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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

CIMMfest Bands: ChiIL Live Shows on Our Radar #ChiILPicksList

Chi, IL Live Shows on Our Radar

So you've got your CIMMFest 2015 4 day pass squared away and you've picked up or downloaded the mindblowingly huge Chicago International Movies & Music Festival Program (pdf) which features over 100+ FILM & LIVE MUSIC events, & over 4 rocking days & nights (April 16-19). Now what?! 

Follow your bliss, and when in doubt check back with ChiIL Live Shows and ChiIL Mama for some sweet leads on some must sees. Here's a few of our LIVE band favs to get you started. Mark your calendars. 

The Luck of Eden Hall headlines Moe’s Tavern, 2937 N Milwaukee, on Saturday, April 18:  Check out our original TLoEH live show shots here.

And our blast from the past original video interview with TLoEH's Curvey on How Creatives Parent and How Parents Create. Our interview also includes his daughter Seda, 7 at the time, in 2012.

They have a great Kick Starter campaign going on right now. Kick in some cash if you can! 

Our goal today is $220. Preorder our new album The Acceleration of Time on CD, LP, limited edition Pop-Up CD for a $20,...
Posted by The Luck of Eden Hall on Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Nashville singer-songwriter Rorey Carroll will be direct support for Todd Snider at City Winery on Sunday, April 19 at 6PM:

Car­roll was born in Chicago to a rather nor­mal Amer­i­can fam­ily brought up as a typ­i­cal, mid­dle class kid. It was this up­bring­ing along with a fas­ci­na­tion with al­ter­na­tive cul­ture that led her to­wards the great Amer­i­can love af­fair, the coun­ter­bal­ance to the Amer­i­can Dream. At a young age, she lived in her car in cities all around the county, she hiked the Ap­palachian Trail, hopped freight trains. She made money play­ing mu­sic to any­one who would lis­ten, from the sub­ways of New York City to the streets of Ohio. She be­came a liv­ing para­dox, some­where be­tween run­ning from the law and run­ning from the nor­mal­ity of a Mid­west­ern sub­ur­ban lifestyle. In her words, ‘You have to trust every­one in that world… You’re all fight­ing for the same thing. But at the same time, you don’t trust any­one.’ While the hard­ness of the streets broke her down, an­other world picked her up. Ap­palachian songs, blue­grass and coun­try pat­terns ce­mented in her mind, and per­haps most im­por­tantly - she in­haled the great spirit of rock and roll.

Finally, Laura Joy will take part in Get Off the Couch at The Hideout on Sunday, April 19 at 6PM:

GET OFF THE COUCH (GOTC), hosted at The Hideout Inn, is Chicago’s longest running singer/songwriter showcase for area artists. Performed Nashville-style, it's typically held on the first Sunday of every month and hosted by Sam Wahl. 

Now GOTC and CIMMfest are bringing the show to you with headliner DICKIE (Dick Prall) and other showcase artists Frances Luke Accord, FEE LION, Laura Joy, and special guest host Myles Hayes.

Chicago-based singer-songwriter Laura Joy has been known to quell dark, angry bars full of ornery old Irishmen with her brand of acoustic pop. Drawing comparisons that range from Joni Mitchell to Alison Krauss, Laura’s percussive finger picking and buoyant voice have graced audiences from as far as the Sun Belt to the streets of Manhattan.

Laura’s EP, “Between Our Words,” was released on March 5, 2015.  It was produced by Chicago veteran, Will Phalen, at Cold Ghost Studios. The album features James Gallagher on drums (Kapsalis Trio, Weepin’ Willows, Republic of Lights), David Gallagher on guitar (Belleisle, Weepin’ Willows), and Will Phalen on bass (Stereo Addicts, Julie Meckler).

Laura is a frequent performer on the Midwest festival scene. She has played at the Independent Chicago Songwriter Festival, Metamora Folk Festival, Lakeshore Arts Festival, Cain Park Arts Fest, and Ravenswood Remix. In January, 2013, she was awarded as a top finalist in the Broward Folk Club Songwriter Competition in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Laura has also opened for Hammel on Trial, Staceyann Chin, and Greg Klyma.

Monday, June 16, 2014

INCOMING: June Shows & Fests on Our Radar

Chi, IL LIVE Shows 
Recommended This Week

This Thursday:

Ryan Anderson (Go Long Mule, Julie Meckler, Rambos) live. SPACE in Evanston on Thursday, June 19 &b Schubas July 7th. Click HERE for current tour dates, song samples and more.

