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Company Of Thieves Go The Live Route In New “Tallulah” Treatment

Posted in Company Of Thieves by Jaime Black on April 30th, 2012

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In keeping with the group’s constant touring lifestyle, Company Of Thieves have produced a live video for their track “Tallulah.” The song comes from the act’s 2011 full length, Running From A Gamble, though it was a staple of the group’s live sets prior to the album’s release. The compilation treatment is comprised of the band performing the track out at multiple venues. Catch Company Of Thieves live in Chicago next on June 3rd at SausageFest, and for more Company Of Thieves videos, check out the group’s Twitvid channel.

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Come To The Show: Company Of Thieves: Tonight, Friday, March 9th @ Metro

Posted in Company Of Thieves by Jaime Black on March 9th, 2012


Coming off a late winter tour, Company Of Thieves return to Chicago tonight, Friday, March 9th, for a hometown show at Metro (tix). The group has been out on the road the better part of the last year in support of their 2011 effort, Running From A Gamble. Prep for tonight’s show with a clip of the act performing ”Syrup” for Indie Ambassador TV, as well as their live Lightbox Sessions set, both following the band’s CVU podcast from last year in support of Gamble.

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New CVU Podcast: Chicago Music 2011 W/ Ruby Hornet, Loud Loop Press, & Fake Shore Drive | CVU Best Of Chicago Music 2011!


(Left to right: Barber, Giraldi, Black, & Fruchter)

This week on the ChicagoVerseUniteD audio podcast: Alex Fruchter of Ruby Hornet, Richard Giraldi of Loud Loop Press, and Andrew Barber of Fake Shore Drive! The three bloggers visit CVU at The Music Garage to share their thoughts on the year in Chicago music, including their favorite local albums of 2011, their thoughts on an array of hometown artists, and their take on what the Chicago music community is doing right and wrong at this point in time. Stream or download that podcast below, followed by the CVU Best Of Chicago Music 2011 feature!

ChicagoVerseUniteD is a weekly music and nightlife podcast series, hosted by Jaime Black and produced by Leyla I. Royale, and  recorded out of The Music Garage in Chicago. CVU features interviews with the premier talent and tastemakers in the Chicago music and nightlife communities, and is published through the Dynasty Podcasts network. Follow along on Facebook, Twitter, Bandcamp, Soundcloud, Mixcloud, YouTube, Vimeo, Tumblr, and Posterous.

CVU Best Of Chicago Music 2011

Best Chicago Albums 2011

1. Scattered TreesSympathy

Gorgeous, tender, and justifiably hurt and angry, Scattered Trees’ Sympathy album is the sound of frontman Nate Eiesland coping with the loss of his father. The result is a stunningly vulnerable and honest rock record with fragile arrangements and mature hooks that demonstrates an artists’ strength in the wake of a cataclysmic event. Stream Sympathy below, following Eiesland’s 2011 CVU podcast in support of the record.

Scattered Trees – Sympathy

2. Into It. Over It.Proper

The sound of ’90s emo resurrected, before that word came to mean something drastically different. On Into It. Over It.’s, well, proper debut full length, Evan Thomas Weiss pays homage to emotional pop punk in a way that’s never pandering or embarrassing. How many artists can say that in 2011? Check out Weiss’ CVU podcast in support of the record, followed by Proper cut “Midnight: Carroll Street.”

3. Mike Golden & Friends - Groceries

Southern rock style guitars? Screaming vocals? Bandleader Mike Golden made a loud rock record in a year when almost no one else in Chicago was pursuing that sound. That the album sounds like nothing else released this year is only one of its strength. Finally, a record meant to be played through real speakers, at full volume. Check out Golden’s CVU podcast in support of the album, followed by the video for “No Name.” And download Groceries at the MG&F site for free.

