2017 ARTISTS
01/12 - Schubas
Acid Dad

Acid Dad

Conceived at a drag show in Brooklyn in August 2014, Acid Dad has quickly become one of the most talked-about bands in the New York scene. Over the past year, their string of infectious psych-punk singles has earned them nods from the likes of Nylon, The Deli, CMJ, Village Voice, Impose, Hero Mag and more, and has garnered them slots on Gigawatts Festival and Color Me Bushwick. Dingus once described them as “so fucking good,” and if you listen to their latest single, “Grim,” you’ll see why. Between dropping awesome tracks like that one, Acid Dad has made a name for themselves as one of the tightest and most energetic live bands in the Brooklyn scene. The band recently played 6 CMJ shows, including Austin Psych Fest's Levitation showcase at Rough Trade along with Drinks, Mild High Club and Shannon & the Clams. Look out for their debut EP in early 2016.

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01/15 - Lincoln Hall
BADBADNOTGOOD

BADBADNOTGOOD

BADBADNOTGOOD is a formally trained trio of young musicians made up of Matthew Tavares on keys, Chester Hansen on bass, and Alex Sowinski on drums. Since first meeting at music school in 2011, the three have challenged the rule book on improvised instrumental music and taken a fresh look at the jazz tradition by setting their sights on the future.

With early champions including acclaimed BBC broadcaster Gilles Peterson and Tyler The Creator, the band released their first EP BBNG in June 2011 to wide praise. The marriage of jazz virtuosity and hip hop source material offered a new take on the traditional "standard" applied to the hip hop songbook; writing inspired arrangements for golden era classics instead of one-dimensional covers.

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01/11 - Lincoln Hall
Bayonne

Bayonne

Roger Sellers is a lot of things. He's a minimalist composer with a knack for making hypnotic, enveloping songs from a few repeated musical phrases. He's a gifted musician who is mostly self-taught, having abandoned formal study because it was draining the life from his work. He's a self-described disciple of Phil Collins. What he is not, however -- despite multiple press reports to the contrary -- is a DJ.

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01/15 - The Hideout
Beth Stelling

Beth Stelling

Beth Stelling is a stand-up comedian, writer and actress based in Los Angeles, who Time Out Magazine names a Comic to Watch in 2016. Beth made her late night television debut on Conan. In 2014, Beth appeared on @Midnight, Chelsea Lately, and The Pete Holmes Show. She most recently performed stand-up on Jimmy Kimmel Live, after Jimmy saw her at UCB and approached her personally.Beth tours extensively, performing at festivals, colleges, and clubs across the country. Recent notable TV appearances include Showtime’s SXSW Special, Last Call with Carson Daly, and The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail. In October 2015, Beth’s Comedy Central ½-Hour Special debuted – Vulture included it as one of the “Ten Best Stand-up Specials of 2015.” Beth’s 2nd album, Simply the Beth debuted simultaneously which debuted at #3 on the iTunes Comedy Charts. Beth is currently writing on the HBO series, CRASHING.

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01/11 - Schubas
Big Thief

Big Thief

Big Thief’s music, rooted in the songs of Adrianne Lenker, paints in vivid tones “the process of harnessing pain, loss, and love, while simultaneously letting go, looking into your own eyes through someone else’s, and being okay with the inevitability of death.”

Masterpiece, Big Thief’s debut album (Saddle Creek), is filled with characters and visceral narratives, songs that pivot in the space of a few words. Adrianne’s voice and guitar playing speak of rich emotional territory with grace and insight. In her words, the record tracks “the masterpiece of existence, which is always folding into itself, people attempting to connect, to both shake themselves awake and to shake off the numbness of certain points in their life. The interpretations might be impressionistic or surrealistic, but they’re grounded in simple things.

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01/11 - Schubas
Campdogzz

Campdogzz

The duo of Jess Price and Mike Russell operate out of the eternally corrupt city of Chicago, where native Russell has been playing for over a decade. While his nationally-recognized acts Wedding Dress, Suns and Wax on Radio featured his presence on the mic, Campdogzz is fronted by Price, an Oklahoma emigrant with a voice that hits listeners like a dust storm. The pantheon of female singers with rootsy, radiant voices has been waiting for its next inductee, and with sharp melodic hooks bolstering Price's delivery, the spot is hers for the taking.