Fest Alerts:
It's fest season again and this is a tiny but mighty one and one of the BIG ones.

Lawrence Peters is presenting the 7th Annual “A Day in the Country” at The Hideout on Sunday, June 22.  Click here for all the details. 

The full line-up is below and the food and drink vendors this year will be County BBQ, Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits and Lagunitas.

Front porch stage:
2:00- 2:30- Dogtown Ramblers
2:45- 3:15pm- Sanctified Grumblers 
3:30- 4:00pm- Chandelier Swingers 

Backroom stage:
4:15- 4:45pm-  Honky Tonk Parade
5:00- 5:45pm- Nora O’Connor 
6:00- 6:30pm- The Lawrence Peters Outfit 
6:45- 7:15pm- Gin Palace Jesters 
7:30- 8:00pm- Golden Horse Ranch Band 
8:15- 8:45pm- Kory Quinn 
9:00- 9:30pm- The Harrow 
9:45- 10:15pm- Dan Whitaker & The Shinebenders 
10:30- 11:00pm- The Lantern Kickers 

For the seventh consecutive year, country singer, songwriter, drummer and America’s preeminent electric washboard player Lawrence Peters will be presenting A Day in the Country at Chicago’s most beloved venue, The Hideout.

This year, Peters has assembled a line-up of musicians from the entire spectrum of country music, from bluegrass and honky tonk to western swing and singer-songwriters. Performing from early in the afternoon until late in the evening on two stages (the “front porch” and the “backroom”), artists include Nora O’Connor, known for her collaborations with Iron & Wine, Andrew Bird and Neko Case, Sanctified Grumblers, Kory Quinn and Peters’ own group, The Lawrence Peters Outfit.

In addition to a dozen musical acts, concertgoers will be able to purchase BBQ (provided by County Barbeque) and homemade pie from Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits. The Lagunitas Brewing Company will provide this year’s featured beers.

A Day in the Country #7 will take place on Sunday, June 22nd. Doors will open at 1PM CST and the scheduled performances will run from 2-4PM on the front porch stage and from 4-11PM on the backroom stage. Tickets are $10 and The Hideout is located at 1354 W. Wabansia.

Old St. Pat's World's Largest Block Party. 
Heading there? Check out Vintage Blue playing the South Stage on Saturday, June 28.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

INCOMING: Quinn Tsan Headlines Hideout This Thursday 6/12

Chi, IL Live Shows on Our Radar:

Quinn Tsan will be headlining The Hideout THIS Thursday.  Click here for all the details and to reserve your tickets. 

Quinn, who has collaborated with Joe Pug and co-leads the group Medicine Women, has released a debut single entitled “Love of a Painter” and is recording her debut EP, Good Winter, which is set to release this summer

Quinn Tsan
Jones, Johnny Lewis, Female Basic
Thu, June 12, 2014
9:00 pm
The Hideout
Chicago, IL

Quinn Tsan

Hailing from Minneapolis, Minnesota, singer/songwriter Quinn Tsan began playing music in 2008 after relocating to Chicago, IL to sing back-up for Joe Pug. Classically trained in dance though always having an affinity for music, Tsan quickly immersed herself in the local scene, going on to sing for Sarah Holtschlag, Rachele Eve, Johnny Lewis, and Sima Cunningham, among others.

It wasn't until 2013, when Tsan began playing guitar and writing her
own songs, that she defined herself as someone to listen to carefully.
The vulnerable and sometimes devastating quality of her voice combined with acoustic guitar offers a unique invitation to the audience, often leaving listeners spellbound by her melodic inflections and heartbreaking delivery. Tsan is currently recording her debut EP which is set to release late 2014.


Clay Hagen grew up in the Twin Cities. He’s been a singer since he was a kid and took up the guitar in high school to start a band with friends. A Night in the Box burst on the Minneapolis music scene in 2005 showcasing Clay’s powerful bluesy vocals and commanding stage presence. The soul and bluegrass band enjoyed a loyal following as a stage act and released two albums; “The Hustle, The Prayer, The Thief” (2006) and “Write a Letter” (2008). After a whirlwind five years, A Night in the Box split up to the disappointment of fans across the country. Clay went solo for a short time but missed band life. In 2011 he called on a few old friends - Nick Rush and Ian Tsan (Rambos, MPLS Henrys). The trio formed a new group called “JONES” and began a long distance collaboration between the Minneapolis and Chicago-based musicians. Clay would travel to Chicago for a weekend every few months and leave with a couple more songs. After 2 years of this, the band headed into Chicago’s Minbal Studios to record a six song EP. JONES is a hard-driving, electric blues/rock band and a perfect vehicle for Clay’s passionate performing style. The debut album will be released in late 2014.

