Morgan Saint
Interviews 

Interview: Morgan Saint Shares Her Catchy Dream Pop and Stunningly Powerful Vision Behind Debut EP 17 Hero

It’s been a whirlwind year for visual artist turned singer-songwriter Morgan Saint.  After signing to Epic records this summer, she released debut single “You,” which already has over a million listens on Spotify.  With the release of her debut EP 17 Hero,  she has solidified her unique brand of artsy, yet approachable dream pop.   With her background in illustration, photography, and graphic design, it’s no surprise that Saint (née Morgan Gildersleeve) has a very cohesive vision for both the audio and visual aspects of her work. We had the pleasure of getting…

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News 

Chicago Musicians Send Love to the World with New Song “Empower”

  Empower is written by Emily Blue with featured verses from Gem Tree and Ric Wilson, as well as the accompaniment of 15 artists within the city. All proceeds from the song will be going to Cure Violence, a charity dedicated to violence prevention. An absolutely beautiful release, the song is a mesmerizing lull of harmony and heartache. Speaking on the cruelties we experience day-to-day and how to band together in this troubling time. These artists urge everyone to spread love and ’empower’, growing as a community. Gem Tree & Ric…

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Reviews 

Whitney, Ne-Hi, and Mt. Joy Rock the Metro for Night 2 of Red Bull Sound Select’s 30 Days in Chicago

Night two of Red Bull Sound Select’s 30 Days in Chicago was incredibly impressive from start to finish.  The sold-out Metro show featuring Whitney, NE-HI, and Mt. Joy united the indie folk scene’s rising stars. The Red Bull team decked out the Metro with some old-school TV displays advertising other shows on their 30 Days in Chicago lineup, including upcoming shows for The Internet’s Syd and soulful duo Ibeyi.  It wouldn’t be a Red Bull show without some Red Bull cocktails to give fans wings for this late weeknight show.…

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Interviews 

Mt. Joy Feature from Night 2 of Red Bull Sound Select’s 30 Days in Chicago

I caught up with Mt. Joy when they opened for Whitney and NE-HI at night 2 of Red Bull Sound Select’s 30 Days in Chicago.  If you haven’t heard of them yet, you’ll want to (think The Lumineers or The Head and The Heart).  Until last week, they only had four songs on Spotify, but they’ve already played Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo.  While the band is named after a mountain by guitarist Sam Cooper’s childhood home, their genuinely blissful set brought another meaning to their band name.  They are hitting the…

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Reviews 

Next Big Pop Star Billie Eilish Proves She’s Worth the Hype at Schubas Tavern

She’s got more than 3 million monthly listeners on Spotify.  She has nearly sold out every date on her first ever headlining tour.  She is poised as the next big pop star.  She joined the Los Angeles Children’s Choir at eight years old.  Did we mention she’s only 15? Billie Eilish (née Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O’Connell) gained a legion of fans with her viral hit “ocean eyes” last year.  She is currently on tour promoting her EP “don’t smile at me”with her  brother, co-writer, producer, and tour mate Finneas O’Connell. …

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Reviews 

North Coast Music Festival 2016 – Review

Nestled in Union Park, North Coast Music Festival is the approachable, easygoing cousin of Chicago festival beasts like Lollapalooza and Spring Awakening. Featuring a broad bill of notable EDM, indie and rap artists, attendees are pulled together to celebrate great music – no matter the genre. The setup of the festival is a little claustrophobic. There are four stages, 3 outdoor and one indoor, which resembles an enclosed igloo and/or ice arena but in a warmer, sweatier and sandier fashion. As one might predict from an all ages event, the…

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Reviews 

Mamby on the Beach 2016: Festival Recap

Mamby on the Beach isn’t just a festival – it’s a refuge. Beautiful people, unending music and two days of sunshine served as the perfect backdrop for a pseudo-vacation from the grime and chaos of Chicago. I seriously needed a vacation, too. I drank beers with my toes buried in the sand, did yoga under the trees, watched fireworks under the stars, and danced until my calves were sore. I laughed with strangers and, most importantly, watched some of my favorite performers from just a few feet away. Sometimes you just need…

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Reviews 

Soaking It Up at Mamby on the Beach

Everyone expects the first year of a festival to be a catastrophe. There’s no way to gauge how successful it will be, really. We just buy our tickets and cross our fingers, hoping for some sort of divine intervention from the festival gods. Standing listlessly on the sidewalk in Chinatown searching for the scheduled shuttle to take me to Mamby on the Beach, the latest addition to the Chicago festival scene, I couldn’t help but wonder if its absence was a premonition of the disorganization and disaster to come. Dozens…

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