Ike Reilly is a champion of the little guy. He’s not afraid to address touchier subjects. And he excels at telling a good story. Reilly revels in all three in his new album, “Because the Angels.”
The in-your-face delivery with its heavy-duty riffs and driving, rhythmic battle drums belies a softer message that makes up the core of The Footlight District’s philosophy: Be kind.
Violet Crime’s new soul-pop single and video explore our patterns and proclivities and how we can be better.
Sam Porter and John Garrison discuss the band’s latest album and growing up as young musicians out in the suburbs.
Jonfin proves again how adept the duo can be at self-reflection without extracting the fun from their performances.
“There must be something in the water in Geneva that makes that town produce some amazing musicians,” says Brandon Cantwell, who with brother Tommy is part of the alternative country band Flying Buffaloes.
“A lot of people want to find love so badly that they may just be getting in their own way,” said Dani Jo Williams of RubyGld Smoke’s new single, out Friday. The duo plays an intimate acoustic show in Villa Park this weekend.
Now in it’s ninth year, Ben Arguelles is looking to make this weekend’s DIY music event DZ Fest in Hickory Hills even better than before.
Singer-songwriter Dan Tedesco brings his music to Hey Nonny in Arlington Heights on Friday, Sept. 24.
CHNNLL shows how dealing with adversity matters in debut album ‘The Test,’ Subterranean show Saturday
Chris Davidson navigates some complicated feelings through CHNNLL’s debut album “The Test”
In her upcoming single “Let’s Ride,” Nino Arobelidze — who is playing the Lakeview East Festival of the Arts this weekend — looks beyond the struggle and parses out the process buried within her plans.
Kerosene Stars powers up the weekend with two catchy new singles and a festival appearance.
Trash Fiasco’s recent debut release “Stay Miserable” showcases a band that’s heavy, chaotic, thoughtful and deeply clever.
“I feel like I’m always learning something about life.” Bolingbrook’s Brad Redlich blends rock and country — his favorite genres — for his new single “Ain’t It a Shame.”
The musical pair plays the EDM fest Friday along with fellow North Shore musician Kaskade and a full slate of Chicago talent.
“Where have all the musicians been? How have they been feeling during this time?” Kevin Conroy and Sun-Riser reflect on the last year in the band’s upbeat but serious new single.
The first set at a music festival can be a sparsely attended performance as patrons
Elgin rapper Nehemiah Heckler offers gratitude and encouragement with his upbeat and uplifting new single.
“You can really take someone somewhere with music,” said Lee DeWyze, the former Mount Prospect singer-songwriter who rose to fame on season nine of “American Idol.” And DeWyze is hoping to do just that with his new “Ghost Stories” release and tour bringing him to Evanston’s SPACE on Friday.
Mount Prospect’s 56 Music Fix returns this weekend with a three-day celebration of local music and art.