4. Loyal Divide - Bodice Ripper

Loyal Divide’s long delayed debut full length proved well worth the wait, with weird and adventures psychedelic sonic elements at play throughout the album. Alienated and uneasy throughout, Bodice Ripper is the sound of post-millennium tension that never lets up. Check out the band’s CVU podcast in support of the album below, followed by the Loyal Divide Audio Tree session.

5. A LullConfetti

Another oft-delayed and highly anticipated local full length also saw release this year. Following a long and steady stream of powerful live shows, A Lull finally got the chance to showcase its unique percussive stylings on this year’s Confetti effort. Boisterous, melodic, and sonically adventurous, Confetti is the band’s well deserved proper arrival. Check out the group’s CVU podcast below, followed by a full stream of Confetti.

A Lull – Confetti

Best Chicago Songs 2011

1. Company Of Thieves – “Death of Communication”

It’s no secret that Company Of Thieves frontwoman Genevieve Schatz is one of the premier vocalists in the Chicago music landscape. And on “Death Of Communication,” off the band’s spring 2011 sophomore effort Running From a Gamble, Schatz unleashes her call at full force, holding nothing back as she entirely owns a rollicking power rock production that stands as the best Chicago rock song of 2011. Check out the CVU interview with Schatz and COT guitarist Marc Walloch below, followed by the video for “Death Of Communications.”

2. Patrick Stump – “The “I” In Lie”

With a hook that creeps along before exploding in a full blown chorus, Patrick Stump’s “The “I” In Lie” is just one of many melodic pop moments on the singer’s 2011 debut solo full length, Soul Punk. It may also be the catchiest song the artist has fronted since his Fall Out Boy days. Any doubt as to the validity of Stump’s solo venture ends here. Check out the CVU podcast with the artist, followed by a video stream of “The “I” In Lie.”

3. Color Radio – “Quiet House”

Ambient and adventurous, Color Radio’s “Quiet House,” off the group’s 2011 Architects record, is both soaring and subtle, with a video that perfectly matches the song’s sense of wonder. It’s a dream pop outing that’s never sleepy. Find that clip below, following the CVU podcast featuring the group’s Jonathan Ifergan in support of Architects.

4. Kidz In The Hall - “Occasion”

On Kidz In The Hall’s fall 2011 full length Occasion, the primarily backpack duo of Naledge and Double-0 opted for a more celebratory tone. Nowhere is this more apparent than on the album’s title track. Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean it’s not time to raise a glass. Find the video for that clip below, following the act’s CVU podcast from earlier this year, in support of the group’s Semester Abroad mixtape.

5. Victorian Halls – “Girls Kiss Girls”

The suburban sound of VFW halls and doing donuts in parking lots, Victorian Halls unleashed a psychotic spazz out of a song with “Girls Kiss Girls,” off the act’s 2011 full length, Charlatan. If you were waiting for 2011′s perfect song for singing at the top of your lungs while driving, look no further. Find a video stream of that track below, following the CVU podcast featuring VH frontman Sean Lenart .

Best Chicago Live Act 2011

Kids These Days

No local act was more ubiquitous in 2011 than Kids These Days, with the band’s name at every local bloggers’ fingertips and shows seemingly everywhere, from the Metro to The Apple Store. The sprawling act’s hybrid of funk, soul, hip hop, and more translates better than it should onstage, with a staggering live show that justifies the group’s hype. With the outfit’s Traphouse Rock effort dropping next year, it will be revealed whether the band’s studio output can match its live presentation. Find the group’s CVU podcast, recorded onsite at Lollapalooza, below, followed by video of the act’s Lolla performance.

Runner Up: Midnight Conspiracy

The only Chicago act to perform at both Lollapalooza and North Coast Music Festival this year, Midnight Conspiracy’s live DJ set up incorporates flames, MCs, guest vocals from talent like Jessica Gonyea and Gemini Club‘s Tom Gavin, and lights. Oh so many lights. With more DJs than registered voters now residing in Chicago, Midnight Conspiracy’s live show not only stands out, it stands above. Check out the act’s CVU podcast recorded during this year’s North Coast, followed by video of the group’s North Coast set.