Johnny Lewis

Johnny Lewis' musical background is not that of the ordinary new-age Folk Artist. Stemming from Minneapolis, MN, Lewis moved to Colorado in 2008 to pursuit electronic production for a number of touring acts including The Larva Ink, The Chalice, Bokonon and many more. Accepted into the festival community, Lewis opened extensively for national acts ranging fromThe Flaming Lips to Trampled by Turtles. After much success with touring electronic acts, Lewis came to terms with his obsession for acoustic music, which in turn, drove him away from production and into his passion - writing songs. Johnny Lewis melds the timeless north-country sound of acoustic guitar with sophisticated, colorful lyrics; attempting to the replant the poetic verse into a timeless songwriting style for a new generation of listeners. Johnny Lewis now resides in New York City.

Female Basic

"Where tall trees grow there strong roots be
Like songs set sail from women three.

Female Basic, as candid as their name depicts, sing songs straight to the point and straight to your heart.

Comprised of Rachel Landrum, Bekah Miller and Anna Phalen, 3 voices lift songs of old out of the dirt and shine them up with spit and glitter. 

Veterans to the music scene and fresh on a new idea Female Basic blend harmony and attitude perfectly on stage and off."

Saturday, May 31, 2014

TONIGHT: My Gold Mask at Hideout (5/31) #DarkPop

Chi, IL Live Shows on Our Radar

Chicago's breakthrough dark-pop trio, My Gold Mask, plays The Hideout this Saturday. For fans of Crystal Castles and Karen O, My Gold Mask have climbed the ranks to be one of Chicago's most alluring and exciting live acts. Have a listen to their latest single, "Battles" on Noisey!

My Gold Mask
Oshwa, Savage Sister
Sat, May 31, 2014
Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm
The Hideout
Chicago, IL

My Gold Mask Plays Chicago At The Hideout This Saturday 

Press Quotes
"they've been amassing a cultish following for their signature sound, which blends Rochelle's Siouxsie-esque vocal melodies with driving percussion and dark riffs that simultaneously recall the Cocteau Twins and look toward "futuristic gypsy tribe shit," as their bio aptly describes." -- Huffington Post

“a period homage that avoids sounding dated thanks to the band’s raw primordial stomp.” -- Pitchfork

"They didn’t skimp on dramatics, with Rochelle’s pleading vocals, Armondo’s spiraling guitar riffs and lyrics that grapple with psychosis and reference Gothic literature and Italo horror flicks. The result achieves a spellbinding emotional intensity that’s easy to inhabit." -- eMusic

"[they] exhibit enough emotional variation to hold a better audience, from a variety standpoint at least, than the majority of the hundreds of EP's that get sent to me each week." -- Earmilk

"...the smart and cynically bleak overtures are accompanied by enough captivating sounds and artistry to ensure a dedicated fan-base come next release. Don't say I didn't warn you." -- Altsounds
"My Gold Mask gets mega sounds and emotion out of two instruments" -- FADER
"...dark-pop purveyors who cut their thick, smoky atmospherics with buoyant rhythms and elevated melody." -- SPIN

"Gretta Rochelle's vocals paired with the bubbly synths and heavy-hitting percussion on "Battles" shows just how versitile the band's sounds have become." -- Noisey


(One of our fav small venues here at ChiIL Live Shows!)

Before we get into this weeks events, if you didn't hear the news yesterday we've released the line-up for the Hideout Block Party / Onion & AV Fest!  We've got another fantastic bill with Death Cab for Cutie, The War On Drugs, The Dismemberment Plan, funky METERS, Mac DeMarco, The Handsome Family, Sylvan Esso, Valerie June, Bad Luck Jonathan and Plastic Crimewave Vision Celestial Guitarkestra!  Get all of the details here and get your tickets now!  Our limited $65 day passes will not last for too long.  More bands to be announced as well so stay tuned!
On to this fabulous week! 

