Priests Is Only Praying For Raw Power

reppin: dc, usa // sister polygon records // 2012 - present

sounds like: anarchist planting flowers on a busy city block while it’s raining

priests | lincoln hall, chicago | 5.1.18 | @thefaakehipster

priests | lincoln hall, chicago | 5.1.18 | @thefaakehipster

latest album drop: nothing feels natural (jan 2017)

featuring: katie // daniele // taylor // gl

priests | lincoln hall, chicago | 5.1.18 | @thefaakehipster

priests | lincoln hall, chicago | 5.1.18 | @thefaakehipster

The DC music scene has been alive and well for some time now, giving us tunes of all sorts from house to hip hop to punk rock. Priests hails from this exact place and started getting some attention from the very close knit punk crew after releasing some pleasing 7” vinyls. They stitched together a few EPs that are super raw and more energetic (somehow) when Katie, their singer, spills out her organic emotions. After those few years of EPs, they released their debut album last year, nothing feels natural, to stellar response and reviews.

The mixtures of sounds and rhythms that they bring to the table is just the start of what is a fun and wild package on stage. While they are rooted in punk they sprinkle tastes of west coast surfer rock, thrash punk and shades of alternative that give them such a unique feel to listen to. So when you throw them on it sounds like a riot in your headphones, which is exactly what they are going for. Taylor’s guitar is filled with delightful and dark riffs while Daniele tends to keep a blistering rhythm throughout, making you want to move your limbs all over the place, even in public.

Just this week, they rolled into warm (yes, that’s right) Chicago to fans at Lincoln Hall and gave us all a reason to live. I had heard how passionate and raw their shows are and they definitely did not disappoint. You can see every member of this band getting into it and giving it their all no matter how the crowd was responding. In all honesty, Katie just kind of lets go, not giving a shit, and will pour her heart and soul into the mic. With an album over a year behind them, it will be fun to see how their new tunes evolve as I am sure the fan base will be growing and growing.

suggested listening experience: day hanging with the friends // let off some steam // when you need to get moving

listens: jj // appropriate // nothing feels natural // nicki // pink white house // and breeding // no big bang

priests // fb // spotify // ig // twitter // bc

Post Animal and the Rock Revival

reppin: chicago, usa // polyvinyl records // 2014 - present

sounds like: a cut off black sabbath t-shirt making love with a trippy kaleidoscope while running around with a blindfold on

post animal | photo cred: consequence of sound

post animal | photo cred: consequence of sound

latest album drop: when i think of you in a castle (april 20, 2018)

featuring: dalton // jake // javi // wesley // matt // joe (not a full time member because he's on that show, uh, stranger things)

post animal | subterranean, chicago | 7.11.17 | @thefaakehipster

post animal | subterranean, chicago | 7.11.17 | @thefaakehipster

You look around for music on that internet these days and a disturbing trend sometimes pops up…”rock is dead.” I say fuck that noiseeeee. While rock music in general may not be as mainstream and appreciated, it’s making an under the radar comeback and that does no harm to any human ears. But why is this so important? Every genre of music deserves appreciation and love, but rock digs deep in it’s sound, lyrics and the overall experience of a live show. The energized and moshing crowd just waiting to crowd surf. The beauty and angst that is sang or screamed. The axe’s shredding and movement of bands. Enter Post Animal. Raised on some good ol’ Chicago roots, mixed with the psychedelic vibe of the 70s and hit over the head with heavy Black Sabbath riffs, there really is something special brewing here.

post animal | lincoln hall, chicago | 4.28.18 | @thefaakehipster

post animal | lincoln hall, chicago | 4.28.18 | @thefaakehipster

These dudes got together 4 short years ago, which turns out to be prime time to be alive and playing music as a band. Getting the stamp of approval from other chicago outfits like The Orwells, NE-HI, Whitney and Twin Peaks is not a bad start. And from the start, they have been on point with glorious tunes and some of the best album titles you’ll come across (“Post Animal Perform The Most Curious Water Activities” just to name one). Since that debut album back in 2015, they have signed to the amazing Polyvinyl Records, released their most recent album the other week and are on a massive country spanning tour throughout the states. They’ll be hitting the likes of Shaky Knees, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza to name a few.

Their latest effort is anything to mess around with. If you want something upbeat and groovy, check out “ralphie.” If you want to get rockier and heavier, “gelatin mode” will blow your head off. But, if you like it soft and soothing, “special moment,” is for you. This album really has everything. On top of that, they just came back through Chicago and blew the lid off Lincoln Hall. Once you layer their music on top of seeing them live you’ll understand the amazing and positive energy flowing through the crowd and see how badly everyone wants to crowd surf. These guys are just getting started and you’ll be hearing more and more about them all summer long. Long live rock.

suggested listening experience: twist and burn // road tripping // new music for your parents if they were alive in the 70s

listens: ralphie // when i get home // special moment // gelatin mode // lonely jones // alabaster // tire eyes

pa // spotify // fb // twitter // ig // bc

Khruangbin and Their Engine Flying High

reppin: houston, tx // late night tales records // 2013 - present

sounds like: living in the jungle of thailand surrounded by egyptian imagery

khruangbin | photo cred: Mary Chang, Vulture

khruangbin | photo cred: Mary Chang, Vulture

latest album drop: con todo el mundo (jan 2018)

featuring: laura // mark // DJ

khruangbin | lincoln hall, chicago | 4.19.18 | @thefaakehipster

khruangbin | lincoln hall, chicago | 4.19.18 | @thefaakehipster

Once in awhile you come across a group that no matter how you break it down, they are just different and unique and sound like a flower blossoming into another baby flower who is having other babies. Back in 2010, Mark and Laura hopped on a tour and started making some tunes together who were soon joined by DJ, the chill drummer who had played with Mark for years. This birthed “Engine Fly” which translates from English to Khruangbin, which is Thai. So, how did it all come to be? When you come across something this far out, you must look at the influences of these kids and what is most notable is the worldly feel. When they were out on the open road throwing some cassettes in the car, specks of Thai funk from the 60s fused with southeast Asian rock, funk and pop. Intertwine that with some dirty South vibes and you get this wonderful group.

