VIDEO PREMIERE: “LOCK ME UP” by ESTER

“‘Lock Me Up’ is about the feeling of never being able to do anything right, no matter how hard you try,” says Chicago-based singer/songwriter Anna Holmquist, frontperson of the band Ester. “Lock Me Up” appears on their forthcoming debut full-length album Turn Around, set for release on March 27th via Midwest Action. Turn Around is a…

“WINDOW”- NEW MUSIC from COMPANY OF THIEVES

After a 6-year hiatus, Company of Thieves rises from the ashes with their newest empowering tune, “Window.” The indie rock band’s single from their EP, Better Together, out today via Pasadena Records, portrays the beauty and strength of friendship and how the people in our lives see the best parts of us we don’t always recognize.…

AN EXCLUSIVE PERFORMANCE from LILY & MADELEINE

Folk-pop sister duo Lily & Madeleine, who recently finished a nationwide tour supporting Brett Dennen and accompanied Dawes for several shows in the United Kingdom, released their acclaimed record Keep It Together earlier this year via New West Records. Keep It Together, the pair’s third full-length album, makes a dynamic statement, one that is the sound of Lily and Madeleine asserting themselves as…

“BUILT TO LAST” – NEW MUSIC from THE YOUNGEST

“What do they say about the best laid plans?” After one listen to Chicago-based the The Youngest’s sophomore effort, the band’s wary lyric proves an apt bellwether for their generation’s growing anxiety. Thirteen unified tracks roar with sonic energy, colored by the crashing nerves of adulthood and cementing the group as one of the most alluring…

ALBUM REVIEW: “HALF A SECOND” by HEMMINGBIRDS

Chicago indie rock outfit Hemmingbirds released their new EP, Half A Second, in February; the EP bursts through the gates immediately with the title track, and while the tempo varies among its songs, the EP’s energy never wanes. Brimming with glistening guitar riffs and nimble basslines skillfully steered by propelling percussion from the beginning, the EP skyrockets, takes the…

“TOUCH” – NEW MUSIC FROM SLEEPING AT LAST

Sleeping at Last–Chicago-based singer-songwriter, producer and composer, Ryan O’Neal–recently released a new single called “Touch” which will appear on his upcoming Senses EP. “Touch” is heart-wrenching, with O’Neal’s tender voice delicately supported by initially spare, yet beautifully sufficient strings, and muted piano. Ryan just released the first of 5 EPs for his new year-long collection Atlas: Year Two.  Each EP has a different…

8 QUESTIONS WITH THE KICKBACK

This spring, I went to a show to cover a band that I’d interviewed, and Chicago-based alt-rock four piece The Kickback was the first of three bands to play that night.  Admittedly, the crowd was only beginning to trickle in during their set, but The Kickback performed their hearts out as if there were 1,000…

LEAGUES AT 93XRT

I thoroughly enjoyed watching Leagues perform at 93XRT radio this afternoon. They are playing at the Concord Music Hall tonight, if you are in the Chicago area, you need to attend!