WBEZ | local music http://www.wbez.org/tags/local-music Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en White Mystery: DIY music heroes http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-06/white-mystery-diy-music-heroes-107816 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/White%20Mystery_0.jpg" title="Photo courtesy of White Mystery. (Diane Alexander White)" /></p><div class="image-insert-image ">Brother-sister duo <a href="http://www.whitemysteryband.com" target="_blank">White Mystery</a>&nbsp;first came to mass attention&nbsp;in 2011 with their critically acclaimed, MTV-touted sophomore album <em>Blood and Venom</em>, and their brand of <a href="https://www.facebook.com/WhiteMysteryBand?fref=ts" target="_blank">red hot rock&#39;n&#39;roll</a> has been on fire ever since. In the tradition of releasing new music each year on their band anniversary&nbsp;of 4/20, Chicago natives Miss Alex White and Francis Scott Key White dropped their third full-length album&mdash;the ferocious&nbsp;<em>Telepathic&mdash;</em>&nbsp;on April 20, 2013.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Now, White Mystery is home after a sweeping <a href="http://www.whitemysteryband.com/2013/05/08/white-mystery-telepathic-world-tour/" target="_blank">world tour</a>&nbsp;and set to play several shows in Chicago over the next few months, including Riot Fest in September.&nbsp;I sat down with the redheaded siblings at <a href="http://yourtownship.tumblr.com" target="_blank">Township</a>&nbsp;last week to discuss the band&#39;s undeniable influence on Chicago&#39;s local music scene, and how the entrepreneurial duo managed to garner a worldwide following by staying true to their roots:</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>I&#39;ve spoken to many young bands in Chicago who look up to you as mentors. Do you feel a responsibility to help out others who have been in your shoes?&nbsp;</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Alex White: The whole rock&#39;n&#39;roll, punk and beyond music community that is underground and DIY thrives because of these kinds of relationships. White Mystery wouldn&#39;t be where it is now without the help of people who have mentored me and encouraged me to pursue music as a young person, like &quot;Why aren&#39;t you doing this professionally?&quot; and I&#39;m thinking to myself &quot;Do you really think that I can do that?&quot; It was their encouragement that really helped me down that path.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><b>When you were starting out as a band, who helped you the most?</b></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">AW: There is a person that comes to mind immediately. His name is <a href="http://natkin.net" target="_blank">Paul Natkin</a> [iconic photographer for Creem and Rolling Stone]. He&#39;s also a native Chicagoaon: we grew up in the same North Side neighborhood, he went to the same high school as Francis and he was friends with our mom in the &#39;70s [Diane Alexander White, also a photographer].</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">A few years ago, the city was cutting down on live music by putting more restrictions on permits required to host shows. Paul was the champion for live music during this time. He&#39;s introduced me to a lot of amazing people; he&#39;s a connector. There&#39;s a great book by Malcolm Gladwell called&nbsp;<em>The Tipping Point&nbsp;</em>that talks about the different types of people in the world, and the connectors are the people who can just look around the room and know who to bring together.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Paul connected us to <a href="http://www.nathanchrist.com" target="_blank">Nathan Christ</a>, a videographer who went on to produce our first music video [for the <em>Blood and Venom</em> single &quot;Birthday]. He did it for free. That&#39;s a super DIY video&mdash; we shot it a novelty golf place near our house, a cemetery near our house&mdash;but it made it&#39;s way on to the top five videos on MTV.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>Are you often asked how you manage to do everything yourselves and be so successful?&nbsp;</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">AW: White Mystery is a totally independent&nbsp;entity. We don&#39;t have a record label. We do our own booking and licensing; we own everything and release everything ourselves. So, bands often ask us &quot;How do you do that? How does that work?&quot; Both of our parents are self-employed, so we grew up knowing how to be self-sufficient and not relying on a fixed paycheck&mdash;and being willing to take risks.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><b>What advice would you give to other bands building connections in the DIY community?