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 will let you get to know our Tastemakers a bit better because they’re more than a name online, they’re bringing you the hottest events Chicago has to offer!
This week you get to meet Alex White of White Mystery! White Mystery is the ferocious rock’n’roll sibling duo of Miss Alex White and Francis Scott Key White from Chicago. Named a Top Act and Best Video premiere by MTV, Top Ten Indie Album by The Chicago Tribune, the two-piece shared stages with Weezer, the Gories, and Mavis Staples, then played more 120 shows around North America in 2011. Guitar World named Miss Alex White in “Ten Female Guitarists You Should Know.” Look out for a new release, video, and SXSW tour to come from White Mystery this year!
If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
Orange! It’s the color of the year by Pantone, and the brand of guitar amp I prefer.
What is your favorite holiday and why?
4/20, cuz it’s the White Mystery band anniversary and annual record release!
Do you have any pets?
Devo the Dog, see here.
What is your most memorable moment in the past year?
Playing with Weezer at Riot Fest to a sea of smiling people!
What upcoming events are you excited for?
I’m excited to hit the road with White Mystery for the next two months and play 70 shows around North America, with a kick-off at SXSW and a record release on 4/20 in New York. Check out all the tour dates here!
Dynasty Podcasts share two new podcasts this week. The first boasts Epic, Illekt, and Jasson Perez of BBU opening up about their freshly released mixtape, while the second offers Aubyn Beth and Will Scott of Rep Your Scene, discussing the Chicago rock scene and the lost art of the quality concert experience.
Chicago Mixtape has a new mixtape out this week titled, Me and the Wife (Go Out Dancing), featuring local bands – Baby Teeth, Kickback, Moritat and tons more to make for a dance party extraordinaire.
Dani Deahl shares a photo of her, Steve Aoki, Datsik, Kill the Noise, Mustard Pimp, Korn, and the crowd.
BV Chicago covers the release of Outer Minds new LP & upcoming shows.
BV Chicago shares upcoming shows for JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound.
BV Chicago shares a profile of The Drum.
Stic-of-the-Week shares the song “Keep You” by Chicago duo Wild Belle.
Stic-of-the-Week shares free music from Andrew Bird.
Stic-of-the-Week shares the new video for “By Surprise” by Gemini Club.
Stic-of-the-Week shares a video of Garrett Borns covering “Criminal” by Britney Spears.
Lost in Concert reviews Foxy Shazam at Metro Chicago on Feb. 11th.
Lost in Concert reviews Jack’s Mannequin at The House of Blues on Jan. 25th.
Huffington Post Chicago covers the history of Illinois’ corrupt politicians.
Huffington Post Chicago covers the fan revolt surrounding Fiona Apple’s Chicago concert sellout.
Huffington Post Chicago covers Tyler Perry’s $98,000 donation to Rev. Corey Brooks’ Anti-Violence rooftop occupation.
MAN B QUE shares their “meat architecture” creation of Stonehenge.
MAN B QUE shares their interview with JBTV.
The Dead Hub shares photos from Van Halen’s concert at United Center on Feb. 24
The Dead Hub reviews Young the Giant at the Rave in Milwaukee on Feb 21st.
The Dead Hub reviews Walk the Moon at the Rave in Milwaukee on Feb 21st.
Crystal Bishop shares the 1st promo video for Ghosthouse’s upcoming single, “Stop, Drop and Roll”.
The Windish Agency shares Crystal Castles’ new fashion video for “Suffocation”
The Windish Agency shares School of Seven Bells performance on Jimmy Fallon.
JBTV shares an interview with The Gaslight Anthem, Dan Black, Murder by Death, MAN B QUE and vintage footage of Smashing Pumpkins.
Glitter Guts took photos of The Good Life.
Glitter Guts took photos of WITS: A Blackboard Affair Masquerade Ball.
Glitter Guts took photos of Another 90s Party Presents SLC Punk.
Mad laB Photography took photos of Rehab at Debonair Social Club.
Mad laB Photography took photos of The Booty Up at Evil Olive.
Mad laB Photography took photos of Freedom Party Chicago at Beauty Bar.
