Category: Music

1969285_10152057807541056_1832910894_nIn advance of SXSW 2015, Dynasty Podcasts host Jaime Black checked in with Chicago artist Sam Kirk, at the Virgin Hotel in downtown Chicago. The hometown artist discusses her artwork for the upcoming ChicagoMade trade show booth at SXSW 2015, revealing how she was selected to showcase this year. Kirk also previews her plans across 2015, and shares why she chooses to work and live in Chicago.

 

 

 

 

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN to the Dynasty Podcast Interview with ChicagoMade SXSW 2015 Artist Sam Kirk

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Over the summer, Dynasty Podcasts host Jaime Black caught up with four of Chicago’s premier local talents to discuss their favorite parts of Chicago, why they choose to live and make music here, and much more. Those interviews can be found in the podcast album below.

 


 
CLICK HERE TO LISTEN to the Dynasty Podcast Chicago Made Summer 2014 Interview Album

 

CVU348 – Phenom @ Chicago Made
Acclaimed DJ Colin “Phenom” Rebey discusses his favorite places in Chicago, including Lou Malnati’s in Lincoln Park, where this video was shot. Rebey also reveals why he chooses to live in Chicago as a working artist, and previews what he has coming up next.

 

CVU349 – Netherfriends @ Chicago Made
Oft-traveling artist Shawn Rosenblatt–better known under his musical alias, Netherfriends– sits down with Dynasty Podcasts at Margie’s Candies to reveal why he chooses to reside in Chicago. The prolific songwriter shares his favorite spots around the city, and names some of his favorite Chicago hip hop talent collaborators.

 

CVU350 – Xoe Wise @ Chicago Made
The singer-songwriter connects with Dynasty Podcasts at Uncommon Ground to reveal why the Wrigleyville restaurant/venue holds special significance to her, discuss how Chicago continues to inspire her as an artist, and preview what she has on deck in the future with both her self-titled project and her Kinky Love group.

 

CVU351 – KSRA @ Chicago Made
Indie artist KSRA invites Dynasty Podcasts to meet her in the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park, where she discusses her favorite neighborhoods and venues throughout Chicago. The singer also states why community is so important to her and her music, shares how Chicago’s brutal winters keep her productive, and reveals how the Brown Line plays into her perfect date night.

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– By Jaime Black

 

For the tenth anniversary of Riot FestDynasty Podcasts host Jaime Black caught up with an array of Chicago talent performing at the three day punk festival. Check out an interview album below for Choose Chicago @ Chicago Made, featuring My Gold MaskThe Orwells¡VAMOS!Lucki Eck$Archie Powell And The Exports, and Show You Suck!

 

My Gold Mask
On a wet, rainy, first night of Riot Fest, Gretta Rochelle and Jack Armondo of My Gold Mask discuss their inclusion on the festival, Gretta’s love of The Cure, and early details of their forthcoming 2015 full length.
The Orwells
Backstage on day two of Riot Fest, Mario Cuomo, Baby Chuck, Grant Brinner, and Henry Brinner of The Orwells return to Dynasty Podcasts for the first time since their JBTV appearance, fresh off being this month’s Illinois Entertainer cover story.
The group discuss being over their Letterman fiasco, their feelings on making the leap from coming out of Elmhurst to playing on stages worldwide, and getting to live their dream these days.
¡VAMOS!
On the last day of Riot Fest 2014, Josh Lambert, WIll Wood, and Ryan Murphy of ¡VAMOS! discuss playing day one of the festival, working with Red Bull Sound Select, and new music and reissues on the way from the band.
Lucki Eck$
Immediately following his Riot Fest set on Sunday afternoon, 18 year old Chicago rapper Lucki Eck$ jumps on the mic and talks about all things in his orbit, from his love of Xanax, to his grand ambitions for his music, to collaborating with artists like Chance The Rapper and FKA twigs.
Archie Powell
On the final afternoon of Riot Fest, a dapper Archie Powell discusses new music on the horizon from his group, Archie Powell & The Exports. The frontman also discusses the disparate reaction to the group’s current effort, Back in Black, as well as the deserved growth of Riot Fest in recent years.
Show You Suck
Following his frenzied debut set at Riot Fest, an ecstatic Clinton Sandifer, AKA Show You Suck, gushes on why performing at the annual punk festival means so much to him. The MC revisits his days of performing in the hardcore scene, and recounts the road to finally landing at set at Riot Fest.

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Oft-traveling artist Shawn Rosenblatt–better known under his musical alias, Netherfriends— sits down with Dynasty Podcasts at Margie’s Candies to reveal why he chooses to reside in Chicago. The prolific songwriter shares his favorite spots around the city, and names some of his favorite Chicago hip hop talent collaborators.

