ChicagoVerseUniteD: Chicago Scene Salvation

The CVU 2012 Forecast / New CVU Podcast: Secret Colours!

Posted in ChicagoVerseUniteD,CVU 2012 Forecast,Dynasty Podcasts,Secret Colours by Jaime Black on January 5th, 2012

For this month’s ChicagoVerseUniteD cover story, every day in January will preview 2012 plans for a Chicago talent or tastemaker. Today: Secret Colours!

Secret Colours

This week on the ChicagoVerseUniteD Cover Story Series audio podcast: Tommy Evans and Margaret Albright of Secret Colours! The duo discuss Secret Colours’ recently released new EP, EP3, taking time for graduating college, and the state of the band’s forthcoming full length effort. Stream or download that podcast below, followed by two cuts from EP3 and the Elijah Alvarado-directed video for the band’s track, “Faust.” And catch Secret Colours live this Saturday, January 7th, with Apteka at The Empty Bottle.

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.

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Secret Colours SXSW Performance Video Hits The Web

Secret Colours

Performance footage of psychedelic Chicago act Secret Colours at this year’s SXSW has hit the web, via Davy Greenberg for Elephilms. Experience the sun and swirling sound in the clip below, immediately following the group’s CVU podcast, recorded last month in Austin TX!

New CVU Podcast Album: SXSW 2011!


This week on the ChicagoVerseUniteD audio podcast: CVU: The SXSW 2011 Album, featuring eleven interviews recorded live on location at this year’s SXSW music festival. Host Jaime Black checks in with members of My Gold Mask, Netherfriends, Scattered Trees, White Mystery, Loyal Divide, Empires, and California Wives, plus Scott Lucas of Scott Lucas and the Married Men, Virgil Solis and DJ RTC of Ruby Hornet, and Martin Atkins of Tour:Smart! Find each interview as an individual podcast below, or download the entire collection as an album at the Dynasty Podcasts Bandcamp page!

CVU: The SXSW 2011 Album Intro

CVU56 – Ruby Hornet @ SXSW
Virgil Solis and DJ RTC of Chicago hip hop site Ruby Hornet talk about their new hip hop compilation, Closed Sessions: ATX, recorded last year at SXSW 2010.

CVU57 – My Gold Mask @ SXSW
Gretta Rochelle and Jack Armondo check in on the eve of SXSW music, talk about the influence of weather on their music, and preview what’s next for My Gold Mask.

CVU58 – Netherfriends @ SXSW
Netherfriends mastermind Shawn Rosenblatt discusses his 50 Songs 50 States project and recording in a gas station bathroom, in addition to revealing why bands need to spend less time practicing and performing for their friends.

CVU59 – Secret Colours @ SXSW
Following a performance at the Do512 headquarters, the members of Secret Colours discuss being invited to perform as official talent at this year’s SXSW.

CVU60 – Scattered Trees @ SXSW
The members of Scattered Trees talk about their forthcoming record Sympathy, set to drop on April 5th, as well as critical and geek response to the Star Wars themed video for “Love And Leave.”

CVU61 – White Mystery @ SXSW
Alex and Francis White of White Mystery talk about the magic of SXSW and being on tour, plus describe the gritty sound of their forthcoming Blood And Venom album, which will see release on April 20th.

CVU62 – Martin Atkins @ SXSW
Martin Atkins, of the Tour:Smart movement, discusses his experiences at both SXSW interactive and SXSW music, as well as why bands need digital savvy members in their ranks.

CVU63 – Loyal Divide @ SXSW
The members of Loyal Divide delve into the status of their long finished debut album Bodice Ripper, new music after that record drops, and ideal returns on playing SXSW.

CVU64 – Empires @ SXSW
Ryan Luciani and Max Steger of Empires reveal details about the Rolling Stone cover contest the band is participating in, including the level of disbelief at what winning would entail.

CVU65 – California Wives @ SXSW
The members of California Wives share on the origins of their new song “Tokyo,” hint at appearances at Chicago summer festivals, and explain why the band didn’t just come up out of nowhere.
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CVU66 – Scott Lucas @ SXSW
Scott Lucas, of Local H and Scott Lucas And The Married Men, shares his thoughts on making a timely statement with the next Local H record, as well as the extreme difficulty of carrying amps across 6th Street while dressed in a suit.

CVU: The SXSW 2011 Album Outro

SXSW 2011 – The Chicagoverse Connection: Secret Colours!

