ChicagoVerseUniteD: Chicago Scene Salvation

New Local 101/CVU Podcast: Pete Wentz!

Posted in Audio Archive,Black Cards,DYNASTY,Fall Out Boy,Local 101,Pete Wentz,Podcast by Jaime Black on July 11th, 2011

Pete Wentz

This week on the ChicagoVerseUniteD audio podcast: a special episode produced in part with Q101‘s Local 101, featuring Pete Wentz! Following an edit of this interview airing on last night’s Local 101, Dynasty Podcasts: CVU delivers the complete interview! The former Fall Out Boy/current Black Cards artist discusses shares his memories of Q101, his feelings on playing Lollapalooza next month, and why he appreciates the Midwest’s attitude towards fame. Stream or download that podcast below.

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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.

Local 101 Video Preview: The Exit Interviews: Rise Against!

Local 101 Rise Against
(Tim McIlrath and Chris Payne in the Q101 Lava Lamp Love Lounge)

Facing an uncertain future, Q101‘s Local 101 has begun bringing flagship Chicago acts on the program for a series of exit interviews. Click below to see a preview of the forthcoming Local 101 interview with Rise Against‘s Tim McIlrath, set to air this coming Sunday, July 3rd, at 9PM CST on Q101. In the clip below, the Rise Against frontman gives Local 101 host Chris Payne some singing lessons, leading to Payne trying his hand at vocals. Tune in to Q101′s Local 101 this Sunday July 3rd, at 9PM CST, for what may be Rise Against’s final Q101 interview.

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Local 101 Audio Archives: The Exit Interviews: Kill Hannah!

Kill Hannah

Facing an uncertain future, Q101‘s Local 101 has begun bringing flagship Chicago acts on the program for a series of exit interviews. Click below to hear the complete version of the Local 101 interview that partially aired on last night’s program. Local 101 host Chris Payne and producer Jaime Black check in with Kill Hannah‘s Mat Devine and Greg Corner to talk about the band’s history with Q101, as well as what the future holds for the group, in what may be Kill Hannah’s final Q101 interview.

Local 101: The Exit Interviews: Kill Hannah

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Live Review: Patrick Stump W/ Rockie Fresh @ Schubas | Local 101 Audio Archive: Patrick Stump!

Posted in Audio Archive,Fall Out Boy,Live Review,Local 101,Patrick Stump,Rockie Fresh by Jaime Black on April 4th, 2011

Patrick Stump

Sunday night’s Local 101 interview with Patrick Stump is now availability in its entirety, markedly longer than the edit that aired last night on Q101. Click below to stream Chris Payne‘s interview with the artist, in which Stump opens up for a candid chat touching on viewing his solo ventures as a parallel musical project, working with Rockie Fresh in the studio, why the Fall Out Boy break is just that, and much, much more. (For Rockie Fresh’s take on the collaboration, check out a recent interview via the good folks at Ruby Hornet.) And following the streaming interview below, find a live review of the musician’s sold out Schuba’s event last night.

Patrick Stump W/ Rockie Fresh
Schubas, Chicago, IL
Sunday, April 3, 2011

At 2010′s SXSW, the then-newly solo Patrick Stump performed a one-man show at the Dirty Dog Bar, with no new music released and no real explanation of what to expect. The set proved to be an experiment, with Stump moving between different instruments over prerecorded backing tracks to deliver early versions of his solo catalogue. It’s a credit to the artist, then, that one year later, the project that is Patrick Stump as a solo artist has gained much more definition and ability to impact.

Sunday night’s show at Schubas, the first of two sold out concerts with a follow up tonight, proved to be a dramatic upgrade from last year’s 6th St. beginnings. The success of the evening can be attributed to a few factors, not the least of which include the release of Stump’s Truant Wave EP earlier this year, a full and more than fully capable backing band onstage, and Stump’s newfound confidence as not only the voice but the architect of his musical arsenal. Playing to a room of predominantly female fans still brightly burning the Fall Out Boy flame, the artist delivered a set drastically different from anything his previous power pop unit ever approached.

The night moved between the handful of cuts off Truant Wave, as-of-yet unreleased songs likely to end up on the Stump’s forthcoming Soul Punk full length, and crowd pleasing covers including a hard funk version of Gym Class Heroes‘ “Cupid’s Chokehold,” a keyboard-led rendition of “Nothing Compares 2 U,” and a full band performance of “All Of The Lights.” The covers contributed to the evening’s overall celebratory vibe, while Stump’s sold the crowd on unknown selections through entirely embedding himself within the material. One unfamiliar production, titled “Cryptozoology” and sporting chiptune keytar and funky guitar and bass, found Stump declaring “I don’t have to prove myself to you.” An interesting sentiment during a night of rebirth.

