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 Andy Keil – founder of Pop ‘stache! Andy moved to Chicago in 2008, escaping Iowa as quickly as possible. He founded Pop ‘stache in November 2010 after learning the ropes from other local publications/tastemakers (Consequence of Sound & The Dead Hub.) Since then, he’s worn many hats and is always involved in a number of projects. Currently those are Instafeed, the simplest web browsing experience for Instagram, and a re-branding of SongLyrics.com. He’s also been known to photograph shows around town
What was the best gift you ever received?
My favorite artist+musician is Drew Roulette from the band Dredg and an ex-girlfriend got him to sketch a one-of-a-kind poster just for me. Funny thing is, we broke up before she was able to give it to me on Christmas. It’s one of my most prized possessions.
If you could be any Chicago neighborhood, what would it be and why?
Logan Square: Boiler Room, Longman & Eagle, The Owl, Two Way, Revolution. I could go on.
What is stashed under your bed/mattress?
iPads full of porn. I like to keep up with technology.
What is your favorite post from Pop ‘stache from the past month(and do you have a link to promote it)?
David Anthony, our newly appointed managing editor, interviewed Brendan Kelly of The Lawrence Arms recently where he pulled out this gem:
“The dude from Iron and Wine writes a song and somewhere in the back of his head he’s thinking, “Fuck you assholes! You thought you knew some fuckin’ good music? Fuck you! I can’t wait to see someone eat their fuckin’ own dick to this song.”
If you could be immortal for a day, what would you do?
I’d want to do pretty devious shit but since I’d have to live with repercussions the next day, I’d probably just ride my bike down 94 wearing a canadian flag like a cape and middle fingers raised high. No one likes Canada.
Dynasty Podcasts share four new podcasts this week, including interviews with Brendan Kelly (The Lawrence Arms/Brendan Kelly and the Wandering Birds), Gemini Club, Disappears, and the podcast of the live Dynasty broadcast from the Lollapalooza announcement at Debonair, featuring DJ PHNM, members of Hey Champ, Perfect Kiss, and more!
Lost In Concert reviews Of Montreal at the Metro on March 28th.
Lost In Concert reviews Youth Lagoon at the Metro on April 4th.
Lost In Concert reviews Lucero at the Metro on April 7th.
Gapers Block shares a video of JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound – with a Muppet!
UR Chicago reviews La Sera’s new album, Sees the Light.
UR Chicago reviews Choir of Young Believers new album, Rhine Gold.
The Dead Hub shares the Summerfest – Miller Lite Oasis Stage headliners for 2012.
The Dead Hub reviews Fun at the Majestic Theater in Madison, WI on April 11th.
The Dead Hub shares the line-up to KISS 103.5 Fantabuloso at AllState Arena on May 18th.
The Dead Hub shares the Taste of Chicago headliners for the Petrillo music shell.
Windy City Rock review Willis Earl Beal the the Hideout on April 19th.
Windy City Rock interview Rabble Rabble.
PARTYLINE Chicago covers Coachella Music Festival 2012.
PARTYLINE Chicago covers the 7th Annual MOFEST.
Lewis and Clark announce the release of their $free99 studded snapback hats.
HEAVE Media interviews Keith Hampson of Power Animal.
HEAVE Media reviews Zac Efron’s new movie, The Lucky One.
CHICAGOIST reacts to Chicago’s 14th place finish in America’s Best Cities for Hipsters.
MANBQUE wrote a love letter to Chicago!
Chicago Innerview spotlights School of Seven Bells.
Chicago Innerview spotlights Sander Van Doorn.
Chicago Innerview spotlights Pontiak.
Stic-of-the-Week shares a new music video for Marathon Runner, by Yellow Ostrich.
Stic-of-the-Week covers the release of Gemini Club’s new EP, Here We Sit.
Stic-of-the-Week spotlights the recent release of The Welcome‘s new EP.
Chicago Mixtape has a new Out of Socket Mixtape 063.
Mia Jones shares a new Venue Menue Podcast
Chrome Attic shares a video covering Sound Swap launch with Chaperone, Derek Nelson & The Musicians and Celebrated Workingman.
A/S/L Media shares photos from Friends of “Nuclear Convention” Family at Berlin.
GlitterGuts shares photos from Queerer Park at Beauty Bar.
Dom Brown has SRTB presents: PORN AND CHICKEN: Mortal Kombat! at Evil Olive on Monday, April 23rd. RSVP for no cover ’til midnight!
Beauty Bar has Salonathon (4-23) TEAM SPORTS at Beauty Bar on Monday, April 23rd.
