Diet Cig brings the love

Do you remember the 21st night of September? Yes I do, and Earth, Wind & Fire’s “September” will forever remind me of Diet Cig’s show last Friday. Taking the stage to the funky jam, Diet Cig instantly set the tone for their entire night–having fun, being yourself, and enjoying great music in good company was…

Hidden gems of the week…

FRIDAY(9/21): illuminati hotties and Diet Cig @ Lincoln Hall I mean, if their band name isn’t convincing enough, illuminati hottie’s debut album Kiss Yr Frenemies received critical acclaim from the likes of NPR, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, and more! The band has a playful sound akin to that of Courtney Barnett or Alvvays that lead singer Sarah…

On sale soon…

101WKQX’s The Nights We Stole Christmas shows are on presale now (codes below) with the general sale starting this Friday! 11/29 – Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Houndmouth, and Alice Merton @ Aragon Ballroom (9/4-9/6 presale code = STOLE, on sale 9/7) 11/30 – The Smashing Pumpkins, Grandson, and Albert Hammond Jr @ Aragon…

Tom Walker at Schubas

Tom Walker may be young, but he is a force to be reckoned with. With his raw, powerful voice and his killer guitar skills, Tom’s set had me hooked in less than 5 minutes. The sound he’s managed to create has a classic feel to it but with a unique spin. It’s a bit of soul…

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Lauren Mitchell

Blues vocalist Lauren Mitchell will be making a stop at Buddy Guy’s Legends on August 29th in support of her 2017 album Desire . This album is very personal for Mitchell. With her personal and professional life in absolute chaos, she did what great artists do–turn her pain into a work of art. “Sometimes people…

Toni Romiti at Subterranean

My first time going to Subterranean in Chicago was a great experience because of Sunday night’s performance, with Toni Romiti and opening performances by Queen Key and Flex. Chicago native Toni Romiti brings her youthful energy to the stage. The young artist loves to entertain, which explains her success on social media. By posting clips…

The Sea The Sea

Upstate New York band The Sea The Sea opened for Maggie Koerner Tuesday night at Schubas and left listeners captivated. Although the band is technically only a duo, Chuck E. Costa and Mira Stanley have been touring with 2 other musicians to help bring their sound to the stage. Together the quartet made beautifully deep, rich…

Dear Bent Knee,

Hi. We think we have a crush on you. You have everything we love in a band–creative compositions, uniquely beautiful vocals, a sense of humor, and the ability to evoke emotions in the listener. No joke, within a single set, those at Schubas felt everything from joy all the way to fear as they switched…

BAND SPOTLIGHT: Joensuu Riihimäki

The trio of Joensuu Riihimäki may be from Finland, but their specialty is actually roots rock/Americana. Growing up listening to great artists like Eric Clapton, U2, BB King,  and Bob Dylan, this type of music was the backbone of their musical foundation. Lead vocalist Sami and guitarist Kari met by coincidence about 4 years ago….

Maps & Atlases Returns to Music

After 6 years of radio silence, the indie rockers out of Chicago have finally made their way back to the music scene. Lightlessness Is Nothing New was released  earlier this month by the (now) trio and is largely about the death of frontman Dave Davison’s father. Maps & Atlases played Lincoln Hall in the city where it…