khruangbin | lincoln hall, chicago | 4.19.18 | @thefaakehipster

khruangbin | lincoln hall, chicago | 4.19.18 | @thefaakehipster

Stepping into the first of two sold out shows at Lincoln Hall in the city of Chicago, you could feel the light and cheerful vibe of the audience. It soon suddenly got super focused and ready to drop jaws as they gracefully took the stage. Going right into their tunes, the twangy and flowy rock was spewing out of the amps, wrapping a soft and warm blanket around the crowd. My first thought was how sensual the sound and stage presence was..they were feeding off the crowd vibes as much as we were digging the music. They certainly let their instruments do the singing for most of the show as Laura stares you down while giving us heavy bass, DJ holds his chill composure and Mark lets his axe go wild. Their songs have a very interesting setup...it is almost like there are songs within songs giving you enough of one vibe until the pace and volume picks up and starts to blow you away. Solo chunk followed by solo chunk keeps you on your toes.

..the twangy and flowy rock was spewing out of the amps, wrapping a soft and warm blanket around the crowd.

It is way fun seeing these kids live and not being able to help yourself bounce to the trippy beats. The buildups in their songs are fun and allow you to let loose. The sensual softness mixed with the psychedelic rock is such a great balance to keep your ears happy. Do yourself a favor and catch them when they are in your town and snag some tickets quick because it will sell out!

suggested listening experience: put on the open road // twist and smoke // sunny day hanging

listens: white gloves // lady and man // people everywhere (still alive) // two fist and an elephant // maria también // cómo me quieres // mr white

k // twitter // fb // spotify // ig

Groovy and Free with Jonathan Wilson

reppin: forest city, nc // bella union records / 1995 - present

sounds like: jumping around on a huge, fluffy, just out of the oven slice of bread

jonathan wilson | lincoln hall, chicago | 3.2.18 | @thefaakehipster

jonathan wilson | lincoln hall, chicago | 3.2.18 | @thefaakehipster

latest/upcoming album drop: rare bird (march 2, 2018)

featuring: jonathan spencer wilson

the experience

jonathan wilson | lincoln hall, chicago | 3.2.18 | @thefaakehipster

jonathan wilson | lincoln hall, chicago | 3.2.18 | @thefaakehipster

The chill, long haired dude that is Mr. Jonathan Spencer Wilson may have been rocking out since 1995, but his energy and vibe makes you feel like he just came onto the scene yesterday. Hailing from the east side of the country and now residing on the cali side, Jonathan leans on his heavy musical heritage as influence to his sound. Landing somewhere in between folk and psychedelic rock, he does a killer job of blending the two genres. While having released six of his own albums, the latest being “rare birds” just last month, he is a musician through and through. You’ll find his name everywhere from producing Father John Misty albums to contributing to artists like Elvis Castello. It is no wonder he is able to thrive and continue to evolve his sound.

Taking the stage at Lincoln Hall in Chicago just this past weekend, he was awaited by some dedicated fans who felt his vibes right away. Getting right into it, he rages between that heavy rock sound and the soft feels of the folky..even sometimes country sounding riffs. You can certainly here nods to the classic rock era (think Fleetwood Mac/Pink Floyd), while his soothing and meshy vocals move from song to song. He gives the venue a groovy vibe and his free thinking mind, which show through to his sound, is felt throughout the crowd. While some of his lyrics have a foundation of pain, you can tell how he tries to bring that out in a positive way, especially since the music is so easy on the ars  

Landing somewhere in between folk and psychedelic rock, he does a killer job of blending the two genres.
jonathan wilson | lincoln hall, chicago | 3.2.18 | @thefaakehipster

jonathan wilson | lincoln hall, chicago | 3.2.18 | @thefaakehipster

You can tell this dude has been making tunes for years as his studies and dedication has spanned from rock to pop. This most recent album is a stark example of the many moods he can portray, but with one overall theme. The balance of his tunes speak happiness and you can feel it throughout the crowd. Go check this dude out while he is cruising through the country.

suggested listening experience: waking up on a lazy saturday // getting some work done wherever you are // road trippin

listens: desert raven // over the midnight // loving you // trafalgar square // me // there’s a light

jw // spotify // fb // twitter // ig

Radio Moscow: For the Ears and the Eyes

reppin: story city, iowa // alive naturalsound // 2003 - present

sounds like: falling through a wormhole with the biggest speakers surrounding you and no end

radio moscow | reggie's rock club, chicago | 7.6.17 | @thefaakehipster

radio moscow | reggie's rock club, chicago | 7.6.17 | @thefaakehipster

latest/upcoming album drop: new beginnings (sept 2017)

featuring: parker // anthony // paul

February Tour

Reggie's Rock Club 2/11 - Chicago Tickets

radio moscow | reggie's rock club, chicago | 7.6.17 | @thefaakehipster

radio moscow | reggie's rock club, chicago | 7.6.17 | @thefaakehipster

Throw on some bell bottoms, roll up a J, maybe grow a mustache and find yourself the closest time machine or Delorean and set the time for 1968. Once you arrive in whatever venue it is, Radio Moscow will be upon you, melting your face with their psychedelic rock sound. But wait, they are from the future? Yes, back to 2018, we are living in a world where the foundation of the psychedelic sound is still alive and well. Hailing from smack dab middle of Iowa, Story City, they have been spinning their wheels for nearly 15 years at this point and sound better than ever. Believe it or not, Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys was pivotal in getting their first written tunes signed by Alive Naturalsound. Since the year of their first release in 2007 they have released 5 solid albums and show no signs of stopping.

