Monthly Archives: November 2011

The Bishop Bring It. Their Way.

Chicago band The Bishop is ready to unleash their debut LP, Five Minutes of Panic and Thrills, into the wild and onto the discerning Chicago music scene.

You can expect an honest rock album. But while you will hear a few traditional styles, The Bishop remains true to what they want to create, and it shows. Songwriter/singer/lead guitarist Billy Giricz crafts simple but compelling stories and he gets his point across, but not without his own style and sometimes a subtle sense of humor – even in the song titles themselves. You might expect “Mice and Elephants” to be on the bubbly side. And you might think “Timebomb” would be threatening, and aggressive. The truth is, they are both quite the opposite. And while “Promises Made” (hear it below) is a fairly straightforward tale of a hidden path to manhood, you can’t help feeling that Giricz takes it all with several grains of salt.

Of course, it never hurts to be surrounded by precision talent.

Paulette Bertrand provides depth and dimension, while Dan Passareli, drummer Luke Smith, and Darin Gregg keep the momentum charging. Five Minutes of Panic and Thrills comes together to provide a well-balanced and fun, and authentic rock album. It’s a hit — and you can expect The Bishop to start appearing regularly on the marquees of Chicago’s best music venues and some of their favorites such as Beat Kitchen, The Abbey, Martyrs, and the Double Door. But we suspect it won’t stop there, and this Chicago band will breeze across borders.

Below, have a listen to “Promises Made.” And visit The Bishop’s website for more!


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Chicago Ticket Giveaway: The Drums (VIP Passes)

What if I said you could see The Drums with a free VIP pass (food and drinks included) this weekend—is that something you’d be interested in?

We have two passes to give away for FRIDAY and SATURDAY (Nov. 11-12). To enter to win, sign up with our partners, Windy City Weekly. (If you’re already signed up, send an email to soundcitizenmike@gmail.com and we’ll put you in the drawing.) The show is ages 21+ and sponsored by Windows Phone. Winners will be notified Thursday and Friday!

The location … is a secret. I can tell you it’s in Chicago at a very cool spot. We’ll let you know when you win!

If you don’t win you can RSVP for entry, on Facebook. Admission is on a first-come basis.

If you don’t know about The Drums, have a listen below!

The Drums – Money by WorkItMedia

Have a Listen: Fallon Cush

Australian Steve Smith had a relationship that failed spectacularly, So, like every musician and songwriter, did exactly what he knows—wrote some songs about it. It wasn’t meant to be an album or spawn a new band. But that’s what happened, and Fallon Cush was born. Now, after being mastered at Abbey Road, the impromptu recordings have been released as a self-titled album debut.

Fallon Cush presents an interesting array of sounds. You might hear some Bob Dylan. You might hear some Beatles. On “Sleeping Giant” you might hear both. There are hints of Wilco in there, too. Smith’s vocals at times betray the painful experience that wrought the album. In fact, some songs sound downright cheery, at first. “Disintegrate” will have you toe tapping before revealing a pervasive sense of melancholy. Listen enough to just about every song and you’ll hear the strife.

It’s a good debut and, judging by not only the songs themselves but also their execution, Fallon Cush’s next album might just be about finding redemption after heartache.

Read more about Fallon Cush on their website. You can get the album here. Below is the first song on the album, “Tiny Town.”

Morrissey’s Nov. 10 Chicago Show Postponed

According to an official press release, Morrissey has postponed his Nov. 10 Chicago show at the Congress Theater. The show has been rescheduled for Dec. 17, and the November tickets will be honored.

Why the postponement? According to the release:

“Due to a visa administration error, Morrissey’s lead guitarist is unable to perform in the US this week. Thursday’s sold out concert at the Congress Theatre in Chicago has been rescheduled for Saturday December 17, 2011. The issue is out of Morrissey’s hands but it will not affect Monday’s concert at the Majestic Theatre in San Antonio, nor will it affect the rest of the tour.”