LAUNCH PAD: Gianna Hardt

Her mission is real. Her love is real. Her talent is real. Gianna Hardt will be making an impact on electronic music. From being raised on Chicago House and Hip-Hop, to classical training, to her underground dance scene involvement, Gianna’s eclectic array of influences have one sole purpose while she is performing—to make you move. After graduating college in 2004, Gianna Hardt founded Forté Productions, a Chicago-based music event production company that still dedicates itself to cultivate, create and innovate unforgettable eclectic cutting edge underground events. You can catch Gianna at Lava Lounge, Smartbar, Rodan, Coobah, Sonotheque, the PUMA Store, and many underground events in Chicago. Gianna has played alongside of Akufen, Samuel L Session, Joel Mull, Motor, Eliot Lipp, Gene LeFosse, K.atou, Angel Alanis, Danny the Wildchild, … Read More

FLIGHT DECK: Blank Artists

After a very exciting first half of 2008, Blank Artists, the Detroit based independent dance music label, is embarking on its first tour this August in a six-city excursion featuring label co-directors, Drew Pompa and Josh Dahlberg; as well as Jared Wilson. Each of the three had memorable performances at this year’s Movement: Detroit’s Electronic Music Festival and are quickly becoming standouts in dance music’s global community. Drew is revered for weaving through sub-genres of techno, house, and electro in his DJ sets with a precision that demands esteem from even the most captious of listeners. Jared is regarded as one of the city’s best for his style of techno that harkens back to the days when Acid reigned supreme as king of the electronic music jungle. His … Read More

LAUNCH PAD: Enots

Ramp Chicago’s LAUNCH PAD series at Sura continues with Enots aka Phillip Stone–an up-and-coming local DJ who has found much success opening for international talent such as Ryan Crosson, Adam Beyer and others. Liz Revision supports. Expect techno, house, tech house, and IDM. Thursday 7/14 (7pm – 11:30pm) @ Sura Thai Bistro, 3124 N Broadway Chicago, IL 60657

LAUNCH PAD: Matt Mercer

Matthew Mercer lives in Chicago where he creates music and works as a graphic designer. Having previously released 12″ singles on Forte and Neutonmusic as well as affiliations with Ware and the now-defunct 409 art group, in 2006 he started the Microfilm project with vocalist Matt Keppel, which put them on the map as experimental artists working innovatively within the electro scene. In 2007, the two started a label for their endeavours, Fiche Music; he released 2 short albums compiling both new and old solo material in the fall. He is also considering a digital re-issue of his first 12″ for Forte, Secrets, long out of print. Ramp Chicago’s LAUNCH PAD series kicks off in August at Sura with performances from Chicago’s Matt Mercer, co-director of Fiche Music … Read More

Ramp Chicago Announces New Programming Schedule for August Featuring BlankArtists and Lee Curtiss

For Immediate Release July 29th, 2008 Ramp Chicago Announces New Programming Schedule for August Featuring BlankArtists and Lee Curtiss Chicago, IL – Local club promoters Ramp Chicago have released their latest programming schedule for the month of August. The list includes both the schedule for their recently christened Launch Pad/Flight Deck Thursday nights at Sura Thai Bistro on the North Side in addition to their final Friday parties at Wicker Park’s Debonair Social Club, and as usual features both local and internationally renowned performers. August kicks off at Sura with performances from Chicago’s Matt Mercer, co-director of Fiche Music and half of vocal party-electro duo Microfilm and Enots aka Phillip Stone–an up-and-coming local DJ who has found much success opening for international talent such as Ryan Crosson, Adam … Read More

Quantazelle track featured in XLR8R podcast

From Corey Rusk’s indie-rock powerhouse Touch & Go to the eclectic catalog of Thrill Jockey to hip-hop oasis that is Galapagos 4 and fun-loving rap duo The Cool Kids, music of any and every genre can be found in all corners of the Windy City. For the next installment of the XLR8R Podcast, we took a look at the music scene in Chicago and pulled together a few of our current and classic favorites for this hour-long mix. We check in with IDM/experimental maverick Liz McLean Knight (a.k.a. Quantazelle), get down with hip-hop duo Qwel & Kip, tune into Kid Sister producer/remixer Gant Man, enjoy some cheeky raps from the aforementioned Cool Kids, and more. “Chicago Rocks” podcast at XLR8R

Digg meetup tomorrow at SmartBar

Digg Meetup NYC – June 4, 2008 from Digg Meetups on Vimeo If you’re as addicted to Digg as I am and you’re in Chicago they’re throwing a meetup at Smartbar tomorrow. Hopefully it won’t be anything like the Fark party which was a dorky sausagefest with dorky sauced Farkers. Well, I guess the nametags and stickers were pretty funny… Smart Bar Digg Meetup Chicago 6pm – 10pm 3730 N Clark St Chicago, IL 60613