Reviews

October 6, 2019

Written by Maranda Brink 

Local Chicago band, Sick Day, have created a new song called Dejevu that gets you in the mood to be emo. The song starts off with hard strums that are giving me a grunge vibe. A female voice emerges and, in this music genre, is incredibly refreshing. My favorite lyrics in this song are “I don’t live anywhere near your universe.” I think this single line encapsulates, not only the lyrics as a whole, but...

July 20, 2019

Written by Calysta Botello

Photos by Stone Wertz 

The energy, vibe, and connection I felt was super welcoming. The atmosphere was full of excitement and people were already talking to strangers about what song both of the artists were going to play. Some people couldn’t hold their excitement in and others were trying to keep their cool, but they couldn’t because of seeing someone walk across the stage.

The independent, strong, an...

July 12, 2019

 Written by Calysta Botello

The EP was more than what I imagined it to be. Clear story line from start to finish and it will leave you wanting more. Edgy, agony, poetic metaphors, you name it. I have only heard one song from this band when I was in a car with a friend. Since then, I have been looking forward to hearing more from the band and I was super stoked to hear their new EP to that I was given the opportunity to review.
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March 21, 2019

Written by Maranda Brink 

As the Chicago based band Talk To You Never came to a sad close, a new chapter has emerged in a new and improved band: Never Better. As a follower of Talk To You Never, I was super stoked to hear about this current chapter.

The EP begins with some sick bass in “Nice Night for a Neck Injury”. The song has an incredibly catchy chorus with an iconic “sink or swim” line. This song is a perfect start to this...

February 1, 2019

Written by Carmen Mueller 

A new band that I have seen circling the rock scene is Point North. After their album A Light in a Dark Place came out last year, their EP has been highly anticipated. The group of five (Jon Lundin, Brady Szuhaj, Andy Hershey, Sage Weeber, and Timmy Rasmussen) from California recently released their newest EP Retrograde, and I think this is a group that will surprise a lot of people with how solid thi...

January 29, 2019

Written by Carmen Mueller 

As a longtime fan of the band, I always keep up with Chase Atlantic’s releases. Eagerly waiting for them to pop up in my library as soon as they drop. When the Don’t Try This EP was available I immediately binged the whole project, and I have a lot of things to say about it.

The first two songs that were released were “You Too” and “Like a Rockstar”. The first single “You Too” plays incorporates some c...

December 3, 2018

Written by Carmen Mueller 

It has been two years since The 1975 released an album and the English band finally dropped their third studio album A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships. The band that is known for their electronic alternative sound and neon aesthetic have brought us an album that is full of surprises and extremely personal songs.

The project showcases a mix of styles with a combination of acoustic guitar ballads...

November 27, 2018

Written by Carmen Mueller 

Photos by Ashleigh Graybill

Saturday, November 17 Waterparks came to Iowa City on their Entertainment Tour. And to say this tour is entertaining is a complete and utter understatement. This show has been jam packed with everything you could possibly want in a concert; intense and passionate fans, great music, and a fantastic lineup of performers.

A surprise addition to the Iowa show was De’Wayne Jackson...

November 17, 2018

Written by Carmen Mueller 

Australian smoke show Chase Atlantic played at the Bottom Lounge on October 13th and it was a night that I had been anticipating since they announced their world tour. The band got their start on X Factor and have rebranded into the trio that is Mitchel Cave, Christian Anthony, and Clinton Cave. Over the years, the band has gained a larger audience, which grew after their self-titled album that debute...

October 30, 2018

Written by Carmen Mueller 

The Sydney band Stand Atlantic have released their first full length album Skinny Dipping. When I first approached this album I had no idea that the group is led by singer and guitarist Bonnie Fraser. Her voice brings such a unique element to the whole project which is super cool.

“Lavender Bones” opens up the project with a guitar driven beat and David Potter’s standout bassline. It tells the story of...

October 22, 2018

Written by Carmen Meuller

British rock band, Nothing But Thieves, have been keeping themselves busy with the release of their newest EP What Did You Think When You Made Me This Way only a year after putting out their sophomore album Broken Machine. Many fans of the band, including myself, have been highly anticipating this project ever since the band teased it during the middle of their summer tour. And now that the whole EP ha...

October 19, 2018

Photos by Ashleigh Graybill

Written by Carmen Mueller 

On October 18, 2018, the rebel-with-a-cause Yungblud played at Subterranean in Chicago, Illinois, along with their incredible supporting act Arrested Youth. Both of these acts put on one of the best shows I have ever seen and rocked the completely sold out venue with an ungodly amount of charisma and energy. The 21st Century Liability Tour is a must see, and here’s why.

The K...

October 10, 2018

Written by Carmen Mueller 

This fall, You Me At Six released their sixth full length album, appropriately titled VI. This was my first time listening to the band, so I was ready to give the project a listen without any expectations. Some of the highest points of this album are found in the music styles and Josh Franceschi’s knockout vocals, but there is something for everyone on this project.

The first track “Fast Forward” has o...

October 7, 2018

Written by Carmen Mueller

After all the cryptic messages, the symbolic music videos, and an abundance of neon yellow, Twenty One Pilots dropped their fifth studio album on October 5th , titled Trench. Since the Ohio duo released their track “Heathens” for DC’s Suicide Squad, the band had been relatively quiet. That was until they started dropping messages on their website begging to be decoded; and once they did, the themes and...

October 2, 2018

Written by Rebecca Hooey

Ever since the release of Disgusting in 2014, Beartooth has established themselves as having one of the most unique sounds in the rock scene. With lyrics that are perfectly angry, and music that is perfect to mosh to, Beartooth is an irreplaceable staple within the modern rock n’ roll scene. This is thanks, in part, to Caleb Shomo and his relentlessly inimitable lyrics, and his singular dedication to th...

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