For this month’s ChicagoVerseUniteD cover story, every day in March will feature SXSW coverage relating to a Chicago artist, label, venue, website, or event. Today: Secret Colours!

Secret Colours

As officially selected ambassadors to this year’s SXSW, Secret Colours are on a roll as of late. The group’s free show last month at the Empty Bottle earned the psychedelic rock outfit notice from throughout the city. Similarly, the rising act also recently completed a Couch House Sounds live session, which offers a preview of the outfit’s live set. Now, with a wealth of SXSW appearances, Secret Colours stand poised to make a big impression on Austin later this month. Keep up with the group’s SXSW activity on Facebook, or discover the group’s digital catalogue at the Secret Colours Bandcamp. And find the group’s SXSW dates below, followed by a hypnotic live performance video of the group’s “In the Absence” cut, which premiered earlier this year right here at CVU!

03/14 – Pre-SXSW Event @ Emo’s (9:00 p.m.) (See flyer below.)
03/16 – Official SXSW Showcase @ The Parish (9:00 p.m.)
03/16 – The Paisley Umbrella’s International Psychout @ Spiderhouse (2:30 p.m.)
03/17 – Laced With Romance Day Party @ Laced With Romance (3:00 p.m.)
03/18 – Redefine Magazine Party @ House of Commons (2:15 p.m.)
03/18 – Crash Avenue/ Ghost Town Day Party @ Agave (5:15 p.m.) (See flyer below.)
03/19 – Chicago SXSW Showcase @ House of 88 (7:30 p.m.) With Rabble Rabble, Radar Eyes, Village, Netherfriends, & more


Across The Chicagoverse 02/20/11: City States, Carbon Tigers, Kanye West, & More!

Because no one outlet can cover the entire Chicago music landscape, here’s what the premier talent tastemakers across the Chicagoverse and beyond have been up to lately.


-Tonight at 9PM on Q101‘s Local 101Chris Payne interviews members of The Streets On Fire (above), Comasoft, and The Felix Culpa!

Tonight on @Local101: @PayneQ101 interviews The Streets On Fire (@zstreetsonfire), @Comasoft, & @theFelixCulpa! 9PM on Q101
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-Heave Media recently featured a Flosstradmus remix of the song “Equestrian” by U.S. Royalty. Listen to the DJ duo’s upbeat treatment here.

-Following his interview last week with Do312, Kill Hannah frontman Mat Devine has opened up to AOL Video (via Popeater) about his role in the Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark musical.

-Loud Loop Press has posted a sparse and minimalist electronic cover of The Police‘s “King Of Pain” as performed by local indie act City States. Hear that here.

-Tireless live music documentarians Secret Note Shows recently uploaded a set of live clips from CVU regulars An Aesthetic Anaesthetic. Watch those here.

-Columbia College‘s AEMMP Records continues its video interview series, this time talking with Carbon Tigers. Watch that at the label’s site.

-Check out live audio and video from Secret Colours up now at Couch House Sounds.

-The vinyl release of A Lull‘s forthcoming debut full length Confetti, set to drop April 12th, is now available for pre-order through the Lujo Records Merch Online store.

-Vocalo program Music Vox, hosted by Jesse Menendez, saw a wealth of local talent as guests this past week, as evidenced in the tweet below.

-Chicago Mixtape has announced a launch party happening March 5th at Subterranean. The event will feature performances from acts like Jonny Rumble, Ornery Little Darlings, and more.

-And finally, Fake Shore Drive was easily one of the first sites on the web to post Kanye West‘s new video for My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy standout track “All Of The Lights.” For anyone who has yet to catch it, watch the clip below.

Columbia College Record Label AEMMP Returns With New Chompilation Effort, Free Four Act Concert Tomorrow Night


Columbia College record label AEMMP Records are long time supporters of the Chicago music scene. And with the release of the organization’s Chomp, Too compilation happening tomorrow, the young group of upstarts is once again delivering another solid grouping of songs from emerging and established Chicago artists. The current collection features a diverse offering of tracks from an array of quality acts, including “Weapons For War” from A Lull, Secret Colours‘ winding psych cut “Love,” and the instrumental post-rock of An Aesthetic Anaesthetic‘s “I Don’t Want To Sound Like A Dickhole Or Nothin, But God Should Look Like Gandalf.” For a preview of the effort, check out a Britpop-flavored track from Scotland Yard Gospel Choir and the strong guitar-based pop of Levels below, or stream the entire record before it goes onsale through the AEMMP Records Bandcamp page. And head to Stage 2 at Columbia College, located at 618 S. Michigan Ave, tomorrow, February 17th from 6:00 – 10:00pm for a set of free live performances from AEMMP artists Chaperone (also below, both streaming track and AEMMP interview video), Carbon Tigers, Aetiology, and Katz Company.

