Gauntlet Hair – Stills

written by: Hannah Lorenz on July 11, 2013

Chicago duo Gauntlet Hair is back on the scene with Stills, the follow-up to 2011’s self-titled debut. This time, members Andy Rauworth and Craig Nice have infused the band’s signature noise pop with a more tangible layer of New Wave influences, though the music still has a modern edge. Stills opens with the beautifully weird […]

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French Camp – Odd Particle

written by: Hannah Lorenz on June 25, 2013

French Camp’s second release, Odd Particle, is a strong album that’s doesn’t quite explore the band’s full potential.

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Being There – Breaking Away

written by: Hannah Lorenz on January 4, 2013

The London-based band Being There is making its debut in America in late January with the album Being There. Just as the lyrical content explores nostalgia for the freedom of teenaged years, but is tinged with a hint of sadness, so the overall sound of Being There is alt-pop mixed with subdued melodies that give the album a melancholy […]

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Joy to the Music Lovers

written by: Hannah Lorenz on December 24, 2012

From eccentric originals to cheerful covers of the classics, this Christmas playlist is sure to revive your holiday spirit.

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Houndmouth Brings Back Grassroots Rock

written by: Hannah Lorenz on December 19, 2012

Houndmouth got together as an afterthought, shared its music hopefully and wound up creating a sound that filled a void in the music scene.

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Benn Jordan and Nissa Sampson at the Alphabasic Music Center

Back to (Alpha)Basics

written by: Hannah Lorenz on November 15, 2012

Chicago musician Benn Jordan and cello instructor Nissa Sampson opened a new, non-profit music school in Bridgeport.

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Q&A: Audiences

written by: Hannah Lorenz on November 7, 2012

Last month, Audiences celebrated the release of its self-titled EP by headlining a show at the Metro. Now …

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The Art of Background Noise

written by: Hannah Lorenz on October 23, 2012

For a sound designer like Adam Marks, the music he creates to accompany a video game influences the mood of the players.

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Dispatch at The Riviera on Oct. 3, 2012

written by: Hannah Lorenz on October 4, 2012

During their Circles Around the Sun tour, Dispatch stopped in Chicago for a two-night run at the Riviera, on Oct. 2 and 3. The folk-pop group Good Old War accompanied them in what seemed like an odd match-up at first, but proved to be a perfect fit. Both bands enjoyed themselves on stage, were engaged […]

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Pop Stars Gone Wild

written by: Hannah Lorenz on October 2, 2012

In the popular music world, there lives a phenomenon which never ceases to enthrall the nation. It’s young and innocent, it’s pretty and with the help of auto-tune, it has a decent voice. It takes the country by storm. As soon as one loses popularity, another re-spawns to take its place. It is, of course, […]

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Move Aside, Britain: The New Invasion

written by: Hannah Lorenz on September 13, 2012

While the British Invasion is hardly a thing of the past, let’s take a look beyond the motherland to discover more imported talent from the last dozen years.

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