JUNGLE: Day 27 - 30 Days in Chicago presented by Red Bull Sound Select

reppin: london, uk // XL Recordings // 2013 - present

sounds like: walking upside-down in a disco ball in the middle of...you guessed it, a jungle

jungle | metro, chicago | day 27 - 30 days in chicago | 11.27.17 | @thefaakehipster

jungle | metro, chicago | day 27 - 30 days in chicago | 11.27.17 | @thefaakehipster

latest album drop: jungle (july 2014)

featuring: josh // tom // fraser // george // dominic // andro // rudi

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Landing at the Metro the other night was not your typical winter walk into the venue. Jungle was in town as the last gigs of 30 Days in Chicago were coming to an end and it was indeed a jungle in there. Plants, trees, lights and more set the vibe as we walked up the stairs to another sold out night. This band knows how to get you in the mood, put you in there world. And if you let it happen make sure you stretch because there is no way you are not moving during a set with Jungle. After the openers took the stage, the lights dimmed and it was time to grab someone and throw your hands in the air.

Jungle lands between funky disco and far-out rock. They move so fluidly from song to song as you can clearly tell how much fun they are having onstage. That energy is clearly pouring into the people. Any way you look the smiles are on faces and the feet are moving. Jungle consists of 7 members, each of which is one a mission to come together as one. And it is pretty sweet...they all sound like one big cohesive melodic setup, all knowing what they have to do. Hailing from London, you can hear bits of that England psychedelic rock, but what shines is the disco-funk and tropical beats. They are just enough disco to make it their own though, curating a solid, modern sound.

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The four that front the group on-stage all sound like once voice singing in unison, it really is something to see. They move together, hitting each note and blanket the crowd with their voices over the funky beat. As 30 Days comes to a close tonight, it is pretty unreal to look back and see what has been accomplished here. This wasn’t a month of rock or hip hop, it was a month of feels, experiences and reasons to want to live. When you look at how the crowd responded to every show I was at, look at the band, the atmosphere was contagious and the vibes were about togetherness. It was a damn good month.

suggested listening experience: party grooving with your friends // late night hangs // early morning commutes 

listens: busy earnin' // time // the heat // drops // julia // lucky i got what i want     

jungle // fb // ig // spotify // sc 

JACOB BANKS: Day 23 - 30 Days in Chicago presented by Red Bull Sound Select

reppin: birmingham, uk by way of nigeria // interscope // 2012 - present // 26 years old

sounds like: walking around with crazy cool, mid-evil statues on each side of you buffering you from all the bad

jacob banks | lincoln hall, chicago | 11.22.17 | @thefaakehipster

jacob banks | lincoln hall, chicago | 11.22.17 | @thefaakehipster

latest album drop: the paradox (july 2015)

jacob banks | lincoln hall, chicago | 11.22.17 | @thefaakehipster

jacob banks | lincoln hall, chicago | 11.22.17 | @thefaakehipster

featuring: jacob

Rarely do we come across musicians that belt out truth and honestly like their lives depend on it on stage. There is a fine line when it comes to the difference between putting on a show and pouring your emotions and well being into a performance. Jacob Banks is on the right side of that, the latter of course and he is oh so smooth at doing it. Jacob has started to span the globe with his soulful voice and I have been lucky enough to catch him a few times, including a ridiculous performance at SXSW 2017. Yes, in that specific instance I inhaled some equally ridiculous California home grown bud, but in my defense, it was delicious. Chicago, which was built on blues and soul, was graced with Mr. Banks right before turkey time last week and those who made it to the sold out crowd were not disappointed.

As I mentioned in a previous post of JB, he is here on this marble for one reason: to save soul. His voice is powerful, the scratchiness equates to the passion and truth in what he sings. The band spans the spectrum of rock, blues and r&b, forming a well rounded band that will knock your socks off. Jacob took us from song to song, often breaking with a funny phrase or horrible joke that we all laughed at. One thing is for certain: he commands the stage and gets as close to our hearts as he can. Looking around the audience you could see some kids almost crying and at other moments letting it all go. You sure as hell could not just sit there silently.

