False Priest on 2xLP because it comes in red vinyl that is limited to 2000 copies. I am a nerd. I was already looking forward to the release, but I think what pushed me over the edge was an email that Tankboy just got from their publicist gushing about how good and different this album is. Hey, it's only 20 bucks and it comes with tons of free stickers when you pre-order (NERD!). Oh look, there's even a countdown clock on the album download page: only 66d : 12h : 10m until it's available for download. Sheesh.
If you want a preview, you can download the first single "Coquet Coquette" for free right now on Polyvinyl's website.
Friday, June 25, 2010
The taste continues through July 4. Wondering if there any other acts worth seeing? Download their kick ass app here to have the full schedule at your fingertips.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
The first Lollapalooza aftershow I went to was of Montreal (a band I had barely heard of at the time) @ Schubas in '06. Things have changed quite a bit since then. At the time, aftershows seemed a bit of an after thought, with just a few announced just a few weeks before the festival. This year there are 21 official pre-parties and aftershows with even bigger headliners than before. The Black Keys @ Metro? Phoenix @ House of Blues? You can bet you'll find me there, even if you don't find me at the festival.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
The Reader's Peter Margasak has more details on his condition, and boy are people upset he does... (scroll down to the comments). Flutist Nicole Mitchell suggests in Neil Tesser's article that the best way to show support "would be to pack the Velvet Lounge this weekend." I'd place a bet that that place will be hoppin' this weekend.
Unfortunately, Anderson passed away yesterday at the age of 81. RIP.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
One thing I will say is that it was really cool to be immersed in a different musical culture for five days, and hearing it from almost every doorway and window. While I didn't get a chance to see the "mind-blowing jazz" I wanted, here's a sample of a band I DID get to see a few minutes of (they unfortunately took a break right after we walked in!) at Le Bon Temps Roule in Uptown (thanks to the recommendation of @Marcusist): Soul Rebels Brass Band.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Okay, enough whining (besides, I'll be at the LCD Soundsystem show at Metro tonight anyway!). The show is a part of 9th Street Summerfest presented by The Blue Note who is celebrating their 25th Anniversary this year! Congratulations Blue Note!
Plus it's Wednesday, so that means I'm DJing Sweet Treat @ Beauty Bar from 7-10 (well, 9:30 tonight since I have to take off early to cover LCD). Come by for a drink and a manicure before the show! (and maybe give me a ride to Metro?)
Monday, May 24, 2010
Check out the rest of Tankboy's photos on Chicagoist. Also check out shots from our friends Brian Leli, Kirstie Shanley, and Lizz Kannenberg.
Tonight will be Roaring--and sweltering--at Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park as The Besnard Lakes take the stage for the first night of this year's Downtown Sound: New Music Mondays series. The Montreal duo's atmospheric rock is sure to sound amazing on that incredible soundsystem. And with the open air and night's sky serving as tonight's venue, well, this is why I live here.
Temps nearing 90, free concerts in the park, and the infamous red sheet has made it's reemergence from the closet; As far as I'm concerned, it's officially summer.
Friday, May 21, 2010
Tonight is Gapers Block's 7th Anniversary Party at Metro and there are bands! JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound, Blah Blah Blah, Hollows and Lasers + Fast + Shit will all lead us in celebration.
Tickets are 2-for-1 if you purchase in advance.
See you there!
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Tuesday's Them Crooked Vultures show was a little on the long side, two hours, but I'm totally satisfied watching Dave Grohl wail on the drums for two straight hours. Hey, remember that huge crush I had on him when I was like 16 and totally into The Colour and the Shape? Yeah.
And check out that photo Katie got! HOTTT!
My review, with more of Katie Hovland's photos, is here. Tankboy's review, with equally awesome photos, is here.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Stop by tonight to help us ring in our new residency on our inaugural night!!
(Photo courtesy of Ian Merritt from last year's Gapers Block Anniversary Concert)
Monday, May 17, 2010
Tracks (and video!) are posted by the week, and here is one of my favorites so far, "Need You Tonight" with St. Vincent on vocals. And you thought Hutchence was sexy on that song... (Be sure to check out the new lyrics on "Mediate" too.)
Friday, May 14, 2010
Hell, you can even vote for this blog if you want:
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Read. And look at pretty pictures.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
The article was funded in part by a Community News Matters grant from The Chicago Community Trust and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Features supported by the grant are to be "locally oriented and primarily about underserved neighborhoods and issues that affect them." I never would have thought to take on this project without Gapers having been awarded that grant last year. It gave me the inspiration to dig deeper in myself and in the community and really dive into a subject matter that I was familiar with and thought should be shared.
