Airiel is one of the band's that has quitely risen to the top of the city's burgoening Indie music scene. Using a cooled stew of ambient rock and melodic noise, Airiel is a smooth dance. Thursday they'll be at the Darkroom with A Place To Bury Strangers and La Scala. Boneshaker Records is showcasing these three bands off their label and Filter Magazine is getting in the mix with 'em. Show is a low $8.
Chicago is a city briming with little-record-lables-that-could, mixing what this city does best, hard working Midwest work ethic with an eye on the cutting edge. One such label that has steadily built up a strong group of artists, is now showing they're ready to begin buidling an equally strong catalog. Paribus Records artists generally offer up dreamy (dreary) electronic rock, but they all have a delightfully unique sound. Menowah, whose recent EP After Everything, is a record all the art kids and grungy post rockers need to pick up. It's perfect gritty chill out music or gradual party starter. Menowah strikes a balance between Boards of Canada-esque reflections and more energetic, pulsating, hip-shaking pieces that offer a middle ground that makes their form of electronica easily digestable. Paribus also has upcoming releases from LMNOP (sexy, hypnotic beats) and Sally. (music is an action and Sally is halluconaginic desire) With these new releases Paribus seems to have graduated from upstart label to rising player in Chicago's impressive record label field.
Trying to get a straight answer out of Kompute Musik label-head Matt Nee is like trying to run up an icy hill. In his enthusiasm for the imprint's success, Nee skips over important details, instead painting in broad, abstract strokes. However, it's this A.D.D. mentality that has spread the Kompute fever everywhere from hometown Chicago to Mexico and Moscow. As a label, Kompute is relatively young. Started in 1999 by Nee and friends after a series of warehouse events, the group didn't waste any time taking the idea to the next level by building a studio on the South Side. (continue)
Trib looks at the top 10. Long recognized by the record industry as one of the few locales whose music fans support unknown acts and embrace all genres, Chicago boasts a web of independent record labels that reflect and nourish the city's vibrant clubs, expressive musicians and progressive audiences.
With bad news about 2005 sales figures flooding the accounting departments at the major labels in a year that’s ended on a flat note in record stores, it’s easy to overlook just how well indie labels have been doing.