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Archived from the original on October 5, Retrieved November 30, Chicago magazine October Associated Press News. Retrieved September 30, Well, you lose the immediate connection, but it becomes so engrained to how you play and the way you play, and it's always evolving. Mike Reed is an example of a Chicago musician we can't take for granted. Born and raised in Evanston, Mike has been an integral part of the Chicago music community for more than 15 years.
And he has a hand in producing a number of events in the city, from the Pitchfork Music Festival to this weekend's free Chicago Jazz Festival at Millennium Park, the Cultural Center and elsewhere around town. The festival kicks off Thursday at noon.
See a full schedule. You've been involved with the festival for several years. How did this come about and what were some of your programming goals this year? I'm involved in this work through being a board member of the Jazz Institute of Chicago, which has been the programming and planning partner since the inception of the festival.
It's actually the oldest of all the free city festivals. The committee is made up of eight members, pulled from the larger jazz community as well as the insights of many other friends and consultants. Because of this larger context there's a lot of ideas that circulate on what we're programming and why.
We of course want to try and represent the large swath that makes up jazz and especially jazz in Chicago.
We don't always succeed in the ways we want to, but it's such a huge task that no one could fulfill every desire. Hundred Waters is a group to watch; their dynamic opening set at Pitchfork Music Festival this past Friday was unreal and other-worldly, as it contributed ethereal sounds to Union Park's dense landscape. I was lucky to get a chance to chat with the group, who are as humble as they are a master of their musical craft, as we discussed their distinct sound, their growth as a band, and more.
Catch the interview with the full sound clip below, and tune into their music for a sound unlike anything you've heard before. Half the reason I went to my first air guitar competition was that I had a free ticket; the other half was to ditch a lame party that had gotten uncomfortable.
By the evening's end I had become a full fledged, hard core, air guitar nerd. I watched the gripping and hilarious documentary Air Guitar Nation and became an avid fan of Chicago's own air guitar god, Nordic Thunder. When I got the chance to interview Mr.
Thunder himself, my geek levels went into overdrive. I nabbed the interview opportunity and immediately went into a panic: how could I possibly prepare for an interview with someone who's won a world championship for playing an instrument that doesn't even exist? What on earth could I ask the man that he hadn't already been asked?
How could I possibly manage to simultaneously hold in my mind these two completely true facts: by night Nordic Thunder is a world champion air guitarist; by day he answers to the name Justin Howard and holds a steady job at Rotary International headquarters in Evanston? There was only one way to find out -- screw up my courage to actually talk to the man.
Photo via Facebook. Philip-Michael Scales, performing under the stage name Briar Rabbit , has been making quite a statement for himself in the world of music. Born into the family of musical legend B.
King, his uncle, then attending the prestigious Berklee School of Music, and now, touring the country in support of his recent release, From Your Bones , Scales has set himself apart with his unique musical style of wisdom-infused folk music. Each of his songs are punctuated with lyrical ingenuity, all telling stories of raw and relatable emotions and situations that occur as part of human nature and the beauty of life itself, heartbreak, despair, and all.
The vulnerability present within his musical catalog promotes his songs to include a quality of sheer honesty and also exquisite candor. He will be gracing Chicago with his musical presence for a show at the Hideout this Thursday, April I was grateful to get a chance to speak with him about his dynamic music, his songwriting processes, and his extremely soulful views on creativity, authentic living, and following your dreams.
Most of us would agree that the countless Chicago-based record labels and the bands they champion are a plethora of riches. The labels range from the commonly known to the newer upstarts, from Thrill Jockey to Drag City, but while many of these labels do feature many Windy City bands, only a few are exclusively for bands from the city. Notes and Bolts forges its own fiercely Chicago-centric path by focusing its attention on bands that call Chicago home.
The label originated from a podcast created by Kriss Stress, who would have Chicago musicians and bands come in to spin their own tracks, as well as selections from other Chicago favorites. Friday, March 21, marks a new chapter for the label, as they put on the first show of a monthly residency at the G-man Tavern, N.
Clark St. Kicking things off will be Chicago-based bands Swimsuit Addition and MTVGhosts , and you can find out all the information about the show by clicking here. To learn more about the G-man residency and all things Notes and Bolts, I spoke with Micha Ward, who runs the day-to-day operations of the label. We talked about the label's inspirations, their unconventional approach to releases, and how the inclusiveness of Chicago's music scene can be its greatest attribute.
What is your role at Notes and Bolts and how did you come to be involved with it? Notes and Bolts has essentially been a document of the underground of Chicago music for about a year-and-a-half. It was started by a gentleman named Kriss Stress, and the label portion started off as an offshoot of the podcast. Some of these younger bands weren't getting any distribution in any physical form.
I came onboard last year to take over the label. The loquacious Nick Waterhouse is a cool, brainy cat. His songs are drenched in as much allegory and indecipherable Raymond Chandler references as they are in upbeat stabs of horns and surf guitar. And how he manages to marry stark, sophisticated insights to a swinging, light-hearted sound in each song on his new album was a mystery I was determined to unravel when I spoke with him over the phone last Thursday.
During our 15 minutes Nick chatted with me about Shakespeare, the follies of California twentysomethings, and the imperfect protagonist of his new album, Holly. They just moved into Sound City right? It must've been pretty cool to record there. Yeah, it's in that unit. It's a very good, large, live room. Kevin Augunas who bought it did a wonderful job rebuilding it.
He didn't mess with the room but he completely gutted it and redid all of the equipment there, which you know, I didn't exactly listen to Tom Petty's Damn the Torpedoes and want that drum sound or anything.
The lovely Linnea Olsson from Sweden is playing at Schubas this Saturday, and she had time to answer a few questions for her fans. I heard the NPR interview when you talked about heartbreak and restlessness in these songs and the joy music brings you.
Do you think you are a better song writer because of the way you experience your every day life? I take stuff from my everyday life and put into songs, but I also make a lot of stuff up. I don't know if it makes me better, I mean, I try and write about stuff that makes me feel things. It doesn't have to be a certain feeling, but I need to feel.
I try and put myself in a different state while writing and performing music. But also be very present at the same time. Indie-rock trio Hospitality brought their live show to Schubas this week in support of Trouble , their second full-length on Merge Records. On the front end of their self-titled debut, Hospitality proved themselves to be makers of joyful pop. Songs like "Eighth Avenue" raced through last night's party, and the irresistible "Betty Wang" had nothing to do the next morning but linger at brunch.
The record's deeper cuts, though, hinted at a darker side, and the band lets that side flourish on this year's Trouble. Consider the first track, "Nightingale.
But the riff is ominous and down in the bass. Even the chaperoned sway of a gem like "It's Not Serious" carries a serious message between the lines. While many record label companies struggle to fight against their listeners who try to get music for free, a new Chicago-based company has decided to stop fighting against the current.
Maek is the world's first free music record label , and there's no catch. Sizer originally studied to work as an architect, but decided to tailor his background in graphics and art development to music.
Sizer spoke with a mentor about his idea for a free music record label back in when the company was first founded, and people thought he was crazy. The company continued making progress and was officially established in September Motown may have begun as just another record label; however, with a roster of groundbreaking artists like The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, The Jackson Five and others, it quickly skyrocketed into a pop culture phenomenon.
Having an impact that has reached beyond music to other areas that include fashion, film, movies, theater, and television, Motown, the brainchild of founder Berry Gordy, is responsible for some of the most memorable melodies in music history. Brendan Canning has made quite the name for himself in the music industry.
Dabbling in many different groups throughout his accomplished career, Canning has founded the unique indie rock outfit Broken Social Scene, and has been a member of groups such as By Divine Right, Len and a more recent project, Cookie Duster. On his own, Canning has released two solo albums, notably, the most recent record, You Gots 2 Chill , released this past year. Presenting listeners with exquisite layering amidst a simple backdrop, the album presents Canning's music at its most vulnerable.
Featuring a blend of instrumental and non-instrumental ballads that showcase the versatility of the acoustic guitar, Canning shows once again that he is a master at his craft as he meanders down many different musical avenues. I got the chance to speak with Canning about his career: the music that he has created, the influences that have inspired him, and where he would like to go in the future. Just like talking to an old friend, Canning was warm and relaxed, and also humble as he spoke about his impressive career and the many different forays he has pursued throughout his time in the music industry.
Dave Rempis has been an integral part of the Chicago music scene for 15 years. He curates many of the performances that keep the city a global destination for improvised music. He's also one of the main organizers of the Umbrella Music Festival , now in its eighth year, going on today and throughout the weekend. I talked with Dave about the Umbrella Fest, starting his own record label, how music drives social change, parsley, and a few other things.
