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Updated: 2018-03-08T08:29:15.060-06:00


Concert Review - King Khan & BBQ Show at Lincoln Hall


Welcome back!  This episode gives a live music rundown for the month of April and a concert review of The  King Khan and BBQ Show (stream their new album here) at Lincoln Hall on March 17, 2015.



F 4/3 - Hidden Hospitals record release, Mighty Fox, Soft Speaker, Common Shiner @ Double Door - 8 pm, 21+, tickets $7 adv/$10 door/$17 VIP Ticket Info

W 4/8 – Ezra Furman @ Subterranean – 8:30 pm, 17+, tickets $12 Ticket Info

4/10 - Hookworks, Verma @ Empty Bottle - 21+, $12 tickets - Ticket Info

W 4/15 – Darling, Valaska, Love Raid @ Schubas – 8 pm, 21+, FREE Show Info

Th 4/16 – Saul Williams @ Lincoln Hall – 9 pm, 21+, $20 Ticket Info

F 4/24 – Whiskey Shivers @ Schubas – 10 pm, 21+, $12 Ticket Info

Sa 4/25 – Windy City Soul Club @ Empty Bottle – 9 pm, 21+, tickets $5 at door Event Info

M 4/27 – Varsity, Dream Version @ Schubas – 8 pm, 21+, FREE Show Info

Coming soon!


Very excited to announce that we'll be returning soon from our extended hiatus with new audio content and other Chicago-based musical delights.

What I'm trying to say is: Get Ready, Get Hype.

<3 susan.="">

(PS- we're accepting submissions for reviews and Green Room Sessions interviews - if you're interested, please reach out to us at

Green Room Sessions: Warm Ones


(image) This Green Room Sessions interview and live music session with Chicago's Warm Ones was taped Sunday, December 5, 2010. Warm Ones are playing live at Martyrs' this Friday with GRS alums King Sparrow and Secret Colours, along with local band Hollus. The show starts at 9 pm and tickets cost $10 (advance tickets available here), but until then, check out what the guys had to say about their music and whet your appetite with a couple sweet tunes from their album, Sprezzatura, arranged for guitar and iPhones.


Warm Ones' GRS Setlist:
Quiet Epilogue
Wonders of the World

Green Room Sessions: The Singleman Affair


(image) This interview and solo acoustic session with Dan Schneider of The Singleman Affair was taped Wednesday, January 19, 2011. The Singleman Affair's new album, Silhouettes At Dawn, is available on vinyl, CD, and digital formats on the Cardboard Sangria Records website. You can hear Dan play with the rest of the band at their record release show at The Hideout on Friday, February 11 ($10, 21 and over; advance tickets are available here).


Dan's GRS Setlist:
Same Sky I See*
Silhouettes at Dawn
Asleep on the Ground
Lady of the Sea
I am Waiting

*These tracks also appear on The Singleman Affair's new full-length, Silhouettes at Dawn. It is available on CD, vinyl, and digital formats on the Cardboard Sangria website.

Green Room Sessions: Santah


(image) This Green Room Sessions interview and live music session with Stan McConnell of Chicago indie folk band Santah was taped on November 17, 2010. You can hear him talk about his band and their music by clicking on the embedded players below, as well as hear him play a couple of songs live and acoustic. He's solo here, but you can hear Stan play live with the rest of the band this Wednesday, November 22 at Schubas (advance tickets available here).

Take care, and hope to see you next year for more great Chicago music on Indiesomnia!


Stan's GRS Setlist:
Cold Wave
Bat Suite
No Other Women

Green Room Sessions: Dastardly


(image) This Green Room Sessions interview and live music session by Chicago band Dastardly was taped Sunday, November 14, 2010. You should check out their live show tomorrow night (Thursday, December 9) at Schubas, where they will be celebrating the release of their new album (advance tickets are available here). A big thank you to Gabe Liebowitz, Sarah Morgan, August Sheehy, John Humbracht, and Andy Taylor for talking and playing on the show. (On a personal note, I really hope the story in "Church Date" actually happened. I'm just saying.) Enjoy!


