Thursday, August 28, 2014

Bridesmaid / The Swan King / Waspkeeper / DJ Eddie Gobbo at Empty Bottle [FREE Show]

Empty Bottle comes through once again with another free show! Just RSVP at the link below for free entry, and here's what they had to say about the lineup for this Sunday:

"From the bowels of central Ohio, BRIDESMAID has been sculpting heavier than thou, punishingly loud "doom n' roll" since their inception in 2009. As an instrumental group with two bassists, one drummer and a massive red beard, they combine to create some of the best sounds coming out of the metal underground these days. For this return trip to the Empty Bottle, BRIDESMAID will be saying goodbye to their original drummer and bringing along their new drummer for a dual drums, dual bass attack that will have you shaking in your shit-stained shorts. Opening will be local faves THE SWAN KING and new Chicago heavy-hitters, WASPKEEPER"

Free Jazz AND free Metal? This is one lucky weekend for Chicago!

RSVP Here:

Sunday, Aug 31, 2014 9:00 PM
Empty Bottle
1035 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
21 years and over

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Teeko - Boiler Room [Video/FREE Download]

Boiler Room is a website that hosts live music sessions with an invite-only audience in mostly private locations, and then streams the performances live on their website and through services such as YouTube.  They started in March 2010 in London and has since hosted sessions with such notable artists such as Thom Yorke, Flying Lotus, Carl Cox, Erykah Badu, Madlib and more.  Though the artists they host mostly perform DJ sets, they recently hosted a session with Japanese stoner rock trio Boris and noise Godfather Merzbow.

The session we're featuring here is a set from turntablist/producer Teeko in San Francisco, whom famed producer Mark Ronson called "The most insane & creative turntablist I have ever worked with" and who DJ Jazzy Jeff himself said was "...the funkiest most soulful turntabilist I have ever seen..."  This is a great set that combines some live keys, a rare Vestax Controller One Turntable, and live remixing via Traktor.  You can stream it live above and also go to the link below and download the audio of the 46 minute session for free.  Definitely worth checking out, this guy deserves much more shine. -GodzIL

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Wizard World Chicago Comic Con 2014 Guide

Wizard World’s Chicago Comic Convention in Rosemont returns next week and we’re not exaggerating when we say this may be the biggest one yet!  In terms of entertainment (both on the big, and small screens) we don’t think there’s ever been a guest roster this large or prestigious!  Four days of nerd-madness starts Thursday August 21st, and Idol Threat is here to help with a guide to all the guests and events!  Click on the jump to expand the complete guide and get details on schedules and where to buy tickets:

As always there will be plenty of comic creators visiting this year’s Chicago Wizard World, along with an ample-sized Artist’s Alley!  Legends Stan Lee, Neal Adams, Marv Wolfman and Mike Zeck will be gracing us with their presence!  We’re not sure we remember any local con in recent memory that Marv Wolfman has attended; his writing in The New Teen Titans and Crisis on Infinite Earths are seminal works of comic history.   Leinil Yu (Wolverine), SPIKE TV SCREAM AWARD WINNER Arthur Suydam, Mike McKone, Salvador Larroca (Iron Man), Greg Horn, 30 Days of Night’s Ben Templesmith, Ben Avery writer of The Oz/Wonderland Chronicles, 3-time EISNER Award Winner Geoff Darrow, James O’Barr creator of The Crow, Archie Comics artist Dan Parent, Heavy Metal magazine/Spawn the Impaler artist Rob Prior, Badger/Punisher artist Bill Reinhold and many more can also be found!...

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Mick Jenkins - The Water[s] (Free Download)

Southside Chicago rapper Mick Jenkins returns this week with his latest project “The Water[s]” and like most of his music this release is out for free download. This is his first full length album since he signed to Cinematic Music Group. I thought I posted about his other mixtapes months ago but I guess not. Hopefully this post makes up for that.

On the 2nd track THC Mick Jenkins sets up his reasoning for the album title (besides the obvious ‘flow’ references) by stating that water is the most important natural component that we have today, and that it has the ability to both heal and destroy. That’s pretty deep subject matter for a seemingly simple (if not overused) principle. Besides that the album as a whole does also have a liquid quality to it, with many of the ethereal beats sounding like they’re underwater. Yet instead of drowning or merely floating over these beats, Mick easily cuts through at the pace of a speedboat with lyrics as sharp as those found on his previous mixtapes. Much like the music of the new guard of young MCs such as Kendrick and fellow Chicagoan Chance, Mick demonstrates a love of lyricism that doesn't sacrifice musicality, and is often times a throwback to the Hip Hop of the 90s. I also appreciate the fact that he features at least one or two female rappers in his releases as well, although its hard to take focus away from Mick's lyrics which steals the show on nearly every track.

This guy’s got punchlines for days, but once I heard his rhyme scheme that ended with “everbody wanna be the back of a D. Rose” I was done. I can post more but if I did I may fuck around and make his whole album a quotable. I have a lot of favorites but the Helter Skelterish track with Joey Bada$$ is so good it makes me want an entire album of the two. Mick may rap that water is worth more than gold, but this release is worth way more than it’s free price tag. HIGHLY recommended. -GodzIL

Download Here: Mick Jenkins - The Water[s]

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