Musikanto at Subterranean with Chaperone

Musikanto and Chaperone will share the stage at Subterranean this evening. Go to this show for a raucous good time. Musikanto has put together quite a slick backing band for this evening, we’re very excited. Musikanto’s backing band will feature: Will Phalen (of Will Phalen) Brian Morrissey (of The Dirty Pigeons) Mark Zoller (of Go [...]

This week in Chicago shows

This week, we’re stoked for Jeff Mangum at the Athenaeum, the Stolen Silver residency at Schuba’s and a double-header at the Burlington next weekend.

Rambos will release Rock and Roll Monsters March 6

It’s finally here. The debut album from Rambos is coming March 6. Click here for the track list.

RIP Etta James

One of the most beautiful voices of all time, she will be missed.

New (to us) music: Archie Powell and the Exports

Got a tip from Brandon Stein (of the MPLS Henrys) back when he was galavanting around the CMJ Marathon in October. His text read something along the lines of: “Dude, this band Archie Powell and the Exports is f#!%ing awesome.” I new I had heard the name around Chicago, so I decided to check them [...]

Very excited: Dr. Dog @ The Vic

Dr. Dog is releasing a new album called BE THE VOID (ANTI-) on February 7 and they’re taking to the road in celebration. We’ll be checking them out when they play the Vic in Chicago on February 18th. Click here for the video for “That Old Black Hole,” the lead single from the album.

This week in Chicago shows

We go to a lot of shows, so we thought we’d start sharing which ones we’re planning on hitting up this week.

New(ish) Chicago venue: Pancho’s in Logan Square

As Logan Square continues its rise, Pancho’s has officially joined the party. Pancho’s has been hosting music for a while now, but Brian Peterson of mP Shows and Tamiz Haiderali (formerly of Treat restaurant in Humboldt Park) have recently bought the place, which brings a new and exciting venue/bar/restaurant to the neighborhood. We’re very excited [...]

Check out our new friends: Stic-of-the-Week

Like clothes? Music? Chicago stuff? Then you should probably check out Stic-of-the-Week. Chelsea Cankar is a mover and a shaker, and she puts on rad parties too.

Non-music: Wes Anderson’s new flick

I am generally a fan of Wes Anderson’s work, which is why I was excited to see a new trailer pop up on the interwebs.

New (to us) music: Nick Miller and the Neighbors

We can’t say enough about Nick Miller and the Neighbors. They are an amazing band and even nicer people. Chicago Mixtape first introduced us to Nick and his neighbors a few months back, and we ended up meeting these guys (and gal) at Subterranean last night.

Center Stage Session featuring Musikanto

The folks over at Stetson were kind enough to host Musikanto as part of their Center Stage series. He performed “Take What You Need” and “Every Which Way,” wardrobe courtesy of Stetson. Click to see the videos.

Chicago Bluegrass and Blues Fest

The folks over at Chicago Bluegrass and Blues Festival have done it again. This year’s festival features Drive-by Truckers, Dawes, Joe Pug, Bailiff, The Shams Band, Go Long Mule, and Jon Drake & The Shakes, just to name a few.

Musikanto among favorites of 2011

Musikanto graced the Illinois Entertainer’s list of their favorite local bands of 2011, along with Will Phalen, who happened to produce Musikanto’s latest effort, Sky of Dresses. Congrats dudes!

Jon Drake & The Shakes are going to back to Cincinnati 1/13, free show at MOTR Pub

The Shakes are heading back to Cincinnati, where they’ll join Young Heirlooms for a free show at MOTR Pub. The show is on Friday, January 13, 2012.

Jon Drake & The Shakes to play Empty Bottle 1/10, RSVP for free entry

Jon Drake & The Shakes join Creepy Band, Johnathan Young and Riley Walker for a FREE evening of music, if you RSVP. To RSVP, simply email with ‘Jon Drake 1/10′ in the subject line.