So my editors said, "DeRo, we wanna do something special to launch our new 'local music channel' on the Web site! Something big, something super, something spectacular!! We want you to write about 10 of the next big bands from Chicago!!!"
Of course, I am pretty much trying to do that 365 days a year. But you know how it is: The bosses ask, you try to deliver. Sometimes it's easier than arguing. And everybody loves a good list.
My picks for 10 of the local acts destined to make some big noise in 2008 are here, with handy links to their own individual Web pages so you can sample some of their sounds. If you follow my work in the paper or online, you know that I try to devote one of my Friday "Live" columns every few weeks strictly to reviewing D.I.Y. local releases -- or what we used to call "demos" back in the old C30-C60-C90 days. Now, since we have the aforementioned spiffy new music channel, I'll be writing about one of the best of these local releases each week, posted online and printed in Friday's Weekend section.
As always, I'm happy to listen to any and all local submissions. But I do prefer to get them on shiny disc (I'm no Luddite, my computer's speakers just sound lousy, and MP3s tend to clog up my inbox), so send them along to me care of the Sun-Times at 350 N. Orleans Chicago IL 60654. It's always helpful to include a brief (one-page or less) bio or cover letter -- tell me who you are and why anyone should care! -- but don't worry about including a photo; if you have a good, clear JPEG posted online, just include the address for your Web page.