That raw sound brings you in, keeps you there and sets up camp. It is comforting, yet face-melting, pulling and pushing at the same time.

Setting their roots in the likes of the Jimi Hendrix Experience, the Jeff Beck Group, Pretty Things, The Who and more, it is evident that the blues, classic rock and psychedelic riffs are raw and loud. That raw sound brings you in, keeps you there and sets up camp. It is comforting, yet face-melting, pulling and pushing at the same time. You don’t quite want to mosh-pit but you sure as shit want to drop your jaw or get your head banging. They bring down the house live, but don’t brag about it on stage, going about their business and letting the instruments and amps speak for themselves.

radio moscow | reggie's rock club, chicago | 7.6.17 | @thefaakehipster

radio moscow | reggie's rock club, chicago | 7.6.17 | @thefaakehipster

I personally love coming across bands like this, that can somehow put a fresh take on the classic music that is so pivotal in music history. Bands that put as much pride into their artwork and creating the full, well rounded experience. This coming Sunday, in Chicago, they’ll be taking the stage at Reggie’s, just like they did this past July. If you have the night free, I highly recommend scooting over and experiencing them yourself, be it here or the few remaining dates on their short mini tour

suggested listening experience: a cold, dark night after a long day of work // summertime cookout // late night party time

listens: new beginnings // 250 miles // broke down // frustrating sound // i just don’t know // so alone

rm // twitter // fb // spotify // ig 

TOMORROW NEVER KNOWS FEST 2018: a recap

reppin: chicago, usa // 5 days of music and comedy // jan 2018

sounds like: a winter urban wonderland with a side of beer 

featuring: ron gallo // diane coffee // rayland baxter // hinds

Hey Chicagoans..we are some lucky humans when it comes to the want to explore music in this city. On any given night there are nearly two dozen shows of touring bands around town amongst the thousands of local outfits that stretch to the suburbs. This city overflows the brim of pint glasses with music and we can’t get enough of it. Nothing could be more apparent as Tomorrow Never Knows Fest came back for another killer year in the dead of winter. Not often do you hear the word “festival” during this time of the year...in fact, few dare to put together such a stellar event in January, but the Music God’s answered for this one. Schubas and Lincoln Hall have been pouring live music into our ears for years (Schubas just kicked off their 30th year) and they are way up their on the finest venues in the city list. For a decade now, TNK has brought us up and coming indie artists and bands, comedians and a hell of a fun time for a few days. This year was no different and probably one of the bigger ones as nearly every venue was sold out on the nightly.

tomorrow never knows fest // lincoln hall, chicago // jan 2018 // @thefaakehipster

tomorrow never knows fest // lincoln hall, chicago // jan 2018 // @thefaakehipster

I was fortunate enough to catch the latter half of the festivities, planting my booty over at Lincoln Hall for three incredible, yet very different shows this past weekend. In short, we saw two upbeat, moving around type of shows sandwiched in between a nice chill one. Earlier in the week, the likes of Allan Raymond, Yumi Zouma, Cuco brought some music love to our ears as I sadly could not attend. However, the weekend capped off the fest in all the right ways.   

 

Ron Gallo // Diane Coffee

ron gallo // tnk fest // lincoln hall, chicago // 1.19.18 // @thefaakehipster

ron gallo // tnk fest // lincoln hall, chicago // 1.19.18 // @thefaakehipster

Friday night featured two rocking talents, Ron Gallo who shreds the guitar and has funnier jokes than you followed by the eccentric Diane Coffee.  I’ve written about Ron before, as he has frequented Chicago over the past year and he gets better and funnier every time he comes through. His rock n’ roll presence, given his personality, is almost funny since he is, well, a pretty hilarious dude. Having no recognition for the norm, he hops around stage, shreds the guitar and gives the audience a ton of energy. The heavy distortion and overalls attire round out a killer set every time. Diane Coffee closed out the night with his band and trio of chorus singers. Man does this dude have a wide range of vocals coming from his mouth hole, Flamboyant and eccentric, there is never a dull moment with him. It is even hard to put his music into one genre, but it is a ton of fun to watch.

rg // spotify // fb // twitter // ig // start with "Young Lady, You're Scaring Me"

dc // spotify // fb // twitter // ig // start with "Hymn"

Rayland Baxter

rayland baxter // tnk fest // lincoln hall, chicago // 1.20.18 // @thefaakehipster

rayland baxter // tnk fest // lincoln hall, chicago // 1.20.18 // @thefaakehipster

The meaty part of the sandwich was the one and only, the chill, Rayland Baxter. Armed with his guitar and two of his friends on the drums and keys, he gives off a sing-a-long type of vibe that casts a happy spell on you. His alternative/indie/folk is persistent and loud, yet relaxing at the same time. He really set the tone by opening with the classic, “Ol’ McDonalld” which garnered a few laughs. Hailing from Nashville, you can even hear a tad of country twang in him, but is unique and sets himself apart when it comes to the songwriting. It was a true delight to watch and hear Rayland play, especially with some tracks off the killer album, feathers & fishHooks, his debut from 2012. His latest album, Imaginary Man, although a few years old, is still a super ear friendly listen. If you got to check out No Age or Typhoon that night by the way, I salute you for hitting up an equally as dope show.