Even though Jacob is a soul singer, he looks like a rock star out there, especially when he picks up the axe. His roots in Africa and Europe as shown throughout his tracks and you can feel the culture hit you in the live show. Cait and I were grooving all night and the whole audience was feeling it. No matter where you are located you can expect a show full of feels and musical treats that will leave you satisfied.   

suggested listening experience: making sweet sweet love // cruising along on something with wheels // getting ready for the evening

listens: unholy war // worthy // chainsmoking // silver lining // monster // sink or swim // mercy

jb // spotify // fb // twitter // sc // ig

AMINÉ & PELL: Day 18 - 30 Days in Chicago presented by Red Bull Sound Select

reppin: amine - portland // republic records // 2014 - present //// pell - nola, usa // independent // 2013 - present

pell | metro, chicago | 30 days in chicago | 11.18.20 | @thefaakehipster

pell | metro, chicago | 30 days in chicago | 11.18.20 | @thefaakehipster

sounds like: amine - a bubble bath in the middle of a clam city intersection // pell - the smartest kid in the classroom who's into the coolest tunes and then snatches your girl

last albums drop: amine - good for you (july 2017) // pell - LIMBO EP (nov 2015)

featuring: amine - adam // pell - jared

you’re beautiful...i know!

The chanting back and forth between the hyped Amine and engaging crowd was almost a euphoria of what a concert should entail. The Sound Select scene was in full force again at the Metro and it is safe to say that the energy in both the performers and diverse crowd was on top display. Another sold out house of all ages just ready to dance their faces off all night. It was not just a show about the hip hop sound, but infused with jazz, rock, soul, funk and much more. Cait and I just arrived in time to see Pell take the stage as you could feel the crowd was ready to bust out their dancing feet and let the good times roll.

amine | metro, chicago | 30 days in chicago | 11.18.20 | @thefaakehipster

amine | metro, chicago | 30 days in chicago | 11.18.20 | @thefaakehipster

First up was up and comer Pell who is the perfect example of how you mix hip hop with the sounds of your hometown. The foundation of his music spans the spectrum in what New Orleans music has to offer and when he put his flow on top of it, it is quite salivating. Having bused out into the scene in 2014 with an incredible album, “floating while dreaming,” he has since dropped track after track that make you move in different ways. There is one theme to it all...the positive energy, no matter what the lyrics, are spun into an energetic and close-knit kinda set. Whether it was his new track “chirpin,” the dancy and funky “queso,” or the poplar “Eleven:11,” he nails every note as he runs side to side on stage. Not many artists can command a stage as he does with just a drummer. Jared is truly a young, unique musician with a ton in front of him and my favorite part about him is that he is always level with his fans, feeding off their energy.

No matter how you try to pronounce Amine, he is still going to blow your ears away with his unique style, stage presence and ability to get a crowd moving. Much like Pell, being hip hop first, there is so much more in types of sound beneath the surface. His honest and happy vibes can be felt throughout and it is so apparent how much the crowd responds to each one of this tracks. If you can tell how much fun that artist or band is having up there, then it is almost impossible for the audience to not match that. Backed by a DJ, drummer, guitarist and keyboardist, Amine takes you on a honest journey through honest and confident lyrics. At one moment you think it is a Sublime cover as his guitarist adds a whole other dimension, but then the next he goes R&B and starts belting out those high notes. A true rapper and singer, he’ll keep you on your toes dancing. You can tell that everyone in that building was surrounded by the emotion of his tracks the whole set. One of the better nights of 30 Days so far.

suggested listening experience: party down time // road tripping with friends // weekday pick me up

listens: amine - caroline // spice girls // veggies // yellow // wedding crashers // heebiejeebies // squeeze //// pell - eleven:11 // got it like that (remix) // queso // basic beach // chirpin’ // patience // monday morning

amine // fb // spotify // sc // ig // twitter //// pell // fb // spotify // sc // ig // twitter

PARQUET COURTS & BUILT TO SPILL: Day 15, 30 Days in Chicago presented by Red Bull Sound Select

reppin: bts - boise, id // warner // 1992 - present //// pc - brooklyn, usa // 30th century // 2010 - present

sounds like: bts - the most rock n' roll inspector gadget // pc - a funky fine dining table with the most unique centerpiece

parquet courts | empty bottle. chicago | 11.15.17 | 30 days in chicago

parquet courts | empty bottle. chicago | 11.15.17 | 30 days in chicago

last album drop: bts - untethered moon (april 2015) //// pc - milano (oct 2017)

featuring: bts - doug // steve // jason //// pc - a savage // austin // sean // max

*photos by Koury Angelo

meat wave | empty bottle. chicago | 11.15.17 | 30 days in chicago

meat wave | empty bottle. chicago | 11.15.17 | 30 days in chicago

When the cold sets upon the busy streets of this city, there are few safe havens we feel good at. Towards the of that list for Cait and I are sweaty rock clubs. The atmosphere is bubbly, the cheap beers are always flowing and the music is good and loud. Empty’s only 30 Days show was already a doozy and it got better with the last minute addition of indie rock legends Built to Spill. And oh boy oh boy was there a rock storm a brewing last night. The convergence new and old punk and indie rock was felt through the music air waves, bringing the cold night to life. After arriving and weaving our way through the sold out house to snag a few beers, Built to Spill (maybe the best band names around) graced the stage.

