chicago // shows on shows on shows: SEPTEMBER 18 - 30

*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.

listens: the spell // cardboard // thru the trees

 

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.

listens: king and cross // unbound // stardust

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.

listens: smoke rings // baby // keep me under your arms

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.

listens: fanshawe // my only swerving // bridges

 

kweku collins | the metro, chicago | 3.24.17 | @thefaakehipster

kweku collins | the metro, chicago | 3.24.17 | @thefaakehipster

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.

listens: international business trip // death of a salesman // vanilla skies

 

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

davy knowles | space, evanston | 10.21.17 | @thefaakehipster

davy knowles | space, evanston | 10.21.17 | @thefaakehipster

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.

listens: ain't no grave // uprising // oxford, ms

 

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.

listens: work this time // hot wax // sense

 

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!

listens: magic // somewhere // thunder clatter

 

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.

listens: boxing timelines // i want to hear you sad // something that produces results // fluxy

 

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.

listens: when it was wrong // brokedown - parts 1 & 2 // crazy girls

 

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. 

listens: bss - anthems for a 17 year old // halfway home //// fr - the woodpile // get out

 

torche // the empty bottle // 9.29

torche | photo cred: bandcamp.torche.com

torche | photo cred: bandcamp.torche.com

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.

listens: kicking // loose men // letting go

 

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.

listens: basically // keep running // go slow

 

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.

listens: you & I // alligator years // matters

concert shenanigans: NOTHING

reppin: philadelphia, usa // relapse records // 2010 - present

sounds like: walking through a rainy rainforest and coming across two snakes getting ready for battle

nothing | photo cred: overblown.co.uk

nothing | photo cred: overblown.co.uk

last album drop: vertigo flowers (may 2016)

featuring: domenic // brandon // kyle // nick

nothing | beat kitchen, chicago | 6.11.17 | @thefaakehipster

nothing | beat kitchen, chicago | 6.11.17 | @thefaakehipster

As you snake your way through the dedicated and anxious crowd before Nothing takes the stage, make sure you have little clothing and ventilation. It is going to get hot and sweaty in all the right ways. Nothing, hailing from phili, blends an old school punk sound with a fuzzy, almost 90s vibe, that creates this a simplistic depth of rock n roll. Coming from a hardcore punk background, founding member domenic found himself in a weird and violent time. He ended up stabbing another man in a fight and spent a few years in jail. There was a ton of soul searching after that, some very trying times, but the struggle started to pay off when he was began writing music again. This led to the creation of Nothing, where the demo “poshlost” came out in 2011 and embarked on some lineup changes throughout the next few years. They have since released full lengths: guilty of everything in 2014 and tired of tomorrow last year.

To me, this is where music counts in life. We all go through dark times and if you have never had a day where you can’t find a reason to get up, you honestly have not lived. I have struggles day in and day out, be it the littlest of issues or the big picture problems that make you want to pull out your hair. What cures me is not only my love for music, the sounds that put me in a certain place and the lyrics that I can relate you...but the blood, sweat and tears musicians put into their craft. Embrace the good and bad and allow it to turn you into a better person. Music can be that driver if you allow yourself to open up...and good things and wishes coming true can in fact follow.

nothing | beat kitchen, chicago | 6.11.17 | @thefaakehipster

nothing | beat kitchen, chicago | 6.11.17 | @thefaakehipster

I hit the Beat Kitchen on a packed Sunday night to watch these dudes rock out. They land between this strung out, beautiful mellow vibe and blurry haze of guitar that bounces off dom’s vocals like a beach ball hitting your head. As the noise moves from the amps to your ears you flow back between some modern day indie sound and 90s nostalgia in all the good ways. They opened with the furious “vertigo flowers,” a song that is not a depressing to me, rather a reality that no one gives a shit about you, but you. Lyrics seem close and dear to these guys as they have some short and sweet verses that compact the feels of life together. The rest of their set comprised of some very loud energy that the crowd took with ease. That back and forth of slowing the vibe down in tracks like “the dead are dumb” and feverish riffs like “dig” will have you on a each end of the indie punk rock spectrum. These fun dudes are worth seeing for a night of pure bliss and emotion.

suggested listening experience: a rainy afternoon // on the way home from work after a long day // cuddle session

listens: vertigo flowers // dig // fever queen // eaten by worms // the dead are dumb // hymn to pillory // A.C.D

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concert shenanigans: WHITE REAPER

reppin: louisville, ky // polyvinyl records // 2014 - present

sounds like: rocking out in the basement all night long with your best friends, leaving at sunrise and not having a fucking care in the world

white reaper | photo cred: leoweekly.com

white reaper | photo cred: leoweekly.com

last album drop: the world’s best american rock band (april 2017)

featuring: tony // ryan // sam // nick

white reaper | beat kitchen, chicago | 5.5.17 | @thefaakehipster

white reaper | beat kitchen, chicago | 5.5.17 | @thefaakehipster

You walk into a sold out, sweaty, rock club venue, Beat Kitchen in this instance, and the crowd doesn’t quite as the band gets on stage. They start to roar louder and shift closer to the front for prime positioning. Then, these baby faced kids come on and all of the sudden the room explodes. Kids are crowd surfing immediately, the mosh-pit forms and all hell breaks loose in the most joyous way possible. Ladies and gentleman, this is what rock n’ roll is all about. This is White Reaper. Nobody gave a shit that it was Cinco De Mayo, we just wanted to live like we were in high school again...those moments where we could hit up a show on a Friday night and not give a shit about what is going on in their life and what others think, just let loose. The energy and emotion that spread from those speakers to the back of the crowd were immediately felt. Tony’s bubbly vocals, the poppy yet gritty guitar licks and powerful drums take us all on an hour plus magical journey.

White Reaper began just three short years ago and they already have licked their chops to 2 EPs and 2 full-lengths, all layered with powerful and simple depth. That straight up rock n’ roll approach is certainly felt in the lyrics about partying, love and just having a good ol’ time. So how did these young dudes come to blend that rock party vibe of the 70s with a modern sprinkle of rock that makes you want to get up and dance? The formula has seemed to be lots and lots of touring combined with powering out tunes in the studio. Practice makes perfect they say. That has amounted to not just a solid live show, but carefully crafted tracks that know when to pick you up and drop you into the mosh pit. They are loud. They are fast. And it will all suck you in.

Opening with the title track off their first album, “The World’s Best American Band,” it is evident that they know how to set the tone right from the start. The pit immediately ensued, the crowd surfing began and it was rock n’ roll mayhem from there. Classic rock in 2017 just pumping out of the amps and it is so clear that their good times on stage translate to fluidly to the crowd. There doesn’t have to be much talking, but more drinking beers and getting onto the next track. Instant classics like “Eagle Beach,” “Judy French,” “Make Me Wanna Die,” are treats to us humans as we kick around and sing all the lyrics with Tony. All in all you have about 250 happy campers at the end of night, sweaty, smelly and ready to do it all over again with them next time. While the White Reaper dudes may think they are regressing and continuing to lose brain cells, I say stick at it, because you are making a lot of kids believers and those vibes will keep spreading.

suggested listening experience: any party on any day or night // time to suck it up and get that project done before the deadline // waking up in the morning

listens: judy french // world’s best american band // make me wanna die // eagle beach // little silver cross // sheila // tell me // crystal pistol

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