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New CVU Podcast: Patrick Stump!

Patrick Stump

This week on the ChicagoVerseUniteD audio podcast: Patrick Stump! In an interview recorded onsite at the Metro prior to the artist’s hometown show this past Friday, Stump revisits the origins of his solo career, discusses audience response to his solo work and Fall Out Boy, and reveals why his new musical direction isn’t as new as people might think. Stream or download that podcast below, followed by a video segment from the interview and Stump’s recent appearance on The Tonight Show. And find Jaime Black’s review of the show online now at Illinois Entertainer.


CVU video shot and produced by Colleen Mares of Lewis & Clark and The Axis World.

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

William Beckett Covers Fueled By Ramen Catalogue Cuts In Acoustic Video Series

Posted in Fall Out Boy,The Academy Is...,William Beckett by Jaime Black on September 6th, 2011

William Beckett

The Academy Is… frontman William Beckett has produced a series of acoustic covers for Alternative Press, including “God & Mars” from Days Away, Midtown‘s “Become What You Hate,” “Northern Downpour” by Panic! at the Disco, “1994″ from The Stereo, and Fall Out Boy‘s “Saturday.” The covers all come in support of the upcoming Fueled By Ramen anniversary events happening this Wednesday, September 7th, and Friday, September 9th, in New York. Watch the singer cover the label’s catalogue cuts below.


Days Away – “God & Mars”


Midtown – “Become What You Hate”


Panic! at the Disco – “Northern Downpour”


The Stereo – “1994″


Fall Out Boy – “Saturday”

New Local 101/CVU Podcast: Pete Wentz!

Posted in Audio Archive,Black Cards,DYNASTY,Fall Out Boy,Local 101,Pete Wentz,Podcast by Jaime Black on July 11th, 2011

Pete Wentz

This week on the ChicagoVerseUniteD audio podcast: a special episode produced in part with Q101‘s Local 101, featuring Pete Wentz! Following an edit of this interview airing on last night’s Local 101, Dynasty Podcasts: CVU delivers the complete interview! The former Fall Out Boy/current Black Cards artist discusses shares his memories of Q101, his feelings on playing Lollapalooza next month, and why he appreciates the Midwest’s attitude towards fame. Stream or download that podcast below.


CVU89 – Pete Wentz

ChicagoVerseUniteD is a weekly music and nightlife podcast series, hosted by Jaime Black. 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.

Lollapalooza 2011 Line Up Boasts A Variety Of Local Talent Including Smith Westerns, Midnight Conspiracy, & Kids These Days

Kids These Days
(Photo via the awesome Clayton Hauck and EveryoneIsFamous)

Following the midnight announcement of Lollapalooza‘s 2011 talent, CVU would like to congratulate this year’s local and locally-related artists, including OK Go, Smith Westerns, Maps & Atlases, Patrick Stump, Gold Motel, Disappears, Kids These Days, Black Cards, and Midnight Conspiracy. It’s a strong showing across the board of acts both established and emerging, with OK Go serving as Chicago scene veterans, while Smith Westerns fill the roll of high profile indie darlings. Disappears arrive on the line up early in its career, while friends of this site Midnight Conspiracy land on the festival following international appearances and hometown residencies. And of course, it’s easy to notice two separate post-Fall Out Boy projects among this year’s listings. Perhaps most promising, however, is the inclusion of live hip hop and soul pop collective Kids These Days (pictured above), a CVU favorite at this year’s SXSW. Find a clip for the group’s track “Darling” below, and watch for more about Lollapalooza 2011 all summer long, right here at CVU.

Live Review: Patrick Stump W/ Rockie Fresh @ Schubas | Local 101 Audio Archive: Patrick Stump!

Posted in Audio Archive,Fall Out Boy,Live Review,Local 101,Patrick Stump,Rockie Fresh by Jaime Black on April 4th, 2011

Patrick Stump

Sunday night’s Local 101 interview with Patrick Stump is now availability in its entirety, markedly longer than the edit that aired last night on Q101. Click below to stream Chris Payne‘s interview with the artist, in which Stump opens up for a candid chat touching on viewing his solo ventures as a parallel musical project, working with Rockie Fresh in the studio, why the Fall Out Boy break is just that, and much, much more. (For Rockie Fresh’s take on the collaboration, check out a recent interview via the good folks at Ruby Hornet.) And following the streaming interview below, find a live review of the musician’s sold out Schuba’s event last night.

