By Eric Schelkopf For the past 10 years, Chicago band The Safes has been serving up its sweetly infectious brand of power pop. The Safes, comprised of brothers Frankie, Patrick and Michael O’Malley, http://www.thesafes.com, will celebrate its 10th annual Black Wednesday show at the Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave.,Continue Reading

By ERIC SCHELKOPF Honey & the 45s is one of the most innovative bands on the Chicago music scene today. The band’s sound is filled with splashes of blues, soul, Americana, jazz, rock and funk, all which combine to create a refreshingly unique sound. Honey & the 45s, www.honeyandthe45s.com, willContinue Reading

By ERIC SCHELKOPF Rock’s future is safe in the hands of Chicago band Jet W. Lee. The band’s latest album, “Western Nightmare,” barrels out of the gate with full force, ignoring any stop signs ahead. The record provides a taste of the relentless energy Jet W. Lee, www.jetwleeband.com, creates onContinue Reading

By ERIC SCHELKOPF Chicago band Hemmingbirds is not afraid to take musical chances. The band charts a new musical direction on its new album, “The Vines of Age,” set to release on Sept. 25. To celebrate the new release, Hemmingbirds will perform Sept. 21 at the Beat Kitchen, 2100 W.Continue Reading

By ERIC SCHELKOPF The band that penned hits like “One Thing Leads To Another” and “Saved By Zero” continues to make music that matters. The Fixx in July released its 10th studio album, “Beautiful Friction,” an album that touches upon such timely topics as the Occupy movement and materialism. TheContinue Reading

Chicago group The Shams Band brings relentless energy to new album; will play residency this month at Schubas. I had the pleasure of talking to The Shams frontman Donnie Biggins about the new album…