|Montrose Beach, the site of the first 'Bike to the Beach Bash'|
- A new summer music festival is about to join the ranks of Chicago's already-long list of fests. "Bike to the Beach Bash," taking place for the first time on Friday, July 27th at Montrose Beach, will have sets from Ra Ra Riot, Bestfriends and California Wives. Click here for more info.
- RubyHornet.com premiered a new track, "Summertime," for free download from Chicago one-man band Netherfriends. The track is the B-side to the upcoming single "Summer Sex," and according to Ruby Hornet, "uses the Sublime-classic as the backdrop, reworks it, and then adds Chandler London, Auggie The 9th, and Jams Dean for a really dope summer song."
- Co-founding Smashing Pumpkins member James Iha revealed a new video for the track "To Who Knows Where" off his upcoming solo album Look to the Sky. Watch it here.
- The Chicago Mixtape is behind a special showcase at the upcoming Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival this Saturday, July 21st, and they've assembled a mixtape of the various bands playing it, as well as audio interviews with certain ones, such as Cains & Abels and Unicycle Loves You. Check it all out here.
- The Windy City's own California Wives have premiered a new track titled "Purple." You can read more about it at Paste and hear/download the track through SoundCloud: