Here's a quick rundown of some interesting bits of Chicago rock-related information and cool links that have popped up over the last few days:
- The Kickback have filmed a live video for a new song titled "Sting's Teacher Years," which will be featured on their upcoming follow-up to their Great Self-Love EP. With a name like "Sting's Teacher Years," how could you not be compelled to watch? Catch the band live on Saturday, October 16 at Schubas.
- If you already have Lollapalooza 2011 on the brain, click here to voice your opinion on who you would like to see in the lineup next year. The festival is collecting input until this Thursday, October 7. Be sure to show some love for the amazing bands right here in Chicago!
- Speaking of Lolla, one of the fest's biggest critics, Jim DeRogatis, has asked, "Is Chicago earning all that it should from Lollapalooza?" on his vocalo.org blog. The very detailed post once again finds DeRogatis questioning the fest's workings.
- Chicago guitar/folk-pop group The 1900s recently debuted "Babies," the first single from their upcoming sophomore LP Return of the Century ( out November 2 on Parasol). The tune is available for free download on brooklynvegan.com and has also received buzz from NME.
- Our friends at Loud Loop Press have published a great article on Riot Fest including an interview with founder Mike Petryshyn. The punk fest will hit Chicago for its sixth year from October 6-10.