Dastardly's GRS Setlist:
Exercises in Self Loathing
Rose Marie
Freight Train
Morning Blue
Church Date

Green Room Sessions: Village


(image) This Green Room Sessions interview and live music session with Stephen Ucherek and Mike Racky of Chicago band Village was taped Tuesday, September 14, 2010. They are playing tomorrow night at Mayne Stage in Rogers Park with Jaill and and Team Band (advance tickets available here). Village is one of my favorite bands. You should go see them tomorrow. And listen before you go to what Steve and Mike had to say about music and other matters.


Stephen's GRS Setlist:
Among the Trees
The Days Are Gifts
Panoramic Visions

Green Room Sessions: King Sparrow


(image) This Green Room Sessions interview and live acoustic session with Eric Georgevich of Chicago band King Sparrow was taped Tuesday, October 5, 2010. You can check out Eric's thoughts on the band's new full-length, King Sparrow, and check out his live acoustic versions of some tracks off the new album. You can hear him play live with the full King Sparrow lineup at their record release show tomorrow night (Friday, October 15) at Schubas.

Listen Now!
Part 1
Part 2

Eric's Live Acoustic GRS Setlist:
Leave It All Behind*
Bones and Skin

*Songs from King Sparrow's new full-length, King Sparrow, available October 15 here and in limited-edition hand-numbered CD at their record release show at Schubas (tickets available here).

Green Room Sessions: Darling


(image) At long last, the Green Room Sessions interview and live acoustic session with Chicago Americana/experimental trio Darling sees the light of day...or something like that. It was taped Tuesday, August 24, 2010, and today is a special day for the band, as their debut full-length, Lights That Last Forever also saw its official release today. You can pick up the album in CD or cream-colored vinyl/digipak from the Cardboard Sangria Records website, or at fine local music retailers. Special thanks to band members Jeff Schneider, Don Ogilvie, and Nick Voss for taping the interview. Be sure to mark your calendar for their album listening party/DJ night this Thursday at The Burlington.

Listen in now!
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Darling's Green Room Sessions live acoustic setlist (all songs appear on their new album, Lights That Last Forever):
Heart Attack
Bicycle Ride
Bad Dream
Move In Move On
Been Sold

Teaser: Green Room Sessions: Darling


(image) So here's what happened. The guys from Darling were awesome enough to tape an in-depth interview and live music session last month, but I came down with an evil superbug cough that drains me of my life force and haven't finished the edit yet! However. They're playing tomorrow night (Thursday, September 16th) at The Hideout to celebrate the release of their first full-length album, Lights That Last Forever (out on Cardboard Sangria Records September 28), and I wanted to give all y'all a taste of what's in store at the show and on the podcast. Seriously, it's a good album, they are a fun and talented bunch of guys, and you should listen to their music now. Which is where the online player below comes in. And stop back soon for the full interview where they talk about music, life, and why Darling Must Drum. :)

Check out "Bad Dream," one of the live acoustic tracks from their Green Room Sessions interview HERE.

Green Room Sessions: Chew Heart


(image) This Green Room Sessions interview with Chicago band Chew Heart was taped Sunday, August 22, 2010. The band discussed their new EP, Messy Snarls (out Tuesday, Sept. 14 but available now through In Timid Nation and other online retailers). The band is playing a FREE record release show tomorrow night, Sunday, September 12 at the Whistler. The show starts at 9:30 and is 21-and-up.

The track featured at the end of the interview is "Western Mass" and appears on the Messy Snarls EP.

Listen Here!

Green Room Sessions: Soft Speaker


(image) This Green Room Sessions interview and live music track comes from Chicago-based quartet Soft Speaker, taped live June 22, 2010. The podcast is now streaming online (just click on the embedded player below) and available for download for a limited time here. A big thank-you to Joe Daley, Blair Douglass, Paul Foreman, and Nick Roccio of Soft Speaker, and be sure to check out their headlining single-release show at Schubas this Saturday (details and ticket info available here, and take it easy in this hot weather with some cool live music.
Love, Susan.
Listen to the interview and live track "Pagan Pastimes" from Soft Speaker here!

