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CVU Exclusive Premiere: Scott Lucas & The Married Men – “Christmas In A Chinese Restaurant”

Posted in CVU Exclusive Premiere,Scott Lucas,Scott Lucas & The Married Men by Jaime Black on December 20th, 2012

Premiering today exclusively at CVU is Scott Lucas & The Married Men‘s cover of John McCauley of Deer Tick‘s “Christmas In A Chinese Restaurant.” The live cut comes from the band’s third annual Hideout Holiday Music Hour event, which took place earlier this month on December 9th.

The full holiday concert will be in broadcast rotation at the official Married Men site beginning at 4PM on Christmas Eve, where it will remain for streaming for a limited time. The event saw Lucas covering Christmas cuts like ”Last Christmas” and “Run Run Rudolph,” as well as original Married Men compositions. Joining the band on select tracks was fellow Chicago act Purple Apple.

“The whole idea is to have it on in the background while you’re wrapping last minute presents by the Christmas tree or whatever,” Lucas reveals of the broadcast. “It’s meant to be like an audio Yule Log. A companion to your little family get together, perhaps? Or if you wanna listen to it while you sit around getting drunk alone — that’s fine, too.”

Check out the full Hideout Holiday Music Hour broadcast starting at 4PM on Christmas Eve, and find an exclusive CVU premiere of Scott Lucas & The Married Men covering “Christmas In A Chinese Restaurant” below.

CVU Exclusive: Team Bayside High feat. Hollywood Holt x Show You Suck – “Get Buck” (Live @ North Coast Music Festival 2012)

Team Bayside High

(Photo via Mad Lab Photography)

Exclusive here at CVU is HQ video of Team Bayside High‘s recent live performance with Show You Suck and Hollywood Holt. The performance comes from TBH’s headlining set Friday, August 31st at North Coast Music Festival, and features the MCs joining the DJ team for “Get Buck,” Bayside’s recent collaboration with Holt. Watch that performance below, followed by a download of the track. And watch for more North Coast 2012 content to post this week at CVU.

(Video filmed and produced by Colleen Mares of The Axis World and Lewis & Clark.)

CVU Exclusive Premiere: ¡Vamos!: ‘Can’t Take You Home’ EP

Posted in CVU Exclusive Premiere,Vamos by Jaime Black on July 19th, 2012

New from ¡Vamos! comes two new tracks, making up the group’s new Can’t Take You Home single EP. Premiering exclusively here at CVU, the raw and raucous release includes the title track, as well as newly remastered cut “There’s No Stopping Me.” The release is free below, as well as via the official ¡Vamos! site. And catch the band live, this Friday, July 20th, at a secret Logan Square house party. For details, email

CVU Exclusive Premiere & Podcast: Perfect Kiss: ‘Alarms’ EP

This week on the ChicagoVerseUniteD Cover Story Series audio podcast: Leo Saucedo, Alfonso Mayen, and Ray Mora of Perfect Kiss! The trio discuss their new EP, Alarms, gaining a newfound network in support of the new effort, and Perfect Kiss’ ubiquitous presence on the Chicago scene. Stream or download that podcast above, followed by streams of Alarms cuts “Sometimes I Wonder” and “Stay Out All Night.” And catch the band live this Friday, July 6th at Metro (tix) for the Alarms EP release show, as well as July 28th at Wicker Park Fest, and July 29th at Fiesta del Sol in Pilsen.

Update: Check out a short film of outtakes from the Perfect Kiss CVU podcast interview, not included in the audio version! That video plays following the two Alarms tracks.

ChicagoVerseUniteD is a weekly music and nightlife podcast series, hosted by Jaime Black, with video by Chelsey Morin. 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.

Perfect Kiss

CVU Exclusive Premiere: Katz Company: “Change Our Place” Video

Posted in CVU Exclusive Premiere,Katz Company by Jaime Black on May 29th, 2012

Katz Company

Premiering here at ChicagoVerseUniteD is the brand new video from rising Chicago pop rockers and friends of David KoechnerKatz Company. The clip, ”Change Our Place,” drops in advance of the act’s forthcoming Katz Company Presents: Variety Pop release (find that effort’s Inflated/Deflated artwork above). Produced by Katz Company namesake frontman Alex Katz, the track is notable for being mastered by Ron McMaster at Capitol Mastering. With the video filmed and edited by Ralf Nader Productions, the treatment incorporates a slew of Chicago locations amongst candid and performance footage. Find that video below, and watch for the free download of ”Change Our Place” to post June 5th at the Katz Company site, and of course here at CVU.