Last month a Chicago band called Houses hit the charts at the Hype Machine, a massively popular online aggregator that tracks which artists and songs more than 1,500 music bloggers are posting about. Their track “Soak It Up,” an airy, infectious bit of electronic pop, reached number six on the Most Blogged Artists chart the week of September 13 and number one on the Most Favorited Music chart on September 11â€”a notch above Brooklyn duo Ratatat, who’d just played the Riviera.
This is one of those stories I’m still not entirely sure I found. The folks behind Houses, aka Dexter Tortoriello and Megan Messina, are unbelievably fantastic, open and warm people. No wonder their album, All Night, sounds so sweet. A big shout out to all those folks who took the time to talk to me, especially Dexter, who dealt with my constant onslaught of questions at all hours of the day and night the past couple weeks. Anyway, read about Houses here.