*a new feature focusing on all the groovy shows coming up in chicago*
naomi punk // the hideout // 9.18 // interview to come!
reppin: olympia, wa // captured tracks records // 2012 - present
sounds like: acid trip jounrneying music (according to travis)
Travis, Neil and Nick like it slow and loud. Crazy song structures, amps that will blow your ears off and attention to detail to boot. These guys want to take you to another dimension.
asgeir // bottom lounge // 9.19
reppin: reykjavík, iceland // one little indian // 2012 - present
sounds like: floating on a fluffy bed made of clouds across the ocean
Asgeir follows a trend of delicious voices coming out of the Icelandic region. He mixes bouncy, fun poppy beats into his acoustic goodness that will have you smiling the whole show.
modern vices // tonic room // 9.20 // interview from april 2017
reppin: chicago, usa // unsigned // 2013 - present
sounds like: crying to the Pet Sounds albums in a moldy basement but at the same time getting off to Joy Division
These dudes are making old school look good these days. Bringing a stylish and unique version of older sounding rock, mixed with pop and killer vocals. This will be as intimate as it gets with them at Tonic Room.
modern vices | subterranean & beat kitchen | 2017 | @thefaakehipster
el ten eleven // space // 9.21
reppin: la, usa // fake record label // 2002 - present
sounds like: a collection of waterfalls in the rainforest in the early morning of a summer day
I've been a fan of these two for years as they are one of the most unique bands out there. Doublenbeck and fretless basses, beautiful song structure, crazy loops and no vocals. It is heaven coming out of amps.
kweku collins // chop shop // 9.22 // previous story from Oct 2016
reppin: evanston, il // closed sessions // 2015 - present // 19 years old
sounds like: posting up at a campfire in the middle of the big city...the perfect mix of chill, inspiration and the evolving sounds
Not going to beat around the bush here...you need to catch this guy before he jets out of the city around the world. He is next in line to bring a positive flow to hip hop and at such a young age, he has everything in front of him.
davy knowles // space // 9.23
reppin: isle of man (currently resides in chicago) // blix street records // 2007 - present
sounds like: hanging out in the middle of nowhere with your pickup and dog
I've said this since the first time I saw this guy shred live...he is easily a one of the best guitariest in the world right now. Both in how he writes and what he can do on the solo side of things. If you like or respect music, you owe it to yourself to see davy live.
king gizzard & the lizard wizard // lincoln hall // 9.24 & 25
reppin: melbourne, australia // flightless records // 2010 - present
sounds like: floating through a trippy 3D video of patterns, talking frogs and of course, lizards and wizards
Australian music never ceases to amaze me and at KG&TLW to the list. Killer psychedelic sound to make you groove all night. This seven piece is constantly putting out new music, pushing the envelope as far as what instruments can do. Rule #24: Always see an Aussie band when they are in the states.
wild cub // schubas // 9.25
reppin: nashville, usa // mom + pop records // 2011 - present
sounds like: getting in your nicest suit and dancing and sweating like no one is watching
These brilliant musicians have really nailed a joyous and feel good vibe of indie pop. Having seen them in both the private and festival setting, it is so clear that they can bring you a good time live. Ear friendly sounds for all people!
the early november // bottom lounge // 9.26
reppin: hammonton, nj // rise records // 1999 - 2007, 2011 - present
sounds like: having all the fun with that special someone in a pile of leaves on a warm fall day
Yes, these guys are as emo as it gets and maybe they hold a special place in my heart from my high school days. Fuck that. Ace is one of the best songwriters in the game. They continue to evolve their sounds, make beautiful music while still giving you those goosebumps.
the california honeydrops // lincoln hall // 9.28
reppin: oakland, ca // tubtone records // 2007 - present
sounds like: that moment you slide under the blanket or hit the shower when it is most needed...instant relief from all of it
With very diverse bandmates from different backgrounds, this soul/R&B/blues group formed with a mission to put smiles on everyone's faces and dance moves in their bodies. Meshing some old school R&B with trendy pop sounds, they are a sight to be seen. Don't miss them.
broken social scene & frightened rabbit // aragon ballroom // 9.29
reppin: bss - toronto, ca // arts & crafts records // 1999 - present //// fr - selkrick, scottland // atlantic records // 2003 - present
sounds like: bss - a time lapse of spring turning to summer in the forest // fr - grabbing your friends, a cigar and sitting around the campfire
While BSS has more band members than most small towns in canada, they have a sound and vibe that is timeless. Only they can combine so many instruments and beautiful voices to make all the sense. Frightened Rabbit makes some of the most beautiful indie rock that you'll put your ears on with lyrics that will make you think in all the right ways.
torche // the empty bottle // 9.29
reppin: miami, usa // relapse records // 2004 - present
sounds like: a beautiful destruction of an old building turning into a new one
Get ready to bang your head and bring out the metal and stoner rock in you. I've been on these guys for a bit now and they bounce the ping pong ball back and forth between fringe metal and psychedelic rock. On top of it, the vocals just make for such a unique twist...even if you don't enjoy hard rock, I think you will dig these guys given the mesh of sounds.
tei shi // lincoln hall // 9.30 // interview to come!
reppin: buenos aires // downtown records // 2013 - present
sounds like: watching flowers bloom in the floweriest of places on this planet
A youngan who has only been at it for a few years has already proved that her voice can take her places over multiple types of genres. And oh man, that voice will just bring you to places in your mind...go check her out and forget about your worries for a bit.
twinsmith // beat kitchen // 9.30
reppin: omaha, nebraska // saddle creek records // 2012 - present
sounds like: taking a kayak through a cave with a disco ball
Upbeat, poppy, dancy and friendly kinda vibes these guys give off. There is no shortage of fun when you listen or see them. The beats will make you sway side to side and want to grab on to the person next to you.