Here is this week’s dose from Chicago’s Tastemakers! Each week we check in with our 60+ Chicago movers and shakers to see what’s going on around town. Stay tuned each week to get each week’s wrap and next week’s view!
Our weekly Tastemaker Spotlight is going to help you lovely people get to know our Tastemakers a little bit better, so they’re more than just a name online bringing you the hottest events the city has to offer!
This week you get to meet Chess Hubbard from UR Chicago! Chess runs UR Chicago Online, is co-founder of Life During Wartime (Chicago’s longest running indie dance party), and is one half of Cenob1te (EDM duo) and Moneypenny (electro-pop duo). When she’s not creating and/or promoting music, art, and nerdery, she enjoys hockey, RPGs, and Magic: The Gathering.
What is a personality trait in others that really irritates you?
There are so many, but if I had to choose one it would be humble bragging. Social media has really put a spotlight on humble bragging. Everywhere I turn, someone is posting a humble brag! Make it stop!
If the average human life span was 40 years, how would you live your life differently?
I already live my life like I might die at any time, which is why I didn’t choose a very conventional route…
What would you like your last meal be?
I would hope that it consisted of a lot of various grilled meats, onion rings, my mom’s mashed potatoes, fresh tropical fruits, and a dessert of rice krispie treats and Hawaiian shaved ice. Damnit, now I am hungry.
If you could have any non-traditional pet, what would it be?
A shark. Right now I am into great hammerheads, but I also like blue, bull, tiger, and great whites as well.
What upcoming event are you pumped for?
Dead Fame BASS!
CVU148 – Accidentally Sexy by DYNASTY PODCASTS
CVU147 – Netherfriends by DYNASTY PODCASTS
DPLB004 – The GlitterGuts Dance Punk Circus 02/04/12 by DYNASTY PODCASTS
Dynasty Podcasts shares three new podcasts this week featuring Accidentally Sexy, Netherfriends, and The GlitterGuts Dance Punk Circus.
Orville Kline shares the newest episode of Porn and Chicken TV.
Tapes & Money [Soundcloud edit] NEW SINGLE 02/04/2012 by T-E-E-D
Stic-of-the-Week shares Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaur’s new SoundCloud release, Tapes & Money [Soundcloud edit] NEW SINGLE.
Stic-of-the-Week preview’s Die Antwood’s new album, Ten$ion.
Stic-of-the-Week also shares guy opinions on Valentine’s Day outfits.
Gapers Block shares local band Canasta‘s tour diary from their tour in Mongolia.
Gapers Block reviews The Darkness at Metro on February 11th.
Gapers Block reviews Dance Floor Plans at Martyrs’.
Broke Hipster shares their highlights of the Grammys.
The Dead Hub shares leaked info on Lolla 2012 headliners.
The Dead Hub shares a free download of Band of Skulls’ new single, Sweet Sour.
The Dead Hub recaps Motorhead at The Rave in Milwaukee.
HeaveMedia interviewed Slow Animal.
HeaveMedia shares a music essay titled “My Week with Stacy: Part One” in which the writer shares his week of listening to nothing by Stacy’s Mom for a whole week.
Pop ‘stache shares Stubble vol. IV, the fourth installment of our Stubble Mixtape Series.
Groundlift Media shares Deep Covers 2 – Dre Day ’12, a free five track mix of Dre’s music.
UR Chicago reviews Steve Aoki’s new album, Wonderland.
UR Chicago also reviews The Asteroids Galaxy Tour’s new album, Out of Frequency.
The Huffington Post Chicago interviews Tavi Gevinson and Jonah Ansell, director of new animated film Cadaver.
The Huffington Post Chicago talks about how Chicagoans joined Jennifer Hudson in paying tribute to Whitney Houston.
The Huffington Post Chicago shares the ten most iconic romantic movie scenes from Chicago.
A/S/L_Media took pictures of Pyramids of Pluto at Berlin Nightclub.
A/S/L_Media took pictures of Sexy Sundays at Beauty Bar.
GlitterGuts took pictures of Nocturna: New Loves and Broken Hearts.
GlitterGuts took pictures of Queerer Park Valentine’s Masquerade.
GlitterGuts shared pictures of We’re Just Not There Yet.
PartyLine Chicago took photos of New York Fashion week.
JMA Promotions shares some music industry news:
Over the last week we had Ryan Carey travel to Portland for the Little Hurricane concert. Their first time in Portland and a sold out club of 300 due to the support from KNRK radio. If you’re not watching or listening to Little Hurricane we recommend it.
We caught Class Actress once again in Los Angeles at the Echo. We’ve now seen Elizabeth and her band several times. They keep getting better and better. A packed club as well.
Rachel McClusky performed her showcase for the music supervisors at Paramount Pictures last Thursday “on the lot”. She was accompanied by songwriter and percussionist Jay Ollero and guitarist Keaton Simon. We think there will be some film placement coming out of this as they really nailed the 5 songs/25 minute set. Watch this girl and her upcoming shows in Nashville, Dayton, and Chicago all in the next 30 days including opening for Lupe Fiasco.
