Chicago quartet Hero Monster Zero have a new record coming out next week called Nice To Want. They’ve released a single for you to check out, and it’s a good tune. It kicks off with a big 70’s guitar riff before settling into a mid-90’s Counting Crows kind of vibe. Lead singer Andy Metz has been a singer-songwriter I’ve followed for a few years now, … Continue reading Hero Monster Zero-“Stepping On Me”
Over the weekend I had the opportunity to check out one of the great events Chicago has offered this year, The Chicago Roots Collective’s 3rd Annual Showcase. There were over 75 featured performers over two nights at The Elbo Room, and each of them shared a singular vision of a music-based community that is self-sustaining and effectively promotes all those involved. Before the show I … Continue reading The Chicago Roots Collective Showcase 11/18/11
I haven’t had much time to do anything this week, but tonight I will be leading a round table discussion with members of the Chicago Roots Collective. I have four bands lined up for the talk, so I’d like to highlight them all here. They are all playing sets tonight at Elbo Room, so if you like what you hear please come down. Entry is … Continue reading The Chicago Roots Collective Showcase Is Tonight!
My introduction to Chicago-area band The Welcome was a three-track EP of R Kelly covers. It is fun and well-done, but it makes one wonder: What kind of material will these guys come up with on their own? That question was answered for me a couple nights ago when frontman Gehring Miller came by to do an interview and left me a copy of their … Continue reading The Welcome-I