Friday, July 25, 2014

22 Jul 14 - Blackburner

Their performances have been known to be "...high energy and unpredictable...", blogspot readers with their true identities completely hidden behind creepy "Frank the bunny" (think Donnie Darko) masks.
Welcome to the dark EDM world of Blackburner (from Los Angeles, CA) who recently performed in Chicago at Wicker Park's Debonair Social Club. It wasn't SouthSide's first time seeing this band ...she remembers first reviewing them when they performed as an opening act for The Ministry a couple of years ago. What a creepy, smoke-filled then as it was again tonight, blogspot readers. Yet, in SouthSide's opinion, that's what draws fans to their shows. During an interview with Skyla, he told this reviewer that they like to do things differently or "...see where the night takes us..." calling themselves "...'old' rock-n-roll guys still running around the stage..." However Chaz, in between loading their equipment added "...I'm the younger one..." And with that, SouthSide was off to a good start in her long evening hanging out with the duo, blogspot readers. But for the guys, they were getting "...out of the DJ booth..." and "...doing more of a show..." featuring tracks off their fourth release, "From Dusk to Dub". "...we're halfway into our tour with 5000 more miles to go..." which will end on Aug 3rd at Atlanta before heading back to Los Angeles.
Although it was a dismal showing by fans in Chicago, blogspot readers, the lineup, also featuring DJ acts by K Beeta ( and Blaqout (, rocked Debonair Social Club with wide variety of EDM music styles that included the energizing, bass-heavy beats and dark laden dubstep sound before the dark masked-wearing duo Blackburner took over the stage. "...besides the show we put on, we like to mix it up with different genres..." That part about Blackburner is definitely true, blogspot readers. One minute there might be metal ...then it might switch to heavy dubstep ...or then you might be rockin' out with remixed beats and/or songs. That's where the unpredictably about this duo shines during their performances. Who knows where they might take you during an intense 45-minute performance. And it's completely amazing that these "old" guys have that much stamina while donned in their "Donnie Darko" masks. At first, those who were in attendance (other than the other DJs and their guests) at the Debonair were a bit freaked out by Blackburner's sudden masked appearance but quickly warmed up to the duo once they really got into their set. It wasn't simply contained to the stage unlike their show at Vic Theatre. Oh no, this time they had the chance to move about the club ...rocking on the black monitor stands or sitting at a table for a couple of minutes. They certainly made thing very interesting for us tonight ...kept SouthSide on her toes as she snapped photos.
Even music fans can be unpredictable too. Still Blackburner was unpredictable ...not only with their music but also with their stage presence. There were selfies taken of themselves ...dazzling the club with laser light and puffing blasts of smoke from the fog machine. Someday, this reviewer is going to ask how they drink beer with those masks on just for fun. Yep, it was just two giant bunnies hopping all over the stage and club floor simply rockin it out. Performing tracks off their current release From Dusk to Dub (which according to Skyla was created while traveling on the road like most of their other songs), it was suggested to this reviewer that fans check out the following tracks - "Butterfly Ghost" and "Hotel Bitches (featuring Lil Wayne)" because they demonstrate where the band has progressed to ...for now. They perform while in Chicago some of their heavier stuff and awesome Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive" remix, blogspot readers. Overall, Chicago, you missed an exciting show with this masked duo! Lastly before leaving, the guys would like to say "...see us on the road ...and check out the new album..." Hopefully they will return soon for another wildly intense set with heavy dubstep, industrial and more. In the meantime, visit Skyla and Chaz aka Blackburner at for music and tour information.
Until next time, support your local scene,



20 Jul 14 - The Deltaz

Los Angeles ...the city of angels ...celebrity dreams ...Whiskey A Go Go ...and country/rock?!

Yes, blogspot readers, you heard correctly. It was surprising for SouthSide as well Apparently, .Los Angeles knows how to rock the country music scene too especially after meeting the touring band - The Deltaz recently when this trio performed at Elbo Room as part of the lineup featuring Always Waiting, The Fishermen and Jared & The Mill. And what a set this band had for the Chicago audience. They thrilled this audience with rousing grit off the guitars and percussion rhythms from a drummer who was also blowing on the harmonica at the same time (plus vocal duties)! Now that was definitely something this reviewer had never seen before.
Basically, blogspot readers, it was a rockin' country/bluegrass fun time with The Deltaz on this Sunday evening. Opening with the song "Two Side" (because there's always two sides to every story), this band soon amped up the music to a toe-tappin' country rhythm that electrified the stage which even had this reviewer bouncing to the lively beat. That was after as she mentioned earlier being unexpectedly shocked that the trio were country and not what she originally anticipated. Still, for her, it was hard-hitting as well as heartfelt especially with Ted (guitar/vocals) on lyrics with brother John supplying the percussion, harmonica, and vocals in the back along with newcomer Eric (a man of very few words) on bass. Throughout The Deltaz's performance, the audience were treated not to a set featuring country rock but also immersed into deep emotions during the ballad "Face to Face" and a bit of wit during the tongue-n-cheek look at those music reality shows the promise to  "Make You A Star", blogpot readers.
The music really hit home with this Chicago audience when performing as a duo during an electrifying but rowdy blues number where Ted broke out the steel guitar for this particular song. According to the band's front man, they were exposed to "...real good music growing up..." And that was definitely well demonstrated, blogspot readers, throughout the rest of the set which featured other songs like "Wild Mustangs" (about their horses back home) and "Round and Round" (a traveling song about their travels on the road). How fitting since The Deltaz have been on the road for over a month visiting places like Michigan, Texas and other parts of the South and Midwest. They even spent nearly a week in Chicago "visiting" (i.e. performing) at some of the other venues like The Bird's Nest, The Red Line Tap and Moe's Tavern. The highlight of the set was their "Shady Rascal" song that featured some funky chicken clucking between Ted and John ...never knew your could make an electric guitar cluck like a chicken. The song itself was high octane intensity on the country rock sound leaving the audience thoroughly winded from the blast of guitar riffs and harmonic melody rockin out the stage.
SouthSide highly recommends checking out The Deltaz while the band is currently on the "Round & Round" tour traveling the highways and bi-ways before they head back home to Los Angeles, blogspot readers. It's definitely not surfer rock ...that's country/rock done California style! For more information, visit
Until next time, support your local scene,
 local band - Always Waiting

 Sol at the bar

Talent Buyer Adam Powers(right) with intern

The Deltaz

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

20 Jul 14 - Celebrate Clark Street photo gallery

Hey, blogspot readers, it was such a lovely day to attend a neighborhood festival well as snapping photos of it too. Here are the other photos which sadly didn't get to be part of the review yet deserve to be shared with you...

 Sangre Michoacana


 street art

family fun and games
eat and shop

let's dance!

 Tsukasa Taiko performing

say "hi" to Alderman Joseph Moore

 baile comigo! (dance with me!)

Nu Bambu on stage


learn inner peace and relaxation

world music fusion of Funkadesi

Until next time, support your local scene,