A/S/L_Media took photos of Northern Lights at Parlour.
A/S/L_Media took photos of Reality Check at Berlin.
Lewis&Clark has Queefer Madness at Studio Be running every week, starting Thursday, February 23rd through Thursday, March 8th.
Schubas has Memoryhouse, Tiny Fireflies at Schubas on Tuesday, February 28th.
SPACE has Pearl and the Beard, Jon Drake and the Shakes at SPACE on Tuesday, February 28th. Click “I Like It” for a chance to win tickets!
Empty Bottle has Estesombelo, Tim Daisy & Katherine Young, Chanel Pease & JR Robinson and more! at Empty Bottle on Tuesday, February 28th. RSVP for no cover!
Gap Store in Lincoln Park has Au Revoir Simone Live DJ Set with Open Bar! at the Gap Store in Lincoln Park on Wednesday, February 29th. RSVP to get on the guestlist and hosted bar from Gap!
Lincoln Hall has Polica, Marijuana Death Squads, Total Fucking Blood at Lincoln Hall on Wednesday, February 29th.
Empty Bottle has AWP kickoff party featuring featuring James Greer of Guided By Voices, Mutts, Hosted by Harold Ray at Empty Bottle on Wednesday, February 29th. RSVP for no cover!
Crimson Lounge has Commonwealth Wednesday feat DJ Moppy at Crimson Lounge on Wednesday, February 29th. RSVP to get on the Do312 guestlist!
Cobra Lounge has Zombies Vs. Skeletons: Ladytron // Ghosthouse // Pinkmachine on Wednesday, February 29th.
NoVo Arts has AWP kickoff party feat. James Greer of Guided By Voices, Mutts, Hosted by Harold Ray on Wednesday, February 29th. RSVP for no cover!
Do312 and Beauty Bar has Do312.com & Beauty Bar Present: Bargain Wave (RSVP for complimentary Schlitz and Cheap Drinks!) at Beauty Bar on Thursday, March 1st. RSVP to receive a free Schlitz!
Jenae Williams and A/S/L_Media have Stardust prsnts: Big Dipper LIVE w/ DAAN and Fabulous Ladies of Fitness at Berlin Nightclub on Thursday, March 1st. RSVP for no cover ’til 11PM plus Jenae will be buying everyone beer and champagne from 10PM-12AM (while it lasts)!
Empty Bottle has ‘Full Throttle: an AWP off-site event’ featuring Lillian-Yvonne Bertram, Adam Clay, Mel Coyle, Lewis Freedman, and more! at Empty Bottle on Thursday, March 1st. RSVP for no cover!
Empty Bottle also has Melismatics, Black Box, The Artist Formally Known as Vince at Empty Bottle on Thursday, March 1st. RSVP for no cover!
Public Works has Birds LLS, Brave Men, Double Cross, and more present: ‘No Baby’ at Public Works on Thursday, March 1st. RSVP for no cover!
Reggie’s has Glen Matlock vs Hugh Cornwell!, Clem Burke, The Handcuffs at Reggie’s on Thursday, March 1st. RSVP for a chance to win tickets!
Julia Shell has Noches de Rock feat. Los Amigos Invisibles at The Cubby Bear on Thursday, March 1st.
Greg Haus has RITON w/DJ Greg Haus at Berlin Nightclub on Friday, March 2nd. RSVP for a chance to win tickets!
House of Blues has Amrita W/ The Attraction, Trainwreck Symphony, Red Novella and Rain Delay at House of Blues on Friday, March 2nd. Click “I Like It” for a chance to win tickets!
Crimson Lounge has VOLATL Presents (re)Chicago Featuring “Evil” Eddie Richards & Kate Simko at Crimson Lounge on Friday, March 2nd. RSVP to get on the Do312 guestlist!
Elbo Room has Bear Lake, Item 9 & The Mad Hatters, Circus Bear, Bearsnail at Elbo Room on Friday, March 2nd.
Metro has Reverend Horton Heat, Larry And His Flask, The Goddamn Gallows at Metro on Saturday, March 3rd. Click “I Like It” for a chance to win tickets!
