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What’s Happening This Week: April 7-13, 2010

Wednesday, April 7

FREE Columbia College Showcase feat. The Little Giants & Cheney’s Gun (all ages) @ Reggie’s (2109 S. State), 8:00 PM, Free

Crime in Stereo w/ Renae & Robbers (all ages) @ Subterranean (2011 W. North), 7:00 PM, $12

Friends-of-WCN Mos Scocious (21+) @ Tonic Room (2447 N. Halsted), 10:00 PM, $5

Fanfarlo w/ Lawrence Arabia & Robert Francis (18+) @ Lincoln Hall (2424 N. Lincoln), 9:00 PM, $12 adv./$14 doors

Thursday, April 8

Jaguar Love, Boots with Spurs, Cars for Miles, & Pisces at the Animal Fair (all ages) @ Reggie’s (2109 S. State), 6:00 PM, $10

wiLd peAKs w/ Sissy Mena, The (Glorious) Teaparty, & Odd Obsession DJ Sets (21+) @ Subterranean (2011 W. North), 9:00 PM, $5 adv./$8 doors

Lowtalker w/ Chicago Thrash Ensemble, No Enemy!, & Tension Generation (17+) @ Beat Kitchen (2100 W. Belmont), 8:30 PM, $8

Bittersweet w/ Friend-of-W(C)N DJ Peroxide @ The Late Bar (3534 W. Belmont), 9:00 PM-4:00 AM, NO COVER!

Friday, April 9

Mr. Blotto & ekoostik hookah (18+) @ Reggie’s (2109 S. State), 8:00 PM, $12

The Fall of Troy w/ Envy on the Coast & Twin Atlantic (all ages) @ Subterranean (2011 W. North), 7:00 PM, $12

Unique Chique w/ House of Normandie, Hospital Garden, & Secondary Modern (21+) @ Beat Kitchen (2100 W. Belmont), 9:00 PM, $8

Japandroids w/ Avi Buffalo & Lasers and Fast and Shit (18+) @ Lincoln Hall (2424 N. Lincoln), 10:00 PM, $14

Friends-of-WCN Mos Scocious @ Gallery Cabaret (2020 N. Oakley), 8:00 PM, FREE

Saturday, April 10

Flatfoot 56 Record Release Show w/ The Green Room Rockers, Dead Town Revival, & The Scurvies (all ages) @ Reggie’s (2109 S. State), 7:00 PM, $10

The Cell Phones w/ I&A, Walter J. Liveharder, Project Mayhem, Cojack, Billah Camp, & DJ Strategy (21+) @ Subterranean (2011 W. North), 10:00 PM, $7

Foxy Shazam w/ The Young Veins & Bad Rabbits (all ages) @ Beat Kitchen (2100 W. Belmont), 7:30 PM, $10

Owen Pallett w/ Snowblink (18+) @ Lincoln Hall (2424 N. Lincoln), 10:00 PM, $15

Sunday, April 11

Hacknwheeze w/ Cornmeal, Stone and Hallman, Members of Jack Straw, and more (17+) @ Reggie’s (2109 S. State), 6:30 PM, $10 (free food!)

Shelly Miller w/ Starina, Patrick Gemkow, & Steve Gilpin (21+) @ Subterranean (2011 W. North), 8:00 PM, $8

Lullabye Arkestra w/ Post Honeymoon (17+) @ Beat Kitchen (2100 W. Belmont), 8:00 PM, $8 adv./$10 doors

Clifton Roy & Folk Stringer w/ Nathan Xander & Witchhouse, Will Phalen & The Stereo Addicts, & Go Long Mule (18+) @ Lincoln Hall (2424 N. Lincoln), 8:00 PM, $7

Tuesday, April 13

The Rocketz w/ The Honeybees, Pearls Mahone & The One-Eyed Jacks, & Shotgun Gambling (all ages) @ Reggie’s (2109 S. State), 6:00 PM, $8

Francis and the Lights w/ Vacations & Sleep Out (17+) @ Subterranean (2011 W. North), 9:00 PM, $10

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Mos Scocious Lets the Good Times Roll, Chicago Style

Mos Scocious brings their unique mix of sounds to a recent show.

Tucked inside a relatively quiet block in Lincoln Park, a small bar explodes with an upbeat, unique blend of rock, soul, jazz, funk, hip-hop, and blues at 10PM sharp on the first Wednesday night of every month, courtesy of Chicago’s own Mos Scocious.

