*a new feature focusing on all the groovy shows coming up in chicago*
Dent May // 9.2 - The Hideout // tickets
reppin: la, usa by way of jackson, mississippi // car park records // 2007 - present
sounds like: the opening scene of a weird, yet classy movie
last album drop: across the universe (may 2017)
Mr. May got his start a while back playing in the power pop group, The Rockwells. Since then, he has brought his southern charm and influence to LA, bringing a unique sound to the forefront. His latest album tells the story of adjust to life in the new big city.
Middle Kids // 9.6 - Lincoln Hall // tickets
reppin: sydney, australia // EMI & Domino Records // 2016 - present
sounds like: taking a camper into the woods and hanging by the campfire
last album drop: middle kids EP (feb 2017)
These kids only have a few singles under their belt, as well as an EP, but they are doing all the right things as they hit the states for their first run. This 3 piece has a solid alt rock, indie sound with vocals by Hannah that make you smile. Catch this show as you can as they may be playing much bigger venues the next time around.
Diarrhea Planet // 9.8 - Wurst Fest // tickets
reppin: nashville, usa // dine alone records // 2009 - present
sounds like: the happiest fucking moshpit you’ve ever been in
last album: turn to gold (june 2016)
you have not heard anything like these dudes before. 6 dudes, 4 guitars whaling in your face and a whole lot of good feels and smiles. These live shows are full of constant energy, shredding solos on solos on solos. They will be crazy fun, don’t miss them.
Ducktails & Varsity // 9.8 - Empty Bottle // tickets
reppin: ducktails - ridgewood, nj // domino records // 2006 - present //// varsity - chicago, usa // unsigned // 2013 - present
sounds like: both bands - a never ending dance floor with all the lights you need
last album drop: dt- st. catherine (july 2015) // varsity - self titled (2015)
ducktails will soothe your soul to goovy indie rock tunes all night long. They threw themselves in a blender with the ingredients of chillwave and lo-fi pop rock. Varsity will give you the same kind of vibes, expect sub in Stephanie’s wonderful running vocals. You got a great pair of bands for a cruising kind of chill night.
Geographer // 9.10 - Schubas // tickets
reppin: san fran, ca // roll call records // 2007 - present
sounds like: hanging around in outer space, just chillin
last album drop: ghost modern (march 2015)
Mike has been doing his thing for some time and has absolutely nailed this indie rocky electric sound. He’s Berklee graduated, has supported many big acts and played a big bucket of festivals. Him and the live band will be a dancy good time.
Royal Canoe // 9.12 - subterranean // tickets
reppin: winnipeg, canananada // nevado music // 2010 - present
sounds like: floating through a light rainstorm
last album drop: Something Got Lost Between Here and the Orbit (sept 2016)
These kids bring the funk dance vibes and it is pretty freaking awesome. If you happen to see them live, you’ll see some different instruments on stage serenating you with the type of pop sound that makes you move.
Strand of Oaks // 9.14 SPACE // tickets
reppin: goshen, in // dead oceans records // 2003 - present
sounds like: going into one of those bouncy houses with speakers blaring from all angles
last album drop: hard love (feb 2017)
I’ve seen this bearded man a few times and he never disappoints. He always brings a ton of energy to his shows, it’s super easy on the ears and you’ll want to sing along. One time he brought his mom out to sing, so yea.
Death Valley Girls // 9.15, Empty Bottle // tickets
reppin: la, usa // burger records // 2014 - present
sounds like: a sweaty sweaty face shaking back and forth in slow motion
last album drop: glow in the dark (june 2016)
Self described gutter rock, these three chicks and a dude put on a hell of a party. It’s trippy, it’s garage and you want to rock out and drop your jaw just to stare at the same time. They live up to how wild rock n’ roll should be.