Saturday, at the crossroads of underground and over the top, zoned in and plugged out, raw and riotous, lives Chicago’s My Gold Mask. The goth pop band’s exotic gypsy spells and murderous garage rock ballads have built a unique wall of sound that some have likened to a metallic symphony.  Oshwa and Savage Sister are kicking things off.
At midnight we start dancing, with the venerable Chances Dances throwing a benefit dance party for Chicago Dyke March.  The Chicago Dyke March Collective is a grassroots mobilization and celebration of dyke, queer, bisexual, and transgender resilience.  Get your dancing shoes on because Chances always knows how to throw down.

Sunday, for the second installment of Get Off the Couch, the singer-songwriter showcase is giving us a headlining set from Miles Nielsen & the Rusted Hearts, Vivian McConnell (of Grandkids & Santah), Daniela Sloan and Sonny Apollo.  It was beautiful two weeks ago and we're happy they have landed on their regular first Sunday of every month here at the Hideout.
Monday we are closed.

Tuesday, we welcome back First Tuesdays with Mick & Ben.  Come and watch the Chicago Reader writers, Mick Dumke and Ben Joravsky, square off with some of the local movers and shakers in local politics.  Tonight they are joined by some of the youngest pols like state rep Christian Mitchell, AFSCME lobbyist Adrienne Alexander and recently elected state rep Will Guzzardi.

Later, we welcome Theatre Oobleck on the first night of the Toosday Night Residency for all of Joon!  Tonight they present 
One Up, a showcase of short solo work -- spoken, musical, and miscellaneous -- by Oobleck regulars and associates Kristin Basta, Martha Bayne, Emmy Bean (Baudelaire in a Box), Robin Cline, Barrie Cole, Kat McJimsey (Spirits to Enforce, Strauss at Midnight), Heather Riordan (Letter Purloined, Spukt), and Diana Slickman (Spirits to Enforce, Letter Purloined). Featuring new work by 
Oobleck ensemble member Mickle Maher (as performed by Kat McJimsey) and most likely an accordion or two. Ronnie Kuller, of Mucca Pazza DJs before and after.

At the crossroads of underground and over the top, zoned in and plugged out, raw and riotous, lives Chicago’s My Gold Mask. The band’s exotic spells and murderous ballads have built a unique wall of sound that some have likened to a metallic symphony - pretty impressive when you consider My Gold Mask has, until recently, been a duo.

Lead vocalist and percussionist Gretta Rochelle first met guitarist Jack Armondo at a rooftop party; their first words to each other were about music, and ever since the conversation between the two principal songwriters of MGM has stayed there, resulting in two well-received EPs in 2010: A Thousand Voices and A Million Miles (From Where We Were Last) , which had Pitchfork calling them “a band to watch”, as well as a self-titled debut LP and the band’s latest: 2013’s Leave Me Midnight.
Part of My Gold Mask’s success is that they have always been a band of versatility. From the beginning, the duo was synced by Rochelle’s expressive, genre-hopping vocals, and Armondo's reverb-soaked guitar riffs. But that hasn’t stopped the pair from evolving around those core staple elements. In both tone and structure, they’ve managed to transcend their earliest influences into modern atmospheric components from styles and nuances you can’t exactly pinpoint. 

When they needed percussion, Rochelle taught herself how to play; when they wanted to fill out the textured nuances of their sound, they commissioned drummer  James Andrew (now a full-fledged member of the band). Andrew brings forth both traditional and electronic drums - triggering synth pads and basslines - for  much denser arrangements and synthetic layers, that compliment the band’s core songwriting.“My Gold Mask has always been a vehicle for our ever evolving artistic impulses,” says Armondo on the band’s evolution.  “From day one we established that the very identity of the band could change at our whims, hence the name”.
“We like to explore those darker feelings that sometimes get left behind in pop music,” adds Rochelle, and the band has successfully found that balance by working on heavy-handed remixes with the likes of The Hood Internet and Crystal Castles’ engineer Alex Zelenka, who re-rendered the band’s biggest single to date, “Violet Eyes.” The song also caught the attention of fashion designer Phillip Lim who used My Gold Mask’s music in his 2010 Fashion Week shows and hosted the band for an in-store performance, which led Vogue to name it one of the “Ten Best Music Shows of Fashion’s Night Out.”

In the summer of 2013, My Gold Mask returned to the forefront with a new Daytrotter session, a first-ever national headlining tour and joined Metric at Red Bull Sound Select’s inaugural concert, building on their roster of supporting acts like Twin Shadow, The New Pornographers, Blonde Redhead, and Waaves.

