ChicagoVerseUniteD: Chicago Scene Salvation

CVU Fall 2012 Update

Posted in Uncategorized by Jaime Black on October 1st, 2012

Hello! Quick editorial note here from me, Jaime Black, journalist here at, and host of Dynasty Podcasts. For the month of October, this site is going on a soft hiatus. Soft hiatus meaning it’s not shutting down or being abandoned.

Rather, the site will be updated less frequently, as I’ll be travelling to a number of out of state digital media conferences  during the month of October through the beginning of November. So, that means less daily news pieces, but, original CVU and Dynasty Podcasts content will continue, such as digital audio and video interviews and broadcasts.

So, all through October, this site will still produce and release original Dynasty Podcasts content. Then, by mid-November, this site will be back to it’s normal daily pace. And while it’s too early to release specifics, CVU’s soft hiatus time will allow for the development of new improvements and initiatives for this site and Dynasty Podcasts.

To keep up with the latest CVU and Dynasty Podcasts developments, follow @jaimeblack and @DynastyPodcasts on Twitter. And keep watching for new original content in the coming days, with a full scale relaunch later this fall!

Thanks for reading.

xx – jaime black

Eliot Lipp Releases New Album ‘Shark Wolf Rabbit Snake’ As Free Download

Posted in Eliot Lipp,Uncategorized by Jaime Black on May 22nd, 2012

Shark Wolf Rabbit Snake

Out today as a free download is the new solo album from electronic artist Eliot Lipp. Entitled Shark Wolf Rabbit Snake, the effort posts via Pretty Lights Music. Find a download link to that effort below, followed by the album’s tracklisting, and a mini-doc featuring Lipp that was filmed in LA, featuring the track “Mountain.”

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1. Alive
2. Mountain
3. The Sunset
4. The Shark
5. Sneakin’ (Baby Part 1)
6. Fly Away (Baby Part 2)
7. The Wolf
8. Gettin’ Money (Feat. Michal Menert)
9. The Time Is Right
10. The Rabbit
11. On N’ On
12. Tonight
13. The Snake
14. The Chase

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Empires Preview ‘Garage Hymns’ LP With “We Lost Magic”

Posted in Uncategorized by Jaime Black on May 8th, 2012

Coming off their recently released Can’t Steal Your Heart Away EP, Empires are moving quickly towards their forthcoming Garage Hymns full length. New from the group is earnest Garage cut ”We Lost Magic,” which can be heard below, via the group’s Bandcamp.

Garage Hymns is currently available for pre-order in advance of its June 12th street date, with varying packages featuring exclusive shirts, prints, and more. And catch Empires live on June 16th at Taste of Randolph and August 4th Lollapalooza.

Zagat Chicago Blog Hop: My Best Night Out

Posted in Uncategorized by Jaime Black on December 19th, 2011

As part of the 2012 Chicago Restaurants and Nightlife Survey, CVU has been selected to take part in the inaugural Zagat Chicago Blog Hop. As such, the site will be reflecting on some of the finest dining destinations as they relate to the Chicago music community.

For a surefire night of music in Pilsen, it’s no secret that South Side bar Simone’s (home of this year’s past The Streets Are Hot Tonight events) always delivers. What might not be as known, however, is that the bar also serves a solid selection of menu items, including one of Chicago’s best burgers. While specialty burgers in the vein of Kuma’s are currently all the rage, Simone’s serves up a straightforward no nonsense burger that makes a strong case for tradition. Chipotle and Pilsen burger options are also available.

Meanwhile, up north, Schubas neighboring operation The Harmony Grill is a perfect place to catch a meal before or after a show at the venue. Those looking for a double dose of comfort food need look no further than the combination macaroni and cheese/chili dish. Mixing two hearty all American eats, The Harmony Grill combined two great tastes that taste great together.

Not that the best spots to combine music and food are limited to Chicago city limits. Those out to catch a show at Space in Evanston can enjoy a late night cafe selection at Kafein, a popular study spot for the Northwestern crowd. Featuring an array of creative coffee and milkshake selections, Kafein offers the perfect fix for a late night buzz, be it sugar or caffeine.

Share selections for your best nights out via voting at the 2012 Chicago Restaurants and Nightlife Survey, open through January 16th, 2012, for a chance to win a Zagats 2012 Chicago Restaurants and Nightlife Guide or entry in the company’s $500 “Night On The Town” contest.

Come To The Show: The Loneliest Monk: Tonight, Friday, October 7th @ Subterranean

Posted in Uncategorized by Jaime Black on October 7th, 2011

The Loneliest Monk

It may be sunny outside in Chicago, but the end of 2011 is edging ever closer, with artists’ end of the year plans beginning to come into view. As such, cello-based art rockers The Loneliest Monk will take the stage tonight at Subterranean for the band’s final show of 2011. Following tonight’s performance, the act will spend the winter months writing for its next full length effort, with a tour set for spring of next year. Check out the group’s recent CVU podcast in support of their latest release Hiding Places, followed by a player for said single.

New 100th Episode Of The CVU Podcast: Chris Payne!