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01/13 - Lincoln Hall
Caroline Smith

Caroline Smith

After spending the greater part of 2015 in her adopted town of L.A., Caroline Smith is coming back home, with her full ensemble in tow, to tour her native mid-west. After writing for her new record over the fall, Smith is back on the road to promote her forthcoming EP, and to revisit the smoky arrangements and unabashedly honest lyricism of her 2013 release, “Half About Being a Woman.” Smith’s live show adds depth to her unique take on R & B pop and alternative neo-soul; Her full band of experienced players adds lush layers to her singles such as the feminist anthem, “Magazine”, and the heart-wrenching soul of “Child of Moving On”. As a performer, Caroline Smith leads with a compelling performance that will mesmerize anybody who watches, and she will deliver her most fully-realized and exciting set yet on her upcoming tour.

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01/14 - Schubas
CEREMONY

CEREMONY

Breakup albums mark a turning point for a band: the moment when their sound completely changes and reaches a new level of emotional clarity. All that heartbreak and malaise condensed into any single record often makes for a defining piece of work, no matter the genre. The best records explore the nooks and crannies of sadness, learning it inside and out — celebrating it.

Ceremony’s fifth studio album, The L-Shaped Man, uses singer Ross Farrar’s recent breakup as a platform to explore loneliness and emotional weariness, but it is by no means a purely sad album. Rather than look inward, Farrar uses his experience to write about what it means to go through something heavy and come out the other side a different person.

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01/14 - Lincoln Hall
Chastity

Chastity

The Canadian suburbs are dizzying and so is its latest. Chastity is a project out of Whitby Ontario by Brandon Williams and friends. Whitby has trailer parks and Whitby has luxury cars. Similar is the juxtaposition of the project both melodic and chaotic, an outfit of songs bred out of boredom worn by its middle class kids. In the short year and a half from releasing it's only existing songs online, a tape of 4 songs, Chastity has emerged into a youth culture for youth without one, having shared the stage with Chelsea Wolfe, Protomartyr, and White Lung.

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01/14 - Metro
Cloakroom

Cloakroom

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01/15 - Schubas
CRASHprez

CRASHprez

CRASHprez is a navigation of Black skin and the bliss of that existence in defiance of being a target for the world to feast upon. It functions as a documentation of self - and interrogation of humanity - from the perspective of a suburban Black boy in the United States of America, slowly unraveling the world around him. CRASHprez is an art project by Michael Penn II: a 22-year-old MC, journalist, curator and teaching-artist from Fort Washington, Maryland. He is a graduate from the 5th Cohort of the First Wave Hip-Hop and Urban Arts scholarship program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He currently resides in Minneapolis, MN.

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01/14 - Smartbar
DJ Rachael

DJ Rachael

DJ Rachael, officially selected for WOMEX 2016 DJ Summit in Spain, is a Ugandan DJ/Producer based in Kampala. She is the first Ugandan artist to be selected by WOMEX. A phenomenal DJ, performer, MC and producer, Rachael is also a leading member of the much touted Santuri Safari (East Africa) crew, and has even found time to co-found Femme Electronic - a movement to support female DJs and electronic music producers in partnership with Santuri and the Goethe Zentrum.

She has just celebrated 20 years in the industry, and has been blazing trails since she first picked up a mic in the mid 90s. Starting out at Club Pulsations and Club Silk in her hometown of Kampala, Uganda, she soon switched to the turntables and never looked back. She’s appeared on the BBC, worked with numerous international organizations raising awareness on important local issues, and remains a true party rocker extraordinaire. Mixing up styles from across the world effortlessly, Rachael has pioneered a ‘melting pot’ style in Uganda that has enraptured audiences over and over. Her mixes feature her own edits, fresh productions and remixes alongside hand picked bangers and homegrown vibes. She has featured on the exclusive Joint Nordic National Day 2016, the Marine Ball 2015, the Blankets and Wines Edition 12 Smirnoff sponsored After Dark Party at the Uganda National Museum as well.

Headlining Bayimba Festival in 2015, she brought the house down, pulled out all stops on the Nyege Nyege International Festival 2015, Sondeka Festival Nairobi as well; and is now set to show the rest of the world why they call her "the undisputed”.

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01/12 - Lincoln Hall
Dream Version

Dream Version

Dream Version are a Chicago indie pop band, influenced in equal parts by punk, surf, girl group, and dance music. They are Eric Brummitt (guitar), Alec Jensen (vocals, bass), and Michael Kunik (drums).

The gentlemen of Dream Version met as teachers at a Chicago elementary school. One way their day jobs have influenced their music is through their desire to make the complicated seem simple. Dream Version songs follow a labyrinthine path through choruses, bridges, and chord and tempo changes, but arrive in an agreeable, immediate, compact pop package. The listener’s first reaction might be a sugar high, but this band offers far more to sustain the appetite.

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01/12 - Lincoln Hall
Ezra Furman

Ezra Furman

Chicagoan Ezra Furman’s second solo album ‘Day Of The Dog’ has finally gained him the attention that he deserves. Two BBC 6 Music sessions with Marc Riley and Marc’s enthusiastic support have helped spread the word.

Extensive touring with his band the Boy Friends in the UK and Europe in 2014 has built up a dedicated live following and a growing reputation as one of the most exciting live acts around. Ezra’s emotional honesty, howling intensity, frailty and humour combined with the bands honking rock’n’roll have proved irresistible.

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01/15 - Schubas
Femdot

Femdot

Based out of Chicago, 21 year-old femdot has established himself as a front runner for the next wave of Hip-Hop royalty coming out of the city. Fem separates himself with a natural display of lyrical ability that is only matched by his eccentric and charismatic delivery. After releasing his critically acclaimed projects "fo(u)r", and "thr(we)." he was listed as a "Best New Artist" by Pigeons and Planes and praised by Chicago's Fake Shore Drive publication for his break out projects. It's only a certain amount of time before Femdot leaves the Chicago scene for a much more fitting global stage.

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01/12 - Schubas
Flaural

Flaural

Denver- based quartet Flaural is a contemporary blend of new wave, shoegaze, and psych pop. The band consists of Singer and bassist Collin Johnson, Guitarist Noah Pfaff, Drummer Nick Berlin, and Multi-instrumentalist Connor Birch. Formed in the early 2015, Flaural employs traditional rock instruments with a modern fare of abstract synth and guitar textures, driving 'kraut-y' drum grooves, and introspective lyrics and vocals.

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01/13 - Schubas
Foxtrott

Foxtrott

Foxtrott is the sole musical domain of one Marie-Helene Delorme – a self-taught singer, songwriter and producer from French-speaking Montreal. Originally releasing remixes and supplying beats for other local talents, she broke cover as Foxtrott with her 2012 debut, Shields, an emotionally arresting three-track EP. “I was making a lot of beats and stuff, but I needed to express something deeper”, she says of Foxtrott’s gestation. “I wanted something more - something that resonated with my whole being.”

Profile shows like those at Pop Montreal and M For Montreal followed in 2013, and in their wake came attention from Noisey, NME, Elle, Brooklyn Vegan and Line of Best Fit, all flagging FOXTROTT as One to Watch.

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01/12 - The Hideout
Helltrap

Helltrap Nightmare Birthday Funeral

Helltrap Nightmare, a night of comedy horror and noise music terror that has garnered a cult following as well as critical acclaim for its unique(ly debased) format that allows experimental Noise Music musicians and alt Stand-Up comics to share the stage in order to perform their wildest and most radical material. Hosted by Sarah Sherman (recently named Best Stand Up Comic by the Chicago Reader!) and produced by Julia Dratel and Sarah Sherman!

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01/11 - Schubas
Hoops

Hoops

Hoops, a Bloomington, Indiana based four-piece, conjures the idea of breezy afternoons and sticky summer nights - both in name and sound. Not named for the sweltering blacktop accompaniment, nor the waist-slinging hobby, but for hoop houses in the greenhouses where founding member Drew worked in high school. All told, Hoops began as Drew's solo ambient project. Over the course of 2014's (particularly sweltering) summer in Bloomington, Hoops naturally filled out into a four-piece lineup featuring; Drew Auscherman, Kevin Krauter, Keagan Beresford, and James Harris.

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01/14 - Schubas
HOGG

HOGG

While their music takes influence from early industrial, no wave, noise, and punk music, they have devised a sound and style that is uniquely their own. Solar Phallic Lion is their third release and demonstrates an increasingly diverse palette, with HOGG expanding their style into 5 tracks that cover a range of genres. There are subdued vocals over a pulsating dirge of guitar and drum machine on the title track, a mutant surf blast of floor tom and riffs on "Electromagnetic Chauvinism," a rhythm-focused exorcism on "My House Is Nice", a D-beat re-imagining ripe with wild pitch-shifted vocals and soaring guitar on "Today's World," and a sing-along destruction of an old classic on "Conform or Die.”

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01/13 - Schubas
IAN SWEET

IAN SWEET

I have a way of loving too many things to take on just one shape,” Jilian Medford sings over and over again on the title track of the Brooklyn-based band IAN SWEET’s debut album, Shapeshifter, repeating it like a mantra. This is Medford’s thesis statement, a narrator to carry us through Shapeshifter, which is above all else a meditation on loneliness and displacement. It’s about losing love and your sense of self in the process, about grabbing at the little things in life that bring joy when nothing else is going according to plan. It’s also an ode to the bandmates, and the friends, that see you through.

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01/13 - Schubas
In Tall Buildings

In Tall Buildings

Wide-eyed and instantly likable ... Driver is heavy on melodies and breezy in its effortlessness. It’s the kind of album that moves in different ways during different times and reveals aural layers on multiple listens. -- PopMatters

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01/13 - Metro
Into It. Over It.

Into It. Over It.

After cutting his teeth with quirky songwriting challenges under the IIOI moniker (including the “52 Weeks” compilation and “Twelve Towns” project), Evan Weiss fleshed out his poignant alt-rock sound with a full-fledged backing band. A few years and three albums later, IIOI is fresh of the heels of the release of Standards, an ambitious exploration of post-rock ambience, pop-punk hooks, and bleeding heart lyrics.

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01/14 - Lincoln Hall
JEFF The Brotherhood

JEFF The Brotherhood

Wasted On The Dream is the record the Orrall brothers been building up to since they first formed JEFF The Brotherhood in 2001. It's a van-rocking, bong-rattling slab that authentically captures their fiery mixture of 70s hard rock, 80s punk, 90's grunge and indelible pop melodies.

Co-produced by JEFF The Brotherhood and Joe Chiccarelli (The Strokes, Poco, My Morning Jacket, Beck), tracks like "Voyage Into Dreams," "Melting Place" and "Karaoke, TN" are loaded with muscular guitars, pounding drums, sky-punching riffs and effortlessly catchy choruses. "We envisioned something similar to a lot of the rock records that came out in the Nineties," explains Jamin, "back when rock records were still really big, and bands like Smashing Pumpkins and Nirvana were playing arenas."

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01/12 - Schubas
Joe Bordenaro

Joe Bordenaro & the Late Bloomers

Joe Bordenaro is a singer/songwriter born and raised in Lockport Illinois. Since recording his debut EP "Physical Education" by himself in Lockport, he has moved to Chicago and formed a band composed of family and childhood friends. He is now backed by the greatest band in all the land, the Late Bloomers.

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01/13 - The Hideout
Michelle Wolf

Michelle Wolf

Michelle Wolf is a NY-based writer, actor and standup comedian and one of the fastest rising comedic talents in the city. She currently works as an on-air performer and writer for Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. Prior to joining The Daily Show, Michelle was a writing supervisor and performer on Late Night with Seth Meyers, where she also made her late night television debut as a comic in July 2014. While at Late Night, Michelle appeared regularly on the show in various bits and as the popular reoccurring character she created, “Grown-Up Annie.” She has also made a number of appearances on Comedy Central’s hit late night gameshow @Midnight and appeared on Louis CK’s Horace and Pete.