The year also marked the debut of the band’s song "Some Secrets" on MTV's hit show "Awkward" (previously, "Ghost in Your Bed" and "All Up in the Air" appeared in episodes of "Gossip Girl"). Following suit, the enchanting number “Never Go Home” will air on Syfy’s hit supernatural show, “Being Human,” in January 2014.

In 2014, the trio continues to create new material, having just released digital-only singles of “Dangerous” followed by “Severed,” the hauntingly beautiful ballad premiered saying the band is “already looking to push their sound further.” With the latest release of the bouncy synth hit, “Battles”, which premiered on Noisey, and  remix by electro Goth artist Mr. Kitty, MGM  is proving them right.

Look for the anthemic dance-rock single, “Dissipate”, produced by Sanford Parker, (producer, recording engineer, and musician at Corrections House), to be released in late May.

For a band that started with a nylon string guitar, simple drums and the frontwoman of A Thousand Voices (“Gretta could have been a voiceover talent,” admits Armondo) to a now fully-realized trio with new releases already in the works for this year, My Gold Mask is edging for the spotlight they’ve been waiting for. But perhaps music magazine Pretty Much Amazing summed it up best in their review, saying the band “infuses some heart into the mundane and makes it beautiful.”

Monday, March 3, 2014

INCOMING: Sabers Album Release at The Hideout 3/22

Chi, IL Live Shows on Our Radar

Fronted by Josh Chicoine (the M’s) and featuring members of Head of Femur, Poi Dog Pondering and the 1900s, Sabers will celebrate the release of their debut album, Sic Semper Sabers, at The Hideout on Saturday, March 22. 

Record Release Party
Forgotten Species, Kate Adams
Sat, March 22, 2014
Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm
The Hideout
Chicago, IL

Following years of performing, touring, and recording with the M's, Josh Chicoine founded CIMMfest, the Chicago International Movies and Music Festival in 2008. During this time, held up in his Andersonville recording studio space in a defunct Salvation Army Church, Sabers music took shape in fits and starts, and more fits, morphing in and out of psychedelic pop and rock structures finding its own way over years of trial and error. 

Now, with the first Sabers record complete, Chicoine formed a band of amazing musicians long from the Chicago pop and rock scene. 
Colby Starck (the Faders, Head of Femur) drums, Shane Schroeder (Hot as Hell) guitar, Max Crawford (Poi Dog, Wilco, Expo '76) keys, Edward Anderson (1900s, Mazes) bass, have given live life to songs created mostly in private. The result is thrilling, contemplative, bashing, emotionally powerful music unmoored and evolving.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

INCOMING: Dunn Dunn Fest #2 THIS Weekend

Harmonica Dunn’s Dunn Dunn Fest 
is Back THIS Weekend!

You might be done done with Winter madness, but a bit of Dunn Dunn Fest will have you grinnin' again.  We've marked ChiIL Live Shows' must sees below.

DUNN DUNN FEST – 2014 - “3 Nights. 4 Venues. Celebrating American Music”
Dunn Dunn Fest 2013 was such a great success, that they're back at it again this year.
Over 700 people attended the inaugural Dunn Dunn Fest! 
A limited amount of 3-Day passes are now on sale for only $30! Save $20 and gain access to all 4 shows.

MOON TAXI will headline Dunn Dunn Fest 2014 on Saturday, February 22nd, 2014 at Subterranean.

Thursday, February 20th, 2014 at Tonic Room w/ TRISTEN, CHICAGO FARMER, and RYAN JOSEPH ANDERSON
**ChiIL Picks List:  Friday, February 21st, 2014 at The Hideout w/ *MARTIN VAN RUIN, THE WHISKEY GENTRY, & MICHELE MCGUIRE

**ChiIL Picks List:  Friday, February 21st, 2014 at Beat Kitchen w/ the SOIL & the SUN*GREAT DIVIDE and SAFE HAVEN

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014 at Subterranean w/ MOON TAXI, DANIEL ELLSWORTH & THE GREAT LAKES and SANTAH | GET TICKETS 

Interested in volunteering with Dunn Dunn Fest?

Click here for the full fest site.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Mavis Staples releases “One True Vine” TODAY & Plays Hideout Block Party/AV Fest

Mavis Staples ONLY Chicago performance of 2013 will be at the Hideout Block Party/AV Fest!
Get your tickets NOW!