Julia Shell has Rebirth Brass Band at Cubby Bear on Saturday, March 3rd. Click “I Like It” for a chance to win tickets!
Beauty Bar has Champagne Retro – An 80’s Party at Beauty Bar on Saturday, March 3rd. RSVP for hosted champagne reception from 9-10PM!
Cobra Lounge has TODD HEMBROOK AND THE HEMISPHERES at Cobra Lounge on Saturday, March 3rd. Click “I Like It” for a chance to win tickets!
NoVo Arts has Windy City Winter Ball #4 feat. Briar Rabbit at Subterranean on Saturday, March 3rd.
JBTV has ALLEN STONE – Live Taping at JBTV Studios on Monday, March 5th. RSVP for a chance to win tickets!
Schubas has Practice Space presents: The Kickback, Mutts, Psychic Twin at Schubas on Monday, March 5th. Click “I Like It” for a chance to win tickets!
Dynasty Podcasts has Rockit Live: Building your brand online at Rockit River North on Tuesday, March 6th. RSVP to get on the guestlist!
TASTEMAKERS @ SXSW NEWS
Gapers Block rounds up the Chicago acts & showcases set to perform at SXSW.
The Windish Agency shares SXSW showcase announcements.
Do512 shares a list of parties all over Austin (Free entry w/ RSVP on Do512) starting March 9th.
Do512 has Epic Interactive! Featuring Delta Spirit, Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr (Free entry w/ RSVP on Do512) at The Belmont in Austin on March 9th
NoVo Arts has the SXSW send-off party at Hideout on March 10.
The Windish Agency announces a contest for photographers to cover their SXSW showcase, in Austin on March 13-17.
NoVo Arts has Las Guitarras de Espana at Valhalla in Austin on March 13th.
BV Chicago share a SXSW show teaser.
Do512 offers an impressive list of live in-studio shows at the 512 Lounge in Austin starting March 14th.
NoVo Arts has LetsGetMessy Day Party (FREE w/ RSVP on Do512) at 512 Bar in Austin on March 15th.
Creme Team has a selection of their favorite new bands performing at Hype Machine’s Hype Hotel in Austin on March 16th.
NoVo Arts has JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound at Red Eyed Fly in Austin on March 17th.
Do512 has The Big One 2012 (Free Entry w/ RSVP on Do512) at The Belmont in Austin on March 17th.
White Mystery shares their SXSW schedule:
03/13/12 ART DISASTER Beauty Bar Austin, TX Details
03/14/12 BROOKLYN VEGAN CHICAGO TBA Austin, TX
03/14/12 BURGER RECORD SHOWCASE Trailer Space Austin, TX Details
03/15/12 REGGIE’S ROCK CLUB SHOWCASE The Elysium Austin TX Details
03/15/12 BLACKOUT SHOWCASE Headhunters Austin, TX Details
03/15/12 ON LANGFORD AND DOGFISH HEAD BREWERY Gingerman Austin, TX Details
03/16/12 GIRLS ROCK! Cherrywood Coffee House Austin, TX Details
03/17/12 GET BENT & RUBBERNECK SHOWCASE Beerland Austin, TX Details
03/17/12 BURGERMANIA Spiderhouse Austin, TX Details
03/18/12 BRO FEST Club Dada Dallas, TX Details
Heave Media has I BLAME YOKO / Heave Media Day Party Showcase (FREE w/ RSVP on Do512) at B.D Riley’s Irish Pub in Austin on March 14th.
Do312 and Thrillist are teaming up with Do512, Southwest Airlines, Guitar Center, Fender, AND Spotify to give a lucky winner the following amazing prizes:
- A pair of platinum badges to a certain music festival in Austin, TX.
- Round trip airfare for two on Southwest Airlines
- A 5 night hotel stay
- A limited edition Fender guitar and amp
- A 12 month subscription of Spotify premium
- VIP access to some awesome Do512 and Thrillist parties
That’s a hell of a prize, isn’t it? For your chance to enter, go HERE and follow the directions! HURRY! Contest ends March 1st, 2012.