R.I.P.: Chicago Music Scene’s Gone But Not Forgotten 2011

The Felix Culpa

Last year, The Felix Culpa’s Sever Your Roots, a simultaneously beautiful and powerful work of melodic post-hardcore, was CVU’s album of the year. And weeks ago, the group played its final show ever at the Metro, to a packed and die hard crowd.  With the mechanics of the music industry becoming harder for artists to remain self-sustaining, the members of TFC packed it in and called it a day, choosing to leave on a high night, with a loyal audience left wanting more, and blissfully ringing ears all around. Find the group’s CVU podcast from just before their final show below, followed by CVU video of the act performing “Because This Is How We Speakat one of its final rehearsals.


19 years. Countless DJs. An array of format shiftss, all under the all-encompassing banner of catch-all label “alternative.” Q101 radio exited the Chicago airwaves this past summer on a high note, with the jocks playing what they wanted, and high profile guests dropping by one last time. And while the format strayed and opinion of the station varied over the years, the final days of Q101 were what alternative radio should sound like. It’s just too bad it took this long and these circumstances to get there. Check out the CVU Q101 sign off media archive, and find the CVU podcast with former Local 101 host Chris Payne below, followed by video from the final broadcast.

(Note: This writer worked at Q101 for the last 13 years, and is featured in the video above.)

Company Of Thieves Deliver Live Originals And Covers, Go Behind The Scenes In New String Of Clips

Posted in Company Of Thieves by Jaime Black on August 31st, 2011

Company Of Thieves

2011 continues to be a busy time for Company Of Thieves, even in the face of tour date cancellation due to frontwoman illness. The group has been out in full force the last few months in support of its new album, Running From A Gamble, which includes making the rounds across a string of performance, interview, and behind the scenes videos. First up is a series of clips from the group’s recent Last FM session, which saw the band perform live versions of Gamble cuts “Death Of Communication,” “Modern Waste,” “Tallulah,” and “Look Both Ways,” as well as participate in an interview segment. Below that video series is a pair of recent covers from the act’s official YouTube channel, including a softer rendition of The Strokes‘ “Hard To Explain” as well as a jauntily delivered version of Gillian Welch‘s “Elvis Presley Blues.” Rounding out the video update is a brief behind the scenes look at the band’s official “Death Of Communications” treatment. Go deeper behind the scenes on Running From A Gamble in Company Of Thieves’ recent Local Anesthetic on 93 XRT interview and the group’s recent CVU podcast, directly below.

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Company Of Thieves Perform Everywhere With New Vocalo & Audio Tree Videos, Daytrotter Audio

Posted in Audio Tree,Company Of Thieves,Music Vox,Vocalo by Jaime Black on August 18th, 2011

Company Of Thieves
(Photo via the Audio Tree Facebook)

Continuing a summer filled with live performance clips, another pair of Company Of Thieves studio session treatments have hit the web. First up is a second posting of footage from the act’s recent visit to Vocalo‘s Music Vox program, which finds the group delivering passionate live renditions of “Death Of Communications,” “Nothing’s In The Flowers,” and “Gorgeous/Grotesque.” Also up now is the band’s set for Audio Tree, which clocks in at over an hour and features soulful and electrifying versions of cuts like “Queen Of Hearts,” “Look Both Ways,” “Modern Waste,” and more. Additionally, the audio from the set can be streamed at the Audio Tree site, while the group’s Daytrotter session is also online now . Find the Vocalo and Audio Tree features below, immediately following the group’s CVU podcast from earlier this summer.

