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 Mark Rumble from Man Up Chicago! Mark is a writer living in Chicago who wishes he did something more lucrative with his economics degree. He’s written for CS magazine, as well as a mid-size newspaper in Michigan, an ill-fated web series on MSN.com about minor league baseball, and an online magazine about kitchen and bath design. He also started the Chicago men’s website, Man Up Chicago.
What are you afraid of?
Squandering whatever small amount of talent might exist in me. And bats.
Who or what inspires you and why?
Stories involving struggle that result in some sort of triumph, or result in great artistic expression. I like the idea that people can transform awful experiences into something useful.
Where would you like to travel and why?
I’ve always been fascinated with Iceland. I’m not sure why; maybe it’s from years of listening to Sigur Ros.
What is your favorite holiday and why?
Probably Thanksgiving. It usually allows me to see as many friends and family members as I do during Christmas, but the stress level is lower, and the food is better.
What is your favorite post from Man Up Chicago from the last month?
I wrote about Joshua Millman, who started a coffee roasting company in Chicago last year called Passion House. The story behind his company’s name is probably the best story I’ve heard when it comes to naming a company, or even a band.
Chicago Mixtape has a new mix out this week titled JWF Etc, featuring local artists Cool Devices, Sharpless, The Yolks, Johnny Young, Jeremy Davis Miller, SWEARWORDS, Good Evening, and A Light Sleeper.
Mia Jones shares Father John Misty’s NSFW music video.
Mia Jones shares a free mix from Ninja Tune.
Mia Jones shares her Friday mixtape.
Melinda McIntire shares video of Briar Rabbit‘s performance at the Windy City Winter Ball at Subterranean.
Melinda McIntire shares “Rant,” a piece by Carly Oishi about dating/relationships.
Crystal Bishop shares the third installment of “Jimmy Con Learns.”
Gapers Block takes a look at the gaps in Chicago Hip-Hop music.
Gapers Block takes a look at local music trio Unicycle Loves You’s new album, Failure.
Lost in Concert recaps Korn at Congress Theater.
Stic-of-the-Week interviews Garrett Borns.
Stic-of-the-Week interviews SXSW artist Fort Frances.
Stic-of-the-Week also interviews Courtesy Tier, another SXSW artist.
HuffPost Chicago shares photos from the South Side Irish Parade and talks about its family-friendly return.
HuffPost Chicago shares photos of the Flower & Garden Show.
HuffPost Chicago reports on protesters fighting mental health clinic closures.
JBTV has White Wives perform live on the JBTV HD sound stage, Ryan Manno and Toby Jeg catch up with The Menzingers at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, and Jenna Martinelli checks out the Fashion.Music.Hope benefit event at the Double Door in Chicago.
Chicago Innerview previews industrial metal/punk hybrid band Stark.
The Windish Agency announces the winner of their photo contest.
A/S/L_Media took photos of Pyramids of Pluto at Berlin Nightclub.
GlitterGuts took photos of Chicago Zine Fest.
GlitterGuts took photos of Wicker Purim.
GlitterGuts took photos of Shut Up and Dance.
A/S/L_Media has MENOMIX – Ro/Kh/No, KOMPUTE MUSIK Record Release Party at Berlin Nightclub on Wednesday, March 14th.
Joe’s on Weed St. has Keith Relief Benefit Concert with Jerrod Niemann at Joe’s on Weed St. on Wednesday, March 14th.
The Mid has Bass Kitchen: Foreign Beggars, Dj Solo at The Mid on Wednesday, March 14th.
Jenae Williams and A/S/L_Media have Sdust prsnts: Cassian (Chicago Debut) at Berlin Nightclub on Thursday, March 15th. RSVP for no cover ’til 11PM plus Jenae will be buying everyone beer and champagne from 10PM-12AM (while it lasts)!
Ultra Lounge has Damaged Thursdays now with more ROCK! at Ultra Lounge on Thursday, March 15th. RSVP for no cover!
Empty Bottle has Mac Blockout Band, Frustrations, ZED at Empty Bottle on Thursday, March 15th. RSVP for no cover!
NoVo Arts has Welcome To Ashley, Pistols At Dawn, Fly Over State at Township on Friday, March 16th.
The Metro has The Tossers, The Arrivals, Kevin Flynn & The Avondale Ramblers, We Are The Union at The Metro on Friday, March 16th. Click “I Like It” for a chance to win tickets!
Lincoln Hall has American Ireland Fund Young Leaders: St. Patrick’s Celebration with Elevation at Lincoln Hall on Friday, March 16th. Click “I Like It” for a chance to win tickets!
Crimson Lounge has Algorhythm at Crimson Lounge on Friday, March 16th. RSVP to get on the Do312 Presents guestlist!
House of Blues has Toots & The Maytals at House of Blues on Friday, March 16th. Click “I Like It” for a chance to win tickets!