</b></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">AW: Following up is the key to success. Also, you don&#39;t have to be old to be a mentor. You can be a peer to someone and still offer questions. The Socrates method of mentorship is not telling someone what to do, but allowing them to follow their own path. A band could make the exact same decisions we did and still be somewhere else. I think it&#39;s important to take a questions approach to guiding someone, because then they&#39;re making their own decisions and taking accountability for whether or not they become successful.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Francis Scott Key White: We also like to set examples with our actions. The smart people catch on, and the others just do their own thing. If you see someone do something, it becomes possible.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">AW: There is a lot of power in willing things to happen. If you can visualize it, then that&#39;s half the battle&mdash;you&#39;re almost there. And when you accumulate these successes, write them down; so that when you get really upset or hit rock bottom, you can review the goals that you have achieved&nbsp;and keep going.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><b>Have you observed any misconceptions about being an independent artist that you want to clear up for those who are hesitant to break into the scene?</b></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">AW: There&#39;s a stigma that musicians and artists lead a starving lifestyle, and I think that&#39;s a very unfair stereotype that discourages a lot of creative people. It&#39;s important for us to communicate that as a creative person you can succeed, pursue your goals and have a comfortable lifestyle.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">The thing about Chicago&mdash;and maybe I&#39;m biased because I&#39;m a native&mdash;is that it&#39;s such a hardworking city, and bands emerge here because they are willing to bust their way to the top and work hard to succeed.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>In the spirit of leading by example, what were some of your defining moments as musicians that you can share to inspire others?</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">FW: I always wanted to play the Metro in Chicago; it&#39;s a great venue, and all the big punk bands that I looked up to played there. I always told myself if I played there one time then I&#39;d know that I made it, and we&#39;ve played there about four times now.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">AW: The moment for me was jamming with Robert Plant [of Led Zeppelin] in Austin. He was playing drums and I was playing guitar. That was exhilarating&nbsp;&mdash; getting to meet the golden god of &#39;70s rock, which I adore&mdash;I really felt like I could die after that.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>Note:</strong> On September 20, Alex White will be speaking at the first-ever <a href="http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/chicago_music_summit.html" target="_blank">Chicago Music Summit</a>. This daylong, free event at the Chicago Cultural Center will include several panel discussions about the music industry, including a panel led by White on how to take your band to a global market.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><em>Leah Pickett writes about popular culture for WBEZ. Follow her on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/leahkristinepickett" target="_blank">Facebook</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/leahkpickett" target="_blank">Twitter</a>&nbsp;or <a href="http://hermionehall.tumblr.com" target="_blank">Tumblr</a>. &nbsp;</em></div></p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 08:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-06/white-mystery-diy-music-heroes-107816 Support your local music http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-02/support-your-local-music-105451 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Summer_Girlfriends_Drinks.jpg" title="Left to right: Nicole, Nikita, Caitlin, Sara and Kristin of the Chicago band Summer Girlfriends. (Dave Rentauskas Photography/Rentauskas.com)" /></p><div class="image-insert-image ">Hate-watching the Grammys is an annual tradition for this pop culture nerd; however, the majority of last night&#39;s <a href="http://gawker.com/5983160/the-grammy-awards-dumbest-decisions-of-the-past-30-years" target="_blank">sham of an award show</a>&nbsp;was so blatantly awful that I&nbsp;almost didn&#39;t make it to the end. In years past, I&#39;ve reveled in the sheer camp of Nicki Minaj <a href="http://theybf.com/2012/02/13/video-nicki-minaj-levitates-exorcizes-for-roman-holiday-grammy-performance" target="_blank">levitating like a demon</a> or Lady Gaga <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/13/lady-gaga-egg-grammy-arrival_n_822625.html" target="_blank">bursting out of an egg</a>. This year, I groaned aloud at several key moments (&quot;We Are Young&quot; winning Best Song, Mumford and Sons&#39; <em>Babel </em>winning Best Album, that god-awful <a href="http://www.mediaite.com/tv/bob-marley-tribute-at-grammy-awards-fails-to-pay-tribute-to-bob-marley/" target="_blank">Bob Marley tribute</a>&nbsp;wasting 10 minutes of my life) and did not find pleasure in them at all.