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01/11 - Lincoln Hall
Monobody

Monobody

Monobody is an "instrumental 5-piece from [Chicago, IL] who mix superb musicianship, imaginative composition and groove driven melodies to create a sound that features elements of jazz, pop, math and progressive rock." -Andy Crowder, Musical Mathematics

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01/15 - Lincoln Hall
Morimoto

Morimoto

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01/13 - Metro
Mother Evergreen

Mother Evergreen

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01/14 - Schubas
Muuy Biien

Muuy Biien

After their explosive entry into the Athens music arena, Muuy Biien released two ambient EPs and their sophomore album, D.Y.I. With the recruitment of guitarist/bassist Tobiah Black, the songwriting process became a collaborative effort. Combining darkwave, post-punk and minimalist influences with their speed and intensity, the new material pushed away from the restrictions of hardcore. Self-recorded in Black's basement, D.Y.I. exhibited the band's newfound focus and confidence.

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01/14 - Schubas
Negative Scanner

Negative Scanner

Negative Scanner eludes description. They’ve been compared to late 70s/early 80s post-punk, with the energy of Wipers, the gritty guitars of Wire, and the yelp of Public Image Ltd., but those descriptions don’t quite seem to capture them. Despite missing the mark, critics repeatedly attempt to make these comparisons in a struggle to pin down a band that can’t be pinned down. Negative Scanner have been active in Chicago’s vibrant DIY scene since 2012, earning well-deserved accolades as one of the city’s best live bands. Their debut album on Trouble in Mind Records plays with the tension between positive and negative, surging back and forth until something sparks.

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01/15 - Schubas
Open Mike Eagle

Open Mike Eagle

Open Mike Eagle might not have all the answers, but few artists in hip-hop, music, or American life are asking smarter questions. In a landscape governed by ceaseless babble, flashing lights, and hollow lies, Eagle harmonizes into the void so we don’t have to.

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01/13 - Lincoln Hall
Overcoats

Overcoats

Overcoats is New York-based female duo Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell. Their sound captivates, combining electronic backdrops with soaring, harmonic intimacy — a sort of Chet Faker meets Simon & Garfunkel. Overcoats’ songs draw strength from vulnerability, finding uplifting beauty in simple, honest songwriting.

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01/14 - The Hideout
Phoebe Robinson

Phoebe Robinson

Phoebe Robinson is a stand-up comedian, writer, and actor who Vulture, Essence, and Esquire Magazine have named one of the top comedians to watch. Most recently, she appeared on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers and Last Call w/Carson Daly, Comedy Central’s Broad City and The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore as well as NBC’s Last Comic Standing. She was also a writer on MTV’s hit talking head show Girl Code and Fuse’s White Guy Talk Show. Most recently, she consulted on season 3 of Broad City and is working on her first book of essays entitled You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain, which will be released in October 2016.

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01/13 - Metro
Pianos Become The Teeth

Pianos Become The Teeth

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01/14 - Lincoln Hall
Pile

Pile

Pile is a rock band from Boston, Massachusetts. Rick Maguire, the band’s principle songwriter, started Pile as a solo project in 2007. He put out ‘Demonstration’ that year and then put out ‘Jerk Routine’ in 2008. Wanting to be able to tour on the material with a band, Rick attempted to find some other players. After some shuffling, the ones that have stuck around are Kris Kuss on drums, Matt Becker on guitar and Matt Connery on bass guitar. They have since put out ‘Magic isn’t Real (2010),’ ‘Big Web EP (2011),’ ‘Dripping (2012),’ ’Special Snowflakes EP (2013)’ and ‘You’re Better Than This (2015).’ Since they formed in 2009, they have toured as much as their lives collectively could allow, playing over 500 shows spread out over the US, Canada, the UK and Europe. They’ll be putting out another record around the first of 2017.

Rick also continues to play solo sets consisting of old material that started the band, full band songs re-imagined in stripped down versions, and new / barely finished material.

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01/15 - Schubas
Psalm One

Psalm One

Cristalle Bowen, professionally known as Psalm One, has been consistently named one of the nation's Best Artists by the Chicago Tribune, and in 2011 made her national television debut on MTV's Emmy-winning series, MADE. She released her debut album, "Bio:Chemistry", while studying chemistry at the University of Illinois in 2002. In 2006 Psalm One became the only woman signed to the prestigious, fiercely independent record label Rhymesayers Entertainment after leaving her job as a chemist and releasing her commercial debut, "The Death of Frequent Flyer".

