Local Music Scene

All about the current Chicago music scene, whether you want to practice and record your own music, or enjoy someone else’s live performance.

Lolla 2013 Recap: Day Three

Lolla 2013 Recap: Day Three

Gene tackles Lolla’s best and busiest day, highlighting a few local bands and a huge closing set by The Cure.

The Burlington (Venue, Logan Square)

The Burlington is quickly emerging as one of Logan Square’s premiere music venues. Even if it’s only a small basement.

Chicago Record Labels (Part One)

Beyond the plethora of music venues, record stores and starving musicians looking to make more than a peep in this city, Chicago is one of the leading hubs for record labels.

Transistor: An Andersonville Shop for the Art/Book/Music Lover

Transistor is one of those hard-to-define Andersonville stores. Is it a record store? A bookstore? With art for sale on every inch of wall and amps, instruments, and headphones on display, I had to ask—what is Transistor?

Chicago Record Store Guide

Chances are, if you’re a buyer of Vinyl records or rare CD’s then you enjoy the hunt for music almost as much as you enjoy the music itself. It was with this mentality that I attempted to tackle every record store within Chicago city limits.

Chicago Record Labels (Part Two)

For part two of Chicago Record Labels, I look to span the gamut between independent success stories, the unfortunately-short-lived-but-loved, and totally-unheard-of-but-making-waves-in-certain-crowds.

Summer Dance Chicago

Happening Thursdays through Saturdays, Summer Dance Chicago features a different style of music from around the world, and attendees are invited to learn the dance style associated with the music before a live band takes the stage to kick the proceedings into high gear.

Lollapalooza 2011 Preview

Lollapalooza 2011 Preview

Check out this preview of the 2011 Lollapalooza festival, complete with set times, stage locations and tons of music!

The Food of Love: A Chicago-Inspired Playlist

The Food of Love: A Chicago-Inspired Playlist

If you look hard enough, you’ll find over a century of musical expression based on Chicago. Consider this list of some favorites your food of love and play on.

5 Kickass… Records from Chicago’s Past (The 1990s)

5 Kickass… Records from Chicago’s Past (The 1990s)

Local rock station Q101 may be just a memory, but the amazing music that poured out of the city in the ’90s still sounds great. Here’s 5 kickass albums by Chicago bands from the 1990s. Enjoy!

Beat Kitchen (Bar, Roscoe Village)

Beat Kitchen boasts an intimate setting for live shows and even hosts a weekly Tuesday night Underground Comedy showcase.

June Music Festivals 2011

June Music Festivals 2011

With so many festivals it’s hard to pick just one per weekend. After a careful investigation, here are our picks for what to enjoy musically for free/cheap in June.

Hungry Brain (Bar & Music Venue, Roscoe Village)

Hungry Brain (Bar & Music Venue, Roscoe Village)

A great bar to catch a drink at when your feet hurt; Hungry Brain is Roscoe Village’s comfiest bar.

Split a Six Pack with Andy Kiel of Moon Furies

Split a Six Pack with Andy Kiel of Moon Furies

Before Moon Furies heads out to play 100 shows in 100 days, we at UPChicago got a hold of guitar player Andy Kiel. We had six questions. He had six answers. If you like ‘em, turn ‘em up.