This little venue, the Tonic Room, which is about the size of my two-bedroom apartment, is packed with fans of several different walks of life that go crazy when Mos Scocious takes the stage around 11:30. The party is just getting started. Securing a spot by the cozy fireplace, I witness a musical amalgam – rap in one song, slow blues in the next, then a medley of The Beatles’ “And I Love Her” and “She Loves You.” People dance, take pictures, and raise their glasses to the music. It’s “First Wednesday,” and everyone is having a good time.

From left: Bradley Butterworth, Rob Dicke, and Josh Rosen

Mos Scocious is comprised of three recent Columbia College grads: Josh Rosen [bass, guitar, vocals], Bradley Butterworth [guitar, bass, vocals], and Rob Dicke [drums], all of whom met in Jazz Performance classes in college. The motivation to form the group came from both inside and outside of the classroom. “Just being amongst talented artists and musicians has inspired us more than any class ever could. However, theory and ear training classes were essential to help turn our inspiration into tangible musical ideas,” Rosen tells me following the show. Those ideas came together in the spring of 2006, and Mos Scocious was born.

I asked Rosen where the name comes from. “It’s a Creole phrase that loosely translates to ‘All-Around Good Time.’” Seems fitting for a group that took its favorite parts of  every genre to create its own, totally unique sound – a sound Rosen says was undoubtedly shaped by Mos Scocious’s beloved home city. “Chicago has not only influenced our sound, but it is our sound. We are inspired by everything the city has to offer. Everything we experience in this city comes out in a small way in our songs.” The band termed its sound “freak-funk” because  “[it’s] the sound from the underground. It’s toe-tappin’, groove-based music that isn’t confined to any musical boundaries.”

Mos Scocious’s eclectic sound is due in          large part to the diversity of the members’ geographic and musical backgrounds. The band says, “Our hometowns are all spread throughout the Midwest. Brad is from just outside of Detroit, MI; he brings the Rock/Fusion/Jam vibe. Josh is from Cleveland Heights, OH, and brings the Motown/Blues/Funk vibe. Rob is from Peoria, IL, [and] he brings the Jazz/Soul/Latin vibe. Put us all together, and it’s a nice little salad with a BIG sound!” The variety of influences comes out in each and every song. Mos Scocious has been known to cover Gnarls Barkley and The Sound of Music and then crank out a fan favorite: a rap called “Garmonbozia,” also known as “The Alligator Song.” When they break into the song at Tonic Room, a fan next to me starts dancing so wildly that he bumps into everyone around him and almost spills his drink.

In addition to First Wednesdays, the trio has several Midwestern and East Coast dates under its belt. After playing numerous other Chicago venues  — the Kinetic Playground, Subterranean, Cubby Bear, Reggie’s, Martyr’s, Gallery Cabaret, and Elbo Room, among others — Mos Scocious recently brought their sound to Minnesota (Rochester), Ohio (Cleveland and Columbus), Illinois (Peoria and DeKalb), Michigan (Flint, Royal Oak, and Rochester), and New York (Binghamton and New York City). They also recorded an LP called Ibble Dabble in 2008.

When the opportunity arose to book a recurring hometown gig, the band accepted. “We were asked by Michael Berg and Jess Blanc of 3D-MAS Productions to play on their Wednesday Night Affair at the Tonic Room about 2 years ago.  There is no place we would rather be on a Wednesday.  It’s a great place to hear live music,” Rosen says.  “For us, it just became a very comfortable place to play.  We were approached by Berg in December to start up a once-a-month residency at Tonic Room in February. We couldn’t have been more excited.”

What else does the future hold for Mos Scocious? Although many students are forced to either drop out of school or give up music to pursue full-time careers after graduation, Mos Scocious is becoming a career for Rosen, Butterworth, and Dicke. Rosen says they’re in it for the long haul. “Our future plans are to make Mos Scocious our full-time job. This includes touring, writing, recording, marketing, living, loving, etc. It will take a lot of sacrifices, but we are up for the challenge and are ready to take over the world!” It sounds to me like they’re going to have a really great time along the way.

Kayla Zimmerman

Check out Mos Scocious on Myspace, Facebook, and  Sonicbids. And catch the band live at Tonic Room on April 7 and May 5 (2447 N. Halsted, 10:00 PM, $5) as well as at Gallery Cabaret on April 9 (2020 N. Oakley, 8:00 PM, Free).

Do You Like Good Music? Do You Like to Dance?