Doug, their lead singer and vocalist has been around the block a few times, writing all sorts of music and playing all sorts of gigs with numerous members over the 25 year life span of the band. You better believe they know how to go about their business, shifting from song to song with ease so our ears can continue to be dazzled. The technical rock sound is progressive and was way ahead of its time back in the day, but at the same time they know how to make it sound smooth. The next thing to stand out is Doug’s creamy and delightful voice, surprising yet blended just right with their sound. Those early 2000s indie punk vibes still ring modern and current as Doug solos throughout just about every song. The shredding, riffs and tempo of each song makes your body move in so many different ways, sometimes making you want to straight up dance. Who knows how much longer these guys will be performing, so get out and catch them before it is too late.

Bringing the night to a close was the 4 piece rock outfit from Brooklyn, Parquet Courts. The songs are intricate and compiled of a vast arrangement of song structures, keeping you on your toes for what is next. The hilarious dudes were quite entertaining between sets, bringing a friendly vibe to the crowd and good laughs in between songs. Their riffs are The vocals range from talking to singing to screaming, allowing the audience to get moving in a moshpit when needed or simply just wanting to groove. While the sound is very much a modern indie one, you can see influences from the early 60s psychedelic era and even all the way up to late 70s punk, rock n roll. Every track truly sounds different and it is special to watch. A packed house, free pizza, solid beers and better people made for a great night. Next up: Amine and Pell @ the Metro.

suggested listening experience: walking around town from spot to spot // saturday sunny hangs // chill nights

listens : bts - carry the zero // living zoo // liar // car // goin’ against your mind // else //// pc - human performance // uncast shadow of a southern myth // dust // outside // berlin got blurry // soul and cigarette

bts // spotify // fb // twitter //// pc // spotify // fb

IBEYI: Day 10, 30 Days in Chicago presented by Red Bull Sound Select

reppin: cuba, venezuela, france // XL recordings // 2013 - present

sounds like: hanging out in one of those rooms with carpet on the walls in all sorts of patterns

ibeyi | metro, chicago | 11.10.17 | 30 Days in Chicago | photo cred: bryan allen lamb

ibeyi | metro, chicago | 11.10.17 | 30 Days in Chicago | photo cred: bryan allen lamb

last album drop: ash (sept 2017)

featuring: lisa-kainde // naomi

**photos by Adam Kredow & Bryan Allen Lamb

ibeyi | metro, chicago | 11.10.17 | 30 Days in Chicago | photo cred: adam kredow

ibeyi | metro, chicago | 11.10.17 | 30 Days in Chicago | photo cred: adam kredow

When the cold sets upon this city magical things tend to happen. I know that sounds ass backwards as those of us in Chicago are snuggled up with the heat turned high asking where the fuck summer is. But, when you want something in the cold in this city, you go and get it and experience it and soak it all in. What stood out amongst the whole night was the energy on stage and in the crowd as well as the want to come together as humans. That makes so much sense when you look at the pieces at play this past Friday night. Ibeyi hails from...well just about all over. They were born in Paris and bounced back and forth from Cuba, having picked up different cultures and letting anything from French and Afro-cuban fused with jazz and other beats out the headphones. Having come from a musical family, they picked up percussion instruments like cajon and bata drum.

What followed with the sold out crowd was truly a sight and blessing. Once the sisters took the stage, you could feel the common energy throughout. For just two of them out there, smiles and all, it is almost like they command you to get involved with the show. Their presence is intoxicating as their jazzy, tribal and pop like sound blast through the amplifiers. Not only do they sing, they speak with their bodies, constantly moving, something that is tough for anyone in the audience not to do. That sound has some depth to it, whether you can understand what language they are singing in or not. Aw yes, they do sing in 4 languages and it sounds good in freaking all of them. Whether it is like an upbeat track like “river” or a lullaby like “away away,” they have it all.

