Monday, July 24, 2017

18 July 17 - Galactic Empire photo gallery

Hey, blogspot readers - SouthSide snapped some amazing photos while rockin with Dangerkids and Galactic Empire...




Until next time, support your local scene,

18 July 17 - Galactic Empire

In a galaxy far, far away …okay, not that far, far, far away …there was an music adventure, blogspot readers. For SouthSide, it was a galactic experience, which included many months of nagging and stalking a particular band to perform.

And guess what? Her ‘hard’ work and efforts paid off.

Yes, blogspot readers, SouthSide is the ultimate Star Wars nerd …she has been one before it was fashionably cool to be a fanboy/girl after growing within the generation that watched the original trilogy (Episodes IV – VI) on the big screen. The prequels (Episodes I – III) and Rogue One totally re-ignited the Star Wars franchise for the next generation and beyond. Episode VII, to be honest, was this reviewer’s biggest disappointment. In her opinion, the movie seemed rushed and confusing.

Enter Galactic Empire. This Star Wars-themed, cosplay metal band took over Chicago’s Cobra Lounge for one awesome one-night only performance that included other rockin’ acts Luca, Guardrail and Dangerkids – currently sharing the tour bill with Galactic Empire as they invade the US on their "We Got Company US Tour 2017". SouthSide highly recommends checking the intense, energized performance by opening act Dangerkids. Established from Dayton, Ohio, this 5-member metal rock band incorporates continuous head-banding anthems, bouncing energy that’s not just contained to the stage but amongst their highly enthused fans too, and one totally awesome female drummer on the kit, blogspot readers! Meet Katie and she rocked the kit from start to finish like no other drummer this reviewer has seen before. Besides the metal sound and music with some lyrical rap and screamo, SouthSide found something interesting about Dangerkids that truly had her hooked. It was the message behind the lyrics. Taking personal experiences and writing songs about them, lead vocalist Tyler inspired the young audience members at this all-ages show to believe in their dreams …no matter what their struggle or dream, he challenged them as well as everyone else to go for it. And that’s what kids today needed to hear. It’s possible to achieve your dreams. Don’t let anyone bring you down, blogspot readers. Songs like Inside Out, Light Escape (a very deep and emotional song ...definitely tug at the heart) and album title track Blacklist wowed this reviewer into checking out more by Dangerkids such as Kill Everything (the band coming back from the “dead”) and If Collapse (battling yourself and your demons). Plus, added bonus – this band gives great hugs. So after the show, hang out with them and get hugged! Currently on tour with Galactic Empire this summer, they are working on finalizing details for an autumn tour, blogspot readers. In the meanwhile, check out SouthSide’s new friends, Dangerkids, at and on Facebook …but she certainly recommends seeing this band live as the best way to introduce yourself to this hot rockin’ band


Good versus evil …from epic space battles to the sweeping hot desert sands of Tatooine and underwater world of Naboo …memorable characters and an operatic storyline that everyone knows since 1977. Now, you can add one more element, blogspot readers – taking the iconic franchise movie theme music to a whole different level in which fans of all ages will thoroughly enjoy. SouthSide highly recommends checking out Galactic Empire while they’re currently invading the US during their summer 2017 tour. This metal band has taken John Williams’ Star Wars themed music and flipped it into a hardcore head-banging metal sound WITHOUT skimping or missing any memorable note and rhythm. They have perfectly recreated each Academy-award winning composition to fit a heavy guitar-driven and rhythmic drum rock band that has garnered a rapidly growing fan base around the world. And it’s not just the music, the entire band dresses in the iconic costumes to enhance your viewing experience. There was Dark Vadar as lead guitarist, Boba Sett on drums, Shadow Ranger on guitar, Bass Commander on bass and Red Guard on guitar along with an Imperial minion as stage manager. They’re definitely not wearing cheap costume remakes either …except for the footwear since it was a steamy summer night when SouthSide recently saw them. Throughout the headlining performance, this reviewer was wowed and amazed by the tiniest attention to details …loving the vocal verbiage of Darth via Dark Vadar taunting a rebel named “Tim” into joining the dark side to the lighting sequence and stage props to immerse everyone, young and old, into a Star Wars atmosphere as well as an audience member experiencing one of Dark's infamous death choke on stage because he’s a traitor working with the rebel alliance. 

