Cardboard Sangria @ Schubas

The Schubas residency is a high honor and this month that honor goes to the local label Cardboard Sangria. Formed nine years ago, Cardboard Sangria has been dedicated to producing and promoting for nine years now. With local bands like Darling, The Singleman Affair, The Part V, and The Tiger Trio the label has built a reputation for supporting the local band, and sticking by them. The label is slowly growing and currently only releasing a few titles a year, but they clearly have figured out a formula that will take them much father in the years to come. If you need a taste of the label check out their free 2009 mixtape.

The remaining residency dates at Schubas are December 14th (TONIGHT!) with Darling and The Nothingheads, Dec. 21st with The Singleman Affair and Jeff Harms, and Dec. 28th with Rock Falls and Roommate. Stop by Schubas and support some great bands and a growing local label.


Classic Video of The Week

Sam Prekop “Something” from the 2005 Thrill Jockey release Who’s Your New Professor.


Rita J has No Regrets

Directed by Konee Rok, the latest video from Rita J further proves that Chicago is home to so many talented emcees. The song comes from her recent release “Artist Workshop”.


Best In The World

Watch Nikki Lynette flow on que. Is she the best in the world? Perhaps. Last month Nikki shot the video for her single “Don’t Say No” and she should be releasing the results any day now. Don’t forget to check out Nikki’s blog at Chicago Now.


Bloodshot Spreads Holiday Cheer With the 15 Days of Bloodshot

Our friends at Bloodshot Records certainly seem to be in the holiday spirit. And lucky for us, they are celebrating the holidays with a massive sale at Bloodshot

Albums by such Bloodshot artists as Ryan Adams, the Detroit Cobras, the Blacks, and the Old 97s are on sale right now—some as low as $5—making them perfect ideas for this season’s gift exchange.

The label is also holding a festive contest, the 15 Days of Bloodshot. When you order any Bloodshot merch between now and December 21, you will be entered to win 1 of 15 awesome prize-packs from SPIN, the AV Club, KEXP, No Depression, and others. will once again be featuring Dex Romweber’s “Dark Christmas” as a free download, to help ring in the holiday cheer, Bloodshot style. Visit their giveaways sections to collect your free download, and while you’re at it, visit their online store to finish some Christmas shopping—and snag your chance at winning one of those coveted prize-packs. - Neph Basedow