DJ Peroxide Spinning at Neo

Full time college student by day, new wave DJ and dancing fiend by night, Phil DeStefano transforms from a Columbia College photography major into DJ Peroxide, spinning tracks into the night for new wave fans all over Chicago.  He is a regular at Neo Night Club’s Atomic New Wave Dance Party Thursdays and has also recently become a guest DJ at various bars and clubs throughout Chicago.  A few hours before one of his many appearances, Peroxide answered a few questions about his double life as a student and a DJ.

DJ Peroxide… I’m assuming the name comes from your bleached-blonde hair?

It is.  I quickly had to decide on a name to promote for the guest slot I did for my first gig at Neo so my roommate came up with that and it stuck.  Though Mahatma Blondie is quite fetching too, don’t you think?

Quite fetching indeed.  You are now a senior at Columbia College. One might think you would be a music or media major, but you’re actually studying photography.  How does someone majoring in photography become interested in being a DJ?

I actually started photographing the crowd when I went to Neo and was instantly struck by the music because everything the resident DJs were playing was music I loved.  I started to go every Thursday night, which is their “new wave dance party” called Atomic, and became a regular.  From there, one of the residents, [DJ] Kamar, asked me if I’d like to do a guest slot because he knew I was familiar with the music. And the rest is history.

I know music is a big part of your life, what specifically drew you into being a DJ?

I haven’t really ever found an outlet to contribute musically through an instrument, though I have sung on things randomly just for fun.  I find myself to be more of a music fan than a musician, which I think makes sense with the interest in DJing.

You mainly spin 80s and new wave tracks. How did you become a fan of this type of music?

I got really into new wave and 80s music at a young age through a family friend, and it has always kind of stuck with me.  I loved the sound and the visual elements attached to new wave.

 

An old flyer for a past DJ Peroxide event

How do you balance your time when you are being pulled in so many directions with school, work, and your passion for being a DJ?

I try to give equal time to everything I do.  I find at least that attending these clubs and getting the chance to guest DJ at some of these places gives me an escape from the regular school and work routine – an escape that allows me to have fun and enjoy my music all at once.

Have you taken advantage of any opportunities through your college?  I recall you being a guest DJ on a college radio show a couple of years ago.

Yeah I did do a radio show but it was through the school of the Art Institute.  That’s about it really … I’m basically a self-starter.

Have you made any interesting connections in the DJ world through school or from going to bars, clubs, etc?

No, nothing through school. But I have met a whole world of people.  I’ve met a lot of people who are really important in the new wave culture.

Can you give an example of one of these people in the scene who have affected or helped you along the way?

On a personal level, I have always been inspired and looked up to DJ Scary Lady Sarah who has been an important part of the Goth scene for over 20 years.  She runs her own company, American Gothic Productions, and a bi-monthly Goth night in Chicago called Nocturna.  I probably would have never even tried guest DJing if it wasn’t for her.  She actually recently attended one of the events I did and to see her on the dance floor was very rewarding for me since I look up to her.

What kind of advice would you give to a peer trying to break into the scene?

Meet as many people as you can, and have fun with it.  There is obviously a common interest that brings most regulars out to an event – people who you look forward to seeing each week and who love the same music as you.  Same goes for the DJs.  It is interesting to see their different styles in piecing music together during their sets.

May is right around the corner. What do you see in your post graduation future?  Will you continue to DJ?

Well… for now I can’t really picture myself doing anything other than something with music.  So right now I think it’s safe to say I will continue to DJ.

Jennifer Priestley

What’s Happening This Week: February 10-16, 2010

Thursday, February 11: Mikkey Halsted‘s Mixtape Release Party (18+) @ Reggie’s Rock Club (2109 S. State), 10:00 PM, $7

Friday, February 12: FutureRetro with Scary Lady Sarah and Peter Propaganda, Hosted by Peroxide (21+) @ Lucky Number Grill (1931 N. Milwaukee), 9:00 PM, $6 cover

Sunday, February 14: ELI with Scary Kids Scaring Kids (All Ages) @ Reggie’s Rock Club (2109 S. State), 5:00 PM, $12 in advance ($15 at door)

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What’s Happening This Week: February 3-9, 2010

Wednesday, February 3: Mos Scocious @ Tonic Room (2447 N. Halsted), 10:00 PM, $5

Thursday, February 4: Mojos’ Pen Open Mic @ UIC African American Cultural Center (Adams Hall, Suite 207), 7:00 PM, FREE