A night with Ibeyi is like watching a story unfold in front of your ears and eyes. Lisa-Kainde and Naomi take you on a journey of their life through a world sound of music. They want you to have fun, to feel what they are feeling and become stronger and more powerful through it. Take a chance on some different music because it will challenge you in the best way.

suggested listening experience: making out with your partner // cleaning the apartment or other apartment activities // chill party

listens: river // away away // deathless // me voy // i wanna be like you // waves

ibeyi // fb // twitter // ig // spotify // sc

MIYA FOLICK: Day 7, 30 Days in Chicago presented by Red Bull Sound Select

reppin: la, usa // interscope // 2014 - present

miya folick | lincoln hall, chicago | 11.7.17 | 30 Days In Chicago | photo cred: Jules Ameel

miya folick | lincoln hall, chicago | 11.7.17 | 30 Days In Chicago | photo cred: Jules Ameel

sounds like: dancing through a flat prairie field as the sun is setting seeing miles each direction

last album drop: give it to me EP (nov 2017)

featuring: miya

miya folick | lincoln hall, chicago | 11.7.17 | 30 Days In Chicago | photo cred: Jules Ameel

miya folick | lincoln hall, chicago | 11.7.17 | 30 Days In Chicago | photo cred: Jules Ameel

Good things come to those who go see music live. Another sold out night was upon us at the beautiful Lincoln Hall in the heart of Lincoln Park, Chicago. The mood was set for an intimate evening of female fronted bands, all bringing their twist to a rock concert. While Hazel English brings soothing lo-fi rock and Mitski has a deeper, piercing sound, my favorite of the evening was Miya Folick. The young Miya was raised as a Buddhist, something that you can feel through her tunes, tired to find her calling in sports, but was just not into it. So, it was then time for college at NYU, and again, it wasn’t her thing. Finally, she returned home to LA, picked up an axe, started learning and found her band on Tinder. Pretty traditional, “how my band started,” story eh?

With the band ready to roll and Miya taking the stage, you could immediately feel her presence surging through you. She lands somewhere in the middle of the two providing us humans with an imaginative space to go into and at the next moment, shattering our world in the right way. As the drums slowly began and the guitars moved through the amps, we were taken over by a dreamy rock sound sprinkled with some Cali surfer vibes. The chord progression is fun whether you are swaying side to side or jamming out, just so smooth. Miya’s voice can wale better than most and what makes it a treat is that she is always matching the aggression of the song. She steps it up a notch as her body speaks as much as her voice, drawing you in even closer.

The best thing about the entire set was the silence of the audience, waiting and anticipating the next song to take them out of reality. Miya has an incredible way to command a crowd and hands down is just a true performer out there. She can take you to a dream like state one second then have you wanting to start a mosh pit the next. Let’s just thank the music gods that Miya didn’t end up a basketball player because for one, I can’t wait to see her again.

suggested listening experience: rainy dark night hanging with yourself // out on the open road // the work commute

listens: talking with strangers // strange darling // i got drunk // god is a woman // trouble adjusting // oceans

mf // spotify // fb // twitter // ig // sc

POLIÇA: 30 Days in Chicago, Day 5 presented by Red Bull Sound Select

reppin: minneapolis, mn // mom + pop music // 2011 - present

sounds like: up in the clouds in a protective happy bubble with the dark and stormy surrounding you

poliça | house of vans, chicago | 30 days in chicago | 11.5.17 | @thefaakehipster 

poliça | house of vans, chicago | 30 days in chicago | 11.5.17 | @thefaakehipster 

last album drop: untitled crushers (march 2016)

poliça | house of vans, chicago | 30 days in chicago | 11.5.17 | @thefaakehipster

poliça | house of vans, chicago | 30 days in chicago | 11.5.17 | @thefaakehipster

featuring: channy // chris // ben // drew // ryan

As the cold really set in this past weekend, a lucky crowd was provided a warm environment both in temperature and feels in the brand spanking new House of Vans. Opening earlier this year, I’ve been fortunate enough to attend a few shows, but things really came full circle as Poliça took the stage. Prior to their dreamy and dark performance, record lovers were shuffling through the record fair and enjoying all the beers Goose Island could feed you. A skatepark by day, the place transforms into a “southern vibes” Austin-like venue. A big warehouse, tall ceiling, a clear view to the stage forming a truly intimate setting. After Ohmee got some music in us, the synth-pop act, Poliça, hailing from the true midwest in minneapolis, made you smile while giving you goosebumps at the same time.

