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Come To The Show: On An On: Tuesday, September 11th @ Lincoln Hall

Posted in Come To The Show,On An On,Scattered Trees by Jaime Black on September 10th, 2012

Premiering this Tuesday, September 10th for their first official live performance is On An On, the post-Scattered Trees project of Nate Eiesland, Ryne Estwing, and Alissa Eiesland. The newly-formed outfit hits Lincoln Hall (tix) on the 10th as the openers of a bill that includes Reptar and headliner Rubblebucket.

Check out the first preview of studio music from the group with the lush and haunting “Ghost” below, and watch for On An On’s debut full length, Give In, to drop on January 29th.

Come To The Show: Krewella and Phenom: Friday, August 17th @ Logan Square Auditorium

Posted in Come To The Show,Krewella,Phenom by Jaime Black on August 16th, 2012


This Friday, August 17th, Krewella and DJ Phenom share a stage at Logan Square Auditorium (tix) for an end of summer throw down. The pair of local artists last occupied the same bill earlier in the summer at the Spring Awakening Music Festival. For Krewella, the hometown show kicks off a run of dates that takes the hard EDM group on the road all the way through to December. The group is out in support of this year’s Play Hard EP.

Phenom, meanwhile, continues his ubiquitous streak he’s been on this summer, following a slew of Lollapalooza after-parties, and even a slot at the festival itself. Additionally, the IN native is set to close out the Groupon stage on Saturday, September 1st at the North Coast Music Festival.

Find Krewella’s brand new video for “Feel Me” below, followed by Phenom’s treatment of Underworld‘s “Born Slippy,” and the CVU podcast interviews with Krewella and Phenom from Spring Awakening this year.

Krewella Live

Come To The Show: Chance The Rapper: Friday, June 8th @ Lincoln Hall

Posted in Chance The Rapper,Come To The Show by Jaime Black on June 7th, 2012


It’s been a good year in 2012 for Chance The Rapper, with the up-and-coming artist dropping his well-received 10Day mixtape earlier in the spring. Now, the rapper is set to perform the first official 10Day event happening tomorrow, Friday, June 8th at Lincoln Hall.  Though the show is sold out, the MC confirms through his Twitter that a “VERY limited” number of tickets will be available at the door. Check out the artist’s 10Day release via the download link below, followed by the effort’s Chopped By Chase B treatment link after that.

Chance The Rapper – 10Day

Chance The Rapper – 10Day Chopped By Chase B


Come To The Show: Farraday: Tonight, Friday, June 1st @ Durty Nellie’s

Posted in Come To The Show,Farraday,Rep Your Scene by Jaime Black on June 1st, 2012


Just in time for their headlining set tonight, Friday, June 1st, at Durty Nellie’s in Palatine, Farraday have posted their brand new video for their track “Lockdown.” The hooky cut comes from the group’s new Lockdown/Find Me split single, out now through Modern Short Stories. Find that video below, followed by the group’s Quinterviews video feature and Farraday’s CVU podcast interview. And catch Farraday live tonight at Durty Nellie’s for the second Rep Your Scene event, also featuring headliners The Frantic, as well as Satellites and Verona Red.


Come To The Show: Maps & Atlases: Tonight, Friday, May 11th @ Metro

Posted in Come To The Show,Maps & Atlases by Jaime Black on May 11th, 2012

Maps & Atlases

Coming off the recent release of their Beware & Be Grateful album, Maps & Atlases take the stage at Metro (tix) tonight for a hometown record release show. Never one to slack, the group has been making the rounds in a series of live and promotional appearances over the last few months. Catch some of those in the selections below, starting with the act’s IFC and Ardent Studios performances of Grateful track “Winter,” directly below.

Meanwhile, the group also performed Grateful selection “Fever” for a Live Music session, as well as a GoldFlakePaint session.

Finally, check out a SXSW 2012 performance of “Remote and Dark Years,” courtesy of Paste, followed by that track’s brand new official video.

