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White Mystery Go Stop-Motion For Awesome “Rapid Overdrive” Clip

Posted in White Mystery by Jaime Black on April 30th, 2012

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White Mystery has posted a new video from its recently released People Power EP. The stop-motion clip finds doll versions of Alex and Francis White facing down hooded skull creatures (seriously), after Alex is kidnapped. The treatment for the two minute blast that is “Rapid Overdrive” can be seen below, while the flesh and blood versions of the White siblings can next be seen in Chicago on May 19th at Empty Bottle.

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White Mystery Celebrate 4/20 With The Release Of ‘People Power’ EP

Posted in White Mystery by Jaime Black on April 20th, 2012


While for many, April 20th marks a  cannabis-centric celebration, Chicago garage rock duo White Mystery leave their mark on the day in a different way. 2012 marks the group’s third straight year of April 20th releases, with the group dropping their People Power EP today. Stream that effort’s three cuts below, and catch White Mystery in Chicago next on May 19th at Empty Bottle.



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White Mystery Preview ‘People Power (Sea of Infamy)’ EP Just In Time For SXSW Dates

Posted in White Mystery by Jaime Black on March 5th, 2012

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Following an MTV premiere for lead single “People Power,” Chicago raw rock duo White Mystery are previewing the entirety of their forthcoming EP releasePeople Power (Sea of Infamy). The effort is currently available as a pre-order, and will see a vinyl release through Perpetrator Records on April 20th. The group will celebrate the vinyl release with a tricked out performance in New York City.

Check out People Power (Sea of Infamy) tracks below, following the band’s new promo clip, and followed by a live version of ”People Power,” filmed at Tomorrow Never Knows at Schubas this past January. And find White Mystery’s dates for SXSW and more at their site.



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White Mystery Tease Upcoming 7″, Perform At Metro Tonight, Saturday, February 4th

Posted in White Mystery by Jaime Black on February 4th, 2012

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A brief new video featuring White Mystery has hit the web. In it, the siblings White tease a new 7″, due out (when else) April 20th, via Perpetrator Records. A recent press blast also reveals a new single from the group, titled “Sea of Infamy,” is on the horizon, presumably off that release. The below clip also teases upcoming videos and worldwide tour dates. For now, White Mystery plays Metro tonight, Saturday, February 4th, for the GlitterGuts Dance Punk Circus, with another upcoming Chicago date on February 10th at Treasure Town. The garage rock group will also hit Austin, TX, during SXSW, with a full list of dates available here. Find the WM teaser trailer below, followed by video of the group performing their song “Birthday” on JBTV.

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White Mystery Celebrates Its “Birthday” In New Video, Rocks Hideout Block Party

Posted in The Hideout,White Mystery by Jaime Black on September 23rd, 2011

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MTV Hive has premiered the new video for Chicago garage rock act White Mystery‘s track “Birthday.” The cut comes from the group’s 2011 full length, Blood & Venom, with the video combining performance footage and birthday related shenanigans. For more White Mystery live performance, catch the siblings White tomorrow, Saturday, September 24th, as part of the local act-loaded Hideout Block Party. In the meantime, watch the treatment for “Birthday” below, as well an interview and live footage from the pair’s Millennium Park gig earlier this summer, following White Mystery’s 2011 CVU podcast.

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New CVU Podcast Cover Story Series & Live Review: White Mystery!

Posted in CVU Cover Story 04/11,CVU Cover Story Series,DYNASTY,Podcast,White Mystery by Jaime Black on April 22nd, 2011

For this month’s ChicagoVerseUniteD cover story, CVU is looking at significant record releases and accompanying activity in the month of April, including White Mystery!

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(Photo via Diane Alexander White)

This week on the ChicagoVerseUniteD Cover Story Series audio podcast: White Mystery! In an interview recorded onsite at Panchos in Logan Square for the release of the band’s new album Blood & Venom and before the group’s dual record release events, Alex and Francis Scott Key White of Chicago garage rockers White Mystery discuss the making of their sophomore effort. The siblings also delve into the band’s impressive timeline, as well as the album title’s origin. Stream or download that podcast below, followed by a live review of White Mystery’s late record release show this past Wednesday evening at Panchos.

White Mystery has just been this unstoppable force for the last three years.- Alex White, CVU71

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Panchos, Chicago, IL
Thursday morning, April 21st, 2011

It was just before 1 A.M. Thursday morning when brother-sister team of White Mystery’s Alex and Francis Scott Key White started their set at Panchos for the second of two record release shows behind the group’s sophomore release, Blood & Venom. Taking the stage at the Logan Square bar hall, the group opened with its namesake song, declaring “We are / White Mystery!” to an enthusiastic crowd who already knew as much. What followed was a set of raw garage rock with little pause or drop in energy, marked by fuzzed out guitar and frizzed out red hair.

Throughout the set, the female White maintained a playful bop while unleashing raucous rock power. Nowhere was this more clear than in the hypnotically repeating riff off the new album’s title track burning a hole through the room. As a live unit, White Mystery’s guitar romantics are impressively amplified, occasionally overpowering Alex White’s brash vocals. Though miles apart in sound and sonics, the group joins Local H in the ranks of Chicago two pieces capable of creating a much larger sound than two individuals ought to be able to. The brother White, meanwhile, demonstrated drumming that alternated between effective and showy, while remaining consistently thunderous, especially evident during “Smoke.”

As noted in the group’s CVU podcast (above) recorded the day of the shows, the Blood & Venom release concerts landed directly on the band’s third birthday. When Francis White declared “Happy birthday to my best friend!” during the rollicking “Birthday,” it very well could have been addressed to the idea of White Mystery itself. By the time the sister White declared “I have an idea / let’s have a party!” during easily titled “Party,” the celebration’s guests were already treating the night as such.

Happy birthday, indeed.

-Jaime Black

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: White Mystery!

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: White Mystery!


Chicago’s red-haired garage rock sensation White Mystery have been on a roll this last year, with KEXP Sessions and Daytrotter Sessions to the group’s name. And now, with the group’s sophomore effort Blood & Venom dropping next month on April 20th, the sibling team of Alex and Francis White is set to set to rock SXSW. Listen to the title track from the duo’s forthcoming album now at Impose Magazine’s site, and find the group’s SXSW dates in the flyer below. Or, catch White Mystery at the band’s local record release event, happening April 20th at Pancho’s.

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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!
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-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!