rb // spotify // fb // twitter // ig // start with "olivia"

Hinds

And finally, to cap off the weekend, Hinds jetted over from Madrid to have some fun with us Chicagoans. They may as well call this city their second home having played here numerous times in such a short timespan the past year or two. They also befriended Chicago’s own Twin Peaks while touring with them which will get the green light of approval just about anywhere on the music spectrum. Four fun chicks who can party better than you do come out onto the stage and the smiles are infectious. Their messy grungy sound blends so well with the layered vocals, their personality and ability to work the stage. The blanket of happiness is felt throughout the crowd as the constant jumping up and down means, yes, I like this and am having fun. They have a new album coming out April 6th, I Don’t Run (pre-order), and I have sneaky suspicious feeling that we will all be hearing a lot more from these ladies in the months to come.

hinds // spotify // fb // twitter // ig // start with "Bamboo"

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As a super fan of music, I always think about what I want out of getting to show. These type of weeks it is clear that a diverse schedule of musicians and bands can bring together a diverse group of people who all have a common goal of feeling something, forgetting something, remembering something. Whatever it is for you, it is one of the best feelings in the world. Cheers to Tomorrow Never Knows.

hinds // tnk fest // lincoln hall, chicago // 1.21.18 // @thefaakehipster

hinds // tnk fest // lincoln hall, chicago // 1.21.18 // @thefaakehipster

THE NUDE PARTY: concert shenanigans

reppin: boone, nc // unsigned // 2013 - present

sounds like: getting sucked into the TV (time portal style) into a 1976 rock show somewhere in the UK and never coming back

the nude party | the empty bottle, chicago | 1.16.18 | @thefaakehipster

the nude party | the empty bottle, chicago | 1.16.18 | @thefaakehipster

latest album drop: hot tub EP (jan 2016)

featuring: alec // shaun // don // patton // connor // austin

the nude party | the empty bottle, chicago | 1.16.18 | @thefaakehipster

the nude party | the empty bottle, chicago | 1.16.18 | @thefaakehipster

When you are drowning in the winter that is Chicago, there are few medications to get you to summer time. Mine is fucking rock n’ roll in a steamy club. I don’t care if I have to button up for 2 minutes of being outside...and it is even more worth it when you are going to see the psychedelic pop-rock outfit The Nude Party. A bunch of baby faced dudes who really know how to bring the 70s rock vibe to current times. A beautiful thing about this city, not matter what the weather, is the fact that you can dip over to a local venue on a random Tuesday and catch a quality touring band. As Cait and I settled in with our beers, let’s take a look at how these guys got here.

North Carolina, from what I hear, is pretty big and out in Boone there is a lot of nowhere with nothing to do and a whole lot of trouble to get into. This gave these six a lot of time to have some fun and get on top of their British Invasion-ish, rock n’ roll that they planted in their country town. Lucky for them, word spreads when your shows are pretty crazy and what started as getting chased off by the cops was slowly turning into hitting the road and finding one off shows. Despite what you may think, these guys do play with their clothes on, but they have a bare-bones sound that makes them super unique and special live. All of them appear to be talented musicians and have a very cohesive and great understanding when they are up there playing live.

With members of Chicago’s own Post Animal and Twin Peaks in attention, it is clear that these guys get the stamp of approval from the midwest. Blazing through their set, there was little talk and all of the playing. Blaring solos in just about every song, delicious touches like the 12 string electric and a bongo drum to beat there was no escaping this enticing sound. They do such a great job of channeling that old school psychedelic sound with those poppy melodies that make you want to groove. And groove we did. I would keep an ear out for these guys as they continue to build up a fan base and tour the country. And if you are feeling it, I guess, go get nude at one of their shows because they obviously will not mind.

the nude party | the empty bottle, chicago | 1.16.18 | @thefaakehipster

the nude party | the empty bottle, chicago | 1.16.18 | @thefaakehipster

suggested listening experience: getting ready for the weekend // summertime outside hangs // getting together with your squad and hanging out

listens: time to go // life’s a joke // one more mile // i wanna be your man // pistol (listen on spotify)

tnp // fb // spotify // ig // twitter // sc

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

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

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

30 DAYS IN CHICAGO Preview presented by Red Bull Sound Select

reppin: chicago, usa // red bull sound select

sounds like: a mountain bike race - strap yourself in for a wild time, but stop to enjoy the view here and there

Music is such a beautiful part of life. It is worldly, it brings us together and spans the spectrum amongst the types of feels it gives us humans. That amazing principal of life is going to shine here in Chicago during the cold month of November. Summer is over and the leaves are changing colors, which usually can bring a cloud of “shit, I have to be inside for 5 months now” kind of thinking. Fuck that. In this city, we are strong souls who deal with winter to embrace summer, but staying inside is just not an option this month.

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It is time to embrace what music has to offer this month. Red Bull Sound Select is taking over just about every venue in Chicago with genres spanning the spectrum. It is an amazing chance for any music lover, no matter what level you are, to come together and be amazed by some of the best up and comers this country (and a few international) have to offer. Along with myself, my beautiful, singing girlfriend Cait and some close friends will be covering just about half of the shows.

So, if you have been closed minded about some new tunes, or simply have not had time to listen, open your ears. If you have never floated your ears into a genre, it is time to explore the unknown. And what I feel is above all, if you feel like you have not felt something in some time, take a chance on experiencing your emotions in the live setting.