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01/11 - Schubas
Sam Evian

Sam Evian

Premium is the glistening debut album from New York-based Sam Evian. Sam describes the album as; "an analogue dream in a digital world." Like flowing water, it’s cool surface entices and refreshes - then reveals hidden emotional depths. The sound of Premium recalls a sunbaked cassette of Pet Sounds or All Things Must Pass, composed with glowing guitar chords, aching pedal steel, Wurlitzers and iconic 20th-century synths. Inspired by the soulful classic sounds of Jackson Browne, Shuggie Otis, Sly and the Family Stone and The Band, as well as contemporary influences such as Cass McCombs, Broadcast, Cate Le Bon, and Chris Cohen, this is music meant for a close-up experience; spacious, dreamy, fun, and disarmingly open and honest.

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01/15 - The Metro
Sons Of The Silent Age

Sons Of The Silent Age

Chris Connelly and Matt Walker are both 30+ year veterans of the music business, Chris having moved from his native Scotland in the 80's to pursue a career in gratuitous volume and outrage with techno rednecks The Revolting Cocks and Ministry, Matt bringing his formidable drum skills to the likes of Filter, Smashing Pumpkins, Garbage and Morrissey. Matt and Chris were working together on one of Matt's songs when the seed was sewn to start a band dedicated to the music of David Bowie, the pair always having had a strong connection and affinity with his career, his changing, challenging sound and his aesthetic. A stellar band was assembled, all veterans in their own right with excellent pedigrees, and almost immediately rehearsals were well underway with songs from Bowie's canon that were being selected, played and played with. Sons Of The Silent Age was a living, vital entity. It was decided to make the inaugural gig a benefit for a charity close to their hearts: Pablove, an organization that provides relief for pediatric cancer patients and their families. And so it came to be, on January 11th of 2013, Sons played their first show to a sold out crowd at Metro in Chicago

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01/13 - Smartbar
Tensnake

Tensnake

Born in Hamburg in 1975, Marco grew up listening to disco, soul, boogie, funk and 80s pop. As he grew older he went through a brief Mod phase before finding and embracing more dancefloor-inspired influences from Larry Levan to Junior Boys Own, Romanthony to Masters of Work. After starting the Mirau Musik label with friends in 2005, Marco released his first record "Around The House." He made his commercial recording debut on the Mirau Musik label with his Restless EP in 2006, which he followed up with I Say Mista in 2007. In addition, he released EPs on the labels Players Paradise (Dust, 2007), Radius Records (Fried Egg, 2007), and Endless Flight (Keep Believin’,2008). In 2007 he also founded the label Glossy Edits, which quickly gained a great reputation amongst music collectors. Tensnake’s first taste of critical acclaim came with the release of his "In the End (I Want You to Cry)" EP on the label Running Back in 2009. The EP was voted #1 on djhistory.com’s end-of-the-year list, and was the driving force behind Tensnake’sbreakthrough success.

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01/15 - Lincoln Hall
The Mattson 2

The Mattson 2

If you could soundtrack the jangle of the sea and the jazz of the surf, The Mattson 2 would most certainly be the composers. The identical twin guitar and drums duo are truly a marvel of jazz-rock orchestration and arrangement. The duo shimmers and shakes with the soaring modern wizardry of Jared Mattson's untamed, layered guitars and Jonathan Mattson's tribal jazz hard- bop drumming. They channel the gorgeously hypnotic gods of surf, sun, and neon-punk-jazz of our modern universe, evoking evolved realms of experimentalism, rhythm, and story.

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01/14 - Metro
The Hotelier

The Hotelier

It is not enough to say that The Hotelier have grown older, or wiser, or more of anything. We can trace a progression, if we like, from the explosive empowerment of It Never Goes Out to the ashen disillusionment of Home, Like Noplace Is There. We can follow an awakening of youth in suburbia attempting to learn what is right, and what is ours, and what is possible and impossible, and maybe we can't save each other like we thought we once could. We're awake and we're tired and we want love in our lives again. And so we find ourselves now in Goodness, in the woods outside of the suburbs, trying to re-learn that love.

