New stories on Mikkey Halsted and The HUE

The HUE at Double Door (photo by Ryan Gac)

Two new music stories up this week (and a third being delayed for reasons unknown), and a shout to some upcoming shows.

First up: my 3 Quick Minutes interview with Mikkey Halsted can be found over at Mikkey and I sat down at Horse-Drawn Productions on July 27 following his recording session for “White Sox Fitted.” Material from that conversation was split, partially into my WSF making-of story, and partially into Mikkey’s own 3QM/PWP story. Dude had some really touching thoughts on the path traveled by young, upcoming artists, about always reaching back for the person behind you even “if you never get reached for.” Definitely dug that. Great stuff.

Mikkey Halsted, the Darkroom

I got a chance to spend a bit more time with Mikkey during Tuesday’s WSF video shoot… met his wife and son as well… just a cool, humble, thoughtful dude. “First Class,” a track off of his forthcoming album The Darkroom, can be heard at Fake Shore Drive. Not totally my thing, but take a listen and judge for yourself. For more on Mikkey Halsted, check out

Next up: a mini-story and photo spread on The HUE, which can be read at Performer Magazine’s blog. Finally got a chance to see them at Double Door last week, and they put on a helluva show. Shout to my man Marcus Rezak for the invite… Marcus and I got up yesterday for a new People with Passion interview… the Rezaxe (as I call him) (feel free to use it as well) is a terrific guitarist and a prolific performer. When he’s not playing with The HUE, you can catch him with 56 Hope Road, FiveSTAR, Governor Switch, doing two-man acoustic sets at local pubs, or playing with his new studio project Digital Tape Machine.

Stay tuned for my upcoming story with guitarist Marcus Rezak (left) (photo by Ryan Gac)

Photos for The HUE story come from Chicago photographer Ryan Gac. As you can see from his pics, dude is a talented photographer. What you can’t see is that he is a full-fledged music enthusiast (if I knew him better, I would lovingly apply the word “geek”) who was dancing and bopping and having arguably the best time of anyone in the Double Door crowd. THAT’S what you want from your music photographer! Check out more of Ryan’s work at his flickr page, and if you are looking for a photographer to come to your show, hit him up at


Phillip Morris — The Truth Campaign Record Release

Sunday, Sept. 26, 9 pm – 2 am at The Darkroom (2210 W. Chicago)

Steve Swiryn — The Steve Swiryn Debut

Monday, Sept. 27, 8:30-9 pm at Silvie’s Lounge (1902 W. Irving Park)

Ode & Eyes Manouche — Nomadic Fridays

Friday, Oct. 1, 10 pm – 2 am at The Morseland (1218 W. Morse Ave.)


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