Category Archives: Equalizer

Equalizer Chicago September Wrap-Up: Mayer Hawthorne and the County, Buff1 & 14KT, JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound

review by Ali Weiss photos by Karla Svatos It was the perfect storm. First you’ve got charismatic soul outfit JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound, easily one of Chicago’s top indie bands. And they’re just the opening act. For whom? How about two immensely popular underground hip hop / soul acts from the nearby suburbRead more...

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Equalizer Chicago Gets on the Soul Train

by Ali Weiss This Friday night, 9/25, at darkroom bar, KEXP’s monthly Equalizer Chicago showcase packs soul bands, hip-hop artists and local DJs into an overall dance party line-up. Here’s a look at the players. L.A.-based headliners Mayer Hawthorne & The County blend retro Motown with a modern, hip hop influence. Hawthorne hails from AnnRead more...

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Equalizer Chicago Wrap-Up and Video: Charlie Deets, Clique Talk and The Atari Ferrari

by Ali Weiss Friday night’s Equalizer featured an all-Chicago, heavily electronic line-up, with a mix of glam, post punk, techno beats and the Mario Brothers. First, The Atari Ferrari spinned a DJ set consisting of, as their name would suggest, pimped-out remixes of the 8-bit video game sounds of yore. Jackie Sestak of the KEXPRead more...

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Chicago Equalizer: July re-cap and KEXP Chicago Posse Interview

by Ali Weiss photos by Karla Svatos Local bands Elev8tor, ODE and The Grace Lincoln Project played the monthly KEXP Equalizer Chicago at darkroom on Friday. Headliners Elev8tor played a variety of their downtempo and breakbeat music, added a guest vocalist and threw in a cover of the Beastie Boys’ instrumental “Ricki’s Theme.” For thisRead more...

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Equalizer Chicago this Friday: Elev8tor, Ode & The Grace Lincoln Project

It’s almost the final Friday of July, and Chicago music fans know what that means: another installment of KEXP Equalizer Chicago, the monthly indie music showcase at darkroom bar. If you’re in Chicago this weekend, be sure to check out this month’s bands. Chicago-based breakbeat / dub trio Elev8tor headlines, joined by Ode and TheRead more...

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Equalizer Chicago June recap: The Midnight Shows, Blane Fonda and Robbers.

by Ali Weiss photos by Karla Svatos Chicago music fans packed darkroom Friday night for the June installment of KEXP Equalizer. Local bands The Midnight Shows and Blane Fonda joined Robbers, on tour from Long Island, New York. Robbers opened things up. In a sportsmanlike example of “the show must go on,” band members playedRead more...

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Equalizer Chicago Video: Featuring Lasers and Fast and Shit, El Ten Eleven, The Whore Moans and Metavari

April’s Equalizer (check it out here) at Chicago’s darkroom bar paired punk-rock bands (The Whore Moans and Lasers and Fast and Shit) with experimental, instrumental acts ( El Ten Eleven and Metavari) for a night of variety, rock and mayhem. It’s all wrapped up in this video of the event, featuring band interviews and liveRead more...

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Equalizer Chicago 4/24 Recap: Lasers and Fast and Shit, El Ten Eleven, The Whore Moans, Metavari

photos by Karla Svatos Greetings from the Windy City, where folks stream KEXP like suckling puppies and darkroom bar hosts the KEXP Equalizer Chicago indie rock showcase every month. Sorry we’ve been out of touch lately. For one thing, our event host and blogger Mike “-y Dance Panther” Turner moved away, to Seattle in fact,Read more...

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Equalizer Chicago 10/2 recap: Takka Takka, Grammar and Elephant Gun

by Michael Turner photos by Laura Gray Hey there, music fans! Can I call ya Joe? Gosh jeepers, that’d be grrreat! Let’s get started then! Skip, sparkle, wink. And so it was that on the eve of the vice presidential debate last Thursday, October 2nd Equalizer brought fourth upon this continent a new line-up. T’wasRead more...

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Equalizer Chicago 9/4/08 recap: Allá, Demilos, Bicycle Tricycle

by Mike Turner photos by Jeremy Farmer So, now that you are all back safely from your respective political conventions are you ready to hear about an event that doesn’t involve tear gas, “free speech zones,” teen pregnancy the words “hope” or “change” or any funny hats? Well, I hope so because none of thoseRead more...

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