 

Hosted by Jaime Black and filmed/produced by Leyla I. Royale for Dynasty Podcasts.

 

PHNM

 

Acclaimed DJ Colin “Phnm” Rebey discusses his favorite places in Chicago, including Lou Malnati’s in Lincoln Park, where this video was shot. Rebey also reveals why he chooses to live in Chicago as a working artist, and previews what he has coming up next.

 

 

Hosted by Jaime Black and filmed/produced by Leyla I. Royale for Dynasty Podcasts x Choose Chicago @ Chicago Made.

In between interviewing artists and industry at Lollapalooza 2014, the Dynasty Podcasts team of Jaime Black and Leyla Royale sampled the culinary offerings at Lolla’s official Chow Town vendors. Find reviews of dishes from TuscanyGraham ElliotFranks ‘N’ Dawgs, KamehachiStella Barra Pizzeria, and Cheesie’s below.

Friday, August 1st, 2014

CHICK PARM

Tuscany: Chicken Parmigiana Sandwich
The Chicken Parmigiana, from Chicagoland staple Tuscany, was a satisfying and substantial selection. Loaded with a healthy dose of slightly sweet marinara sauce, the sandwich was served on a mini french bread loaf, with a slice of somewhat melted parmesan cheese. A proper take on classic Italian comfort food, sized to serve as a meal on the go. -JB

CORN DOG

Graham Elliot: Lobster Corndog
Served with a haphazard mayo drip and featuring green onion pieces scattered on top, this corndog was an adventurous take on American fair food. The outside was crispy and reminiscent of fish and chips, while the breading’s inside was reminiscent of corn bread. One might expect only a bit of lobster, as it is outdoor fest food, but the Graham Elliot special was loaded with a pleasant serving of shredded lobster. -LR

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014

MAC N CHEESE

Franks ‘N’ Dawgs: Truffle Mac n Cheese
The only disappointing part about the truffle mac from Franks N Dawgs was that the serving wasn’t larger. A rich and creamy sauce compliments the rich cheese flavor here, with the white truffle oil giving this after school staple a more grown up taste. If the festival size offering was a little larger, it could make a great midday meal to help make it through the long hot Lolla days. As it stands, this was a better than average appetizer. -JB

SUSHI

Kamehachi: Vegetable Seaweed Wrap
A pleasant surprise at an outdoor music fest. Instead of the fried, greasy offerings one is used to outdoors, these six pieces of sushi – containing shiitake mushrooms, seaweed, carrots, & cucumbers – were light, cool and refreshing. The cold and slightly wet mushrooms complimented the sweet crunch of carrots, as well. -LR

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

PEPPERONI PIZZA

Stella Barra Pizzeria: Pepperoni Pizza
One of the larger culinary offerings at the festival, Stella Barra’s generously sized personal pizzas barely fit on the plates they were served on. Loaded with a generous helping of pepperoni, the crispy, crunchy thin crust pizza was light on sauce and large on taste. Best of all, the pizzas being served were being handed out right out of the oven, making for a refreshingly fresh festival meal. -JB

GRILLED CHEESE

Cheesie’s: The Caprese
This grilled cheese from Cheesie’s – one of the best late night drunk food spots in Lakeview – was surprisingly not especially melted. The Caprese sandwich contained a few slices of mozzarella, thick tomatoes, and little pieces of basil. Though Caprese sandwiches generally aren’t melted, one would expect a bit more from a grilled cheese restaurant. On the upside, the sandwich – flanked by crunchy, buttery bread – was generously sized, with each half of the sandwich about the size of a hand. Though still satisfying, dining in at Cheesie’s is sure to offer a more ideal experience. -LR

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– By Jaime Black & Leyla Royale for Dynasty Podcasts

 

Over the weekend, the Dynasty Podcasts team of Jaime Black and Leyla Royale once again hit the festival circuit for Choose Chicago and Chicago Made, this time at Lollapalooza 2014. Recording backstage, Chicago’s first ever and longest-running music podcast caught up with local Lolla artists Gemini Club and Into It. Over It. Also on the mic is street artist made good Shepard Fairey, in town behind his Art Alliance: The Provocateurs residency, as well as Chicago film directors Austin Vesely and Elijah Alvarado, both of whom contributed visuals to Chance The Rapper‘s headlining set. Find those interviews below.

