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Review: Vundabar masters the art of variety in ‘Either Light’

Review: Vundabar masters the art of variety in ‘Either Light’

March 30, 2020

In the age of digitally produced music, some pop tracks on the radio can feel bland, formulaic or, worst of all, predictable. Indie-rock trio Vundabar’s latest album “Either Light”—released March 13...

In the Booth: with alt-rock Columbia band SŌK

February 24, 2020

With its expansion of multimedia and Chicago-based music coverage, the Chronicle kicks-off its latest video series "In The Booth" with seasoned music reporters Managing Editor Kendall Polidori and Ph...

Review: Chicago is ‘Forever Turned Around’ after five Whitney sold-out shows

Review: Chicago is ‘Forever Turned Around’ after five Whitney sold-out shows

December 10, 2019

Chicago's indie music scene is nearly impossible to reference without the power duo Whitney coming to mind. Since 2015, Julien Ehrlich, drums and vocals, and Max Kakacek, guitar, have designed smooth,...

OPINION: Musicians deserve room to experiment and grow

OPINION: Musicians deserve room to experiment and grow

October 12, 2019

Some of the music scene’s most renowned rock names–blink-182, Green Day and Fall Out Boy–have been making comebacks in 2019 with new albums, tours and sounds.  However, many diehard fans have been vocal...

Smashed Plastic brings vinyl production to Chicago after 30 years

Smashed Plastic brings vinyl production to Chicago after 30 years

September 27, 2019

At Smashed Plastic Record Pressing, on the corner of Diversey and Tripp avenues, one steamless machine is the source of all the vinyl-making magic, which runs completely on a closed hot water system, the...

Can’t Swim paddles back for a return performance at Riot Fest

Can’t Swim paddles back for a return performance at Riot Fest

September 20, 2019

After a pre-show game of Tetris backstage, Can’t Swim woke up its crowd with an early, but energetic, performance to kick off the first day of Riot Fest. “Thanks for waking up and being here,” Ch...

REVIEW: Riot Fest 2019’s greatest hits

REVIEW: Riot Fest 2019’s greatest hits

September 17, 2019

After three packed days, Douglas Park’s Riot Fest marks 15 years in the books with mud, mosh pits, killer guitar riffs, colored hair and inflatable aliens. With five stages, carnival rides, wrestling...

GIRL K on journey to being ‘cutest band in Chicago’

GIRL K on journey to being ‘cutest band in Chicago’

September 12, 2019

Up and coming Chicago-based band GIRL K enters new territory with a very subtle rock sound for their latest single, “Settle.” The four-member band, comprised of Kathy Patino, vocals and rhythm guitar...

Bring your birthday hat, Riot Fest is turning 15

Bring your birthday hat, Riot Fest is turning 15

September 11, 2019

Alternative punk, rock and hip-hop fans will celebrate the 15th birthday of Chicago’s very own Riot Fest the only way they know how: live music, carnival rides, funnel cake and beer. The festival will f...

Rebel Rampage ‘stirring up the pot’ through protest rock

Rebel Rampage ‘stirring up the pot’ through protest rock

August 16, 2019

When protest rock trio Rebel Rampage conceptualized its cover of “Immigration Man,” originally by Graham Nash and David Crosby, they were not aware of the extent to which immigrant detention at...

3 first-time performers’ journey to the Lollapalooza stage

3 first-time performers’ journey to the Lollapalooza stage

August 5, 2019

With nearly 200 performances from musicians and artists worldwide, Chicago’s Lollapalooza boasted a diverse set of performers, all of which had their own journey to one of the festival's eight sta...

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