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Then, I realized: why are Chicagoans sitting at home and live-tweeting <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/10/taylor-swift-grammys-performance_n_2648925.html?utm_hp_ref=entertainment" target="_blank">obnoxious performances</a>&nbsp;on television when they could just walk down the street to&nbsp;<a href="http://yourtownship.tumblr.com" target="_blank">Township</a>, <a href="http://www.schubas.com" target="_blank">Schubas</a>, or <a href="http://subt.net" target="_blank">Subterranean</a>&nbsp;and see a great live band right in their neighborhood?</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Chicago has a thriving local music scene with long list of notable alumni (Wilco, Andrew Bird, Kanye West, the Lawrence Arms, White Mystery, the Smith Westerns, Common and the Smashing Pumpkins all got their start here), so chances are good that the show you saw for free at the<a href="http://www.emptybottle.com"> Empty Bottle</a> on Monday night could become one of those life-changing experiences you tell your grandchildren about one day.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Local music blog&nbsp;<a href="http://loudlooppress.com">Loud Loop Press</a>&nbsp;just released their list of&nbsp;<a href="http://loudlooppress.com/features/13-chicago-bands-to-watch-in-2013/" target="_blank">13 Bands to Watch</a>&nbsp;in 2013, an impressive roster of Chicago talent that&nbsp;immediately sent a ripple of show-going excitement through my friendship circle: &quot;You guys, we <em>need</em> to see more local bands this year!&quot; However, a number of other buzzworthy artists that didn&#39;t make the cut (like the contemporary classic rockers of&nbsp;<a href="http://vintagebluemusic.com" target="_blank">Vintage Blue</a>, the hypnotic brass ensemble of <a href="http://www.hypnoticbrassensemble.com/music/view/kelan-philip-cohran-the-hypnotic-brass-ensemble" target="_blank">Kelan Philip Cohran</a>&nbsp;and underground hip-hop quartet&nbsp;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3EDfeDA01jc" target="_blank">Typical Cats</a>)&nbsp;still deserve some spotlight.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Ergo, I present my own list of favorites: a rousing local mix of pop, punk, rap, soul, garage rock, indie folk and groovy psychedelia:&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Summer-Girlfriends-Shockwaves-album-445x445.jpg" style="height: 200px; width: 200px; float: left; " title="" /></div></div><div class="image-insert-image "><span style="font-size:18px;"><u><strong>Summer Girlfriends</strong></u></span></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&quot;Indie-Pop, Kitten-Core&quot;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>Label</strong>: Addenda Records</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>Breakthrough</strong>: The super-fun debut LP <em>Shockwaves</em> (June 2012) and this&nbsp;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5CNLT1dIR4">Goth Beach Party</a>&nbsp;music video.</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>What&#39;s next</strong>: A SXSW send-off party&nbsp;at the Hideout on March 9, followed by a <a href="http://www.facebook.com/events/485163344853524/" target="_blank">Spring Tour</a>! (<a href="http://summergirlfriends.bandcamp.com" target="_blank">summergirlfriends.bandcamp.com</a>)</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Chance the Rapper- 10 Day.jpg" style="float: left; " title="" /></div></div><div class="image-insert-image "><span style="font-size:18px;"><u><strong>Chance the Rapper</strong></u></span></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&quot;A 19-year-old rap master from Chicago&quot;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>Label</strong>: Unsigned/Independent</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>Breakthrough</strong>: The debut mixtape <em>10 Day</em>, a title inspired by Chance&#39;s 10-day school suspension from Jones College Prep (April 2012).</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>What&#39;s next</strong>: Touring college campuses with <a href="http://www.facebook.com/kidsthesedaysband?fref=ts" target="_blank">Kids These Days</a> during the heart of March Madness. (<a href="http://facebook.com/chancetherapper" target="_blank">facebook.com/chancetherapper</a>)</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/outer minds- behind the mirror.jpg" style="float: left; " title="" /></div></div><div class="image-insert-image "><span style="font-size:18px;"><u><b>Outer Minds</b></u></span></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&quot;We are the children of the forest gods&quot;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>Label</strong>: Southpaw, HoZac Records</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>Breakthrough</strong>: A sprightly self-titled debut (March 2012), followed by the darker psychedelics of sophomore LP <em>Behind the Mirror&nbsp;</em>(November 2012).