Mavis Staples has been a guiding light for all of us our entire lives.  It was overwhelming to us when she decided to record her 2008 live album the Hideout.  "Hope at the Hideout” was released it on election night, November 4, 2008.  Jeff Tweedy and Wilco were in the audience that magical night.  That night at the Hideout, Jeff and Mavis decided to record some songs together.  This amazing relationship, led to the Grammy winning “You Are Not Alone”, and now to today’s release of “One True Vine”.   And the reviews are amazing!

Jon Pareles in the New York Times says:  “Far Celestial Shores,” written for Ms. Staples by Nick Lowe, envisions heaven not only as a realm of abundance and joy, but also as “a place I know for certain I will someday see.” …determinedly celebratory…as a whole, “One True Vine” is as introspective and diffident as a gospel album can be. Bravely and intimately, it leaves room for doubt.
Rolling Stone says: “One True Vine shows there isn't much the ex-Staple Singer can't make gorgeous...”

NPR says: “the album blooms into something more celebratory — as Staples begins to find salvation and comfort — the joy in One True Vine peeks through like slivers of sunshine.”

The Guardian UK says: “We think it's great”

Mavis Staples has had a 60 year career where she marched with Martin Luther King and helped change America and the world.  She has become the vine that ties generations, races and genders together.
She has decided to make the Hideout her home. We are beyond honored!
For the next week you can enter a raffle to win a pair of tickets to the party!  Donations will benefit the Betty Hemmert Memorial Music Scholarship Fund at Rock For Kids
The new album is available for purchase here.

Mavis Staples will perform her ONLY Chicago performance of 2013 at the Hideout Block Party/ AV Fest!

Get your tickets NOW!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

CLOSING: CIMMfest, the Chicago International Movies & Music Festival #CIMMfest13

Last call for CIMMfest fun.   The four-day showcase is winding down and ends today, Sunday 4/21.   We were able to catch a video interview with German filmmaker, Julia Ostertag.   She's garnered critical acclaim for her past political punk documentary Noise and Resistance and her feature film, Saila (punk distopia from Berlin)   She brought the US premier of her latest documentary, And You Belong to CIMMfest this year. 
Her feature doc about Scream Club, the queer, electro hip hop girls, played Saturday night at Hideout just prior to the infamous Sister Spit.   We have screeners of all 3 films mentioned above and we'll be running our reviews of those along with our original interview.

We'll also have a photo filled feature on The Funky Meters show, with live shots from the pit at Congress Theater.

The fest was full of outstanding films, energetic concerts, visually stunning VJ/DJ sets, lively Q&A’s, daring live score performances…anything to show just what movies and music mean to each other.

Here at ChiIL Live Shows, music, film, and theatre are our passions.   CIMMfest combines them all!   Check back with ChiIL Live Shows like we vote in Chi, IL... early and often.   We'll be bringing you all our fest favorites, original content, exclusive interviews, and photo filled features.   So come ChiIL out with us.

CIMMfest was imagined and brought to life by musician Josh Chicoine (Cloudbirds, The M’s) and filmmaker Ilko Davidov (BulletProof Film). Neither knew what he was getting into at the start, but hundreds of films, thousands of attendees and countless incredible experiences later, CIMMfest is a publicized, respected Chicago fixture. 

The program lineup is available at

“CIMMfest audiences will have the rare opportunity to experience first – and firsthand – an incredible range of movies and music.  We are thrilled to be producing our fifth festival showcasing amazing films and live performances, with much more live music alongside innovative crossover events,” said Josh Chicoine, CIMMfest Co-Director, with Ilko Davidov. “We are happy to bring satellite venues like The Hideout, The Burlington, the Music Box and the brand new Constellation to our main drag: Milwaukee Avenue from Wicker Park to Logan Square. CIMMfest is unique in that we truly aim to highlight the crossover of film and song, movies and music, past, present and future, in the best city on earth. Along with our board of directors, staff, partners, sponsors, friends and supporters, we are thrilled to be curating these amazing four days in April!”

New this year is the launch of CIMMCon, a dynamic professional and entrepreneurial industry conference, presented in association with Columbia College Chicago and the Engineering and Recording Society of Chicago (EARS).  CIMMCon will offer, at no charge, compelling presentations from industry professionals, film icons, artist entrepreneurs and music makers, including Keynote Speaker Martin Atkins (Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, Public image Limited, Killing Joke) renowned for his candor regarding the music business.   More information on CIMMCon programming will be announced shortly.  