Debonair Social Club has REHAB: Team Bayside High’s Spring Break Bash on Monday, April 23rd. No Cover for those who dress up!
CIMM Fest has Mice Parade and Cloudbirds at the Hideout on Tuesday, April 24th.
Beauty Bar has Timbuck2uesday! at Beauty Bar on Tuesday, April 24th. RSVP for hosted bar from 10-11pm!
Debonair Social Club has ‘DDMD’ @ Debonair Social Club ( (GHOSTHOUSE DJ set) ) on Tuesday, April 24th. RSVP for hosted Oldstyle from 10-11pm!
Do312 & Beauty Bar have Do312.com & Beauty Bar Present: BARGAIN WAVE $1 Beers All Night + Hosted Schlitz + More w/ RSVP at Beauty Bar on Wednesday, April 25th. RSVP for a free Schlitz!
Ultra Lounge has Damaged – Apr. 26 // Christopher Dizzy Lee (Tattoo the Devil), Steve from 3 Floyds, Knife Fight, Don Mega, Christopher Storm, Oh on Thursday, April 26th. RSVP for no cover!
Lincoln Hall has Horse Feathers, Brown Bird on Thursday, April 26th. Click “I Like It” for a chance to win tickets!
Jenae Williams, Teen Witch, & ASL Media have CULT w/ Lil Internet (NYC) and LE1F (Live/NYC) at Berlin on Thursday, April 26th. RSVP for no cover til 10pm!
Mayne Stage has The Knux on Thursday, April 26th. Click “I Like It” for a chance to win tickets!
Ground Lift Media has FACE MELT v15: Live Performance by TYLR at SubT Lounge on Friday, April 27th.
NoVo Arts has Band of Heathens, Derek Nelson & the Musicians, Lera Lynn at Martyrs on Friday, April 27th.
Cubby Bear has Vince Neil on Friday, April 27th. Click “I Like It” to win tickets!
Double Door has Fountains of Wayne, Nicole Atkins on Friday, April 27th. Click “I Like It” for a chance to win tickets!
Julia Shell has Vince Neil at Cubby Bear on Friday, April 27th. Click “I Like It” for a chance to win tickets!
Empty Bottle has Stephen Paul Smoker, Taught Abroad, Il Tandre Neu on Friday, April 27th. RSVP for no cover!
House of Blues has Steel Panther on Friday, April 27th. Click “I Like It” for a chance to win tickets and access to the foundation room!
Front 312 has Front 312 [4th Fridays] Hosted by Perfect Kiss at Neo Nightclub on Friday, April 27th.
Front 312 has Paradise: New Wave/Synth Pop/ Industrial/Alternative Saturdays at Exit at Exit Chicago on Saturday, April 28th.
Crimson Lounge has Sugar Hi Saturdays with DJ Amy D on Saturday, April 28th. RSVP to get on the guestlist!
Double Door has The Infamous Stringdusters, Head for the Hills on Saturday, April 28th. Click “I Like It” for a chance to win tickets!
Stic-of-the-Week has ANOTHER 90’s PARTY: POP QUIZ HOT SHOT – THE SPEED EDITION at Beauty Bar on Saturday, April 28th.
House of Blues has The Maine on Sunday, April 29th. Click “I Like It” for a chance to win tickets!
Schubas has CHIRP welcomes Gauntlet Hair, A Lull on Sunday, April 29th. Click “I Like It” for a chance to win tickets!
Beauty Bar has Salonathon Columbia College Chicago MFA Poets! on Monday, April 30th.
Debonair Social Club has REHAB: Dirty Disco Kidz x Hollywood Holt x Vapor Eyes x PNHM on Monday, April 30th.
Dom Brown has PORN AND CHICKEN: Oh, the places you’ll bang! at the evilOlive on Monday, April 30th. RSVP for no cover before 12pm!
Front 312 has From Disco to Techno at Juniors Sports Lounge on Wednesday, May 2nd.
Julia Shell has George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic at Cubby Bear on Thursday, May 10th. Click “I Like It” for a chance to win tickets!
Chrome Attic has Yes Club Meeting 002 with Elsinore and OAOA at Ace Bar on Friday, May 18th.
Chrome Attic has Flannel Friday at Post 5040 on Friday, May 18th.
Chrome Attic has Barber Greene Record Release Show at The Whistler on Wednesday, May 30th.
Chrome Attic has Sound Swap – Cousin Dud record release show w/ OAOA, The Bonesetters at Schubas on Friday, August 10th.
Stic-of-the-Week announces Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs‘ show at Berlin with Stic-of-the-Week DJs Chelsea and Lauren and Mother Hubbard.