 

 

Gemini Club

 

Dynasty Podcasts veterans Gemini Club check in backstage on the first day of Lollapalooza 2014. The group discusses finally making it to the Lolla lineup, and shares details about recording their debut album with Red Bull in LA. The members – Tom Gavin, Gordon Bramli, Daniel Brunelle, and Ryan Luciani – also discuss expanding beyond Chicago over the last year, and reflect on their beginnings as a band.

 

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Into It. Over It.

 

On the second day of Lollapalooza, Evan Weiss of Into It. Over It. returns to Dynasty Podcasts, following his last appearance at CMJ 2012. Weiss shares his thoughts on being associated with the “emo revival” conversation in the press, and details what’s happening with his other musical ventures, Their / They’re / There and Pet Symmetry.

 

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Shepard Fairey

 

Backstage on day two of Lollapalooza, renowned artist Shepard Fairey sits down with Dynasty Podcasts to talk about his high profile art exhibit event, Art Alliance: The Provocateurs. Fairey reveals how his collaboration with Lollapalooza came to be, and shares why he chose Chicago for this type of show.

 

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Austin Vesely X Elijah Alvarado

 

On the last day of Lollapalooza 2014, Chicago filmmakersers Austin Vesely and Elijah Alvarado discuss their work creating visuals for Chance The Rapper’s headlining set at the festival. The pair also look back at the start of their work with the Chicago rapper, and reveal other projects they’re currently working on.

 

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– By Jaime de’Medici & Hillary Bauer for Dynasty Podcasts

 

Earlier in the month, the Dynasty Podcasts team of Jaime “Black” de’Medici and Hillary “Leyla Royale” Bauer were on the ground in Austin, TX, at SXSW, recording interviews with Chicago’s premier creatives, artists, and industry, for the Dynasty Podcasts Network. Recording took place at the Chicago Made booth at the SXSW trade show inside the Austin Convention Center, the Chicago Made official showcase at Red 7, and more. Produced in part with Choose Chicago and Illinois Entertainer, a selection of those interviews can be found below.

 

The Uprising Creative

 

Brian Schopfel, now of The Uprising Creative discusses that company’s recent merger with Chicago’s Eyes & Ears agency. He talks about what has and hasn’t changed with the merger, and the accessibility that comes from having offices in LA, London, and Chicago. Schopfel also reveals the history of the merger, as well as the future of their upcoming projects.

 

 

Probcause

 

Chicago MC Probcause talks about his performance at the Chicago Made SXSW Showcase and how it feels like coming home after being on tour. The rapper also delves into his origins as Probcause & his work as a visual artist, as well as the role Chicago plays in his music being discovered.

 

 

Archie Powell & The Exports

 

Archie Powell of Archie Powell & the Exports opens up about the group’s upcoming album Back in Black. The frontman shares his thoughts behind the unhinged new songs, as well as SXSW’s value as an environment to connect with friends old and new.

 

 

Music Dealers

 

Dynasty Podcasts connect with Eric Sheinkop of Music Dealers to discuss his new book, Hit Brands: How Music Builds Value for the World’s Smartest Brands, as well as his presence at the SXSW Chicago Made meet up, showcase, and trade show booth. The Music Dealers CEO also shares his thoughts on Chicago as an emerging hub for technology and music to help build a new creative community.

 

 

Martin Atkins

 

Martin Atkins talks with Jaime Black about his work in the music business department at SAE Chicago, as well as his connection with students in bringing them to SXSW to assist at the festival. The musician/instructor also discusses his presence at the Chicago Made trade show booth, his panel at SXSW music, and how he aims to mentor to the next generation in the music business.

 

 

Bonzie 

 

Singer-songwriter Nina Ferraro of Bonzie discusses her beginnings an artist, dating back to performing at the Taste of Chicago at age 12. The teenage artist also reveals what keeps her in Chicago, the reception around her album Rift into the Secret of Things, and how she got involved with the Chicago Made showcase at SXSW.

 

Now that the dust has settled from last night’s incredible Chicago Made SXSW Music Showcase at Red 7, here’s a list of additional “official” SXSW artists from Chicago to keep in mind while planning your schedule the rest of the week (or to listen to at home, for those not in Austin). For more local artist previews, day party and showcase details, check out ChicagoMusic.org’s insider guide to Chicago at SXSW.

 

Now that the dust has settled from last night’s incredible Chicago Made SXSW showcase, here’s a list of additional “official” SXSW artists from Chicago to keep in mind while planning your schedule the rest of the week (or to listen to at home, for those not in Austin). For more Chicago artist previews, day party, and showcase details, check out ChicagoMusic.org’s insider guide to Chicago at SXSW.

 

A short video clip of KSRA‘s great performance at the Chicago Made trade show booth, SXSW, March 9, 2014.