Finally, it was Grammy week in Los Angeles. Some of us were there and always the most exciting week of the year. We saw Bruce Springsteen’s rehearsal as part of a sneak preview on Friday, and attended the cool Paramount friends and family party watching Fitz and the Tantrums as DJ’s! The McClusky girls went to the Grammy’s and reported back on the spectacular night for Adele, Foo Fighters, Bon Iver, Kanye etc.
Really can’t talk about the entire week without mentioning the sadness all through the entertainment industry on the death of Whitney Houston Saturday. It happens all too often where one of our icons’ life is shortened through a tragic situation. The press coverage was respectful but nonetheless it was still hugely tragic.
If this week is anywhere near back to normal, then it’s about Valentine’s Day, Andrew Bell at SPACE, Sharon Van Etten at Lincoln Hall, and Flogging Molly at the Aragon. See you next week.
Ah, Valentines Day, love, coupling, smooches… ’tis the season. Christian lore and Wikipedia tells us that St. Valentine himself was arrested and imprisoned after being caught marrying Christian couples. Apparently helping out Christians was such a big no-no in Rome at the time, that Val was stoned and beaten with clubs; when that failed to kill him, he was publicly beheaded as warning to those who would disobey the emperor….now who wants chocolates and a prix fixe!? Regardless of why we celebrate the day, Do312’s got some decapi-tastic (yep I said it) events for you and your loved one(s) so forget the Garfield card and the Whitman’s sampler, express your bonds by going out and getting your special someone well fed, entertained, and shit-faced on a weekday. We can think of no better way to say… amore.
Chicago Reader and A/S/L_Media have Chicago Reader’s 3rd Annual Anti-Valentine’s Day Party With performances by 2nd Story and The Black Belles at Logan Square Auditorium on Tuesday, February 14th.
Crystal Bishop and Stic-of-the-Week have A Very John Hughes Valentine’s Day – Tribute Band at Debonair Social Club on Tuesday, February 14th. RSVP for no cover before midnight!
TEEN WITCH and A/S/L_Media have CULT W/ PICTUREPLANE, TRIPLE SIX SOUND CLUB, #TOP8 at Berlin Nightclub on Thursday, February 16th. RSVP for no cover ’til 11PM and free beer and champagne from 10PM-12AM (while it lasts)!
Lincoln Hall has Sharon Van Etten, Shearwater Day 1 at Lincoln Hall on Thursday, February 16th. Click “I Like It” for a chance to win tickets!
UR Chicago has Dead Fame BASS, with MIDNIGHT CONSPIRACY, KRIS BARMAN, CENOB1TE, RUCKUS, ENOPTIX at Metro on Friday, February 17th. RSVP and pay just $8!
Congress Theater has Lotus, Conspirator, Emancipator at Congress Theater on Friday, February 17th. Click “I Like It” for a chance to win tickets!
Sound Bar has Swanky Tunes at Sound Bar on Friday, February 17th. RSVP for no cover until midnight!
UR Chicago has Dead Fame BASS, with MIDNIGHT CONSPIRACY, KRIS BARMAN, CENOB1TE, RUCKUS, ENOPTIX at Metro on Friday, February 17th.
Ruby Hornet has Digital Freshness with Mick Boogie and Mic Terror at Beauty Bar on Saturday, February 18th.
Groundlift Media has Dre Day 2012 Chicago: w/ Big Once, Adad + More! at Double Door on Saturday, February 18th.
Lewis & Clark have Lewis & Clark, Koolmorf Widesen at Reggie’s on Saturday, February 18th.
Aragon Ballroom has FLOGGING MOLLY | “Green 17 Tour 2012″ presented by Sailor Jerry at Aragon Ballroom on Saturday, February 18th. Click “I Like It” for a chance to win tickets!
Old Town School of Folk Music has North Mississippi Allstars Duo Day 1 at Old Town School of Folk Music on Saturday, February 18th. Click “I Like It” for a chance to win tickets!
Bottom Lounge has Sage Francis, Kristoff Krane, Metermaids, Dark Time Sunshine at Bottom Lounge on Saturday, February 18th. Click “I Like It” for a chance to win tickets!
House of Blues has NiT GRiT & Two Fresh – “The No Antidote Tour” at House of Blues on Saturday, February 18th. Click “I Like It” for a chance to win tickets!
A/S/L_Media has ROBYN SHOWCASE: The Polar Music Party at Berlin Nightclub on Sunday, February 19th.
Old Town School of Folk Music has North Mississippi Allstars Duo Day 2 at Old Town School of Folk Music on Sunday, February 19th. Click “I Like It” for a chance to win tickets!
Brooklyn Vegan Chicago previews Willis Earl Beal release show at Cole’s Bar on Tuesday, February 21st.
Front 312 has Bella Notte – an evening of Soul, Garage, Psychedelic & Rare Groove at Three Aces on Thursday, February 23rd. Click “I Like It” for a Dewars 12 scotch tasting from 9-11PM!
Front 312 has Front 312 – The Legend of Dance Edition at Neo on Friday, February 24th.
Front 312 has Paradise w/ Ron Solera, Victor Lua, Jackin’ Andy, Rafeleux, Out of Control Pete at Exit on Saturday, February 25th.
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