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Rock 'n' Roll Market

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Rock 'n' Roll Market

Still recovering from last weekend’s Rock ’n’ Roll Market? We sure are! This past Saturday, the 2800 block of West Medill was filled with local labels, shops, artists, and passersby from all over Chicago. In its third year running, this small street fest proved to be a roaring celebration of small businesses, day drinking, and live music. No Rock ’n’ Roll Market would be complete without performances from some of Chicago’s longstanding faves like Yoko and the Oh No’s, Flesh Panthers, and White Mystery. And we’ve got the photos! See below for coverage of the music, the people, and general...

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Old Joy Hits DIY Scene with New Sound

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Old Joy Hits DIY Scene with New Sound

Alex ReindlPhoto courtesy of the artist Alex Reindl isn’t shy about his tumultuous past; he credits this turmoil as a driving force in much of his music. His latest project, Old Joy, is a deeply personal reflection on what he has been through and how it has shaped his musical prowess. An incomplete timeline of Reindl’s life includes time spent in jail and the loss of a close friend, events that form the undercurrent of his painful and raw ballads such as “I Miss My Friend” and “Buprenorphine Blues.” While Reindl’s unsteady past strongly influences his creative endeavors, the achievements...

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Basketball Diaries: Jimmy Whispers

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Basketball Diaries: Jimmy Whispers

Long before Jimmy Whispers was crooning over synth hooks, the Chicago native aspired to be the next Pistol Pete Maravich. Highly recruited as an AAU prospect, Jimmy's dreams of making it into the NBA were cut short when his coach revealed to him that it was, in fact, illegal to smoke cigarettes during games. With a difficult choice looming over him, Jimmy eventually chose music. Like many artists who grew up in the golden age of the NBA, basketball continues to have a special place in Jimmy's world. His Summer in Pain zine is flooded with NBA heroes of the 90s. His...

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Max Loebman and the Mild Ones

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Max Loebman and the Mild Ones

Loebman and his GuitarPhoto by Alexandria Dravillas A dopey-eyed, shaggy-haired Max Loebman howls into a microphone, hugging it toward his body as one would a lover. The room is packed, the crowd, rowdy, skin against skin. The type of show where the music feels real enough to touch. All of the songs on Loebman’s new album Wild One are completely composed of demos. “I like things to be as fresh as possible," says Max. "That’s why I record them directly after I write them. I think that’s why I like Neil Young so much; his stuff is so raw.” Since the age of 16, Loebeman...

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YAWN - "HUM" Music Video Premiere

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YAWN - "HUM" Music Video Premiere

From Chicago's own YAWN comes the official music video for "HUM." Packed with visual stimuli, the video features underwater sea life, guitars drenched in paint, and unsettling closeups of the YAWN boys. It’s a four-minute hallucination offset by angelic, high-pitched vocals in this sweet psych ballad. You can even learn all the words for tonight’s show at The Empty Bottle by singing along karaoke-style to the scrolling lyrics. Find show details here:YAWN, Sun Cop, Lovejoy, and Twin Peaks DJ SetThe Empty Bottle1035 N. Western Ave.Chicago, IL 60622 9 p.m. / 21+ / $7

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