Patrick Stump W/ Rockie Fresh
Schubas, Chicago, IL
Sunday, April 3, 2011

At 2010′s SXSW, the then-newly solo Patrick Stump performed a one-man show at the Dirty Dog Bar, with no new music released and no real explanation of what to expect. The set proved to be an experiment, with Stump moving between different instruments over prerecorded backing tracks to deliver early versions of his solo catalogue. It’s a credit to the artist, then, that one year later, the project that is Patrick Stump as a solo artist has gained much more definition and ability to impact.

Sunday night’s show at Schubas, the first of two sold out concerts with a follow up tonight, proved to be a dramatic upgrade from last year’s 6th St. beginnings. The success of the evening can be attributed to a few factors, not the least of which include the release of Stump’s Truant Wave EP earlier this year, a full and more than fully capable backing band onstage, and Stump’s newfound confidence as not only the voice but the architect of his musical arsenal. Playing to a room of predominantly female fans still brightly burning the Fall Out Boy flame, the artist delivered a set drastically different from anything his previous power pop unit ever approached.

The night moved between the handful of cuts off Truant Wave, as-of-yet unreleased songs likely to end up on the Stump’s forthcoming Soul Punk full length, and crowd pleasing covers including a hard funk version of Gym Class Heroes‘ “Cupid’s Chokehold,” a keyboard-led rendition of “Nothing Compares 2 U,” and a full band performance of “All Of The Lights.” The covers contributed to the evening’s overall celebratory vibe, while Stump’s sold the crowd on unknown selections through entirely embedding himself within the material. One unfamiliar production, titled “Cryptozoology” and sporting chiptune keytar and funky guitar and bass, found Stump declaring “I don’t have to prove myself to you.” An interesting sentiment during a night of rebirth.

Throughout the evening, Stump, sporting a tux and vinyl fingerless gloves, proved electrified onstage, possessed by a hyper-kinetic energy. From his live band, Stump’s secret weapon came in the form of back up vocalist and guitarist Michael Day (hat tip to the Sun-Times for name confirmation), who the frontman revealed holds a master’s in guitar, though the other members of the outfit proved their worth throughout different performances. The lounge jazz pop of the heavily energized “Cute Girls,” for example, incorporated Casey Benjamin’s sax in its breakdown while Skoota Warner’s drumming worked overtime to bring the song home. Stump himself, meanwhile, used his voice as a weapon during “Love, Selfish Love,” switching between high and low octaves for the infectious number.

The most engaging moments of the night, however, came late in the set in the form of Truant cuts “Big Hype” and “Spotlight.” Between the two songs, the former prompted huge singalongs from the crowd to accompany the thunderously echoing delivery and undeniable melody, while the latter elevated the song with the addition of keys and a fast paced marching band beat. With the benefit of recognition, the energy between the stage and the crowd proved undeniably reciprocal.

Similarly energized was Chicago rapper Rockie Fresh. Through coincidence or design, Fresh proved himself a kindred spirit in opening for Stump at these dates. Both artists benefited greatly from a full live band during their sets, and both were out to prove themselves. Fresh, to his credit, converted a room of pop punk princesses, many of whom might have never before experienced a live hip hop set. Donning a pair of black shades through the entirety of his half hour set, the MC brought out material from last year’s The Otherside mixtape, including slower and lower fare like the drum and bass-aided “A.C. Green” and the laid back and guitar-enhanced “They Don’t Understand Why.” It was “Sofa King Cole,” however, that truly saw Fresh ignited, with the rapper breathlessly powering through the song’s closing flow. By the end of the set, the MC had demonstrated who he was to a room that, prior to the concert, didn’t know him. In some ways, Patrick Stump did the same thing.

-Jaime Black