Empty Bottle has Loose Teeth, Johnny Young, Ryley Walker, Charming People at Empty Bottle on Friday, March 16th. RSVP for no cover!
Schubas has Silver Wrapper Spotlight, Orgone, Northbrook Garage at Schubas on Friday, March 16th. Click “I Like It” for a chance to win tickets!
Everyone’s a little bit Irish this week and Do312 is no exception. Here is a list of events where you can go get your Celt on and party till the river goes green… and during… and after! Have fun and beware of public displays of snakes. As always, if you would like to add your St. Patty’s event to our list please let us know!
FRONT 312 has Paradise @ Exit w/KAMAR KAHN, LUIS SEGURA, EDDIE RIOT, AKIRA, DJ KARLOZ at Exit on Saturday, March 17th.
Abbey Pub has St. Patricks Day! The Sand Carvers, Shannon Rovers Bag Pipers, and more! at Abbey Pub on Saturday, March 17th.
Beat Kitchen has WHEN CLOUDS ATTACK, BLUE EYED JESUS, SWEARWORDS at Beat Kitchen on Saturday, March 17th.
Elbo Room has St. Patrick’s Day with Our Name Is Jonas, Don’t Speak, Homebrew at Elbo Room on Saturday, March 17th. Click “I Like It” for a chance to win tickets!
Double Door has St. Paddy’s Day 2012: You Get What You Pay For: Free Show, Beer Nuts, The Crombies, Springa Sonic Droogs, The Virginia Gentlemen at Double Door on Saturday, March 17th. RSVP for a free cocktail or Miller Lite!
Beauty Bar has GET LUCKY on ST. PATTY’s DAY! at Beauty Bar on Saturday, March 17th. RSVP for hosted bar 9 – 10PM and no cover until 11PM!
The Mid has Paul Oakenfold at The Mid on Saturday, March 17th. Click “I Like It” for a chance to win tickets!
ACE Bar has St. Patrick’s Day 2012 Chicago Live Irish music – Dropkick Murphys/Flogging Molly tribute at ACE Bar on Saturday, March 17th. RSVP to get on the Do312 Presents guestlist!
Do312 has 312 CAN LAUNCH at Cubby Bear on Wednesday, March 21st. RSVP for no cover at hosted 312 cans until 8:30!
FRONT 312 has Bella Notte – an evening of Soul, Garage, Psychedelic & Rare Groove at Three Aces on Thursday, March 22nd. RSVP for a Dewars 12 Scotch tasting from 10PM – 12AM.
Ground Lift Media has Face Melt Pre-Anniversary Showcase w/ Cutz on Cuts | Live Broadcast at Private Loft Space on Thursday, March 22nd.
FRONT 312 has Ram Jam, an Aries Party w/ Trancid, SoOhSix, Suzanne Shelton & Front 312 at Neo on Friday, March 23rd. RSVP for no cover!
Ground Lift Media has Face Melt: Ill.Gates, Dj Belly, Raj Mahal at Reggie’s on Friday, March 23rd. Click “I Like It” for a chance to win tickets!
CHICAGO TASTEMAKERS @ SXSW
Gapers Block rounds up the Chicago acts & showcases set to perform at SXSW.
Broke Hipster shares their picks for rising stars to catch at SXSW 2012.
The Windish Agency shares SXSW showcase announcements.
The Windish Agency is hosting several SXSW events. Check them out here.
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.
Stic-of-the-Week has Grape Stic on the Town (Unofficial SXSW Party) at Lovely Boutique in Austin on March 15th.
Cream 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.
Chicago’s favorite ElectroFunk trio GHOSTHOUSE is giving DJs/Producers nationwide the chance to remix their highly anticipated upcoming single ‘Stop, Drop and Roll.’ The winning remix will be featured on the digital single package being released on April 5th AND have their track released on DJ Zebo’s label, Hot Dog Records! If that wasn’t enough, Do312 is throwing in a pair of tickets to the Spring Awakening Music Festival! Download the single, remix, upload and vote! Check it out here!
Do312, Willy Joy, Team Bayside High & Metro Present: The Moombahton Madness DJ contest!
Want to open up for Munchi, Team Bayside High and Rampage Y Nader on March 30th at the Metro? We’re looking for the best new Moombahton producers and DJs, and our favorite will be selected to play at the show! Check it out here!
Ground Lift Media is running a mix contest to help celebrate their one year anniversary! As a special addition to the FACE MELT 1 year celebration, local DJs & beat makers have been invited to submit their mixes / tracks for a chance to perform at the ill.Gates concert 3/23 @ Reggie’s (Chicago, IL). While only one can win this contest, the top 3 contestants will all get a chance to perform at the pre-anniversary showcase Thursday 3/22. Headlining will be the three man turntablist crew Cutz on Cuts, and the entire showcase will be broadcast live via the ‘Part Time Sucker Radio’ show (WNUR) as well as Cutz on Cuts Ustream channel. Check it out here!