</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>What&#39;s next</strong>: Playing the Hideout on March 9 with Summer Girlfriends and <a href="http://www.hideoutchicago.com/event/221405-sxsw-send-off-party-chicago/" target="_blank">9 other Chicago bands</a>. (<a href="http://outerminds.bandcamp.com" target="_blank">outerminds.bandcamp.com</a>)</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/cameron McGill- Gallows Etiquette.jpg" style="float: left; " title="" /></div></div><div class="image-insert-image "><span style="font-size:18px;"><u><b>Cameron McGill&nbsp;</b></u></span></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&quot;Band Interests: Morrissey&quot;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>Label</strong>: Post-Important</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>Breakthrough</strong>: McGill has been a staple of the Chicago music scene for over a decade, but his fifth record&nbsp;<em>Is A Beast</em> (April 2011) was also his first to utilize a full backing band, What Army.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>What&#39;s next</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/cameronmcgill?utm_campaign=project3805&amp;utm_medium=project_badge&amp;utm_source=unknown" target="_blank">Gallows Etiquette</a>, which has already received 100 pledges in support of a Spring 2013 release. (<a href="http://cameronmcgill.com" target="_blank">cameronmcgill.com</a>)</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div></div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/The Orwells.jpg" style="height: 200px; width: 200px; float: left; " title="" /></div></div><div class="image-insert-image "><span style="font-size:18px;"><u><b>The Orwells</b></u></span></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&quot;Flower Punk&quot;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>Label</strong>: Autumn Tone Records</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>Breakthrough</strong>: The debut LP<em> Remember When</em> (August 2012) premiered to commercial and critical <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Orwells">acclaim</a> before the band&#39;s senior year of high school.</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>What&#39;s next</strong>: An&nbsp;<a href="http://klyam.com/2013/01/25/the-orwells-east-coast-tour-dates-t-t-the-bears-227/" target="_blank">East Coast tour</a>, followed by the <a href="http://shakykneesfestival.com">Shaky Knees Music Festival</a> in Atlanta on May 4. (<a href="http://facebook.com/theorwellsband">facebook.com/theorwellsband</a>)</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Radar Eyes- Self Titld.jpg" style="float: left; " title="" /></div></div><div class="image-insert-image "><span style="font-size:18px;"><u><strong>Radar Eyes</strong></u></span></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&quot;Garage/Post-Punk/Psychedelic&quot;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>Label</strong>: PlusTapes, HoZac Records</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>Breakthrough</strong>: Their infectious self-titled LP (February 2012) was recently selected by&nbsp;<a href="http://blog.allmusic.com/2013/01/18/allmusic-playlist-near-misses-of-2012/" target="_blank">AllMusic Blog </a>as one of the top albums of 2012 to be snubbed on most year-end lists.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>What&#39;s next</strong>: Shows scheduled for <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/161884517292575/" target="_blank">The Burlington</a> on February 15 and the <a href="http://www.facebook.com/events/538961992790328/">Empty Bottle</a> on April 20. (<a href="http://radareyes.bandcamp.com">radareyes.bandcamp.com</a>)</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/cyls_041_dowsing-_it_s_still_pretty_terrible.jpg" style="float: left; " title="" /></div></div><div class="image-insert-image "><span style="font-size:18px;"><u><strong>Dowsing</strong></u></span></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&quot;Feel good sad jams&quot;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>Label</strong>: Count Your Lucky Stars&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>Breakthrough</strong>: Their totally awesome first full length record <em>It&#39;s Still Pretty Terrible&nbsp;</em>(July 2012).