Posted in Chris Payne,DYNASTY,Local 101,Podcast,Q101,The Music Garage,Uncategorized by Jaime Black on August 26th, 2011

Chris Payne
(Photo credit John Gaskill)

This week on the extra sized 100th episode of the ChicagoVerseUniteD audio podcast: Chris Payne! In an interview recorded at Chicago’s Music Garage, the new home of the Dynasty Podcast network, the former Local 101 host looks back at his career in radio, how he got his start in the industry, and what brought him to Chicago. Payne also reflects on his ten year run as host of the late great Q101′s Local 101, being on air last month to close down the station’s two decade run, and whether Q101′s last broadcast was really his last, as well. Find that podcast below, following video from the interview, in which Payne recalls shrugging off Disturbed‘s David Drainman during the band’s early days.

CVU100 – Chris Payne

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

Dozens Post New 7″ Single, Sugarcubes Cover

Posted in Dozens,Uncategorized by Jaime Black on August 18th, 2011

(Image via Brad Siefert)

Indie rockers Dozens have posted a new single and accompanying b-side from the group’s 7″ release, Sounds Of Your Lovers, out now via DreamBait Recordings. In addition to the uptempo title track, the single features a more synth and electro-pop flavored cover of The Sugarcubes’ song “Birthday,” which the band produced for an upcoming Coke Machine Glow covers podcast. The group will also be releasing a video for “Sounds Of Your Lovers” in the near future. Find both cuts for streaming or purchase below via the band’s Soundcloud, and catch Dozens for the Sounds Of Your Lovers release set on September 8th at Schubas, performing in support of BRAHMS.

Dozens – “Sounds Of Your Lovers”

Dozens – “Birthday (Sugarcubes Cover)”

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Rise Against Reveal Endgame Album Details, Preview Forthcoming Song With Blistering Snippet

Posted in Uncategorized by Jaime Black on January 15th, 2011

Rise Against

Chicago punk rock powerhouse Rise Against has released new details about the band’s forthcoming sixth album, via the band’s Facebook page. The band’s statement is below.

We’re happy to officially announce that our new record “Endgame” will be released March 15th 2011. Produced again by our trusted comrades Bill Stevenson and Jason Livermore at the Blasting Room in Fort Collins, “Endgame” is another record we are proud to put our name on and can’t wait for you guys to hear it.

The update also directs fans to the band’s official site for the reveal of Endgame‘s cover art, which is available directly below.

Rise Against End Game

Also up at the band’s site is a preview of a new song, presumably from Endgame. Hear the blistering snippet, which may or may not be titled “Architects,” in the video player below. And for more from Rise Against, listen to Local 101 with Chris Payne, Sunday nights at 9PM on Q101, as well as here at ChicagoVerseUniteD!

Come To The Show: I Can Hear Myself Levitate Wed. Sept. 29th @ Beat Kitchen

Posted in Come To The Show,I Can Hear Myself Levitate,Uncategorized by Jaime Black on September 28th, 2010


Experimental Chicago indie rock act I Can Hear Myself Levitate is set to hit Beat Kitchen this Wednesday, September 29th, for a headlining performance. The outfit is out in support of its What Is Left EP, itself comprised of productions both ambitious and melodic, emphasizing a quiet-loud dynamic across its jagged riff-set foundation. The EP is available for streaming and purchase at the group’s Bandcamp page. Additionally, according to the band’s Tumblr, the unit is hard at work on a new EP, set for release in spring 2011, which will “tell portions of stories that lead up to a demise of a city.” RSVP to the Beat Kitchen show on Facebook, and stream the cautious then caustic “Arrows On The Compass” and bombastic and sudden “The Coldest Abyss In Your Heart” below.

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SXSW 2010: The Chicagoverse Connection: A Lull

Posted in Uncategorized by Jaime Black on March 5th, 2010

In an effort to promote the best Chicago talent performing at this year’s SXSW, ChicagoVerseUniteD will be running previews every day between now and March 17th of local acts performing at the annual Austin, TX music festival.

Artist: A Lull

A Lull

Presumably, A Lull

SXSW Showcase Schedule:

Friday March 19th – event @ The Tap Room with fellow Chicago acts Breakers Broken, Loyal Divide, & more


Saturday March 20th - @ TBA

Showcase dates are subject to change and more events may be added closer to the festival. Know of something I missed? Email

Why You Should Go See Them: Simply put, A Lull doesn’t sound like any other band in Chicago right now. Or anywhere else, for that matter. The group specializes in hectic and eclectic electronic sounds marked by unconventional percussion that come across surprisingly accessible and infectious, apparent in the swirling and stuttering “Weapons For War.” A Lull remains one of Chicago’s better kept indie rock secrets, but the outfit’s forthcoming record Confetti (video preview below) could change that, sure to find a home with adventurous listeners. As a festival, SXSW is ideal for discovering hidden talent on the way up. A Lull embodies that definition, with an emphasis on the word “talent.”

Latest Releases: Weapons For War/ Spread It All Around Single & Weapons For War Remix Single
(Both available for free download and order @ A Lull Dot Com)

Find Out More: Post-SXSW, when the band guests on the March 28th edition of Q101‘s Local 101, and see them live in Chicago April 3rd @ Subterranean.

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A video teaser for A Lull’s forthcoming Confetti record, set for release later this year. The clip above previews “The Sky”