For the fifth year, most films will be up for competition, with awards given to the Best Feature Documentary, Best Short Documentary, Best Fictional Feature, Best Short Fiction and Best Music Video. The esteemed jury consists of: award-winning documentary filmmaker Jeff Scheftel; two-time Emmy Award©-winning Executive Producer at VH1, Warren Cohen; co-founder and chief content wrangler at, Andy Markowitz; Film Presence’s director of marketing, Sara Kiener; WBEZ 91.5FM arts and culture reporter, Alison CuddyChair of the Film & Video Department at Columbia College Chicago, Professor Bruce Sheridan; film critic and essayist Ignatiy Vishnevetsky; and film director and contributing editor atFilmmaker Magazine, Brandon Harris.

All-Access Festival passes, priced at $79, are now available at  Festival passes not only offer a substantial savings on individual tickets but provide access to four days of outstanding premiere films, concerts, Q&As, performances, after parties and more.  Single tickets are priced at $10-$12 (Some events are discounted for students with valid ID); most special events are priced at $15.  Concerts are priced per venue.  

Festival venues include: The Burlington (3425 W. Fullerton Avenue), CIMMCity Headquarters (2634 N. Milwaukee Avenue), Cole’s (2838 N. Milwaukee Avenue), Comfort Station (2579 N. Milwaukee Avenue), Congress Theater (2135 N. Milwaukee Avenue), Constellation (formerly the Viaduct, 3111 N. Western Avenue), Double Door (1572 N. Milwaukee Avenue), Elastic Arts (2830 N. Milwaukee Avenue), Green Eye (2403 W. Homer Avenue), Heaven Gallery (1550 N. Milwaukee Avenue), Hideout (1354 W. Wabansia), Logan Square Studio (2341 N. Milwaukee Avenue), Logan Theatre (2646 N. Milwaukee Avenue), Loyola University Crown Center Auditorium (1032 W. Sheridan Road), the Music Box Theatre (3733 N. Southport Avenue), Northwestern Block Cinema (40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston), Rosa’s Lounge (3420 W. Armitage Avenue), The Society for Arts (1112 N. Milwaukee Avenue), Subterranean (2011 W. North Avenue), Township (2200 N. California Avenue), Underbar (3243 N. Western Avenue), and The Whistler (2421 N. Milwaukee Avenue). 

Corporate and Community sponsors of CIMMfest No. 5 include Columbia College Chicago, ACME Hotel, Ticketfly, ABKCO, Wicker Park Bucktown SSA #33, the Logan Theatre, the Music Box Theatre, The Society for Arts and Eagle Rock Entertainment.

A recent Driehaus Foundation Grant winner, CIMMfest is a Non-profit 501(c)3 organization.  For information on how to get involved, visit

The mission of the Chicago International Movies & Music Festival (CIMMfest) is to highlight the inseparability of film and music through the production of an annual four-day, multi-venue festival. CIMMfest is a convergence event that highlights the interconnectedness of all people shown through the lens of music and movies, on stage and on screen.  All participating films have music at their center: short and long form documentaries and narrative fiction; concert films; animation; music videos; performances; live concert events; art exhibits; and panel discussions, presented at both new and historic venues around Chicago.  CIMMfest is a platform for filmmakers and musicians, artists and producers, to present their vision and offer a connection point for people to come together for a celebration of movies, music and good times in the greatest city on earth – Chicago!  For more information,

Monday, August 27, 2012

North Coast Alternative: Blane Fonda & Panda Riot at Hideout Saturday

Blane Fonda, Panda Riot

Shut out of sold out North Coast?   Or do you prefer to hide out from the sweaty Labor Day weekend masses and do something more low key?

Blane Fonda will be sharing a bill with local dream pop outfit Panda Riot at The Hideout on Saturday, Sept. 1.

Blane Fonda will be playing material from their most recent album, Foolish Croon, and are giving away the exclusive track "Sounds Like Static" with album purchase right here.

Blane Fonda

Panda Riot

Sat, September 1, 2012

9:00 pm

The Hideout

Chicago, IL


Blane Fonda
Blane Fonda

Performer Magazine
"The fivesome is at once energetic, magnetic and overwhelming with its insuperable undertow of synth-driven power pop."