Poliça features the soft voiced Channy along with two drummers, a bassist and a producer that creates a balanced dream like pop and a deep dark synth vibe. The band has worked with the likes of Bon Iver and Doomtree through their existence, most likely contributing to the wide range of sounds and feels they’ll spill into your system. Off the bat, you can get a feel for Channy’s luscious and soft vocals, often adding effects to add depth to each tune. One song is uplifting, putting you in a more imaginative, uplifting sort of mood while the next may put a dark dagger into your spine and lift the arm hairs on you. There is pretty much no choice but to put your attention forward and let them pull you into their world. I love how they move from song to song, often with little chit chat, so you can become fully engulfed in the show.

poliça | house of vans, chicago | 30 days in chicago | 11.5.17 | @thefaakehipster

poliça | house of vans, chicago | 30 days in chicago | 11.5.17 | @thefaakehipster

The balance of synth, R&B and electronic sounds is pretty mesmerizing, and put me in a slow groovy kind of mood. The lyrics are powerful as well, balancing between being pretty straightforward, yet metaphorical. “Flic flac, you’re a habit to me” is one of my favorite’s from their track, “lime habit” off their latest release. Songs like that inject you with the dark side of life, but more of an uplifing beat at the same time. The constant pull in each direction makes them such a unique act overall and one you should definitely check out when you have the time. Next up: Mitski and Hazel English tomorrow.

suggested listening experience: getting cozy during a cold, dark night // making sweet, sweet love // twisting one up

listens: lime habit // lately // lay your cards out // amongster // dark star // wandering star

poliça // fb // spotify // ig // twitter // sc

WHITNEY: 30 Days in Chicago, Day 2 presented by Red Bull Sound Select

THIS BAND BLANKETS YOU IN A SNUGGLY CACOON OF FOLK ROCK

30 Days in Chicago

reppin: chicago, usa // secretly canadian records // 2015 - present

sounds like: walking through a tall grass daisy field with the sun setting

julien | metro, chicago | 30 Days in Chicago | 11.2.17 | photo cred: Maria Jose Govea // Red Bull Content Pool

julien | metro, chicago | 30 Days in Chicago | 11.2.17 | photo cred: Maria Jose Govea // Red Bull Content Pool

last album drop: light upon the lake (june 2016)

featuring: max // julien // will // josiah // malcolm // print // charles

As the rain subsided for the evening of about 4 amazing shows, you had a feeling something special was in the air with music in Chicago. As Cait and I scooted over from The Vic after seeing Japandroids and Cloud Nothings, being sure to scarf down a hot dog on the way, we made it just in time to see Chicago’s own Whitney. Night 2 of 30 Days was nothing short of a jammy, honest, good vibes kinda time. Whitney was birthed from the too soon end of Smith Westerns and the dudes quickly found a folky rock sound that pierces your soul with those beautiful red roses of light. They have taken over the country by storm, creating a consensus top album last year, something they can deliver in such a heartwarming way on the stage.

Julien fronts this tasty ear treats of a band and plays the drums, so while the setup may throw you off, the backbone of the band brings an even keel feel to the live show. It is almost like they are in the practice room, but have an audience of 1000+ watching them. That kind of vibe can make every single person feel even to the stage, rather than below it, as it allows the music to take over your body in such a graceful wa. His voice is airy, high and light and hugs you as they move from song to song. Max and his constant plucking and soloing throughout each song really makes those feet move. Malcolm and his “jimmy legs” brings the keys and a good amount of energy to match. The twangy sound, sometimes leaning over towards bluesy, has a clear sound to it, but is not predictable by any means. Will and his brass trumpet really rounds out the sound and lets that imagination run and those happy feels to take over.

whitney | metro, chicago | 30 Days in Chicago | 11.2.17 | photo cred: Maria Jose Govea // Red Bull Content Pool

whitney | metro, chicago | 30 Days in Chicago | 11.2.17 | photo cred: Maria Jose Govea // Red Bull Content Pool

The folk, soul, blues and indie rock that Whitney puts out to world can really bring together a ton of different humans from all sorts of backgrounds. There turly was a blanket of positive energy floating around the Metro last night and it is safe to say that seeing this band can lift your spirits in just about any way. Day 2 of 30 Days: in the books.

suggested listening experience: headin somewhere on any types of wheels // when you are trying to kick it with your dad who only listens to AM radio // early start to the day

listens: no woman // light upon the lake // golden days // dave’s song // no matter where we go

whitney // fb // spotify // ig // twitter

*photos by Maria Jose Govea // Red Bull Content Pool