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Company Of Thieves Rock Chicago In New Performance Videos

Posted in Company Of Thieves by Jaime Black on August 1st, 2011

Company Of Thieves
(Photo via Jeff Foley)

A trio of Company Of Thieves live performance clips have recently posted online. First up is a 12-minute short film shot by local video outfit Good Evening Chicago at Vocalo radio‘s Music Vox program. The feature finds the group performing live studio versions of cuts off its recent sophomore effort, Running From A Gamble, including “Queen Of Hearts,” “Modern Waste” and “Look Both Ways.” Watch the band’s Vocalo performance below, following the act’s recent CVU podcast.

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Meanwhile, Houston’s CW39 has posted two live Company Of Thieves videos, shot at the top of Tribune Tower. Click below to see the band perform stripped down renditions of “Death Of Communications” and “Tallulah” high above Chicago.

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Company Of Thieves Release Official Video For “Death Of Communications”

Posted in Company Of Thieves by Jaime Black on June 14th, 2011

Company Of Thieves

Company Of Thieves have been keeping busy as of late, with numerous performances videos surfacing in support of the band’s just released sophomore effort, Running From A Gamble. Yet most of those clips have focused on stripped down interpretations of the album’s cuts. Until today, when the official video for the record’s lead single, “Death Of Communication,” has just hit the web. Watch that clip below, featuring frontwoman Genevieve Schatz at her most enlivened, followed by the recent CVU podcast with Company Of Thieves!

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Company Of Thieves Radio Performance Hits The Web In Three New Videos

Posted in Company Of Thieves by Jaime Black on June 7th, 2011

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A trio of live videos from Company Of Thieves has hit the web, capturing an intimate but spirited performance for Radio 104.5 in Philadelphia. The songs, stripped down versions of “Tallulah,” “Death Of Communication,” and “Modern Waste,” all appear on the band’s recently released sophomore effort, Running From A Gamble. Watch the group perform live in the clips below, immediately following the recent CVU podcast with Company Of Thieves in support of its new album.

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New CVU Podcast Cover Story Series: Company Of Thieves!

Posted in Company Of Thieves,CVU Cover Story Series,DYNASTY,Podcast by Jaime Black on May 17th, 2011

Company Of Thieves

This week on the ChicagoVerseUniteD Cover Story Series audio podcast: Genevieve Schatz and Marc Walloch of Company Of Thieves! In the interview, the pair delve into the evolution of their new record Running From A Gamble, dropping today, May 17th, the act’s upfront full band sound, and being invited to perform onstage this summer with Hall And Oates. Stream or download the podcast below, followed by a download of “Modern Waste” and live acoustic performance videos of every song off Running From A Gamble. And catch Company Of Thieves live tonight, Tuesday, May 17th, at FYE in downtown Chicago or this Thursday, May 19th at FYE at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, as well as Sunday, June 26th at Ravinia.

I didn’t just stand stiffly at the microphone like I did when I was younger. I violently threw myself around the room at times…it was a total release.- Genevieve Schatz, CVU80

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Company Of Thieves – “Modern Waste”

ChicagoVerseUniteD is a weekly music and nightlife podcast series. Hosted by Jaime Black, CVU features interviews with the premier talent and tastemakers in the Chicago music and nightlife communities, and is published through the Dynasty Podcasts network. Follow along on Facebook, Twitter, Bandcamp, Soundcloud, YouTube, Vimeo, Tumblr, and Posterous.

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Company Of Thieves Continue Previewing ‘Running From A Gamble’ With New Acoustic Videos

Posted in Company Of Thieves by Jaime Black on May 9th, 2011

Company Of Thieves

Last week, CVU reported on Company Of Thieves kicking off a series of live performance clips previewing the group’s forthcoming Running From A Gamble full length. Now, new videos in the series have hit the web and can be seen below. Watch Genevieve Schatz and Marc Walloch perform an acoustic rendition of “Modern Waste” from within a vault, or catch the pair playing in front of some urban art for “Look Both Ways” and among the outdoors for “Never Come Back.” And check out a stream of Company Of Thieves performing live this Wednesday night, May 11th, at 7PM!

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