Derek Nelson has been one of Chicago’s finest songwriters for about a decade now. He’s been the leader of at least two amazing bands, Derek Nelson & The Musicians and Martin Van Ruin, and is now releasing his debut solo album called Richer Soil. Last week he released the first single, “The Chosen Ones,” and today he is giving me the honor of premiering the … Continue reading Derek Nelson-U.R.Y.
You may remember Todd Kessler from his run with Cee-Lo Green on The Voice in 2012. He didn’t win, but he showed America the kind of musician he is, and he’s stayed true to that since then. He formed a group after his stint called Todd Kessler And The New Folk, who I got to see perform at Lincoln Hall. I’ve also seen him perform … Continue reading Todd Kessler-Meet You There
I’m very excited to be the person to deliver the second song from the duo Grand Am into your life. The first single is a straight-up jam, and “I Think I Found” adds a few new twists to their sound. Producer/Composer/ James Panepinto of New York and Singer/Songwriter David McMillin of Chicago are still working on the finishing touches of their full collection of songs, … Continue reading Song Premiere: Grand Am-“I Think I Found”
The Fuss released their first full-length back in July, but I hadn’t heard about them until a few days ago. After touring around Iowa, Nebraska, and Minnesota to support the record, they went back to Des Moines to film a video for the song “Boy” with visual master Bruce Bales and the DEFT crew. When I first heard the song my immediate thought was that … Continue reading The Fuss-Boy (Video Premiere)
Our old friend Patrick Tape-Fleming produced the debut record from Quick Piss, Rock And Roll Impotence, and as you might suspect based on his previous work it’s really good. The Des Moines-based punk group’s album came out back in August, but they’re still slowly rolling out material from it, including this DEFT-shot video for the song “Information Withdrawal.” The video reminds me a bit of … Continue reading Video Premiere: Quick Piss-Information Withdrawal