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NE-HI at their Empty Bottle Record Release Show

February 27, 2017 wluwfmchicago 0

NE-HI: the story of four best friends who bonded over the death of Dobby (sorry for the spoiler), made some music, and are about to embark on a full US tour in light of their new album Offers. Friday night, prior to their record-release show at the Empty Bottle, I sat […]

The Unpredictability of Royal Headache

August 4, 2016 wluwfmchicago 0

Royal Headache of Sydney, Australia is a band that exists in a gray area, not quite angry enough to be full blown punk but not tame enough to fall under the great wide umbrella of indie rock. They avoid cliche but feel familiar, like a repackaged version of your dad’s favorite […]

Cicadas, Greenery, and Love Children; a chat with Whitney

August 4, 2016 wluwfmchicago 0

Whitney has undoubtedly made one of 2016’s best and most talked about albums. Sir Elton John has even professed his love for lead singer Julien Ehrlich. Ehrlich and band mate Max Kakacek pulled the remarkable group of Chicago guys together after the break up of their former band, Smith Westerns.  “We were all just friends,” Ehrlich responded when asked how the guys all met. […]

The Once and Future Empress Of

August 4, 2016 wluwfmchicago 0

Seeing Lorely Rodriguez aka Empress Of walk across the soon to be packed fields of Union Park sporting a black vest and pants over a white dress shirt, it became clear that she meant business. Over the course of our conversation it was apparent that Empress Of is not only […]

Getting Lost with Lost Under Heaven

August 4, 2016 wluwfmchicago 0

Coming all the way from Amsterdam, Ellery James Roberts and Ebony Hoorn (members/founders of the band LUH, or Lost Under Heaven) were “really looking forward” to playing at Pitchfork Music Festival. It was their first time in Chicago as a band and a couple, as they just came to the […]

Friend Crush: A Sit Down with Shamir

August 1, 2016 wluwfmchicago 0

Spotting Shamir Bailey near the media tent at Pitchfork Music Festival, it was clear that Shamir is not the same as he was in 2015. Wearing a black denim jacket and free of the long braids he sported at last year’s fest, there was more of an edge to the […]

Rollercoasterwater Talks their new EP, Charli XCX, and Snails

July 7, 2016 wluwfmchicago 0

Rollercoasterwater are an experimental psych-pop group based in Los Angeles. Their new EP, Umami Sounding Fireball is a kaleidoscopic odyssey into the cascading and colorful musical visions of singer Chuck Behring and percussionist Robin Levy. WLUW caught up with them over the phone and talked about their history, influences, and future. WLUW: First of all, I just […]

Happy 25th Birthday, Spiderland!

March 27, 2016 wluwfmchicago 0

Your friend comes up to you with a smile on their face. The two of you recently shared some of your favorite music with each other, and you recommended Spiderland by Slint. After a few minutes of catching up, they say to you, “I really liked Spiderland, what else should I listen to?” […]