</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>What&#39;s next</strong>: Recording <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Dowsingband?fref=ts">a new LP</a> and playing the <a href="http://www.facebook.com/events/363152607126305/">DAAC</a><a href="http://www.facebook.com/events/363152607126305/" target="_blank"> </a>in Grand Rapids, Mich. on February 17. (<a href="http://dowsing.bandcamp.com" target="_blank">dowsing.bandcamp.com</a>)</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Archie Powell- Great Ideas in Action.jpg" style="float: left; " title="" /></div></div><div class="image-insert-image "><u><span style="font-size:18px;"><b>Archie Powell &amp; the Exports</b></span></u></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&quot;Rock/Alternative/Pop&quot;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>Label</strong>: Good Land Records</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>Breakthrough</strong>: The band&#39;s sophomore full length,&nbsp;<em>Great Ideas in Action</em> (May 2012), backed by a series of wonderfully inventive&nbsp;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLD01AEF091EA5CCD9" target="_blank">music videos</a>.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>What&#39;s next</strong>: Many more local shows to come! (<a href="http://archiepowell.com" target="_blank">archiepowell.com</a>)</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div></p> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 08:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-02/support-your-local-music-105451 Competing for Chicago's music club crowd http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-18/competing-chicagos-music-club-crowd-95616 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-January/2012-01-18/4324271617_daa07ba3c9[1].jpg" alt="" /><p><p>War is good for nothing but Chicago seemed to be in the midst of perhaps a new chapter in the local club wars. WBEZ music blogger and host of <em>Sound Opinions</em>, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis" target="_blank">Jim DeRogatis</a>, recently <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/jim-derogatis/2012-01-09/ticketmasterlive-nation-goes-clubbing-95358" target="_blank">blogged</a> about how the concert behemoth <a href="http://www.livenation.com/" target="_blank">Ticketmaster/Live Nation</a> was looking for more action on the mid-sized club front.</p><p>The company recently hired veteran talent buyer Sean McDonough to book the <a href="http://www.houseofblues.com/" target="_blank">House of Blues</a> and to continue programming the <a href="http://bottomlounge.com/" target="_blank">Bottom Lounge</a>. This could have far-reaching implications for Chicago's other music venues. DeRogatis joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> to discuss the latest in the battle to bend Chicago club goers ears.</p></p> Wed, 18 Jan 2012 15:55:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-18/competing-chicagos-music-club-crowd-95616 Richard Giraldi discusses Loud Loop Press http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-blog/richard-giraldi-discusses-loud-loop-press <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/41784_197337550988_9719_n.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Richard Giraldi is the Editor-In-Chief of Chicago's &quot;hyper-local&quot; music blog <a href="http://loudlooppress.com/">Loud Loop Press</a>. The Blog has been in existence for two years and in 2010 won Chicago Reader's Best Chicago Music Blog Award. Loud Loop Press covers all aspects of Chicago music scene - album reviews, new releases, concerts, etc.</p> <p>Richard joins <a href="http://www.vocalo.org/musicvox">MusicVox</a> host Jesse Menendez to talk about how the blog got started, what makes it stand out amidst a myriad of other music blogs, gives useful tips to bands on what makes a good submission, and discusses <a href="http://loudlooppress.com/features/11-chicago-bands-to-watch-in-2011/">11 Chicago Bands To Watch in 2011</a>.</p> <p>Music used in this interview includes clips from several Chicago bands - My Gold Mask, Rabble Rabble, A Lull, White Mystery, Loyal Divide and California Wives</p></p> Wed, 30 Mar 2011 21:06:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-blog/richard-giraldi-discusses-loud-loop-press Aja Monet - Not Scared To Talk About Love http://www.wbez.org/story/aja-monet/aja-monet-not-scared-talk-about-love <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/22044_236318854613_36483214613_2999711_1142990_n.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><a href="http://ajamonet.com/"><strong>Aja Monet</strong></a> is an award winning and internationally recognized performance poet. Her debut EP &quot;Scared To Make Love / Scared Not To&quot; is <a href="http://ajamonet.bandcamp.com/"><strong>out</strong></a> with all proceeds benefiting her relief work in Haiti.</p> <p>Aja joins MusicVox host Jesse Menendez for a conversation about the EP, her work in Haiti, and of course LOVE. But first, she begins by telling about her first encounter with poetry.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/27980_387038304613_36483214613_3716451_5091359_n.jpg" style="width: 598px; height: 205px;" /></p></p> Fri, 26 Nov 2010 01:16:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/aja-monet/aja-monet-not-scared-talk-about-love