Green Room Sessions: Secret Colours


(image) This Green Room Sessions interview and live acoustic set with the members of Chicago band Secret Colours was taped on May 26, 2010, and can be downloaded here for a limited time (or you can stream the podcast online using the online player at the right-hand side of this page). A special thank-you to band members Tommy Evans, Dave Stach, Dylan Olson, Justin Frederick, and Margaret Albright, and go check out their album release show at Lincoln Hall tonight with Gold Motel (who are also releasing an album) and Mini Mansions!


Listen to the interview and live acoustic session with Secret Colours!

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Secret Colours' GRS Setlist:
Some Might Say*
Chemical Swirl*
Set Me Free

*Featured on their new full-length album, Secret Colours.

Green Room Sessions: Geronimo!


(image) This Green Room Sessions interview with Kelly Johnson and Ben Grigg from local rock trio Geronimo! was taped on April 19, 2010, and can be downloaded here for a limited time. They are playing an album release show for the new Geronimo! full length, Fuzzy Dreams, at Schubas tomorrow night, April 30, with Kid, You'll Move Mountains, polarOPPOSITEbear and Inspector Owl. Seriously, check it out, they're a fun bunch of guys and the music's pretty sweet! :)

Love, Susan.

Listen to the interview with Geronimo! and preview two tracks from FUZZY DREAMS here!

Fuzzy Dreams tracks featured on this podcast:
Geronimo! - Design Yourself A Heart
Geronimo! - Approaching the Skyline

Playlist and Podcast for February 13, 2010


And, as promised, here is this week's podcast, also available for online listening at the right-hand side of this page. It's heavy on Valentine's Day-related content (after all, everybody loves a love song) and a delightful interview with Chicago's own King Sparrow. Go see some live music this week—everything on this week's showlist is highly recommended by me personally. Take care, enjoy the show (and a Happy Anna Howard Shaw Day to us all)!
<3, Susan.

King Sparrow – Derailer
Blondie – Hanging On The Telephone
Jefferson Airplane – Today
Bird Ate My Donut – Winter
Sublime – Caress Me Down
King Sparrow – The Wreckage
King Sparrow – The River
King Sparrow – Forest
King Sparrow – Bones and Skin
The White Stripes – In The Cold, Cold Night
Dan Auerbach – I Want Some More
Elephant Gun – Wolfeater
Wilco – I'm The Man Who Loves You
Buzzcocks – Ever Fallen In Love
Joey Ramone & Holly Beth Vincent – I Got You Babe

2/13 – King Sparrow, Maritime @ Beat Kitchen
2/14 – Sass Dragons, Elephant Gun @ Ottoman Empire
2/15 – Editors @ Vic Theater
2/18 – Bird Ate My Donut @ Martyrs
2/18 – St Vincent @ Metro
2/19-2/20 – Smoking Popes @ Reggie's Rock Club (Fri 2/19 with Blasted Diplomats!)

New Show On Its Way


A new podcast, featuring some sweet local music previews, a fantastic and engaging interview with Chicago band King Sparrow (who are playing an all-ages show tonight, 2/13, at Beat Kitchen), and, of course, some songs in honor of St. Valentine's/Anna Howard Shaw Day. The download link should be up later today, but in the meantime, check out the week's showlist, and take a gander at this catchy little number in the latest Onion.

<3, Susan.

2/13 – King Sparrow, Maritime @ Beat Kitchen (ALL AGES!!)
2/14 – Sass Dragons, Elephant Gun @ Ottoman Empire
2/15 – Editors @ Vic Theater
2/18 – Bird Ate My Donut @ Martyrs
2/18 – St Vincent @ Metro
2/19-2/20 – Smoking Popes @ Reggie's Rock Club (Fri 2/19 w/ Blasted Diplomats)

Boo Wa Wa Hoo Hoo Hoo


There's no podcast this week, as it's Christmas! Go spend time with the family you were born with and/or the family you choose for yourself. I HAVE, however, selected a new holiday classic for you to enjoy in video form: The Professor Brothers' 'Prisoner Christmas' by the one and only Brad Neely. This week's showlist follows, and I hope to see you all back here next week for an extra-long New Year's Eve podcast!
<3, Susan.