From lo-fi Southern folk music that was both haunting and introspective on The Creek Drank The Cradle , to the sweet ballads on Our Endless Numbered Days , to adding backing vocals and layered effects on The Shepherd's Dog , to pop flavors reminiscent of the 60s on Kiss Each Other Clean , and finally, to playing with and juxtaposing many different styles on Iron and Wine's most recent release, Ghost on Ghost.
Singer Sam Beam is the man behind the group's name, which was originally derived from a supplement called Beef, Iron and Wine that he saw in a gas station while shooting a film project in Georgia. The mercurial aspect of the name seeps into his sound; the heavy material illuminating iron, balanced and contrasted by the sweetness of the wine.
Beam has had an extremely full life - one that almost rivals the fullness of his classic beard that he dons. Raised in the country, Beam has lived all over the South, currently residing in Texas after living in South Carolina, Florida and Virginia. Enthralled by the cinema, before his musical career began, Beam taught cinematography prior to releasing The Creek Drank The Cradle , produced solely in a home studio. Writing lyrics that can enrapture and enchant us while transporting us to a memory instantly is an effortless quality that Beam has perfected in his songs.
From haunting ballads that can literally chill you to the bone, to sweet songs that make you instantly crack a smile, Beam is wise beyond his years, and easily imparts this wisdom to his plethora of loyal followers.
Derek Becker is behind some of Chicago's best and most unique bands. He's not a musician, nor a producer, nor some wealthy benefactor of local music. Soundsystem , Mucca Pazza , and dozens more artists from around the world. Tree by Lisa White. After answering a quick phone call and relaxing a bit backstage, Tree spoke with us about playing SXSW, discussed the Chicago hip hop community and what inspires him in our city.
It was a lovely way to relax and end our weekend chatting with artist in Union Park. Interview with Tree at Pitchfork Music Festival. Conrad from Trail of Dead by Lisa White. Conrad Keely, lead singer of And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead , sat down to chat with us before taking the stage to deliver a heavy hitting rock set Saturday afternoon. We discussed some of his favorite festivals, the bands natural recording process, and how the music industry has changed since Trail of Dead began in Keep checking back for more conversations with artists from Pitchfork Music Festival here on Gapers Block.
White Lung by Joshua Mellin. After waking up the crowd Saturday morning with their own brand of punk rock, we were able to catch up with Canadian outfit White Lung. We spoke to them about surreal life on the road, the shelf life of their music, and Canadian kid music.
Wire by Joshua Mellin. We kicked off our Conversations at Pitchfork series this year chatting with Graham Lewis from the seminal art punk band Wire. Graham shared with us his preference in live venue, how the music industry has changed since Wire formed in the '70s, and his earliest music memory. Interview with Wire at Pitchfork Music Festival. Anyone who has followed actor John C.
Reilly 's career up to this point shouldn't have a hard time discovering his musical talents. He even made a brief appearance in A Prairie Home Companion as one-half of a hoakey folk-comedy duo alongside Woody Harrelson.
By now, though, the secret is most definitely out in the open. Reilly, who grew up in Marquette Park and went to college at DePaul University, is currently on tour as the lead singer and guitarist for his own group, John Reilly and Friends. Roughly three years ago, Reilly teamed up with musicians Becky Stark and Tom Brosseau after bonding over a shared love for the close-harmony folk and country music of groups such as the Delmore Brothers and the Louvin Brothers. The trio initially played small shows for friends in living rooms around Los Angeles.
Reilly spoke to Gapers Block over the phone recently about his background in music, how he formed this band, and the epiphanies he experience while attending school just blocks from the Old Town School of Folk Music, where he'll be playing with his band this Saturday. It's hard to tell what exactly is going on in the cover photo for Phosphorescent 's new album, Muchacho. Frontman Matthew Houck sits cropped out of the frame on the right, wearing a cowboy hat and what looks like a rhinstone-studded Western shirt.
A woman wearing nothing but a cowboy hat and an unbuttoned shirt laughs on the bed. Someone appears to be lying down just next to her. It looks like they could be in a hotel room. Perhaps they're back after a night of heavy drinking. Either way, the image is a good companion to the songs on Muchacho , which often convey similar feelings of weary excitement.
Last month, I spoke with Phosphorescent's Matthew Houck over the phone as he was preparing for the start his North American tour, which rolls through Chicago this Saturday for a sold out show at Lincoln Hall. Houck answered questions about the making of Muchacho , what life is like both on and off tour, gentrification at home in Brooklyn, and the subtle tension between darkness and light that runs through the new album.
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