By Ben Westhoff and Sarah Purkrabek
By Steve Brennan
By Joseph Hess
By Allsion Babka
By Kelsey McClure
By RFT Music
By Christian Schaeffer
By Gabriel San Roman
Rumors are flying around behind the scenes at KDHX right now. But while the truth may be muddled about a lot of things, there are a few things that are for sure:
1. Community radio is a good thing.
2. KDHX knows how to hold a fundraiser.
That's why you're going to go to South Side Rocks Off this Saturday. It's almost twenty local bands in five south side venues (MoKaBe's, Upstairs Lounge, Mangia, the Jade Room and CBGB) all within easy walking distance of each other. Who says charity has to hurt?
As you may have guessed by the name, SSRO is featuring mostly rock acts, with blister-raising sets expected from garage-rockers the Gentlemen Callers (pictured), dream-rockers Tone Rodent, weird-rockers the Baysayboos and rock-rockers Palookaville. And that's just a taste.
You can pick up armbands for the whole damn thing at Vintage Vinyl or Mangia, and why wouldn't you? If you've ever bemoaned the state of "the scene," this confluence of local record labels (who are sponsoring the festival), local bands and local radio adds up to one big, fat lump of local music that you ought to support like a bra.