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12/22 - Coltrane Motion @ Double Door
12/23 - Percolator @ Empty Bottle
12/26 - CAW! CAW! @ Beat Kitchen
12/26 - Pet Lions @ Empty Bottle
12/29 - Tom Schraeder & His Ego @ Schubas
12/29 - The Good Life @ Subterranean

Playlist and Podcast for December 16, 2009


As winter closes in, and the wind punches you in the face with a blast colder than the snow queen's frosty tits, it's nice to know you at least have some good music in your not-too-distant future. That last sentence kind of got away from me, but this week's podcast can be downloaded for a limited time right here, or you can listen online by clicking on the player at the right-hand side of the page! The playlist follows, along with a list of some promising live music happening in town over the next week. Go see some live music--it's not *that* cold out yet!
<3, Susan.

Mannequin Men – Rathole
Village – Lava Birds
Pixies – No. 13 Baby
Love – Hey Joe
On The Lam – Love, Hate Kind of Thing
Blitzen Trapper – Black River Killer
Sufjan Stevens – To Be Alone With You
The Singleman Affair – Eyelids in Light
Department of Eagles – No One Does It Like You
The Gories – I'll Go
Andrew Bird – Tenuousness

12/15–12/17 – Andrew Bird @ Fourth Presbyterian Church
12/16 – The Last Chivalrist (On The Lam solo set) @ Underground Lounge
12/16 – Sissy Mena @ Double Door (album release)
12/18 – Mannequin Men, White Mystery, Village @ Empty Bottle
12/19 – The Detroit Cobras @ Double Door (Benefit for Scotland Yard Gospel Choir)
12/20 – Lasers and Fast and Shit, Old Fake @ Metro
12/21 – The Singleman Affair, Mean Sea Level @ Schubas (Cardboard Sangria showcase)

Playlist and Podcast for December 8, 2009


And we're back with a brand-new episode of Indiesomnia! The podcast is available for a limited time here, or you can listen in by using the player on the right-hand nav bar of the page. Welcome back--I've missed you!
<3, Susan.

13th Floor Elevators – You're Gonna Miss Me
King Sparrow – Sightseers
Iggy and the Stooges – T.V. Eye
Arctic Monkeys – I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
Welcome To Ashley – Nothing But Grey Skies Ahead
Nico – These Days
Headlights – Cherry Tulips
Elsinore – Kate
Blah Blah Blah – Why Am I The Only One Laughing
The Useless Wankers – Too Late
The Stranglers – Golden Brown

12/8 – King Sparrow, Helicopters @ Double Door (Benefit for the Arts at Perspectives Charter School)
12/9 – Welcome To Ashley, Adam Ashbach @ Schubas
12/10 – Headlights @ Lincoln Hall
12/10 – Old Fake @ Subterranean
12/11 – Elsinore @ Beat Kitchen
12/12 – Blah Blah Blah @ AMP Rock Lounge

Coming soon...


We're starting back up with new podcasts just in time for a good holiday season. Stay tuned for our triumphant return to (internet) radio, including a delightful interview with the boys from King Sparrow.

Oh yeah, it's gonna be a good winter.
<3, Susan.

Podcast revamping


Hey, all! We're in the process of revamping the show to make it even more awesome for you. The downside of this is, it's gonna take us a bit longer to get things out to you til the revamp is complete. We've got the regular weekly showlist below, and promise to get this week's podcast out to you ASAP. Since time doesn't stand still, though, check out a quick written run-down of live stuff in town this week, and check back soon for this week's podcast!
<3, Susan.