To sort through the wide range of talented artists, here is your key:

Rock Out // get ready to have your face melted

Fuck You, I Just Want To Dance // Time to sweat your face off

Twist One Up // Get ready to have your face lifted

Netflix & Chill // I just want to sit down and not do anything with my face

 

whitney // NE-HI // mt. Joy // nov 2 // metro // sold out // whitney blog post, nov 2016

reppin: chicago // chicago // phili

whitney | photo cred: noisey.vice.com

whitney | photo cred: noisey.vice.com

netflix & chill

What to expect: overall, one of the more solid lineups of the month from bottom to top. Groovy folk and indie rock beats, delicious vocals all around. While Whitney wowed the world with a nearly perfect album last year, get there early to check out fast rising Mt. Joy and drown in there swaying folk rock. NE-HI will step it up just a tad and get those feet moving over their lo-fi indie rock

spotify: whitney // NE-HI // mt. joy

kehlani // nov 3 // the riviera // sold out

reppin: oakland, ca // atlantic records // 2009 - present

fuck you i want to dance

From the start of every track, kehlani’s voice takes over in such a natural way over just about any beat. Having spent some time in the teen group, Poplyfe, she has matured extremely quickly at the young age of 22. Mixing pop with R&B and soul, she is so worth the watch

spotify // fb // twitter // ig

mitzki // hazel english // nov 7 // lincoln hall // sold out

reppin: nyc // oakland, ca

twist one up

Soothing indie and lo-fi rock at its finest from some stellar female fronted groups will be rocking out at lincoln hall next week. This gig features some incredible song writers that will have you closing your eyes and begging for more. Miya Folick will also be performing so be sure to get there for the openers!

spotify: mitski // hazel english

hazel english | photo cred: newsickmusic.com

hazel english | photo cred: newsickmusic.com

ibeyi // nov 10 // metro // tickets

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

twist one up

These sisters smother you in a dark poppy sound against their melodic soft vocals. Having lived in so many different places, they offer a wide range of influence and sing in numerous languages. They have certainly separated themselves from the pack and will be a sight to see at the legendary metro.

spotify // fb // twitter // ig

sabrina claudio // nov 12 // schubas // sold out

reppin: la, usa // sc entertainment // 2016 - present

netflix & chill

The mixture of pop, indie and r&b/soul will have you at your knees. And holy shit, sabrina’s voice stands out from the rest. The music makes you sway side to side giving you positive and upbeat feels. It will be an amazing setting in the intimate schubas venue as we approach the halfway mark of the month

pell | lincoln hall, chicago | 3.11.15 | @thefaakehipster

pell | lincoln hall, chicago | 3.11.15 | @thefaakehipster

spotify // fb // twitter // ig

parquet courts // meat wave // nov 15 // the empty bottle // sold out

reppin: brooklyn, usa // chicago, usa

rock out

For all you head bangers out there, it is time to come out and show it off. Parquet Courts brings a funky feel to their post/punk-rock sound as they have released all sorts of music. Meat Wave will be taking the stage before them, a fast paced Chicago punk group that leaves everything on the stage

spotify: pc // mw

amine // pell // nov 18 // metro // sold out (pell blog post, may 2016)

reppin: portland // new orleans

twist one up

Two truly young, talented wrappers will grace the stage this night. Amine has that song “caroline” streaming hundreds of millions of times across the internet and offers up a smooth flow. I’ve been a huge fan of Pell for some time, who brings soul, funk and jazz to his tracks with his incredible rapping ability. You’ll be hearing about these two a lot more in the near future.

spotify: amine // pell

lizzo // nov 19 // thalia hall // sold out

reppin: detroit // atlantic records // 2012 - present

fuck you I just want to dance

I don’t know if I have come across a rapper that has the blends of beautiful vocals and rapping in awhile. It is almost like she is singing as she raps with a demanding yet welcoming voice. Bouncing around from Houston to Minneapolis to Detroit, you can hear the midwest vibes, soul train fever and southern beats. This is going to be a party.

spotify // fb // twitter // ig

noname // buddy // nov 21 // concord music hall // sold out

reppin: chicago, usa // compton, cali

twist one up

If you haven’t come across noname yet I am honestly jealous as her flow and soft beats are mouth watering. She bleeds Chicago hip hop and soul. Then there is Buddy who brings the west coast vibes, the kid who has worked with just about every big name in the genre. This is going to be a fun, upbeat show.

spotify: noname // buddy

jacob banks | sxsw, 2017 | @thefaakehipster

jacob banks | sxsw, 2017 | @thefaakehipster

jacob banks // nov 22 // lincoln hall // tickets (jacob banks blog post, aug 2017)

reppin: birmingham, uk via nigeria // interscope // 2012 - present

netflix & chill

Probably my favorite soul singer in the game, this dude mixes it up with blues and R&B with vocals that are out of this world. Only in his mid-20s, this dude has so much in front of him. Let him sooth you as somehow this show is not sold out, so go!

spotify // fb // twitter // ig

kweku collins // nov 25 // space // sold out (previous blog post, oct 2016)

reppin: evanston, il // closed sessions // 2015 - present

kweku collins | metro, chicago | 3.25.17 | @thefaakehipster

kweku collins | metro, chicago | 3.25.17 | @thefaakehipster

twist one up

A kid on the rise fast, playing in his hometown during an incredible music month. It does not get much better than this. Kweku raps from the heart about issues that matter to the world. He also has delicious rapping vocals and a flow to match

spotify // fb // twitter // ig

jungle // nov 27 // metro // metro // tickets

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

twist one up

You’ve certainly heard their track, “busy earnin,’ all over the place. This neo-soul band creates an almost electronic, chill-wave feel filled out with soul. They have a worldwide vibe having their album chart just about everywhere. Again, how is this not sold out!

spotify // fb // twitter // ig

xavier omar // nov 28 // chop shop // sold out

reppin: san antonio, tx // soulection // 2012 - present

netflix & chill

I am really stoked to close out the month with Xavier. He has dreamy soulful vocals that almost give you that 90s feel with modern beats. I love his funky beats, melodic verses and honest lyrics. Watch out for this dude and his next album

spotify // fb // twitter // ig

encouraging your ears to discover new sounds

Go see live music

chicago // SHOWS ON SHOWS ON SHOWS: oct 3 - 15

*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

explosions in the sky | photo cred: rtrfm.com.au

explosions in the sky | photo cred: rtrfm.com.au

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.

listens: your hand in mine // first breath after coma // so long, lonesome

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.

listens: everybody wants to love you // road head // diving woman

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.

listens: guarded // hold on // warm blood

jr jr // 10.5 // house of blues (interview coming tomorrow) // tix

JR JR | photo cred: Travis Shinn

JR JR | photo cred: Travis Shinn

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.

listens: same dark places // gone // if you didn’t see me (then you weren’t on the dance floor)

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

listens: flowers and you // palm dreams // new halloween

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

listens: soak // skin // exhumed

zola jesus | photo cred: tunefind.com

zola jesus | photo cred: tunefind.com

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

conner youngblood | photo cred: stereofox.com

conner youngblood | photo cred: stereofox.com

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

listens: australia // everyday // higher

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

listens: mi mujer // el bandino // time for us

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.

listens: hold me down // goodpain // only you

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”

listens: cruise // good times // the gloves - mathien

rac (remix artist collective) // 10.13 // the metro (tix)

rac | concord music hall, chicago | 11.13.15 | @thefaakehipster

rac | concord music hall, chicago | 11.13.15 | @thefaakehipster

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.

listens: let go // back of the car // i still wanna know

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.

listens: reflections // chasing this // our own house

concert shenanigans: NAUGHTY PROFESSOR & BASSEL AND THE SUPERNATURALS @ Taste of Randolph

reppin: np - new orleans, usa // 2011 - present //  b&ts - chicago, usa // 2008 - present

sounds like: np - a monster truck gracefully crashing into something. You can appreciate the beauty of it

b&ts - we are the movie Wet Hot American Summer on repeat. Constant trolling and very animated bunch. Good times and good vibes

last/upcoming album drop: np - identity (june 2017) // b&ts - elements (feb 2017)

naughty professor | taste of randolph, chicago | 6.17.17 | @thefaakehipster

naughty professor | taste of randolph, chicago | 6.17.17 | @thefaakehipster

featuring: np - ian // (tenor sax) // john (trumpet) // bill (guitar) // nick (alto and baritone sax) // sam (drums) // noah (bass) 

b&ts - bassel // brandon // philip // stevenson //  mason // caleb // thomas // corbin //  sean // juan // leslie

Taste of Randolph - Chicago

What they say about summertime Chi is true, it really does not get much better in this country. The beach (there is even a freaking festival on the beach now), street festivals, music everywhere, big festivals and more. A staple has landed right at the beginning of the summer madness and they call it, The Taste of Randolph. Located in the heart of the West Loop, it was first known as the place to flock towards to get the best eats in the city….all of those glorious tacos and sausages. Now, it has become clear that music is the leading force of this ginormous street fest, gathering some musically talented bands and acts from across the states. A clear winner and up there with West Fest, Green Fest, Wicker Park and DoDivision...let’s not forget Logan Square Arts Festival as well.

The year 2017 featured the likes of rock/almost jam band Moon Taxi, Here Come The Mummies (a collection of talented studio musicians who yes, dress as mummies), electronic bossman Robert DeLong, the chill of the chilliest Slow Magic and dance kings !!! (Chk Chk Chk) as well as some smaller known acts. I got to kick it with two in particular: Soulfunk act, Bassel and the Supernaturals as well as jazzy “future-funk” outfit, Naughty Professor. Ladies and gentleman, these are two ridiculously musically technical acts that make jaws drop as you stand in place just observing the ear awesomeness. No, you will not hear them in the latest top 40 rotation, but they are the types of bands needed to progress and push out the borders of music. First up, Ohio born, Chicago living and Syrian raised, Mr. Bassel:

Bassel and the Supernaturals

Lets first focus on your unique sound and vibes that Bassel and Supernaturals is. What past experiences in music brought you to create this soulful funky sound?

bassel & the supernaturals | taste of randolph, chicago | 6.16.17 | @thefaakehipster

bassel & the supernaturals | taste of randolph, chicago | 6.16.17 | @thefaakehipster

We play like a neo-soul type of music. I was a drummer, playing violin in the indie rock music scene in Ohio. I was into a lot of forms of indie rocks. Denali, Mile Marker, a lot of early Death Cab for Cutie. I moved to Chicago seven years ago and that is where I started getting into more of the soul music. I got really deep into Andrew Bird and Sufjan Stevens beforehand and when I got to Chicago and it was a really good time to reflect on what I thought what made music timeless and what resonated with me. It all came back to that soulful connection to the music. I got really hooked on Otis Reading in particular and that led me down a whole path: Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, you name it. What all these artists have in common is that emotional connection to the music and their ability to tell a story doing it. Their music, tone, lyrics, everything, you just feel so connected to it. And it was very powerful for me. It taught me to find an emotional element to everything I was doing. It was less about writing soul music, but writing music from the soul. It is also just a ton of fun to play as well.

A lot of bands are always striving to be unique - live show, sound, promo, etc. You guys have a positive twist on it. I take it you are from Syria...which i think turns heads given the political climate now. What do you want to teach your fans about why you do what you do?

