Bad Sounds turns it up at Metro

Known for their energetic sets, UK’s Bad Sounds did not disappoint Wednesday night at their first ever Chicago show at Metro! The band was started by brothers Callum and Ewan Merrett whose diverse taste in music helped create the band’s unique sound. Sounding like a mix of pop, hip hop, rock, and funk, the band…

Hidden gems of the week…

FRIDAY (4/19):  In The Whale @ Liar’s Club (1665 W Fullerton Ave) The Denver rock duo, In The Whale, is swinging through Chicago this Friday as part of their eight-year anniversary tour. The pair will be showcasing songs from their recently released, 6-track EP Dopamine. Check out their rowdy single “Teeth” below and get your tickets…

Better Oblivion Community Center at Lincoln Hall

Barely a year old, Better Oblivion Community Center played two sold-out nights at Lincoln Hall.  Comprised of Conor Oberst, of Bright Eyes fame, and Phoebe Bridgers, you could see the friendship on stage.  This did not surprise me given the theme of the band focuses around community and belonging.  As they opened the show with their current single…

Bay is bae

Whether it’s due to his passionately delivered lyrics, his good looks, his masterful guitar playing, or the t-shirt being sold in the lobby, James Bay is bae. It’s been almost a week since James Bay played to an eager crowd at the Riviera Theatre as part of his Electric Light Tour, and the show is…

Kickin’ it w/ Bryce Vine at Lincoln Hall

Rapper/singer Bryce Vine played a sold out show at Lincoln Hall in Chicago last month, and we can’t get it out of our heads!  Coming all the way from Los Angeles, Bryce Vine’s music brings fans together with its blend of west coast and east coast vibes, which makes his music stand out.  Vine’s style…

The boys are back in town

Saturday night saw the return of UK band You Me at Six at Bottom Lounge. The last time the band played the Windy City was back in 2014, so the excitement in the room was palpable. Some people had driven  across the midwest to see them, and others had been anxiously waiting their return for…

BAND SPOTLIGHT: The King of Mars

Straight out of our very own town comes The King of Mars–a rock/funk/indie band with nine, yes nine, members in it! If you’re wondering why there are nine people invovled, it’s because The King of Mars plays with a horn section and auxiliary percussion to make a rich, full sound for their listeners. In their…

Adia Victoria brings Silences to life in Chicago

Fresh off the release of her sophomore album, Silences, Adia Victoria played Schubas Monday night to a crowd ready for some real talk. The singer-songwriter has never shied away from singing about how she feels or topics that might be uncomfortable. Refusing to be silenced by society, Adia Victoria sings of mental illness, sexism, drug addiction…

The boys are back in town

Hailing from the city of Peoria in central Illinois, The Brother Brothers played to a packed house opening for Dead Horses at The Old Town School of Folk Music in Lincoln Park. A water pipe had burst at the original venue in Ravenswood, so the show got relocated to Old Town School of Folk’s more…

Country Night Out with Jimmie Allen

Jimmie Allen played to a packed house at Joe’s on Weed for US99’s Country Night Out.  Coming off of multiple weeks of his single “Best Shot” being at Number 1, you could feel the energy in the room. Although Jimmie Allen only has an EP and one full length out, he still was able to get the…