Throughout the evening, Stump, sporting a tux and vinyl fingerless gloves, proved electrified onstage, possessed by a hyper-kinetic energy. From his live band, Stump’s secret weapon came in the form of back up vocalist and guitarist Michael Day (hat tip to the Sun-Times for name confirmation), who the frontman revealed holds a master’s in guitar, though the other members of the outfit proved their worth throughout different performances. The lounge jazz pop of the heavily energized “Cute Girls,” for example, incorporated Casey Benjamin’s sax in its breakdown while Skoota Warner’s drumming worked overtime to bring the song home. Stump himself, meanwhile, used his voice as a weapon during “Love, Selfish Love,” switching between high and low octaves for the infectious number.

The most engaging moments of the night, however, came late in the set in the form of Truant cuts “Big Hype” and “Spotlight.” Between the two songs, the former prompted huge singalongs from the crowd to accompany the thunderously echoing delivery and undeniable melody, while the latter elevated the song with the addition of keys and a fast paced marching band beat. With the benefit of recognition, the energy between the stage and the crowd proved undeniably reciprocal.

Similarly energized was Chicago rapper Rockie Fresh. Through coincidence or design, Fresh proved himself a kindred spirit in opening for Stump at these dates. Both artists benefited greatly from a full live band during their sets, and both were out to prove themselves. Fresh, to his credit, converted a room of pop punk princesses, many of whom might have never before experienced a live hip hop set. Donning a pair of black shades through the entirety of his half hour set, the MC brought out material from last year’s The Otherside mixtape, including slower and lower fare like the drum and bass-aided “A.C. Green” and the laid back and guitar-enhanced “They Don’t Understand Why.” It was “Sofa King Cole,” however, that truly saw Fresh ignited, with the rapper breathlessly powering through the song’s closing flow. By the end of the set, the MC had demonstrated who he was to a room that, prior to the concert, didn’t know him. In some ways, Patrick Stump did the same thing.

-Jaime Black

CVU New Release Review/Local 101 Audio Archive: The Felix Culpa

Posted in Audio Archive,Local 101,The Felix Culpa by Jaime Black on February 22nd, 2011

Sever Your Roots/Bury The Axe

CVU Review: The Felix CulpaBury The Axe EP
(For an earlier feature on The Felix Culpa’s accompanying rerelease Sever Your Roots, which also drops today, check out Jaime Black’s 2010 interview with frontman Marky Hladish.)

As explained in the Local 101 interview below with the band’s Dustin Currier, The Felix Culpa’s Bury The Axe EP is technically not a new release. The three song effort is comprised of songs from the same sessions as the band’s 2010 record Sever Your Roots, but which didn’t make it onto the release for reasons like time and album structure. Listening to Bury The Axe, it’s easy to hear how the songs could stem from the Roots recordings, but not necessarily fit into the finished framework of that record.

Instrumental EP opener ”Mallets” starts off with a connecting thread to Roots, as the slowly trickling riff of that album’s “Our Holy Ghosts” gradually introduces the track. The song also sets up the expansive breadth of the EP, displaying that the band is giving these three extended tracks proper room to breath. “Mallets” moves through deep, heavy bass, piercing feedback, hypnotic and precise drum patterns, and psyched out pedal effects, demonstrating the group’s musicality and offering a showcase for the act’s instrumental strengths.

“Towers,” meanwhile, feels the most like a lost cut off Sever Your Roots, with striking lyrical vulnerability  (“I press my wrist against your rib cage / To feel our pulses in the same place”) playing out against the group’s distinctly stylized post-hardcore. Most effective here is the band’s expert use of the quiet-loud dynamic, as exposed verses head into growling riffs, before building towards sledgehammer collapses that give way to a suddenly somber finish. Closing number ”Spaces,” by comparison, demonstrates a decidedly different side of The Felix Culpa. Breaking form with calmer vocals and and overall more mellow dynamic, the track finds Hladish softly deliving lyrics expressing a quiet sense of disappointment and acceptance over lush and comparably subdued guitar fuzz throughout. It’s a fitting closer to the Sever Your Roots package as a whole, as the song offers a sonic suggestion of where the band could go next.

The Felix Culpa play live this Sunday, February 27 at Bottom Lounge for the Sever Your Roots rerelease event. The group will also be playing a live set this Friday, February 25th, as part of ThreadlessWarehouse Sessions, which will stream via the t-shirt company’s Ustream channel. For a more immediate fix, check out Chris Payne‘s recent Local 101 interview with the band’s Dustin Currier below, followed by the high quality version of the act’s new video for Roots track “Our Holy Ghosts.”

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Local 101 Audio Archive: Comasoft & The Streets On Fire!