8/13 – The Breeders @ Double Door
8/13 – The Blissters @ Betty's Blue Star
8/14 – Art Brut @ Subterranean
8/15 – Tapes n Tapes, Art Brut @ Green Music Fest
8/15 – Sass Dragons @ Ronny's
8/15 – I Fight Dragons @ Martyr's
8/15 – Unicycle Loves You @ Empty Bottle
8/16 – Catfish Haven, Murder By Death, Lucero @ Green Music Fest
8/18 – The Pretenders, Cat Power, Juliette Lewis @ Aragon Ballroom
8/19 – Coheed & Cambria @ CharterOne Pavillion

Playlist and Podcast for August 6, 2009


Sorry for the slightly belated posting this week! There was so much good music to pack in to this week's show, we took a little longer to put it together in order to give you more show and festival previews! The podcast can be downloaded here, and can also be played using player in the right-hand bar. As you probably know, this weekend's big Chicago festival is probably the biggest of the whole summer, Lollapalooza, and we have festival picks for each day, as well as afterparty previews and other local goodness, so sit back, and enjoy the show!
<3, Susan.

Lou Reed – Walk On The Wild Side
King Sparrow – The Wreckage
Kings of Leon – Sex on Fire
The Raveonettes – Love in a Trashcan
Kaiser Chiefs – Everyday I Love You Less and Less
Bon Iver – Skinny Love
The Decemberists – Sixteen Military Wives
Neko Case – People Got A Lotta Nerve
Band of Horses – Funeral
Of Montreal – Disconnect the Dots
Depeche Mode – Enjoy The Silence
Fleet Foxes – Sun It Rises
Silversun Pickups – Kissing Families
Ezra Furman and the Harpoons – Take Off Your Sunglasses
The Killers – All These Things That I've Done
Ben Folds – Rockin' The Suburbs
Andrew Bird – Scythian Empires

8/6 – The Decemberists, The Heartless Bastards @ Metro
8/6 – Andrew Bird @ Schubas (SOLD OUT)
8/7 – King Sparrow @ Subterranean (w/ The Flying Eyes)
8/7 – TV on the Radio @ Double Door
8/7 – Band of Horses @ House of Blues Chicago
8/7 – Arctic Monkeys @ Metro
8/7 – Peter Bjorn and John @ Cubby Bear (FREE!)
8/7-8/9 – Lollapalooza Music Festival
8/8 – The Raveonettes @ Empty Bottle
8/8 – Fleet Foxes @ Metro
8/8 – Dan Auerbach @ Schubas
8/8 – Ezra Furman & the Harpoons @ House of Blues Chicago
8/9 – Deerhunter @ Logan Square Auditorium (all ages)
8/11 – Caw! Caw! @ Schubas
8/11 – Plastic Crimewave Sound @ Abbey Pub

Indiesomnia's Lollapalooza 2009 Festival Picks:

FRIDAY (August 7):
Andrew Bird, Bon Iver, Kings of Leon, Ben Folds, Of Montreal, Depeche Mode, Fleet Foxes, The Gaslight Anthem, Heartless Bastards, Peter Bjorn & John

SATURDAY (August 8):
Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Animal Collective, Arctic Monkeys, TV on the Radio, Ezra Furman and the Harpoons, Delta Spirit, Federico Aubele, Ida Maria, Los Campesinos!

SUNDAY (August 9):
Lou Reed, The Killers, Silversun Pickups, Neko Case, The Raveonettes, Kaiser Chiefs, Band of Horses, Jane's Addiction

Playlist and Podcast for July 30, 2009


Here we go again, another week in Chicago and indie music. We are currently seeking LOCAL BANDS to record short interviews to be used in the show starting soon--please email us at to find out more and join the fun! This week's podcast can be downloaded by clicking here, or you can play it online using the player at the top of the right-hand navigation on this page. Be sure to check out the live music this weekend at the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival, and enjoy the show!
<3, Susan.

