Modern Dairy is a Chicago indie rock band with Geoff Cronin, Levi O’Brien, and Pat and Bobby Sullivan. Modern Dairy is interested in experimenting with their music, but never straying far from a dancey groove. On their 2nd EP, Scream Down the Stairs, they pushed into new spaces, instruments and song writing styles. Robert’s Beetle, a disco dream of a high rise hotel, In My Keys, a somber but hopeful waltz about the highs and lows of personal life, and Scream Down the Stairs, a driving, sonic ride through arguments and the places they took place showcase the variety and consistency of Modern Dairy. Geoff Cronin’s informal lyrics lay over Bobby Sullivan’s soulful guitar grooves, Levi O’Brien’s mindful bass and Pat Sullivan’s clever drum beats. Modern Dairy has played classic Chicago venues including Schuba’s, Chop Shop, Beat Kitchen, Subterranean, DIY venues, art galleries and even their own practice space.
Tommy Kessler (he/him) is a St. Louis-raised, Chicago-based singer, songwriter, producer, audio engineer, and, above all else, electric guitarist. Having played guitar since the ripe age of nine, Tommy has developed a style all his own that informs the idiosyncratic musicality that imbues all of his projects. A prolific talent, Tommy released an album, three EPs, a double single, and a remix compilation in 2022 alone, all of which were entirely self-produced.
Tommy’s latest original project, MORTAL LOVE, was described by On the Block as “an enigma that falls between pop, industrial, and orchestral music. The melodies are simple and cascading… the project is reminiscent of a Jack White track: distortion anywhere and everywhere, but fully intelligible and digestible.”
BABY JESUS PAPER BOY
I love finding the blind spots in our collective musical memory, dusting them off and building from there. The best things in life seem strange yet somehow familiar, and that’s how I want my music to sound, too. A public school music teacher by day, I’m inspired by everything under the sun. After over a decade of teaching, I strongly believe that music is for everyone and should be played by everyone. From punk to folkloric music, a DIY aesthetic threads all musical tastes and styles. And in the words of Quincy Jones, there are only 2 types of music: good and bad…
TIGERSHARK DON’T QUIT
Gnarly sounds from northwest Indiana. Music’s Garbage Can.