With Wavefront this weekend and Pitchfork quickly approaching, festival season is upon us. The Chicago music scene is buzzing with Savemoney rappers releasing track after track and many indie, soul, folk, and rock bands sprouting up all over the place. The weather has been great, the baseball has been bad; Summertime Chi.
Kami de Chukwu x Brian Fresco – Red Rover
Foster the People treated Chicago to a hell of a show at a sold out Congress Theater last Wednesday on the first of their two night stay in the Windy City. With temperatures in the high 90s, it was hot both outside and inside the theater, but that did not stop Foster the People from delivering their usual indie pop goodness to a sweaty crowd.
A real “Week that Was” for the first time in nearly a month. Keep the music flowing in, we’re loving the stuff we’ve been getting. Enjoy this horrid humidity with some new music from some of the best artists currently doing it.
Noosa – Sail
DJs Skrillex, Afrojack, Carl Cox, Benny Bennassi and many others made their way to Soldier Field this past weekend for the 1st entirely electronic music festival in the city- Spring Awakening. I watched firsthand as Lollapalooza’s Perry stage has expanded from a small corner stage to a huge canopy-covered house music experience over the past few years, and there is no question in my mind that electronic music has become increasingly mainstream. Spring Awakening may have been the organizer’s response to the growing house music fad, yet still something was missing at the first of its kind music festival last weekend.
Dispatch is back. Preparing to release their first album in 12 years this August, Dispatch gave fans a hint into their upcoming rejuvenated sound with the unveiling of the director’s cut of their video “Not Messin’.” Filmed at Mishnock Barn in Rhode Island, the location is next door to the recording studio where the Dispatch’s early albums Bang Bang, Four-Day Trials and Who Are We Living For were born.
One of our Chicago favorites performed Friday night just as the sun was setting at the Do-Division Street Fest. The O’My’s, a self-proclaimed “band of scoundrels and hooligans holding down Rock’n’Soul for the windy city,” gathered a large crowd and had the audience dancing and swaying side to side. Big things ahead for these guys. Check out a photo gallery below.
I’ve been on an Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes kick since I attended their amazing concert last week. The band released “Man on Fire” yesterday from their new album Here. The video showcases young New Yorkers performing variations of dance routines as Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes sing “I want the whole damn world/To come dance with me.” Check it out below, and leave us your own thoughts on the video.