Author Archives: Bill Rousseau

Chicago Tribune sits down with Ester to talk their new album “Curtains”

Ester, Anna Holmquist’s latest musical endeavor, lands at the Hideout next week to play an album release show for their forthcoming album “Curtains.”  The Tribune sat down with the band to talk about the formation of the group, some of the inspiration behind their new album, and what it was like, specifically for Anna Holmquist, […]

Jason Stein’s & Locksmith Isidore celebrate the release of “After Caroline” at the Hideout

Jason Stein, a preeminent force in the world of Chicago Jazz music, and his band, Locksmith Isidore stop by the Hideout this weekend to play an album release show for their latest, “After Caroline,” which was digitally released on May 18th but the CD/LP doesn’t come out until June 15th.  Stein’s infamous prowess comes from […]

Rolling Stone Talks Jim Lauderdale and his latest single “Time Flies”

Jim Lauderdale’s been putting out music for more than three decades. His latest single “Time Flies,” from a forth coming album with the same title, is a rumination on time and music and a personal reflection on both. Rolling Stone took a deeper look at the new single and the career of the “Americana King.” Lauderdale, no […]

Studs Terkels’ Birthday/Radio Archive Launch Celebration at the Hideout

Studs Terkel was an author, historian, broadcaster, activist and hero to the city of Chicago and its people (and too many of those who may call the Hideout a home). This coming Wednesday (May 16th) would be Studs’ 106th birthday. We’re throwing a celebration of his life, his work and the release of 5,000+ stories […]

Timeout Chicago names Yonatan Gat’s Hideout Performance one of May’s top-hits

Ever since his latest release, “Cue the Machines,” a few months ago, Yonatan Gat has been a hot topic amongst music writers across the country, and especially across the city in anticipation of his upcoming performance at the Hideout.  His music is its own genre, hitting corners of avant-garde Jazz to rock n’ roll to punk and […]

Picnics on the Porch Summer 2018

This summer spend your Friday afternoons at the Hideout with our third installment of our favorite summer series Picnics on the Porch. Grab a blanket and come on down to enjoy intimate outdoor performances featuring some of the best pickers and singers in the country performing right on our front porch. Our neighbors, the midwestern-focused […]

The Messthetics hit The Reader’s “Best in the City” list this weekend

Before creating The Messthetics with the multi-talented guitarist, Anthony Pirog, Brendan Canty and Joe Lally spent most of the 80s, 90s and early 2000s playing on stages all-over the world as part of the infamous Punk-Rock group, Fugazi. In 2003 the group took a consensual hiatus from recording and performing together, with many of the members […]

HELLTRAP and The Hideout Part of a Comedic “Renaissance” in Chicago

“The audiences are smart [in Chicago]. In LA … you sort of pander to the audiences more. Here you can joke about whatever and your audience will get it,” said Quincy Jones, an L.A. based comedian when discussing what separates Chicago from other comedy hubs across the country. Though it was once said that if […]

Yonatan Gat’s New Single “Cue the Machines” is Turning Heads

Yonatan Gat, a guitarist, producer and over-all music-man, has been turning heads and packing venues for the past few years. Ever since being named ‘New York’s Best Guitarist’ in 2013 by the Village Voice, Gat’s “eccentric, eclectic music blends his technical proficiency with a love for the avant-garde, free form composition, and punk energy” has become […]

Venues, Shows and Bands Pushing Women & Non-binary Performers to the Front of Chicago Music

While there is no doubt women, non-binary individuals and anyone else falling on the fluid spectrums of gender and sexuality have been central to the creation of music and culture across the world, they often take a secondary role when it’s time for credit to be passed out. And while music (sometimes) is seen as […]