ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Phillip-Michael Scales

Phillip-Michael Scales is no stranger to the music scene. The gifted songwriter originally played as the indie-rock band Briar Rabbit playing songs that were a mix of folk and blues, but it proved to be a a tough atmosphere to drop your roots. After the death of his uncle, Scales moved to Chicago, took some time…

BAND SPOTLIGHT: Bullets & Octane

Bullets & Octane, based out of California via St. Louis, has been rocking together for the past two decades. The band has shared the stage with some pretty legendary bands (Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Stone Sour, Deftones, and more) and continually strive to make their sound bigger and better. Their live shows tend to stick pretty…

BAND SPOTLIGHT: Cinders

Cinders, the six-piece indie pop band out of Salt Lake City, has been making a splash for the past two years as they entered music scene . While a few of the band members had played together in previous projects, they all agree that their current lineup fits together like the two half-hearts of a BFF necklace.

BAND SPOTLIGHT: Shadow of Everest

Canadian metal band, Shadow of Everest, has been rocking together for over two years and they recently  released their EP Idle Hands this past June. Shadow of Everest cites legendary heavy rock and metal bands like Led Zeppelin, Rush, Metallica, and Iron Maiden as influences and have been compared to bands like Tool, Black Sabbath, and…

BAND SPOTLIGHT: Crypitus

Hailing from Vermont, the guys of Crypitus bring you an infusion of different metal genres with undertones and inspiration from jazz and punk. Although the group is relatively new to the scene, their experimentation has caused their music to evolve over the past year and a half. In the search to find the sound that…

BAND SPOTLIGHT: Crejuvent

Crejuvent’s founder, Freddy Spera, is quite the candid jokester. In our interview with Crejuvent, Spera said that he first picked up the bass during his teenage years because it was easier to stay at home and learn the instrument than to try to get laid. However, what started as a way to avoid the more…

BAND SPOTLIGHT: Mister Moon

Mister Moon, the “culternative” rockers out of North Central Ohio, will be playing The Elbo Room this Saturday along with Sean Wilson, American Narcissism / The Pirate Broadcast, and Red Ransom. Despite the fact that all four band members have visited Chicago, this will be their first time playing the Windy City as Mister Moon.

BAND SPOTLIGHT: Calling for Eden

What seemed like a far fetched dream in the early 2000s is now becoming a reality for Calling for Eden, the eight-piece band out of Texas. Drawing on the diverse talents of each member, the band starting becoming more serious about their music in 2013 and has come a long way since. Whether they had…

BAND SPOTLIGHT: The Fill Ins

Although their lineup has changed undergone some significant changes throughout the past 7 years, The Fill Ins have always been dedicated to being a hard rock band specializing in catchy guitar riffs and an unapologetic attitude. New members have brought new expertise, and the band continually pushes themselves to improve their craft. In the late…

BAND SPOTLIGHT: Exoaura

The state of Washington always delivers. Our newest Band Spotlight features Exoaura, a female-fronted metal duo comprised of Lindsey Church (vocals, piano, and arrangements) and Adam Ingram (instrumentation, programming, and engineering). While I usually associate snarling vocals and demonic lyrics with metal bands, Exoaura’s vocals are clear, thoughtful, and full of soul. The duo has…

BAND SPOTLIGHT: Tarah Who?

What’s not to like about 90’s grunge with punk undertones? Tarah Who?, the brain child of singer and multi-instrumentalist Tarah G. Carpenter, serves up some serious noise despite the fact that the young band only has three members. With Carpenter on vocals and guitar, Matthew Peltcher on bass, and Shaina Mikee Keiths on drums, the…

BAND SPOTLIGHT: Amycanbe

Hailing all the way from Italy comes our latest Band Spotlight, Amycanbe, whose music is fully of synth dreaminess. The band has been at it since the early 2000s, but with the addition of new members, their sound has evolved slightly over the years. The material they originally released was more acoustic and timid due…