Chicago artists JT And The Clouds make a brand of folk and Americana-influenced indie rock that really hits sometimes. They recently released a live video of them performing "Low July", and everything about it is fantastic -- the cinematography, the sound, the expressions...

One-man bands usually call to mind images of a comical minstrel barely standing under the weight of a drum-and-harmonica contraption and self-penned songs that probably belong in a sideshow rather than on a CD. But Chris Otepka, the indie rock artist from Illinois performing under...

The instrumental, post-rock landscape is a bit crowded as of late. But in just three albums, the Chicago/Seattle trio Russian Circles have cemented themselves at the top, and this fact is readily apparent in their fantastic new album, Geneva. Russian Circles have always bounced between the moments that recall sunshine and the moments that recall audio armageddon. The issue up to this point has been how to balance the serene with the surrounding apocalyptic, sludgy tones that tear it all down. Geneva sludges across with "Fathom," and right from the get-go, the now cemented new bassist Brian Cook makes his presence known. Cook is no stranger to the mastery of the low-end, as his previous work with Botch and These Arms Are Snakes would suggest. But "Fathom" chugs along largely to his own beat. Guitarist Mike Sullivan peppers eerie riffs over it all and drummer Dave Turncrantz pounds away majestically. But seemingly, it is Cook who is finally brings it all together.

Travis Lee Wiggins has been described as prolific, and although it's accurate, I'm not sure it does him justice. The newest release from his Chicago band Essex Chanel, Love is Proximity, is studio album number eight -- not including the many EPs, side projects, unofficial...

12 Summers Old is the band name. Fitting, because the members sound like they are twelve years old, making music for twelve year olds. I'm not twelve years old. So, to review this seems a bit hard, because now I have to go back to...

Some bands are just made to play in grungy, grimey, dirty, spit-on-the-floor kind of bars. Quatre Tete is just one such band. The Chicago based trio's newest album, Art of the State, oozes as much smoke, booze, sweat, stink, and beauty as the ninety year...

"Our friend is obsessed with wrestling and he thought of a bunch of hilarious band names. [2*Sweet is] kind of like a mix of 'Nsync and World Wrestling Federation." -- Justin Pence...

"I want people to pick up Enter or our new record, and say, 'What the hell are they going to do next?" -- Dave Turncrantz...