INTERVIEW: Rae and Kayhan of Wretched Blessing (Yautja, Immortal Bird, Coliseum) Breakdown Their Debut EP


In this new episode, we chatted with the new Chicago-based extreme metal duo Wretched Blessing released their debut self-titled EP! Featuring members of Yautja, Immortal Bird, Coliseum, and other projects, the duo of Rae Amitay and Kayhan Vaziri are united by their love of all things, heavy, and complex, but also curious to step out of their comfort zones and challenge themselves. In this wide-ranging chat with Keefy about the formation of the group, the writing process, a track-by-track breakdown, the artwork, hot takes about Chicago living and much more!Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: Today Was Yesterday – Today Was Yesterday


The expert, intricate and intriguing Today Was Yesterday (Music Theories Recordings/Mascot Label Group) finds the eponymous duo spreading their wings, unboxing various goodies and displaying many talents, in cahoots with guitar greats Alex (Rush) Lifeson, guesting on six of the 10 tracks, and Robby (The Doors) Krieger, on another.Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: meth. – SHAME


Hey kids! Do you like having a really bad time? Well, meth. are here to grind your face right down into the dirtiest pit of despair (or possibly drag you down into the pit of despair they already found themselves in). And they look like such a carefree bunch in their promo photos!Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: Plain White T’s – Plain White T’s


 

Whenever The Plain White T’s come up in conversation, it is seemingly impossible to get in more than a few words before their magnum opus “Hey There Delilah” is mentioned.

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Crumb, The Record Company, GZA, Graveyard, Julian Marley, Pharcyde, Fishbone, Earthless, and More Booked for Cultivate Festival in Chicago


Turnstyle Productions and Riot Fest Presents Cultivate Festival, Chicago’s First Festival Celebration of Cannabis Culture, August 25-27th at new outdoor venue in the West Loop, The Nursery! This 3-day celebration of cannabis culture includes a diverse line-up of rock, hip-hop, reggae, and punk, with Crumb, The Record Company, GZA, Graveyard, Julian Marley, Pharcyde, Fishbone, Earthless, and more (full lineup below). The festival will feature well-curated food trucks, cannabis education and a shuttle to local dispensaries.

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ALBUM REVIEW: High Spirits – Hard To Stop


 

High Spirits’ endearing sincerity has always been a shining contrast to the often-sour realms of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal, and that feelgood brightness is needed now more than ever. While it’s been four years since the release of their last album, 2016’s Motivator, the Chicago project’s fourth full-length doesn’t skip a beat and their established blend of AOR and Classic Metal is well intact. You always know what you’re getting but it’s presented with far too much enthusiasm to ever feel stale.

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EP REVIEW: Midnight Dice – Hypnotized – Underground Power Records


Coming off a self-titled demo in 2019, Midnight Dice’s first EP, Hypnotized (Underground Power Records/Hoove Child Records), sees the Chicagoans continuing to build their momentum. Comparisons to the musicians’ previous band Satan’s Hallow remain inevitable as Hypnotized rides on a similarly anthemic Classic Metal style. However, there are also developments that show the band beginning to carve out a more distinct identity.Continue reading


Lollapalooza 2020 is Officially Cancelled, Announces Livestream


This year’s Lollapalooza festival has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic which is sweeping the globe. The annual event, which was scheduled to take place at Grant Park in Chicago and which typically draws about 100,000 people each year, will now be an online event with live music in a weekend-long livestream event July 30–August 2, 2020. The livestream will include “performances from around the city and beyond, epic archival sets from Chicago and the festival’s six international editions, never-before-seen footage from the 1990s and much more,” according to the festival organizers. More details will be made available in July.Continue reading