But we seek a space outside time. Once in a while we can feel it, like a clearing. Where our histories and our rhetorics blend into languages spoken and unspoken. Where the greatest awe comes upon us for the overlooked, the simple, the incomperhensible. Where things glitch as they solidify, repeat as they evolve, scream as they whisper. Where always and forever above us, in all of its natural, unnatural, supernatural love, shines the moon. Goodness is not this place -- goodness is nowhere -- but we are following it to where we have to be.

After all we've gone through, how young are we? What is age softening in us, what is it hardening in us? Are we getting better? Worse? How could we ever know, when capital forces us onward away from ourselves? Will the woods consume the suburbs; will the suburbs consume the woods? In the gaps between these monumental questions, in the tiniest details, in the infinitude of cycles outside of time, there is Goodness. We begin there.

-Alyssa Kai

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01/14 - The Metro
Title Fight

Title Fight

Title Fight is a band from Kingston, Pa, comprised of bassist/vocalist Ned Russin, guitarist/vocalist Jamie Rhoden, guitarist Shane Moran, and drummer Ben Russin. Hyperview is Title Fight’s third album and inaugural with Anti-.
In the summer of 2014, the band decamped to Studio 4 in Conshohocken, Pa., where with producer/engineer Will Yip they had made their last three records to make Hyperview - the follow-up release to the band’s Spring Songs EP (Revelation Records, 2013). Hyperview is a massive leap forward from previous releases and is difficult to accomplish with words. The vocals are remarkably muted and lovely when compared to the blood-curdling caterwauling of earlier work. The lyrics are almost defiantly opaque. And when it comes to the music, this is an album that renders futile the exercise of conceiving bands as sums of influences, and of dutifully itemizing those influences. Hyperview can only be heard, and loved, as an artifact unto itself.

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01/11 - Lincoln Hall
Tortoise

Tortoise

Simply put, Tortoise has spent nearly 25 years making music that defies description. While the Chicago-based instrumental quintet has nodded to dub, rock, jazz, electronica and minimalism throughout its revered and influential six-album discography, the resulting sounds have always been distinctly, even stubbornly, their own.

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01/12 - Schubas
WAND

Wand

New Wand aloft! So how to explain….Wand manufacture a little life within an elaborate craftwork of sound amongst the endless social contrivances of popular music – that almost says it? On their Drag City debut, 1000 Days, Wand move restlessly and gracefully through divergent phases of music in a single passage of a song. This is how they make their music. Recorded in their hometown of Los Angeles and San Francisco, 1000 Daysfinds Wand searching in corners and finding extra texture via synthetic animation. The atmosphere is quicksilver and the space acoustic; as a beacon sparks electric, a cascade of hi-fi noises for everyone’s ears – raucous, impassive, inevitable musical expressions. The hope is to use your head, to escape the chains wrapped invisible around us.

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01/12 - Lincoln Hall
Weaves

Weaves

In a little over two short years, Weaves has gone from a collection of voice memos on Jasmyn Burke’s iPhone to establishing themselves as one of the most stridently individual acts to emerge from Toronto’s fertile and multifaceted DIY scene. Led by the collaborative efforts of Jasmyn Burke and Morgan Waters, the band has built a devoted audience while capturing the attention of the international media with a brand of ebullient, art-damaged pop music as difficult to categorize as it is to ignore.

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01/13 - Schubas
Woongi

Woongi

Woongi is a small corporation that consists of four individuals who have a knack for problem solving and an appetite for success. Each member having a business background, the group came together with the brilliant idea of seeking fortune in the music industry. With no lack of sponsorship (backers include Monster Energy, Lego, Ziploc, to name a few), the entrepreneurial endeavor has already seen large profits. The ensemble encourages you to enjoy the music and "join the team."

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01/13 - Lincoln Hall
Xenia Rubinos

Xenia Rubinos

Music maker Xenia Rubinos uses her powerful voice to create beats and melodies from scratch. Xenia’s sound grows from a wide range of influences from r&b and hip-hop to Caribbean rhythms all delivered with a soulful punk aura. Her debut record, Magic Trix, is an ecstatic collection of songs featuring layered beats, crunchy keyboards, and driving syncopated rhythms.

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