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Come To The Show: The Smoking Popes: Tonight, Thursday, May 10th @ Dr. Martens Store Wicker Park

Posted in Come To The Show,Smoking Popes by Jaime Black on May 10th, 2012

Smoking Popes

Chicago pop punk veterans The Smoking Popes hit Wicker Park’s Dr. Martens store tonight for a special in-store performance. The 6PM set finds the group playing live in advance of their forthcoming Complete Control Sessions double 7″, available for pre-order here. Stream that effort below via Alternative Press, and for more live Popes, catch the group June 7th at the Metro (tix), in support of Matt Skiba And The Sekrets.

Smoking Popes - Complete Control Sessions double 7″
Side A: Let’s Call It Love
Side B: Hey Renee
Side C: Grab Your Heart and Run
Side D: Writing A Letter & I Dreamed A Dream (Cover from the musical Les Miserables)

Come To The Show: Archie Powell And The Exports: Tonight, Friday, April 27th @ Subterranean

Posted in Archie Powell & The Exports,Come To The Show by Jaime Black on April 27th, 2012


With the group’s Great Ideas In Action full length dropping this coming Tuesday, May 1st, Archie Powell And The Exports are out in full support of the effort. The group just held a listening party for the record last night at Township in Logan Square, and tonight, the band headlines Subterranean (tix) for the Great Ideas In Action record release show.

“If Skip Work was cooked medium, this one’s medium rare,” Powell informed CVU of the new record back in January. “It’s louder, meaner, and all around more reflective of how we sound live. Plus I’m pretty sure my mom won’t like a lot of the more aggressive material, which is always a positive.”

Prepare for the show with the newly posted video for Action cut “Crazy Pills,” followed by the group’s recent covers of “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” and “Strangers,” as well a clip of the group performing at Audio Tree‘s SXSW 2012 showcase. Those videos all follow frontman Archie Powell’s CVU podcast interview from this year’s SXSW.

AP&TE Live

Come To The Show: Many Places: Tuesday, April 24th @ Subterranean

Posted in Come To The Show,Many Places by Jaime Black on April 23rd, 2012

Many Places

From quality Chicago label Tandem Shop comes Many Places, the sensitive singer-songwriter project of Kevin Rieg (Hidden Mitten, Rabbit Red). The act is set to release its forthcoming debut full length,  Another Oath, on May 8th. But before then, Rieg will be joined by his band, comprised of Honest Engines‘ Matt Hennessey, Nick Godden, and Marcus Maloney, for a live show this week Tuesday, April 24th, at Subterranean (tix). The album goes up for pre-order on May 8th, with a proper release May 29th, but a preview cut from that effort is available for streaming or download now. Check out the shuffling and sorrowful “Helmut Hug” below, and catch Many Places live Tuesday night at SubT, or June 10th at The Whistler for the Another Oath record release show. And listen for the group on an upcoming episode of the CVU podcast, posting just before the Whistler show.

Another Oath

Come To The Show: Mark Rose: Tonight, Sunday, February 19th @ Lincoln Hall

Posted in Come To The Show,Mark Rose by Jaime Black on February 19th, 2012

Mark Rose

Chicago singer-songwriter Mark Rose is set to take the stage tonight, Sunday, February 19th, at Lincoln Hall as support for Stay Golden (tix). The artist most recently released a deluxe edition of his debut solo full length, Wonderful Trouble, in late 2011. Download Trouble bonus cut “Shut It Down” via the Music page of Rose’s Facebook artist page, and traverse Chicago in the artist’s latest video, for “How Strong We Are,” below. And watch Rose’s Facebook page for a forthcoming spring tour announcement.

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Come To The Show: A Lull: Sunday, February 12th @ Schubas

Posted in A Lull,Come To The Show by Jaime Black on February 10th, 2012

A Lull

This coming Sunday, February 12th, A Lull will headline Schubas for what will (likely) the band’s last local show until summer. This psych-pop group is coming off a run of national dates, with this Sunday’s event not only serving as an encore to that trek, but also benefitting Rock For Kids. To prepare for the event, download the group’s new Some Love Remix EP bundle for free via their site, followed by the act’s live Saki Session live performance. Find those links below, followed by the band’s cover of Bruce Springsteen‘s  ”I’m On Fire” and video of their full Audio Tree live set.

A Lull – Some Love Remix EP
A Lull – Saki Session

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