That poor audience member had no chance against the power of the dark side, blogspot readers. To say, SouthSide was a total geek during this performance would be an understatement. She was SO stoked o finally see Galactic Empire live …up close and personal enjoying such tracks like the Main Theme, Duel of the Fates and The Forest Battle (Dark hates the cuddly Ewoks). The best moment of the night was when Galactic rocked out Cobra Lounge with their metal version of the Cantina Band theme song …watch for the Imperial minion/stage manager liven up stage with his dancing, blogspot readers. To not reveal any more spoilers about a live Galactic Empire performance, this reviewer will end her review here by re-iterating her recommendation – go see this Star Wars-themed metal band live and snag a their debut CD too (other merch include t-shirts, pins, posters) while they’re touring the states. Check out their hilarious videos posted on their Facebook. SouthSide loved their latest one showing the parsec run to the nearest Taco Bell. For tour dates and ticket information, visit the band’s Facebook page. Also visit Galactic’s YouTube page. You would be wise to attend this most impressive show, blogspot readers.

Until next time, support your local scene,


Monday, June 12, 2017

06 Jun 17 - Tuesdays at the Triangle

Hey, blogspot readers, check out these free events happening every Tuesday afternoon/evening at the corner of Milwaukee, Division and Ashland - also known as the Triangle. Recently, SouthSide attended the Noche de Poesia - an evening of Latino Poets (which was sponsored by Activate! Chicago). Other fun events included Sean Cleland Irish Duo, Taiko Legacy: Japanese Music with AIRMW and so much more.

And did she mention all events are FREE?

If you want more information and/or see the schedule, visit

Until next time, support your local scene,

03 Jun 17 - V Is For Villains

“..I’m an asshole?! I’m Mr. Agitator…”

Good evening.
We interrupt this regularly scheduled SouthSide On The Town blog entry for a very important message direct from Villains secret Chicago underground lair. Now, here is Eva Trixx, V Is For Villains official villain representative from the Department of Misinformation and Propaganda with tonight’s report…

Members of the Children of the Night around the world, this is Eva Trixx, the official villain representative for the Department of Misinformation and Propaganda – the official V Is For Villains news agency. This department, when deemed necessary, will report the local sightings of our fearless leader, Mr. Agitator, and his villainous sidekicks – Fallon Flynn, Vixen Voodoo and Lady Delirium …also known as V Is For Villains. Recently, this villainous horde were spotted in their finest costumes at Bottom Lounge in support of Tanzen;s album release show along with Contra, Sky Machine and Polarities. Yes, Children, it was glorious seeing our Villains leaders grace another venue’s stage hellbent to do one thing – rock another awesome exciting show. Besides secretly imposing world domination with their music influences (like Nine Inch Nails, Prodigy and Depeche Mode) backing this group, they certainly once again wowed the new Villains recruits as well as longtime Children of the Night members like Eva Trixx.

Of course, we at the Department of Misinformation and Propaganda wouldn’t expect anything less from this world renown, animie-con steampunk music group. V Is For Villains have traveled near and far spreading the message of stteampunk villainy, murder in the name of art and so much more while always performing a hot, intense villainous show. SO HOT that our fearless leader took the stage ripping his pants. And you know what that means – time for another steamy Mr. Agitator strip tease set within the Villains show. Oh my, there goes the infamous red tie tossed into the screaming crowd …off goes his signature top hat …long black coat …you get the general idea. However, it doesn’t compare to the first famous Mr. Agitator strip tease record at Fizz Bar, Children, when our leader stripped down to his black shorts! Ah, glorious times, if you weren’t there to witness it. Performing songs like Broken Doll, Everybody Hates Me, Evolve or Die and the fan favorite – Nine Inch Nails’ Closer, V Is For Villains rocked the stage amidst the bright sequenced lighting and smoky fog effect …rhythmic keyboard action and thrilling electric melody. It was clearly evident tonight’s motive was to “murder” us with their music villainy.

Not being one bit bias about our Villains and their shows, Children, however, after reporting on them since their early incarnation as Digital Mindy, each V Is For Villains show changes constantly whether its song lineup and or band member participant such as Nyghtshade on guitars with Fallon.  Each show performed is never the same yet always retaining the same high-powered energy, excitement and fun for all. We at the Department of Misinformation and Propaganda advise you take our word and attend the next V Is For Villains show or animie-con appearance near you. It would be treasonous if you don’t.

This concludes tonight’s special V Is For Villains message …now returning you to your regularly scheduled SouthSide On The Town blog entry...

Until next time, support your local Villains scene,
Eva Trixx
Department of Misinformation and Propaganda

03 Jun 17 - V Is For Villains Photo Gallery

Good evening, members of Children of the Night (aka loyal fans of V Is For Villains),

Eva Trixx here to post more glorious photos of our fearless leader, Mr. Agitator and his Villains cohorts who recently rocked the stage at Bottom Lounge...

Until next time, support your local Villains horde,
Eva Trixx
Department of Misinformation and Propaganda