Chicago Tribune
"Wetzel's elastic voice, an instrument capable of inhabiting moody, introspective passages and soaring, stadium-ready choruses, proved a natural fit for Blane Fonda's new, swaggering style."

Loud Loop Press
"If the record is any indication, Blane Fonda are poised to become one of Chicago's most exciting and intriguing indie rock acts."
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Monday, June 18, 2012

Mucca Pazza-A Vodka Infused Woolly Good Time! #album review #live show shots

Mucca Pazza blew the roof off The Hideout last Tuesday, June 12th, in a sold out, sneak peek/album release party for Safety Fifth, now out on Electric Cowbell.   Check out their main site for more of a taste of Chi-Town's punk rock marching band.

ChiIL Mama has caught their head muckety muck, Mark Messing, for video interviews twice at Chicago Children's Theatre--once in a duo with Brian Selznick, author/illustrator of Hugo Cabret.  (Brian's book was the basis for Oscar Award winning hit movie, Hugo, and The Houdini Box play.)  

The other Mark Messing/ ChiIL Mama interview is in a duo with genius director, David Kersnar, in an amusingly Ernie and Bert-like bed interview on the set of Goodnight Moon!   Check them both out by clicking the links above.

Mark is the mad maestro and musical mastermind behind Mucca Pazza and the scores to numerous musicals and plays including the critically acclaimed Hunchback Variations.

Freaky Facts:

We shot the heck out of their live show, but didn't try to do anything as formal as an interview at The Hideout.   But I did have a few burning questions that Mark Messing and one of the girls were happy to enlighten me on.

ChiIL Live Shows:   Does anyone have their old uniforms from school bands they actually used to BE in back in the day?  

Mucca Girl:   Yeah, one guy does, but he has to remain anonymous because technically he stole it....  

CLS:  Where do the others all come from?   

Mucca Girl:   We've had good luck finding cheap ones on Ebay.   Sometimes when a band is doing new uniforms they'll contact us and ask if we want their old ones.   Or sometimes thrift stores.   The wool hats are handmade, new for us, though.  

CLS:  You must be roasting!  

Mucca Girl:   Yeah, I'm ready to change outta this!  Most of the costumes are wool and really hot.   I dry cleaned mine recently and it was still a little stinky.  

Mark Messing:   We spray all the costumes with Vodka, to keep down the funk.  

CLS:   Wow!   Vodka, huh.   Does that work?!  

Mucca Girl:   Not always, but it definitely helps.  

CLS:   Maybe with all that vodka soaked wool seeping into your pores, the costumes are still ripe, but you just don't notice or mind so much anymore, eh?  


There was plenty of funk (of the good kind) to go around at Hideout, and Mucca Pazza certainly didn't stink up the joint.

Space was at a premium and the band created some serious heat with their hot new material, but no one was complaining.   Mucca Pazza worked the space well--splitting the sizable (30 member) band to border three sides of the rectangular room, encompassing their captive audience and narrowly missing a few noggins with their brass trombones.  They even managed to "march" around a bit in the friendly confines....swapping sides and wending through the crowd.   I think I got goosed a couple of times by caution tape pom pom flinging cheerleaders.  Fun fun!   Been there...shot that...bought the t-shirt.

We snagged a press preview of their new album, Safety Fifth (Electric Cowbell), and have been thoroughly enjoying it!     

Mucca Pazza--Italian for crazy cow or mad cow--is always high energy, wabi sabi, and entirely endearing.   Over the years, we've seen them play to a zombie cast, rock out on top of a paper mache elephant?! and even march into a port-a-let with a sousaphone!!   They're a must see live, but they can't play every night.   And when you're jonesing for more Mucca, Safety Fifth can fill the void!

Their third disc can't help but make listeners grin ear to ear.   The drums and all the horns make the band, but we also dig all the eclectics like mandolin, glockenspiel, violin, and of course, the accordion.   Mucca Pazza defies easy classification with whiffs of New Orleans brass carousing around with Balkan folk, surf, reggae, marching band, gypsy, jazz, and the kitchen sink.   Mucca Pazza is....seriously talented musicians, being seriously funny, while having some serious fun.   Highly recommended.   Just don't lick the uniforms......

**Check them out SOON.   They're playing a FREE ALL AGES SHOW at Garfield Park Conservatory at 6:40 on 6/20.  Go already!!**

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