Ugly Lamp Series


In addition to working on top of roofs we are also interested in expanding the idea of capturing performances in unique environments. So, if you have access to an interesting looking backyard, courtyard, sewer or meat locker with some room for a band? Why not, we’ll come to you. Wherever it is, whatever it is, we are willing to explore the idea of shooting in unique and interesting places around Chicago. As a result the Ugly Lamp Series was born.

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  • Dhaea Kang

    Dhaea Kang

    Dhaea is a singer-songwriter just getting her start in the Chicago area. Accompanied by guitar or ukulele, her catchy and upbeat tunes often contradict the somber overtones of her lyrics, which commonly reflect the emotional turmoil of letting go of things she holds dear.

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  • Briar Rabbit

    Briar Rabbit

    Commanding the stage, Briar Rabbit achieves musical complexity without pretension, combines multi-layered lyrics with infectious melody, and presents self-awareness with a strong sense of honesty. It’s smart, catchy, and something we didn’t even know we needed.

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  • Project Film

    Project Film

    Project Film began as an idea meant mainly for instrumental tracks, like those found in the soundtracks of films (as heard on the track “Ink”). Songwriter and Tandem Shop owner, Sam McAllister, would record tracks in his parent’s basement in a small suburb of Minneapolis, MN and place them in a folder on his computer titled “Project Film,” thus the name. Horrible lack of name originality aside, the idea then grew to become a composition of two friends from high school, McAllister and close friend Megan Frestedt, who both moved to Chicago to attend school.

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  • Heather Styka

    Heather Styka

    Heather Styka (Coldwater River) from ROOFTOP SESSIONS CHICAGO on Vimeo. The performance for Rooftop Sessions Chicago of Heather Styka is accompanied by Sophie Weber on cello. About Heather Styka Chicago singer-songwriter Heather Styka’s songs are as fresh as they are rooted in the folk and Americana tradition, delivered by a warm and soulful voice.  Also a poet and writer, Styka has an instinct for lyrics that are smart and unexpected but never cryptic, analyzing the importance of moments, places, and […]

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  • We Are The Willows

    We Are The Willows

    WE ARE THE WILLOWS (WEDDING SONG) from ROOFTOP SESSIONS CHICAGO on Vimeo. We Are The Willows is the project of one singer/songwriter Peter Michael Miller. He writes, arranges, and performs most all of the sounds you hear on his recordings. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota and when he’s not on the road playing tunes he can be found recording music in his basement or watching “Boy Meets World”. With his newest release, Places, Peter attempts to capture moments in time, people […]

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  • Plume Giant

    Plume Giant

    On the first snowy day of the season, we ventured out to record Plume Giant over near the Drake Hotel.  Unfortunately, due to the falling snow, we had to cancel our original plans and roll with the changes.  Fortunately, the band proved what seasoned (flexible) professionals they are and we ended up down the street in the pedestrian tunnel underneath Lake Shore Drive.  Despite the passing joggers, bikers, and other flora and fauna of the city, we were able to […]

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  • VRO

    VRO

    Elemental was the third song we shot on this outing. This was a new location along the banks of the Chicago River front. The original location was going to be the bench on the lower level but upon arriving found it to be quite occupied by employees of the Chicago water taxi. Having no fear of public performance, Victoria decided to just “jump in and roll with it” from the top of the staircase leading down to the taxi landing.  […]

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  • Bone & Bell

    Bone & Bell

    This was one of the most challenging shoots to date; between sneaking equipment onto the ferris wheel, the roaring wind and laughing children, overhead speakers blaring “Sweet Home Chicago”, and a tight timeframe to do the shoot, it was a bleeding miracle that we were actually able to pull it off. The entire shoot only lasted 10 minutes (or more specifically, one turn around the wheel). Without any trouble Heather, like the true pro that she is, was able to […]

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  • Ugly Lamp Series

    < In addition to working on top of roofs we are also interested in expanding the idea of capturing performances in unique environments. So, if you have access to an interesting looking backyard, courtyard, sewer or meat locker with some room for a band? Why not, we’ll come to you. Wherever it is, whatever it is, we are willing to explore the idea of shooting in unique and interesting places around Chicago. As a result the ugly lamp series was […]

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