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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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Across The Chicagoverse 02/13/11: Lupe Fiasco, Mat Devine, The Felix Culpa, & More!

Because no one outlet can cover the entire Chicago music landscape, here’s what the premier tastemakers across the Chicagoverse and beyond have been up to lately.

Lupe Fiasco

-Heave Media has posted the new single from Lupe Fiasco (above), entitled “Words I Never Said.” Find that here.

-Tonight’s Local 101 features show host Chris Payne interviewing My Gold Mask, Secret Colours, and Fashion Bomb. Catch that tonight at 9PM on Q101.

Tonight at 9PM on Q101′s @Local101: interviews with @mygoldmask, @SecretColours, & @xFashionxBombx!
Local 101

-A new episode has gone up at the JBTV site, featuring a live performance from Chicago’s own Urbanites. Watch that now.

-Long running scene staple Alternative Press has premiered the haunting new video for The Felix Culpa‘s “Our Holy Ghosts.” Catch that clip at their site.

-Chicago event calender site Do312 has posted an interview with Kill Hannah frontman Mat Devine about the much ballyhooed Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark musical. Read the singer’s thoughts here.

-On a related note, Buzznet has posted an interview between Mat Devine and Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan. Find out what the two Chicago artists talked about here.

-Local hip hop source Fake Shore Drive has posted Hey You Guys!, the new mixtape from The Electric, a young grouping that features Chicago MC Pugs Atomz. Get on the new sound here.

-Loud Loop Press recently reported on the new album from White Mystery, and posted an interview with Disappears.

-Speaking of Loud Loop Press, site editor Richard Giraldi was recently a guest on local DJ and Chicago music enthusiast Jesse Menendez‘s Music Vox program on Vocalo, as seen below. The Music Vox has lift off. @rgiraldi of @loudlooppress joins me a lil later.
Jesse Menendez

-Chicago Mixtape is looking for music submissions from local artists. Get familiar with the site today in advance of its big Valentine’s Day launch tomorrow.

-Ruby Hornet has released a Closed Sessions video for “Something New,” featuring Freddie Gibbs and Chicago’s own YP. Watch that now, and download the session here.

-Local live music video haven Secret Note Shows has posted a new set of live clips from The Lifeline‘s recent record release event at Metro. Those are up for viewing here.

-And finally, Columbia College Chicago label Aemmp Records has a new web home. Follow along with them on Tumblr, and look for more on Aemmp this week, right here at CVU!

Secret Colours Premiere “In The Absence” Live Clip Exclusively Here At CVU, Look Towards Chicago, SXSW Dates

Posted in Calm Palm Vapor,Secret Colours by Jaime Black on February 8th, 2011

Secret Colours

Chicago psychedelic rockers Secret Colours have presented  a new live performance clip for exclusive premiere here at CVU. The video, for the hypnotic “In the Absence,” comes from a November 2010 set at Subterranean and is produced by local filmmaker Elijah Alvarado. View that performance below.

In other news, the band is set to headline The Empty Bottle on Thursday, February 17th, on a bill that also features Panda Riot and Calm Palm Vapor. The event is free with RSVP email to with the subject header ‘Betta.’ For more on Calm Palm Vapor, check out the group’s recent CVU 2011 Forecast feature, or download the band’s Morning Pacific album for free, including the single “Run The Tables.”

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Secret Colours are also set to perform an official showcase at this year’s SXSW on March 16th at The Parish Underground. The following day, March 17th, will find the group performing a day party event at Laced With Romance in Austin, TX, with further specifics forthcoming. In the meantime, find free downloadable Secret Colours singles below, via the group’s Bandcamp.

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Secret Colours Deliver New Two Track Single, Headline SubT This Saturday

Posted in Apteka,Secret Colours by Jaime Black on January 6th, 2011

Secret Colours

Chicago psychedelic rock act Secret Colours have uploaded a new two-track single to its Bandcamp page. The effort’s title track is a meaner and more uptempo affair, while “Lust (Slow)” lives up to the second half of its name, offering a lazy, hazy slow burner. Download both cuts below.

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Secret Colours headline Subterranean this coming Saturday, January 8th, alongside Apteka. For more on that bill, head to the event’s Facebook page.

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