I've already gotten tons of really great feedback. I'm really proud of the piece itself, but I'm also really glad that I was able to put a spotlight on the work this group is doing.
So what are you waiting for? Go read it!
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
I was so busy that I didn't even promote my own DJ gig with my partner Lisa White at Beauty Bar last Friday! In case you're wondering, it went great. A bunch of our friends showed up and people seemed to really like what we played. I hope to DJ there again soon (fingers crossed!)!
Here's the cliffs notes version of everything else I missed:
- LCD Soundsystem announced a show at Metro (which of course sold out right away)
- OK Go appeared on The Colbert Report, complete with Rube Goldberg machine and Colbert Choir
- We saw Free Energy @ Beauty Bar; Missed them at the Daytrotter Barnstormer
- I reviewed The Whigs' show @ Bottom Lounge
- Voxtrot call it quits :(
- Edible Audible Picnic returns this summer (despite worries that it may have fallen victim to city budget woes)
- The INXS phase is in full-swing.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Tomorrow is the Rock for Kids Music Mixer at SmartBar and a bunch us from Gapers Block: Transmission have put our own mixes together for your bidding. Over 75 groups and artists representing the Chicago music community have contributed mix CDs that will be up for bidding, but I have to say, I'm a little partial to the GB staff offering. Here is a preview of my own playlist:
James Brown - Turn Me Loose, I'm Dr. Feelgood
Robert Palmer - Bad Case of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor)
Huey Lewis & The News - I Want A New Drug
Ray Charles - I Don't Need No Doctor
Memphis Minnie - Doctor Doctor Blues
The Beatles - Doctor Robert
The Lemonheads - Hospital
Mötley Crüe - Dr. Feelgood
Bon Jovi - Bad Medicine
The White Stripes - Girl, You Have No Faith In Medicine
The Replacements - Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out
Bobby McFerrin - Good Lovin'
David Seville - Witch Doctor
Charlotte Gainsbourg - IRM
The Faint - Take Me to the Hospital
The Velvet Underground - Lady Godiva's Operation
The Smiths - Girlfriend In A Coma
Death Cab For Cutie - What Sarah Said
Cold War Kids - Hospital Beds
I had a lot of fun coming up with a theme and putting it together, and found a bunch of new (to me) songs in the process. Of course you could take this song-list and put together your own mix CD, but wouldn't it be a lot more fun to get a CD that is already made (with awesome album art, i might add), and know that youre helping out a good cause in the process? I thought so. Tickets to the event are a $10 donation, and as an added bonus, our friends from ManBQue will be offering up nosh for the evening (seriously, try the bacon-gouda burger, it will change your life). See you tomorrow night!
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
So, who will replace him at the Sun Times? But does it matter who replaces him? As @ourmaninchicago said on Twitter, "DeRo's move to Vocalo is a huge statement, both about @WBEZ and @SunTimes." It's no secret that newspapers are slowly dying, and now that DeRo has jumped ship, there are two very important points to make. One is a point that Bill Wyman made on his Hittsville blog--that people like DeRogatis and Roger Ebert are major contributing factors in what make the paper still relevant, so what happens when they leave? The other is that one of the only reasons the music reviewer position was still relevant (in print) was because DeRo had it for so long. His familiarity, experience and reputation made it relevant. And thats a brand he will take with him to Vocalo. So, in my opinion, whoever takes on that position vacated by DeRo better come with a reputation of their own, or they may as well be jumping on a sinking ship.
Here's a little more info and insight on his move:
Robert Feder announces the news on Volcalo.
Tankboy provides some insight into why his move may not be such a shock at all.
Monday, April 19, 2010
All kidding aside, the show was awesome, the band is awesome, and they have become one of my favorite bands around. (That may or may not have anything to do with how I think Damian Kulash is way sexy.)
N-E-WAYs, I wrote this little review of the show, and Tankboy took some pictures.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
How could you get mad at that face? Betty, next time you want to listen to a record, just tell Dad and he will put one on for you!
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
This week I was turned on to The Mynabirds' song "Give It Time." That Laura Burhenn could give Miss Cat Power a run for her money any day, add just a dash of Loretta Lynn twang. I don't usually dig too many female vocalists, but there is something downright haunting about Burhenn's vocals that just doesn't let go. Give it a listen here--along with the rest of the songs previewed on this week's All Songs podcast (including a new one from The Black Keys).
*Just kidding guys (well, except for that Valentine's Day podcast).
UPDATE: The Mynabirds will be performing at the Do Division Street Fest in Chicago on June 6.
