Local 101: Stepdad Gets Warped

It’s 4 p.m. on a Saturday in July. The heat is peaking somewhere upward of ninety degrees and the asphalt backdrop isn’t helping. Still, every stop along the seminal Warped Tour schedule is a chance for up and coming bands like poppy quintet Stepdad to grow their fan bases. However, Stepdad’s stop in Chicago wasn’t…

Local 101: Weekly Threesome, July 11

Though the weather has finally started to cool off, it’s still the midst of summer. You need beach music. You need back porch music. You need music to party to. You need music to chillax to. We’ve got it for you. Remember to comment on what you like so we know, and share this page…

Local 101: Weekly Threesome

Since Q101 has rebooted our Local 101 presence over the past six months, we’re pleased to have been contacted by hundreds of awesome Chicago musicians. It’s about time we put those inquiries to use! We’re combing through our submissions and giving you three new local bands to jam out to every week. Really, who doesn’t…

Local 101: Bullied in Chicago

Somewhere along the way, punk rock lost face. Somewhere in between The Clash and Green Day, Minor Threat and The Get Up Kids, NOFX and Rise Against, Henry Rollins, Tom Delonge and Pete Wentz, the genre lost it’s definitive sound. But that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. “Punk” has become a multi-faceted term and sometimes…

Local 101: Scott Lucas Shows Off His Married Men

“I started writing songs that wouldn’t fit on a Local H record,” Scott Lucas tells me over the phone shortly before going on stage in Dallas. “And it wasn’t just one song but, like, eight.” That’s the origin of Scott Lucas and the Married Men. Most Q101 listeners probably know Lucas as the longtime frontman…

Local 101: William Beckett Talks His Own ‘Talk’

There’s a lot of history at Q101. We’ve grown up watching a lot of incredible musicians come out of Chicago. But what we find truly flattering is finding out that some of those musicians grew up with us, too. My first memory of William Beckett involves a snowy January, 2005 night and a club in…

Local 101: Meet Chicago’s Mutt-ly Crew

Rock fans, keep this in mind: there isn’t just one kind of rock, especially in Chicago. We’re lucky enough to live in a city with enough musical influence and diversity that it’s impossible to not find a local band to love. I dare you to prove me wrong. Our featured Local 101 band this week,…

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Local 101: Spend Summer With A Lull

Here’s the thing about rock music: Just because a band’s songs are artistic, it doesn’t always mean that they lack edge or rock-ability. That’s the case with Chicago’s own A Lull. If you’ve ever listened to a song from these natives, you probably took note of the band’s percussion. It’s intense. By enlisting two drummers,…

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