Queen Buzz Rocks it at Lincoln Hall

Queen Buzz Rocks it at Lincoln Hall
Last week I braved the near-zero temperatures to go to Lincoln Hall for a night of some local rock bands. I got there just in time to see Queen Buzz. I can’t even explain how much I loved them. They were very garage rock but with catchy hooks, seemingly right out of the 90s. Plus,... Read more »

Driftless Pony Club at Reggie's

Driftless Pony Club at Reggie's
A month or so ago my friend Martin asked me if I wanted to go see Driftless Pony Club with him at Reggie’s. I had never heard of them but live practically next door to Reggie’s so I figured I might as well go. I had a great time that night and took a ton... Read more »

Split Single: Photos From Their Opening Set for Wilco

Split Single: Photos From Their Opening Set for Wilco
I mentioned the other day in my Wilco post that I made sure to get to their recent show early in order to see the opener Split Single. Although I wasn’t previously familiar with their original music, I did know them from their AVClub Undercover set where they covered TV On The Radio’s Wolf Like... Read more »
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Wilco's 20th Anniversary Tour Opening Night in Chicago in Photos

Wilco's 20th Anniversary Tour Opening Night in Chicago in Photos
Here at Notes from Chicago Music Underground we typically cover relatively unknown, up-and-coming bands. Wilco may no longer be “relatively unknown” or “up-and-coming” but they are so quintessentially Chicago that we thought we’d make an exception. This week Wilco is celebrating their 20th anniversary with a series of six concerts in a row at the Riviera... Read more »

Chicago Local Bands the Axons and Moritat at Empty Bottle

Chicago Local Bands the Axons and Moritat at Empty Bottle
Last Spring I volunteered as a photographer for the Chicago International Movies and Music Festival (CIMMfest). One of the events I photographed featured a couple local bands, one of which was Moritat. I enjoyed their set that night so much that I bought both of their albums. When I saw recently that they had an... Read more »

Buy Wilco Merch Today and Support a Local Chicago Charity

Buy Wilco Merch Today and Support a Local Chicago Charity
If you’re reading this website you’re probably a music fan living in Chicago, in which case you probably love Wilco (and really, who doesn’t love Wilco?). As you should all know by now, Wilco will be playing shows almost every night for the next week at the Riviera in Chicago. Maybe you got tickets and you’re... Read more »
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King Washington - Photos Photos Photos!!

King Washington - Photos Photos Photos!!
After reading Chelsea’s recent post about LA indie rock band King Washington, I knew I had to go to a show despite having no idea what I was getting into. I went to their third of four November shows at the Elbo Room and brought my camera along. I have no idea what songs they... Read more »

Stars at the Vic Theater - November 21, 2014

Stars at the Vic Theater - November 21, 2014
I recently saw the Montreal band Stars at the Vic Theater this past Friday with Chicago Music Underground photographer/blogger Jamie. Some context: I found out about Stars only in the last 2 years and was kicking myself for not knowing about them sooner, then saw them 3 times previous to this in that time. It... Read more »

You NEED To Be Listening To: King Washington

You NEED To Be Listening To: King Washington
If you haven’t heard of King Washington by now, shame on you. Luckily, you have me to give you the low-down on one of the best “alternative-ish” bands that’s hurtling its way up to massive stardom. Basic details first: The group originated in Los Angeles, and grew its fan base locally first before releasing their... Read more »
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Miniature Tigers -- Like or Like Like?

Miniature Tigers -- Like or Like Like?
Miniature Tigers — September 29, 2014 — Bottom Lounge To say the initial experience Jamie and I had at the Miniature Tigers show at Bottom Lounge last Monday was odd would be an understatement. When we arrived, the first band, Machine Heart, had already taken the stage. The two of us stood at the back... Read more »