More than anything it is about people getting really nervous confronting the issues in Syria, being all political. What is so powerful about music is that ability for music to break down that wall and make that connection to those types of issues. The personal connection that we have to this issue has been unbelievably powerful. Beyond just festivals and clubs we play colleges and cultural centers, churches that are more focused on creating a conversation around this. And what is a common thread in so many of these spaces is that so many people have cared about this issues but they feel nervous about how little they know or don’t know different organizations. By creating a space where we can be open about that and not force any issues down anyone’s throat and just tell a story and talk about the organizations that who are doing good work and find that connection and personalize it. Not as a far away distance issues and it is something that affects us all.

The lyrics...real life situations, love, losing those close to you. How do you want your fans to take in your words and react to them?

We get a lot of questions if lyrics are specific to a person or friend or whatever. It is about emotions that connect to different experiences, that is how I enjoy writing. Love or loss...loss of a friend, dear item, that emotion that brings those experiences together. Being able to personalize those emotions and you feel the colors and the songs and you can interpret that with your own environment and who you are.

Y’all are about to go hit the stage on a nice summer day. What is the mission of your live set. When you make eye contact with a fan or are trying to make new fans...what do you want the audience to get out of it?

It’s creating an infectious energy on the stage, more than anything it starts there. I mean, it is great when you make eye contact with somebody and you know they are feeling it. I love to just energize my band. The more fun we are having on stage, the more fun everyone will have. I’ve learned to spend more time doing that and less time focusing on this person and that person. It has to translate to the audience

I always use funny metaphors to describe bands and artists i write about, what would you use?

We are the movie Wet Hot American Summer on repeat. Constant trolling and very animated bunch. Good times and good vibes.

Naughty Professor

How did you guys land on your sound, being a larger group with some diverse personalities?

So, we all met in music school in New Orleans and at a time when we were all checking a lot of different music out and growing as musicians...currently we are all between 25-28. So, we all met around 7 years ago. Over the course of the first year or two, we kind of landed on this sound...pretty bombastic and aggressive and still somewhat dynamic with some jazz sensibilities. We def leave space for every member to take a solo and guide the band one way or another.

So live, do you all do a lot of interpretation on your set?

Most of what we do is planned out, but we do leave space for a solo section so we can change it up a bit.

naughty professor | taste of randolph, chicago | 6.17.17 | @thefaakehipster

naughty professor | taste of randolph, chicago | 6.17.17 | @thefaakehipster

Me: That is refreshing to hear, being away from the mainstream genres, but you all aren’t afraid to be different among the general audience.

There are some lyrics involved, are there any stories and personal experiences involved with that? Or is more about the music and the solos you want fans to engage with?

So the band has usually been instrumental until this new album we are putting out next week actually. We decided to recruit seven singers and have five instrumental tracks. Until recently we never performed with a vocalist. Now, we have lyrics, but we did not actually write any of the lyrics. We sent the tracks to vocalists we liked and asked them to pick songs they like and write their take on it. It is a collaborative process, which I like, but none of us in the band are really singers or strong lyrical writers. We let the professionals write that.

While lyrics a central component for you, I’m sure the live show is where you focus on gaining those new fans. When you play live, what is your goal at the end of the day.

That’s a good question. Some things that set us apart from other groups are the amount of energy we have performing and just how much fun we are having on stage. There is some room to improvise our sets so it makes it a bit more free flowing, interact with one another. People have told me that they don’t really pay attention to the genre of music we play, but because of how we are on-stage, they are now believers. It really brings it home for them. I know there are some people that are jazz nerds like us and those nerding out...then there is the common music fan, and this is the perfect place to play.

I always use funny metaphors to describe bands and artists i write about, what would you use?

Ahhhh put me on the spot a little bit haha. I would hope we sound like a monster truck gracefully crashing into something. You can appreciate the beauty of it.

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Lollapalooza Guide: "25 Acts for the 25th Edition"

it's fucking here! One of the craziest summer weekends in this country has planted itself smack dab in the middle of this wonderful city of chicago. I gotta say top to bottom this is a staked lineup with performances that will have you quivering at the knees. Amongst the madness of the beaches, usa basketball in town, aftershows and more; i bring you some solid sets for four days of crazy shenanigans.

lollapalooza 2015 | featuring THE friend finder: gregory the parrot | @thefaakehipster

lollapalooza 2015 | featuring THE friend finder: gregory the parrot | @thefaakehipster

The following does not include headliners and big names as we all know how dope they are.... *rad acts listed in order of appearance throughout the weekend*

festival: lollapalooza

location: grant park - chicago, i

vibe: smiles - whatever you make it

bob moses | photo cred: voltlites.com 

bob moses | photo cred: voltlites.com 

BOB MOSES vancouver, canananada // pepsi stage // thurs, 2:50 - 3:30

sounds like: a nighttime body massage overlooking the ocean

listens: tearing me up // too much is never enough

WILD CHILD austin // bmi stage // thurs, 4:30 - 5:10

sounds like: the most wonderful dude and chick reading you a glorious picture book

bastille | phot cred: feelgrafix/com

bastille | phot cred: feelgrafix/com

listens: pillow talk // fools

BASTILLE london, uk // samsung // thurs, 4:30 - 5:30

sounds like: singing in the shower knowing no one is listening

listens: pompeii // good grief (new joint)