Flight of the Conchords – Foux du Fafa
The Blissters – Electric
Sufjan Stevens – Decatur
Social Distortion – Ring of Fire
Elephant Gun – Guts In
Cat Stevens – I Think I See The Light
Mission of Burma – That's How I Escaped My Certain Fate
Casiokids – Gront Lys I Alle Ledd
They Might Be Giants – Particle Man
Electric Six – She's White
The Part V – The Thoroughs
Material Issue – Valerie Loves Me
Sad Accordions – Moustrap
Mitch Hemann – Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

7/30 – Elephant Gun @ Ronny's
7/30 – Sad Accordions @ The Nite Light Cafe
7/31 – The Blissters @ Beat Kitchen (w/ Otter Petter, Penthouse Sweets)
8/1 – The Loneliest Monk, Alla, White Mystery, and more @ Milwaukee Ave Arts Festival (The Whistler Stage)
8/1 – Blah Blah Blah, Michael Columbia, and more @ Milwaukee Ave Arts Festival (Crown Stage)
8/1 – Pomegranates @ Subterranean
8/3 – Pete Yorn @ Park West
8/4 – Casiokids @ Schubas
8/4 – The Part V @ Empty Bottle

Playlist and Podcast for July 23, 2009


So here it is, better late than never! This week's podcast can be downloaded in mp3 format here, or you can listen online using the handy-dandy player on the right-hand side of the page! Be sure to check out the page for the Wicker Park Festival if you're thinking of heading out to it this weekend, too!
And if you haven't taken a look-see yet, check out this review I did of the 2009 Pitchfork Music Festival!
Take care, and see you next week!
<3, Susan.

The Gories – Hey Hey We're The Gories
Elvis Perkins – All The Night Without Love
Berlin – Masquerade
My My My – Best Laid Plans
Stellastarr* – Sweet Troubled Soul
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Heads Will Roll
Franz Ferdinand – Womanizer
The Dead Weather – Treat Me Like Your Mother
Death From Above 1979 – Black History Month
Jonny Rumble – Opportunities
Darling – We Are Strong
I Think Everything I Say – Shallow (So We Don't Drown)
The Brandnames – Black And White Camera
Snowsera – Sun Meets The Sea

7/24 – Morningwood @ Metro (FREE with RSVP)
7/24 – I Think Everything I Say @ Phyllis' Musical Inn
7/24-7/25 – The Wrens @ Schubas
7/25 – Elvis Perkins @ Subterranean
7/26 – Elvis Perkins, Margot and the Nuclear So & So's @ Wicker Park Festival (free)
7/26 – My My My @ Taste of Lincoln Avenue
7/26 – Darling @ The Whistler
7/26 – Jonny Rumble @ Schubas (w/ Electric Touch)
7/27 – Lauren Hubert @ Elbo Room
7/28-7/29 – The Dead Weather @ Vic Theater (all ages)
7/29 – El Ten Eleven, Coltrane Motion @ Schubas

Post-Pitchfork Afterglow, Showlist


This week's podcast will be posting about 12 hours later than usual; in the meantime, check out the showlist for Thursday night show ideas, and enjoy the beauty of the written word with this sweet review I did of Pitchfork 2009 for the awesome Windy City Rock music blog!
And see you Thursday evening for your regularly-scheduled podcast!
<3, Susan.

7/23 – Stellastarr* @ Double Door
7/23 – Cameron McGill & What Army @ The Hideout
7/24 – Morningwood @ Metro (FREE with RSVP)
7/24 – I Think Everything I Say @ Phyllis' Musical Inn
7/24-7/25 – The Wrens @ Schubas
7/25 – Elvis Perkins @ Subterranean
7/26 – Elvis Perkins, Margot and the Nuclear So & So's @ Wicker Park Festival (free)
7/26 – My My My @ Taste of Lincoln Avenue
7/26 – Darling @ The Whistler
7/26 – Jonny Rumble @ Schubas (w/ Electric Touch)
7/27 – Lauren Hubert @ Elbo Room
7/28-7/29 – The Dead Weather @ Vic Theater (all ages)
7/29 – El Ten Eleven, Coltrane Motion @ Schubas