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Members Of Kill Hannah, Hey Champ, Local H, Gemini Club, & More Come Together For A John Hughes Valentine, Dynasty Podcasts Broadcasts Live

John Huges

In the grand tradition of Chicago supergroups like Gaylords and Them Crooked Vulvas, Kill Hannah‘s Greg Corner has assembled a powerhouse of Chicago rockers for a one night Valentine’s event at Debonair. A John Hughes Valentines Day Live Tribute features members of Kill Hannah, Hey Champ, Local H, The Lovehammers, Gemini Club, The Handsome Devilz, The Streets on Fire, and more, who together make up The Shermer High School Band. The group will be performing selections from Hughes classics like Pretty In Pink, Sixteen Candles, Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and more, tonight, Tuesday, February 14th. The event is free before midnight with RSVP via Do312. And look for Dynasty Podcasts to be broadcasting onsite from the event, with a podcast of that broadcast to post in the near future.


New CVU Podcast: Debonair Social Club | Live Review: The Bones Brigade (Kill Hannah/Local H/The Streets On Fire) @ Debonair Social Club


This week on the ChicagoVerseUniteD audio podcast: Claudia Gassel and “Red Hair” Matthew Murray of Debonair Social Club! In an interview recorded onsite at Debonair Social Club this past Sunday night, October 30th, the club’s managers reflect on the venue’s past five years, delve into its origins, and share why Debonair has endured when so many other spots haven’t. Stream or download that podcast below, followed by a live review of The Bones Brigade, the local supergroup who performed on Sunday night, comprised of members of Kill Hannah, Local H, The Streets On Fire, and more!

CVU120 – Debonair Social Club Five Year Anniversary

The Bones Brigade
Debonair Social Club, Chicago, IL
Sunday, October 30, 2011

It’s not always particularly publicized, but some version of the group who played this Sunday under the title The Bones Brigade has been performing sporadically throughout the city the better part of the last decade. A Chicago scene supergroup of sorts, the act has included members of Kill Hannah, Local H, Alkaline Trio, Assassins, and assorted other music and nightlife regulars from across the city. Known under names like The Gaylords, A Perfect Circus, and Them Crooked Vulvas, the band specializes in rock, retro, and post-punk covers, with this Sunday’s set being no exception.

Comprised of Kill Hannah bassist Greg Corner and drummer Elias Mallin, as well as guitarist Tom Schleiter (ex-Powerspace), the group featured Local H’s Scott Lucas as its primary vocalist. The multi-band frontman tore through faithful versions of The Cult‘s “She Sells Sanctuary” and “Mountain Song” by Jane’s Addiction, as well as TV On The Radio’s “Wolf Like Me, a live staple for the singer. The Streets On Fire singer Chadwick, meanwhile, took on Joy Division‘s “Digital,” bringing a manic energy to the performance with his hyper stage presence. As it was the venue’s five year anniversary, Debonair staff joined in as well, with singer-songwriter Erin Gipson putting a brat-punk stamp on Barry Mann‘s “Who Put the Bomp (In the Bomp, Bomp, Bomp)” and “Red Hair” Matt joining Lucas for a crowd-pleasing version of KISS anthem “Rock and Roll All Nite.” And Kill Hannah frontman Mat Devine joined in to lead a cover of Billy Idol hit “Dancing with Myself.” See video of that performance below, and keep a watch on New Years Eve loft parties and Halloween DJ events. A collection of Chicago’s finest just might come together to deliver another night of covers of the music they grew up on.

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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TSOF Tonight
Comasoft Live

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
Local 101

-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.

The CVU 2011 Forecast: The Streets On Fire!

Posted in CVU Cover Story 01/11,The Streets On Fire by Jaime Black on January 9th, 2011

For this month’s ChicagoVerseUniteD cover story, every day in January will preview a different local artist’s plans for 2011. Today: The Streets On Fire!

The Streets On Fire

Following an end of the year performance as part of the Akira New Years Eve event, fuzzed out Chicago garage rockers The Streets On Fire are looking ahead towards the follow up to its 2010 full length, This is Fancy. The band is aiming to begin recording sometime in the next two months, with the effort set to drop in late spring. Speaking of the process, band frontman Chadwick issued the following statement to CVU. ”We’re jumping back in the studio soon for our 3rd release in less than two years later this spring. This band is the sound story of four strangers that have ‘Party’ in common. It’s a dance to the finish with no whining. Bring your roller skates 2011 is going to be quite a ride.”

Those looking to experience the ride for themselves can check out The Streets On Fire live this coming Friday, January 14th at the Double Door.

The Streets On Fire

Or, for a more immediate fix, find the video for Fancy track “Astronaut Love Triangle” below.

The Streets On Fire Unveil “Astronaut Love Triangle” Video, Touch Down At Beat Kitchen Friday

Posted in The Streets On Fire by Jaime Black on December 1st, 2010

The Streets On Fire

Fuzzed out Chicago rockers The Streets On Fire have posted a new video for the group’s track “Astronaut Love Triangle,” with directing and editing courtesy of Daniel Ryan and Aaron Edwards. The song comes from the group’s 2010 release This Is Fancy, and can be viewed below.

Those looking to inject a live dose of the group’s raw riffage into their lives can do so this Friday, December 3rd, at Beat Kitchen. Or, for particularly fancy fans, the group plays live as part of Akira‘s official New Years Eve event.