The Chocolate Horse Album Release Party

Oct. 16 • Northside Tavern

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Local rockers The Chocolate Horse corral the wagons around Northside Tavern on Friday to celebrate the release of their limited-edition vinyl album 'We Don't Stand on Ceremony.' This new collection exhibits the same honesty we've come to expect from The Horse. Raspy croons and cries meet with beautiful harmonies throughout the record, but the true expression might exist in the interplay between the vocal and musical arrangement.  

Birds of Avalon

Oct. 12 • Northside Tavern

0 Comments · Monday, October 5, 2009
It's been five years since bassist Paul Siler and guitarist Cheetie Kumar broke ranks from Garage Rock titans Cherry Valence, got married after nearly a decade of dating and assembled their new band project, Birds of Avalon. Steered by a love of The Beatles, Led Zeppelin and John Coltrane and galvanized by a contemporary vibe, the band puts all of its energy into touring as much as possible.   

The Whiskey Daredevils

Sept. 12 • Northside Tavern

0 Comments · Friday, September 4, 2009
There aren't many guarantees in life, but whatever the time or circumstance one thing is dead solid certain: If Greg Miller and the Whiskey Daredevils are in town, a good time will be had by them. And if you've got any sense at all, you'll join them — it's always best to be behind the Daredevils' headlights rather than in front of them where the roadkill stands.  

State Song (Profile)

Good times come in threes for local trio

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 8, 2009
State Song's success is based on the idea of three members who feed off one another's chemistry, energy and intensity. What makes the band sound bigger than life, however, is the members' willingness to burn slowly, to embrace dynamics, to use a sampler and a keyboard. To maximize the sonic potential is the main goal.  

Brian Olive (Profile)

Goes from member to bandleader with solo debut CD

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 24, 2009
For the better part of the last decade, Brian Olive has been someone's guitarist — sometimes as Oliver Henry or Henry Oliver — from post-high school outfits to his stints with The Greenhornes and Soledad Brothers. When the time finally came for Olive to blaze a solo trail, he had plenty of experience to draw on when considering what he wanted to accomplish as a solo artist.  

Mayors of Super Awesome Town (Profile)

Witty Alt/Pop duo focus on the positive, eliminate the negative

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 11, 2009
In the background, an '80s remix album plays, everything from Genesis to Spandau Ballet. We play name that tune, and lead vocalist/keyboardist Jack Curley wins. With a scruffy red beard and the lightest shade of blue eyes, he's also into musical theater and acting.  

Dance Dance Revolution

Passion Pit is the latest, greatest Indie Rock band to get bodies moving

0 Comments · Friday, January 23, 2009
People like to dance. This is a simple coda that permeates all facets of music, from Hip Hop to Pop to Rock. Knowing this, it should come as no surprise that Indie Rock would soon follow suit. Enter Passion Pit, the next in the line of Indie Rock party starters with synth-heavy grooves, crazy live shows and Michael Angelakos’ vocals that are so over-the-top falsetto Alvin and the Chipmunks would be jealous.  

Cale Parks with Passion Pit

Jan. 29 • Northside Tavern

0 Comments · Friday, January 23, 2009
If you've got any ill-conceived drummer jokes, you can rest assured that they don't apply to Cale Parks. As a current member of both Aloha and White Williams, there wouldn't seem to be a whole lot of wiggle room in Parks' schedule.  

More Holiday Show Madness

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Local acoustic rocker Bob Cushing is celebrating his 20th year as a professional musician with a show Sunday at the Blue Note in Price Hill. Other highlights are Foxy Shazam's Snow Show and the Dubkids and Noah Hunt hosting homecomings.  

The Truth About Scotland Yard

Elia Einhorn turns addiction experiences into a brilliant music career

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Elia Einhorn got a lesson in music journalism with the release of his first album under the banner of the Scotland Yard Gospel Choir six years ago. The Welsh born/Chicago reared singer/songwriter found some interesting feedback in a local review. "One critic here in Chicago, who I had idolized and loved his column, hated it and the reasons he didn't like it was he thought we sounded too much like other groups — specifically Belle and Sebastian — and he said it was too British a record for a Chicago band," Einhorn says with a laugh.