ChicagoVerseUniteD: Chicago Scene Salvation

New CVU Podcast: The Best Of CVU!


This week on the ChicagoVerseUniteD audio podcast: a best of show, featuring segments from past CVU interviews! The podcast revisits interviews with Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction, Lollapalooza), Pete Wentz (Black Cards), Tim McIlrath (Rise Against), Jimmy Chamberlin (Skysaw), and Patrick Stump. Stream or download that podcast below.

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, Mixcloud, YouTube, Vimeo, Tumblr, and Posterous.

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.)

New CVU Podcast: Patrick Stump!

Patrick Stump

This week on the ChicagoVerseUniteD audio podcast: Patrick Stump! In an interview recorded onsite at the Metro prior to the artist’s hometown show this past Friday, Stump revisits the origins of his solo career, discusses audience response to his solo work and Fall Out Boy, and reveals why his new musical direction isn’t as new as people might think. Stream or download that podcast below, followed by a video segment from the interview and Stump’s recent appearance on The Tonight Show. And find Jaime Black’s review of the show online now at Illinois Entertainer.

CVU video shot and produced by Colleen Mares of Lewis & Clark and The Axis World.

ChicagoVerseUniteD is a weekly music and nightlife podcast series, recorded at The Music Garage and hosted by Jaime Black, with video by Colleen Mares of Lewis & Clark and The Axis World. 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.

Come To The Show: Patrick Stump, Rockie Fresh, & Mark Rose: Friday, November 11th @ Metro

Posted in Come To The Show,Mark Rose,Patrick Stump,Rockie Fresh by Jaime Black on November 10th, 2011

Patrick Stump

Tomorrow night, Friday, November 11th, a power trio of Chicago artists come home for a quality triple bill when Patrick StumpRockie Fresh, and Mark Rose play Metro. (Tickets for the event are still available.)

Opening the evening is singer songwriter Mark Rose. A fitting selection, given his experience crafting a sonically expansive solo career following his time fronting a beloved pop punk band from Chicago. Like Stump, Rose’s current material deviates from the VFW hall soundtracks of his last act, instead showcasing a steady maturation in his work. Sample Roses’ latest effort, Wonderful Trouble, with the cinematic video for “Watch The Water Dry” below, immediately following the singer-songwriter’s recent CVU podcast interview.

Coming off last week’s listening party for his forthcoming mixtape Driving 88, support artist Rockie Fresh  is seemingly everywhere as of late. Making the rounds on the local and national circuit, the rapper just recently collaborated with hometown MC YP, and will also appear on the upcoming mixtape release from the Madden Brothers of Good Charlotte. While a drop date for Fresh’s own Driving 88 release has yet to be announced, “No Fear,” the first single from the effort, can be heard below.

Closing out the night is Patrick Stump, who returns to Chicago after last performing here at this past summer’s Lollapalooza. Since then, Stump’s debut full length solo effort, Soul Punk, has seen release, making tomorrow’s event the hometown crowd’s first chance to go in knowing the evening’s material. Though the record differs from Stump’s work in Fall Out Boy, the funk-pop album is no less infectious than that group’s strongest material. Sample live performances of Soul Punk selections below, including acoustic versions of “Run Dry (X Heart X Fingers),” “Everybody Wants Somebody,” “This City,” and “Spotlight (Oh Nostalgia),” following two Vevo interview segments and capped by Stump’s cover of Big Boi‘s “Shutterbug” and Kanye West medley.

Patrick Stump’s ‘Soul Punk’ Debut Drops Today, Streams Online, Artist Delivers New Video Covers

Posted in Patrick Stump by Jaime Black on October 18th, 2011

Patrick Stump

While today may mark the release of his debut solo full length Soul Punk, Patrick Stump has been keeping plenty busy outside of that effort, bringing his talents to various videos. First up is a clip of the artist performing a montage of classic R&B and motown cuts, including “This Is How We Do It” from Montel Jordan, Bobby Brown‘s “Every Little Step,” “Motown Philly” by Boys II Men, and Bell Biv Devoe‘s “Poison.”

Not one to stick to a single style, Stump has also uploaded his version of Jeff Buckley‘s “Everybody Here Wants You.” Find that crooning cover below.

Outside of video covers, the solo artist has launched a contest built around Soul Punk cut “This City.” The below clip’s description offers the following details.

Show me your city and enter to win a signed Gretsch STUMP-O-MATIC Guitar and a copy of my new album “Soul Punk”!