Friday, April 9, 2010
In other summer music news, the MCA announced the dates for jazz at "Tuesdays on the Terrace", and Downtown Sound's line-up at Pritzker Pavilion is nothing to sneeze at either. Still waiting for that Edible Audible Picnic schedule though...
If you're not getting pumped for summer by now, there's got to be something seriously wrong with you. Seriously, see a doctor.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
I have not even bought tickets yet, and I say yet because I know I will go, and I will have a great time, and I will get sunburned, and I will make snarky comments about bands and attendees, and I will say how much better it was in '05. I'm not even waiting because I expect to get in as "press" because I don't, but 200 bucks is a lot of money, and last year I didn't even end up going on Saturday. And you know what, I've already seen a lot of the bands I would want to see under better circumstances. So maybe I'll wait for the schedule to come out and buy single day passes. I have said in the past that I would skip the festival proper in the future and just attend the aftershows, maybe I'll just do that.
Who am I kidding, I know I'll end up buying the three day pass and going for the "experience," but I still can't bring myself to do it just yet.
So who are you excited to see???
According to Pitchfork: "Kele teamed up with Spank Rock producer XXXChange to make an album of electronic pop. In a press release about the album, Kele said, "The key for the sound of the record was to take things as harsh and as physical as I could make it." Yikes. This could be great, or really, really awful. Guess we'll have to wait til June 14, when the first single "Tenderoni" is dropped, to judge for ourselves.
Friday, April 2, 2010
Plus read Tankboy's thoughts on them being better suited to smaller rooms. I totally agree (especially for the songs on this new album), just couldn't fit it into my article, and wanted to focus more on my other points anyway.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
"Holy crap people- if you can find a way into the Janelle Monae show at Schubas tomorrow, you need to do it. Wow."
"Janelle Monae just wrapped up her set. Fucking incredible. I am in complete awe of what a fantastic specticale this was."
And this: "Gotta reiterate - Janelle Monae at Schubas last night was BONKERS. James Brown + Gaga + a funk robot. "Tightrope" - http://bit.ly/aalJNx"
And then today? More tickets released! As of right NOW, they are still available for purchase. So what are you waiting for?!?!
Thursday, March 25, 2010
And honestly, things wouldn't be the same over at WOXY without Shiv and Mike and the rest of the DJs. At this point I'd be more likely to follow Shiv where ever he ends up instead of listening to a "new" version of WOXY. So maybe, as much as it pains me to say it, maybe it's time to let sleeping dogs lie and let WOXY rest in peace.*
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Looks like WOXY has bit the dust (again). This note appeared on their website this morning:
WOXY Listeners, Fans and Friends...
Due to current economic realities and the lack of ongoing funding for WOXY's operations, we've been forced to suspend our live broadcasts as of March 23rd. We're continuing to explore options to keep The Future of Rock and Roll alive. For business inquiries, please contact Bryan Jay (firstname.lastname@example.org) or John at Future Sounds (email@example.com).
Thanks for your years of dedicated support.
- Mike, Shiv, Joe, Paige, Brian and Bryan Jay
I have no words. I have been listening to this station for years. I weathered the last economic roller coaster of death with them, and was thrilled when they made the move to Austin and became an internet only station. I have never found another indie station that appealed to my taste so much--as I said yesterday, and almost every day that I listened: "man, woxy is on fire today."
All I can do now is second Robert Duffy at Done Waiting:
Please, someone with money buy WOXY. Shiv and Joe and others moved their families from Cincinnati to Austin and things were just starting to get going – just look at this past week of amazing SXSW coverage.
Okay, I'm going to go cry now.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Friday, March 12, 2010
First it was Wilco inspired sandwiches, now... Wilco (The Beer)? Lagunitas Brewing Company has a new brew they're calling "Wilco Tango Foxtrot," but apparently the name has nothing to do with the band. Suuuuuure. Read all about it over at Pitchfork.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Clayton Hauck is a pretty cool guy. Besides being a really great nightlife photographer, the guy gets to throw himself a day-long birthday party with the likes of Flosstradamus and The Hood Internet as DJs. In fact, there will be almost 30 local DJs and MCs playing throughout the day, including my very own DJ Tankboy at 3pm. Like I said before, this party spans the entire day beginning at noon going all the way til closing time. Did I mention it's free before 10pm?
So even if you're planning to spend Saturday celebrating the impending St. Patricks Day, start the day with some Guinness & Eggs w/ your buddies and then make your way to Lincoln Hall, because judging by last year's photobooth shots, there's tons of fun to be had.
Check out my preview for Gapers Block, which includes a full list of DJs scheduled to appear.