In order to gain some more insight about the Chicago underground music scene, we thought it would be best to talk to someone who not only listens to local bands in Chicago but has grown up with them as well. Sam Kociak, a 20-year-old DePaul student comes from Elmhurst which is home to some incredible musical talent, including Modern Vices, The Orwells, The Symposium, and more. As someone who is familiar with Chicago-based bands, we asked him a few questions to find out more information.
The Orwells, a five-part band that hails from Elmhurst, gave an off-the-wall performance at The Revolution Brewing 5 Year Anniversary Party on Friday, March 13th at The Riviera. Located directly off the Lawrence Red Line stop, The Riviera is conveniently set for anyone looking to see a show at an open, old-style venue.
While The Orwells were the second act to go on, there was no doubt they stole the show from the opener Beer Nuts and headliner Andrew W.K. With their melodic, carefree and dirty vibe, the crowd was instantly transfixed by the garage-rock sound. From mosh pit circles up front to dancing and head nodding in the back, the eccentric performance brought all eyes to the stage.
Our ChIRISH playlist features songs from hit alternative bands from Ireland including favorites like Kodaline, Hozier, and Little Green Cars. You can link to all of our playlists on our Spotify in the link below. Give it a listen and tell us what you think!
Spotify Link: ChIRISH Playlist
Student: Max Whitehead
Favorite Chicago music venues:
Lincoln Hall, Coles Bar, and The Observatory
Favorite Chicago-based bands:
Smith Westerns, The Orwells, Flesh Panthers, Modern Vices
WN: How do you go about finding shows?
Max: I follow various music blogs like DIY Chicago and OMR Chicago. I also go to record store and different DIY shows which helps me get a feel for what’s going.
WN: What is your favorite part about smaller venues?
Max: Not having to show up early and the music is a lot more real. It shows that the musicians are just normal people too because it is so intimate. It is also a lot cheaper.
Do you feel as though your cliche music venues have been missing something?
To be quite frank, they probably have. The United Center can hold a big crowd but it lacks the intimate vibes and local flavor that some of our not-so-well-known venues offer.
Luckily for us all, such a thing as Schubas Tavern exists.
If Urban Outfitters, your grandpas sweater and a record store decided to create a performance hall, it would be Schubas.
Whether you’re from here or not, it comes as no surprise that Chicago has been a significant music hub for the past decade. With so many bands spawning from one location, it has become a personal quest for college music lovers to find the next big thing, and I think I’ve found it. Lost At Land, a versatile punk band made up of local Chicago college students, has been playing shows all over the city for the past few years. I got a chance to catch up with Keagan Potts, the band’s bassist, and he gives you 4 reasons why you should make a trip to one of their next concerts.
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.
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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!
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.