All you have to do, is submit a video showing me your favorite parts of your city, be creative! Only catch is that you have to include my single “This City” in the video. You can grab it on iTunes

Submit your video responses by clicking in the comment section box below, followed by the video icon on the right of the box. Make sure to tag the video with these keywords: Patrick Stump, This City, Soul Punk. On October 26th, I’ll announce the winner/my favorite “This City” video. Good luck!

Finally comes a still video for Soul Punk track “Allie,” a song CVU first reported on back in spring of 2010. Stream that bombastic cut below. Or, hear Soul Punk in its entirety at Rolling Stone. And catch Patrick Stump live when he headlines Metro November 11th with support from Rockie Fresh and Mark Rose.

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Patrick Stump Posts “This City” Video Featuring Lupe Fiasco, Announces Metro Headlining Show

Posted in Lupe Fiasco,Patrick Stump by Jaime Black on September 20th, 2011

Patrick Stump

The video for “This City,” Patrick Stump‘s Chicago-centric collaboration with Lupe Fiasco, has posted online today. The clip comes alongside the announcement that Stump will headline the Metro on Friday, November 11th, with tickets going onsale this Saturday, September 24th at noon through the Metro site. Stump is set to release his debut solo full length effort, Soul Punk, next month on October 18th. Find the tracklist for the record below, followed by the flash-laden video for “This City (Featuring Lupe Fiasco).”

Patrick Stump – Soul Punk
1. Explode
2. This City
3. Dance Miserable
4. Spotlight (New Regrets)
5. The “I” in Lie
6. Run Dry (X Heart X Fingers)
7. Greed
8. Everybody Wants Somebody
9. Allie
10. Coast (It’s Gonna Get Better)
Bonus Track: This City (Feat. Lupe Fiasco)
Deluxe Edition:
11. Bad Side of 25
12. People Never Done a Good Thing
13. When I Made You Cry
14. Mad At Nothing

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Patrick Stump Celebrates Chicago With Lupe Fiasco On “This City”

Posted in Lupe Fiasco,Patrick Stump by Jaime Black on June 28th, 2011

Patrick Stump This City

The A.V. Club has posted the first single off Patrick Stump‘s long awaited debut full length, Soul Punk. The song, entitled “This City,” finds Stump joined by Chicago MC Lupe Fiasco, as the two hometown artists honor The Windy City. Stream the celebratory summer pop song below, and listen for Patrick Stump on an upcoming episode of Q101‘s Local 101.

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Patrick Stump Covers “All Of The Lights” In New Video From Schubas Show

Posted in Kanye West,Patrick Stump by Jaime Black on May 30th, 2011

Patrick Stump
(Photo via Matt Ellis)

Rolling Stone has posted a live clip of Patrick Stump and his band covering Kanye West‘s “All Of The Lights,” filmed at one of the artist’s two hometown shows at Schubas earlier this spring. Read the CVU review of the first event of that two night stand, and watch the live performance video below.

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Patrick Stump Offers ‘Soul Punk’ Preview With “Explode”

Posted in Patrick Stump by Jaime Black on May 10th, 2011

Patrick Stump

Patrick Stump has premiered a song from his forthcoming Soul Punk full length on the Vulture blog this week. Check out the urgent pop-rocker “Explode” below as a YouTube clip, and catch the artist as one of the many Chicago acts on this year’s Lollapalooza this August.

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Lollapalooza 2011 Line Up Boasts A Variety Of Local Talent Including Smith Westerns, Midnight Conspiracy, & Kids These Days

Kids These Days
(Photo via the awesome Clayton Hauck and EveryoneIsFamous)

Following the midnight announcement of Lollapalooza‘s 2011 talent, CVU would like to congratulate this year’s local and locally-related artists, including OK Go, Smith Westerns, Maps & Atlases, Patrick Stump, Gold Motel, Disappears, Kids These Days, Black Cards, and Midnight Conspiracy. It’s a strong showing across the board of acts both established and emerging, with OK Go serving as Chicago scene veterans, while Smith Westerns fill the roll of high profile indie darlings. Disappears arrive on the line up early in its career, while friends of this site Midnight Conspiracy land on the festival following international appearances and hometown residencies. And of course, it’s easy to notice two separate post-Fall Out Boy projects among this year’s listings. Perhaps most promising, however, is the inclusion of live hip hop and soul pop collective Kids These Days (pictured above), a CVU favorite at this year’s SXSW. Find a clip for the group’s track “Darling” below, and watch for more about Lollapalooza 2011 all summer long, right here at CVU.