A JOYFUL NIGHT WITH
Dodsferd, I Shalt
Become, Horna, Azaghal, Necronoclast & More.
TALES FROM THE
The Hidden Hand,
Wurdulak, Gobblehoof, Insult II Injury, Master & More.
Mortification, Rigor Mortis, Chronical Diarrhoea & More.
Illapa, Necrosis, Mystifier & More.
RICH HOAK - TFD
Scene: Awesome Bands From
Leviathan, Defecation, Tusk, etc.
Unseen Force, Impulse Mansluaghter, Slaughter, etc.
Arizona: Desert Oasis or
An Ideological Autopsy
New York City Report
UNDERGROUND REISSUES IX
Jetsam, Control Denied, Disgust, Acrophet, etc.
THE DEVIL AND THE SEA
Relationship W/ Their Van and Tour Diary.
Today Is The
Day Tour Highlights & Lowlights.
UNDERGROUND REISSUES VIII
Abomination, Winter, Macabre, etc.
Chicago, when I think of you I think of fat ass pizza, a shitty
short-lived internship in my late teens and kick ass rock.
Especially lately; Nachtmystium, Minsk, Enuff Z' Nuff, R.E.O.
Speedwagon...say whaaat???? Anyway, the new album from Millions
rules. I shall be reviewing it this week. In the meantime I
leave you with guitarist/vocalist Corey Lyons and his Chicago
If you're reading this you are no doubt an
avid reader of Forbes Magazine as well. But just in case you
missed it, Forbes just voted Chicago the third most miserable
city in America. What? Yeah, winter's a pain in the ass and the
only thing worse than the winter is the Cubs fans, but we're
thinking whoever declared us so miserable must have missed a few
things. Let Millions take you on a brief tour of the place we
First of all, skip downtown. Cool skyline, awesome museums, blah
blah blah. Like any good city the neighborhoods are where it's
at. All the soul and character of the city are far removed from
the skyscrapers and "Magnificent Mile" and rest in little
distinct pockets around the city like Rogers Park, Pilsen, Logan
Square, Andersonville, Bridgeport - you get the idea. Each 'hood
has it's own unique characteristics and cuisine that even long
time locals probably never fully explore. There are vibrant
scenes for all things music and art, so there's always something
to do. Complaining about being bored here tells more about a
person's laziness than the city's lack of options.
We have more bands than people here, but the benefit is no
matter what you want you have plenty of shows to choose from any
given night. If you like it heavy, mainstays like Sweet Cobra,
The Arrivals, and Indian have been kicking it for years, and the
newer crop of bands like Slow Horse, Lord Mantis and Fiction are
forces to be reckoned with. Catch a show at Ronny's - feel like
you're getting drunk in some dude's garage and eat yourself sick
on the free nachos. Beat Kitchen's got it all with booze, food
and shows, and you just might spy Kris and Dylan from Emperor
Cabs and Psilocin there. Plus you got SubT, Lucky Gator Loft,
and a good amount of house party shows. And you can't throw a
hipster ten feet without hitting a bar in this town, which
sometimes makes adjusting to other cities more difficult. Huh?
You mean I can't get a beer right down the street? What kind of
town is this? Anyway, a few of our go-to's are Whirlaway, Bob
Inn, Orbit Room and Continental, where our mid-practice "band
meetings" take place.
One thing you'll notice when you come to Chicago: these mofo's
like to eat, and with good reason. Topping the list is a place
that isn't in need of any more press but it's so good it'd be a
crime not to mention it: Hot Doug's. If you've ever wanted to
recreate the ship manifest of Noah's Ark in your stomach, you
could do no better. Anything from gourmet hot dogs, to wild
game, to the standard Chicago dog - and this is the best one in
the city. Even when it's 20 below and snowing, the hour-plus
wait would be well worth it. Duck fat fries on Friday and
Saturday. Need I say more?
You could probably eat at a different taqueria in Chicago every
day for a year and never repeat yourself. La Pasadita is the
standard by which we judge them all though, with hands down the
best chicken tacos in town. They have this black roasted
jalapeņo salsa that's so good I often contemplate stealing the
huge buckets full of it behind the counter. Then there's the
heaping mound of skirt steak and nachos known as chachos. When
we recorded our first seven inch with Sanford Parker we ate
there twice in one day, it's that good. But if we only had one
more meal in the rest of our lives it would be at Nuevo Leon in
Pilsen. Cheap and out of this world, though maybe not the best
for vegetarians (the lard proudly stands out in the beans).
Vegetarians might wanna try Chicago Diner or Soul Vegetarian.
Anna Purna is an all vegetarian Indian joint - definitely the
best samosa chaat. Cheap too, always a plus.
Pizza is always going to be a controversial subject here but
we're on the side of real pizza, that you can hold in your hand
and eat. Not that abomination that is the cheese casserole
otherwise known as "deep dish". No, for the real deal we go to
Luigi's for the closest you'll come to getting a NY style slice
around here. And Dave's Records is just down the street, though
I have trouble walking out of that place with anything left in
my wallet. Get the pizza first.
Finally, Chicago might be known for some of it's fancy schmancy
restaurants, but holds it's own when it comes to good southern
comfort food too. Ribs & Bibs is Hyde Park's finest BBQ
establishment. Feed is another great joint worth checking out,
plus you can grab a drink next door at the aforementioned
Continental. Go for the gold, aka fried chicken, at local chain
Harold's Chicken Shack. Or if you're like some of us in
Millions, go to Stanley's Kitchen and Tap before you proudly
reclaim your virginity and catch King Crimson... two nights in a
Of course we're leaving out a metric shit ton of other places
and bands to check out, but this should be enough to get you
started. Every city has it highs and lows, but it's hard to be
miserable when there's always an awesome band and eye rolling
good meal to be had.