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along with SWEETWATER and maybe REVERB, the retailer CHICAGO MUSIC EXCHANGE has grown in recent times to be one of the LARGEST online sellers of INSTRUMENTS and MUSIC-RELATED PRODUCTS (RECORDING, LIVE SOUND, etc.) on the internet. famously they have a WELL-STOCKED showroom location in CHICAGO that is a MUST-VISIT for touring MUSICIANS of all levels. much like other vendors and MUSIC INDUSTRY adjacent businesses, during the pandemic they kept their profile up with a series of in-house produced LIVE PERFORMANCE videos of mostly local UP-AND-COMING ACTS. you have a sprinkling of national touring entities like TORCHE and BARONESS thrown in, but for the most part they have kept CME SESSIONS as a venue to promote EMERGING TALENT of varying ROCK AND ROLL genres.
its still very much ONGOING and definitely worth checking out.
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LIVE IN THE K! PIT has an ingenious conceit. put an aggressive band on a small stage in the back of a LONDON pub cramped with hardcore fans and see what happens.
what happens is INTENSITY. far more than your usual live performance series fare. gotta thank KERRANG! magazine for conceiving nad implementing this concept because these videos are pretty killer, including the likes of TORCHE, BEARTOOTH, MASTODON (including guest vocalist SCOTTY KELLY of NEUROSIS), PARKWAY DRIVE, REFUSED, CANCER BATS and BARONESS among many others. enjoy.