Posted in Audio Archive,Comasoft,Local 101,The Streets On Fire by Jaime Black on February 21st, 2011


Sunday night’s Local 101 on Q101 interviews with members of The Streets On Fire and Comasoft are now up and streaming right here at CVU. Local 101 host Chris Payne chatted with Chadwick from The Streets On Fire about the white hot garage rock act’s show happening tonight (Monday, February 21st) at Schubas, while the members of Comasoft hit the show to dicsuss new music and the band’s forthcoming headlining slot this Saturday, February 26th at Metro. Stream both interviews below, followed by cuts from The Streets On Fire’s latest effort, This Is Fancy.

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Local 101 Audio Archive: Secret Colours & My Gold Mask

Posted in Audio Archive,Local 101,My Gold Mask,Secret Colours by Jaime Black on February 14th, 2011

Secret Colours
(Photo via Eddie O’Keefe)

Last night’s Local 101 on Q101 featured interviews with members of CVU regulars Secret Colours (above) and My Gold Mask. Those interviews can now be heard further down in this entry, with L101 host Chris Payne chatting Secret Colours’ Tommy Evans up about the psychedelia-laden band’s free show this Thursday, February 17th at Empty Bottle. My Gold Mask’s Jack Armondo, meanwhile, comes on the show to preview the haunt-pop act’s part in tonight’s Chicago Reader sponsored Anti-Valentine’s Day party happening at Lincoln Hall.

Stream both interviews below, followed by recent cuts from both bands via their respective Bandcamps and a live performance video from Secret Colours. And check out My Gold Mask’s CVU 2011 Forecast feature from last month for more on the band’s plans for this year and beyond!

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Local 101 Audio Archive: Scott Lucas (Local H, Scott Lucas & The Married Men) & Brendan Kelly (The Lawrence Arms)!

Last night on Q101‘s Local 101, Scott Lucas of Local H and Scott Lucas & The Married Men and Brendan Kelly of The Lawrence Arms were guests on the program. Show host Chris Payne interviewed both artists in advance of upcoming events, with Local H playing out this Saturday, October 2nd, at Beat Kitchen and The Married Men hitting Empty Bottle Tuesday, October 26th for a free show with RSVP to Kelly, meanwhile, performs at Metro on Thursday, October 7th, for a solo acoustic performance, before joining up with The Lawrence Arms Friday, October 8th, for a full band show at Congress Theater. Both Kelly’s solo performance and TLA’s Congress set come as part of this year’s Riot Fest events. To listen to the interviews from last night, click on the streaming players below.

Scott Lucas

First off, Scott Lucas checks in with Local 101 for a two-part interview (one stream in the media player below), about the two EPs he’s set to drop on October 19th, from Local H (Local H’s Awesome Mix Tape #1) and his Married Men project (The Absolute Beginners EP). Lucas reveals the thinking behind releasing two EPs on the same date, in addition to discussing the origins of Local H releasing an all-covers effort. The frontman also shares the reasoning for quickly following The Married Men’s debut full length with an EP less than a year later, as well as the motivation behind covering a Local H song (“Hey Rita”) for a Married Men release. Stream that Local 101 interview below.

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The Lawrence Arms

Also from last night’s Local 101, Chris Payne checks in with Lawrence Arms frontman Brendan Kelly about his upcoming performances as part of this year’s Riot Fest. The vocalist explains why Chicago is the ideal location for his band, in addition to shedding light on his Static Age program on Chicago music program JBTV. Click on the player below to hear that interview.

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Local 101 Audio Archive: Company Of Thieves Talk Lollapalooza!

Posted in Audio Archive,Company Of Thieves,Local 101,Lollapalooza by Jaime Black on August 4th, 2010


This past Sunday night on Q101, Genevieve Schatz and Marc Walloch of Company Of Thieves called in to Local 101 with Chris Payne to talk about their set at this weekend’s Lollapalooza, as well as the band’s pre-Lolla set Thursday night at the House Of Blues back porch stage. The duo also discuss new music in the works and offer some info on potential release dates.

Hear the interview below, and catch Company Of Thieves Thursday August 5th at House Of Blues, and at 1:00pm on the Sony Bloggie stage Sunday August 8th at Lollapalooza.

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And for a preview of the band live, check out the pair’s stellar acoustic cover of Outkast‘s “Hey Ya.”

Local 101 Audio Archive: Mat Devine talks Kill Hannah’s upcoming dates with Smashing Pumpkins

Posted in Audio Archive,Kill Hannah,Local 101,Smashing Pumpkins by Jaime Black on June 27th, 2010

Mat Devine

Last night, Kill Hannah frontman Mat Devine called into Q101‘s Local 101, speaking to show host Chris Payne about the band’s upcoming tour with The Smashing Pumpkins. Devine discussed how the tour came together, his history with The Pumpkins, and the sudden influx of text message guest list requests. Stream or right-click to download the interview below.

Local 101 Audio Archive: Mat Devine 06/27/10

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