All posts by Samuel Bautista

Shane’s 4 Must Hear Vinyls

You might be asking yourself, who is Shane? Simply put, he is a music enthusiast. A look inside his room and you will find autographed artist posters, guitars, CDs and lots of vinyls. Over in Portage Park, Shane Garcia opened his doors to give me an exclusive look at his collection, which consists of over 250 vinyls. Find out what he says are 4 must hear Chicago artist vinyls.

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The Summer of Jimmy Whispers

You might have walked around the city and noticed some mysterious street art plastered on the walls. An ice cream cone, a handgun and the Chicago Bulls logo accompany the phrase “Summer in Pain.” The street art served as an introduction, almost three years in the making, for artist Jimmy Whispers. So, how does one man not only grow a fan base and keep them in anticipation for his debut album, but also get a call from Pitchfork Music Festival?

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4 Things You Need To Know About White Noise

When was the last time you were able to enjoy live music in an intimate setting? Have you ever been so excited listening to an artist’s music that it made you say, “They’re going to make it big one day.” Find out why White Noise will be your guide to Chicago’s alternative music scene.

  1. A Spotlight On Chicago Talent.

Chicago is a hotbed for musical talent. We will be covering Chicago based artists that will interest college students. How do we know this? We’re college students that have a pulse on the current music scene!

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The Empty Bottle: The Place You Didn’t Know You Were Looking For

The Empty Bottle, located at 1035 N. Western Avenue, is the place to be to catch alternative bands on the west side of Chicago. Located in the Ukrainian Village neighborhood, The Empty Bottle typically has a line outside of their doors with people waiting to see the live bands. But don’t worry, you’ll fit right in with the young crowd as this venue is wildly popular with people in their early 20’s.

The inside of The Empty Bottle has a unique touch to it that separates it from a traditional music venue. Whereas bigger music venues are styled to be more visually appealing, The Empty Bottle has a different ambience. You will find a wall of plastic doll heads that brings out a creepy aura. There is also a police squad car door hanging on top of the entrance wall. A piano that has been modified into a DJ booth is next to the bar. A photo booth is also located inside, which is a nice touch for someone who is trying to capture their experience.

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