With a claim to fame, the UK alternative rock band Blue Kubricks shout at the top of their lungs what they know to be true, “I’m Famous,” in their new single HEROIN. More so addicted to the feeling of the Rock n’ Roll lifestyle, the title purely a metaphor. As the the brothers from the UK would put the iconic phrase in reverse, Rock N Rock, Sex & Drugs; a more proper order. “You love me, I love me too. Oh, yea I do, Cause I’m Famous,” Blue Kubricks add to the chorus, embracing their self made situation. Similar in sound to Incubus or Smashing Pumpkins, they capture the energy of Rock n Roll music perfectly.
Detroit and Chicago have a lot in common when it comes to music, most significantly through techno and house music origins. Today we recognize our connection through the talents of an ambitious blues player residing in Chicago. Coming from our neighbors across Lake Michigan, Nicole Amine establishes her sound in Chicago after growing up on the sounds of Motown, Soul and Rock and Roll music. Originally studying at Columbia College to earn a degree in vocal performance, like the Rolling Stones, she began to explore her love for Chicago Blues music, which turns out to become a heavy influence in her own.
Starting out releasing cover tracks from artists like the Temptations and Amy Winehouse especially, giving justice to a very talented voice; Nicole’s voice is just as strong. Following up with a couple of demos, shortly after as she gets more comfortable as an artist. Working her way through solo performances Nicole organizes a band and really gets the fire starting, performing in random venues in Chicago. In a short period of time this student & listener of music establishes a foundation and presence in Chicago’s local music scene.
After finding her band and perfecting her sound she debuts with her single WINE SONG, giving us a real glimpse of Nicole’s creativity. Following WING SONG she comes up with NEED THAT SOUND and TRAPPED, both can stand on their own as well. Reaching further Nicole pursues bigger spotlights from the stage and enters in NPR Tiny Desk contest and had a performance on Sofar Chicago. Her ambition to be her best self through vocal education, challenging herself onto bigger stages with original singing, songwriting and guitar playing lands her at this weeks spotlight for Woman Crush Wednesday. You can expect more new music from her in 2020 so follow her progress in the links below!
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White Mystery is quite the talented duo from Chicago. The siblings Alex and Francis White Recently released a stop motion music video for their track Played My Hand. For those of you not too familiar with stop motion, this method requires a lot of time and patience. The track comes from their recent album Fuck Your Mouth Shut. Marking their 8th studio album the two make it a goal to release one once a year on April 20th – 4/20. This only highlights one aspect of White Mystery.
Priding themselves on DIY projects these couple of artists take on every aspect of their music career on their own. From self management, booking shows, press and marketing. Chicago’s Rock n’ Roll has a pair of creative titans in their midst. Even more some, Alex and Francis been running a podcast interviewing local Chicago artists playing video games, music and talking about whats important. All this on top of creating new music every year. If you are looking for any inspiration, you gotta take some notes from these indie rock experimentalists.