*a look ahead at some rad shows to kick off october*
explosions in the sky // 10.3 // empty bottle (sold out)
reppin: austin, tx // temporary residence limited // 1999 - present
sounds like: a mural of the world and its secret landscapes that defines us
A band that has grown from playing small bars and venues to big arenas returns to their roots in Chicago for a special night. A constant evolution of instrumental post-rock, these guys tell a story with every track they write.
japanese breakfast // 10.4 // subterranean (sold out)
reppin: eugene, or // dead oceans records // 2013 - present
sounds like: walking through a futuristic forest
After spending time in her outfit, Little Big League, Michelle took what she learned from playing and turned into her solo project. Her indie rock/pop sound is a tad on the dark side, yet so fulfilling in an upbeat kind of way. Her latest album, “soft sounds from another planet” has earned her universal acclaim from critics.
flor // 10.5 // bottom lounge (tix)
reppin: hood river, or / la, usa // fueled by ramen // 2015 - present
sounds like: sitting down with mother nature and having a deep chat
My ears strongly feel that these kids have put out one of the friendliest sounding debuts in some time. Those vocals, poppy hooks and beats that make you sway will have you loving seeing this band in real life form.
jr jr // 10.5 // house of blues (interview coming tomorrow) // tix
reppin: detroit, usa // warner // 2010 - present
sounds like: sitting with a group of friends reading an adult children’s book
Sometimes when you are fucking around with friends in a basement, not worrying about what the public thinks...you make music that humans respond to. Easy on the ears, JR JR brings indie pop tunes that make you want to grab onto someone close and hold on tight.
touche amore // 10.7 // subterranean (tix)
reppin: la, usa // epitaph // 2007 - present
sounds like: a teddy bear shaking you of your fears then holding you close
Lyrics you can hold close to your heart, vocals you can feel in your chest and a post-hardcore that is friendlier on the ears than you may think. Their riffs, energy and emotion have been at the top of their game for nearly ten years now and I cannot wait to see them live again
zola jesus // 10.8, thalia hall (tix)
reppin: merrill, wisconsin // sacred bones records // 2006 - present
sounds like: a shark hunting its prey in the depths of the ocean
Nicole has been far and ride and reached deep to bring her tunes to where they are. A voice that haunts you in all the right ways, is just dark enough to keep you hooked and not scare you away...or maybe she will. She is going to light up Thalia
conner youngblood // 10.9 // schubas tavern (tix)
reppin: dallas, usa // tunecore // 2012 - present
sounds like: swimming through the air in the middle of a lively forest
I had the pleasure of meeting Conner a few years opening for Pell and his ice cream swirl that is ambient and rhythmic pop. For me, it’s a dream, and he can prove it live as he’s put out amazing track after track
nicolas jaar // 10.10 // concord music hall (tix)
reppin: nyc, usa // other people //2007 - present
sounds like: a safari ride through a disco hall
This dude can make your feet move in a funky way with this out there experimental electronic tracks. Having played the role of DJ, producer, composer and more across soundtracks and explorative concerts. This one should be a good ol’ fun time
yoke lore // 10.10 // lincoln hall (tix)
reppin: Katonah, New York // B3SCI Records // 2013 - present
sounds like: a morning bath in a deep forest spring
Adrian Galvin, formerly of Walk The Moon, throws a stirring style of indie pop into your ears that meets in the middle of true pop and psychedelic. A talented dude who can play all of the instruments with vocals to match, he is amping up the touring.
r.o.e // 10.12 // emporium arcade wicker park (interview to come) // free show
reppin: brooklyn, usa via chicago // rising over envy music // 2009 - present
sounds like: hanging out in a room with classy carpet on the floor and walls
R.O.E has a flow that immediately stands out from the moment he hits the track. An old school vibe with a new school attitude, you’ll find his smooth flowing raps over soul, R&B, indie and more. Catch him as he returns back home to play some of his latest from “a backpacker named R.O.E”
rac (remix artist collective) // 10.13 // the metro (tix)
reppin: portland, usa // counter records // 2007 - present
sounds like: having your own personal red carpet runway to do as you please
What started as Andre creating hundreds of remixes across the board of genres has turned into a feel-good dancy project with a tourning band. Mixing in some originals, the dude knows how to make you get up and move while putting a smile on their face. I always have a good time seeing them.
misterwives // 10.15 // the riviera theater (tix)
reppin: grand haven, michigan // interscope // 2010 - present
sounds like: being miniature in a big kids world
Ever since "reflections" dropped this band has been on spanning the spectrum of indie rock and pop. Their latest album, "connect the dots" is ballad after ballad you can easily get up to and sing along with.