TOWKIO *previously blogged* // chicago // pepsi // thurs, 5:15 - 6

sounds like: watching the Back To The Future series cause this dude is all over the spectrum and the musical timeline in his delorean

listens: G W M (ft. Vic Mensa) // tear drop

KURT VILE AND THE VIOLATORS philadelphia // petrillo bandshell // thurs, 6 - 7

sounds likesitting around the campfire

listens: pretty pimpin // dust bunnies

day wave | photo cred: unrecorded.mu

day wave | photo cred: unrecorded.mu

CASHMERE CAT halden, norway // pepsi // thurs, 7:45 - 8:30

sounds like: watching a dance party in slow-mo and wishing you were there

listens: mirror maru // adore

DAY WAVE oakland, ca // samsung // friday, 12:45 - 1:30

sounds like: a drive down the cali coast with one of those cool ass instagram filters around you

listens: gone // deadbeat girl

modern baseball | photo cred: allison newbold

modern baseball | photo cred: allison newbold

SAINT MOTEL la, usa // lakeshore // friday, 1:30 - 2:15

sounds like: the classiest circus you've ever been to

listens: my type // cold cold man

MODERN BASEBALL philadelphia // petrillo bandshell // friday, 1:45 - 2:45 

sounds like: your 12 year old self rocking out while waiting for the bus to school

listens: your graduation // wedding singer

FRIGHTENED RABBIT selkirk, scotland // lakeshore // friday, 5 - 6

sounds like: cheering for your friend to fall in love...awwwww

listens: woodpile // get out

M83 antibes, france // samsung // friday, 6 - 7

sounds like: the perfect moment where chill and party come together

listens: do it, try it // outro

WOLF ALICE *previously blogged* north london // pepsi // friday, 6:30 - 7:15

chairlift | photo cred: www.frankie.com.au

chairlift | photo cred: www.frankie.com.au

sounds like: those expandable water toys when we were kids….looks harmless, but oh man, does she pack a punch when she gets goin

listens: moaning lisa smile // bros

GRIZ southfield, mi // perry's // friday, 7:15 - 8:15

sounds like: a 70s car wash when you own the best Caddy in town

listens: good times roll (ft. Big Gigantic) // the anthem 

CHAIRLIFT boulder, co // lakeshore // sat, 1:30 - 2:15

sounds like: a sudden need to throw roller skates on (if you are into that kind of thing)

listens: moth to the flame // romeo

BAIO nyc // pepsi // sat, 1:50 - 2:30

sounds like: walking through a trippy, but super friendly cartoon

the joy formidable | double door, 4.6.16 | @thefaakehipster 

the joy formidable | double door, 4.6.16 | @thefaakehipster 

listens: sister of pearl // sunburn modern

THE JOY FORMIDABLE north wales // bud light // sat, 2:45 - 3:45

sounds like: one of the best fucking rock bands today (went straight up on this one) // "the big roar" is a top 10 rock album of the last 10 years, hands down

listens: whirring (link to live KEXP video) // the greatest light is the greatest shade

MARSHMELLO  la (i think) //perry's // sat, 3:15 - 4:15

sounds like: a dope roller coaster ride at six flags

listens: alone // magic

DROWNERS nyc // bmi // sat, 3:20 - 4

sounds like: a warm summer night's walk down lake michigan

listens: cruel ways // luv, hold me down

BIG GRAMS (Big Boi + Phantogram) saratoga springs & atl // samsung // sat, 4:15 = 5:15

st lucia | thalia hall, 2.23.16 | @thefaakehipster

st lucia | thalia hall, 2.23.16 | @thefaakehipster

sounds like: a punch in the mouth you know you deserved

listens: drum machine (ft. Skrillix) // fell in the sun

JACK GARRATT high wycombe, buckinghamshire, uk // pepsi // 5:15 - 6

sounds like: he's chillin' with Towkio and in the future (see his description)

listens: worry // surprise yourself (may get ya teary eyed)

ST LUCIA brooklyn via south africa // pepsi // sat, 7:45 - 8:30

sounds like: the greatest release (in more way than one) followed by the biggest smile

listens: september // help me run away

FIDLAR la, usa // bud light // sun, 2:45 - 3:45

sounds like: when you were just starting to like girls/guys and tried to sneak out in the middle of the night

fidlar | photo cred: ringthealarm.tv

fidlar | photo cred: ringthealarm.tv

listens: no waves // west coast // cheap beer

YEARS & YEARS london, uk // lakeshore // sun, 3:25 - 4:25

sounds like: no responsibilities when you want it most

listens: king // shine

LOUIS THE CHILD chicago // pepsi // sun, 4 - 4:45

sounds like: the juiciest, most awesome piece of fruit...slice of heaven

aurora | photo cred: fanpop.com

aurora | photo cred: fanpop.com

listens: it's strange // weekend

AURORA os, norway // pepsi // sun, 5:15 - 6

sounds like: a butterfly flying home to it's rainbow

listens: conqueror // runaway

new music: AIR CREDITS

reppin: chicago, il 

sounds like: the dancing baby that was popular in the 90s, but with years of mad dance move skills under his belt

latest album drop: tbd

featuring: showyousuck + the hood internet

air credits @ the double door, chicago | photo cred: red bull sound select

air credits @ the double door, chicago | photo cred: red bull sound select

Given that this act is so fresh and new, this will be a shorter post than most. I actually only found a few song out there in internet land, but damn is it good. The Hood Internet and ShowYouSuck have come together to birth a beautiful Chicago duo that we will call Air Credits. Both these acts on their own are absolutely stellar and them tag teaming sounds like the future...Marty McFly would definitely be grooving to this. I’ve been fans of both of these acts for a few years now. The Hood Internet are freaking geniuses when it comes to building beats and collaborating. ShowYouSuck has a distinct and deep Chicago voice, so unique and controlling of a crowd...what a combo.

Don’t quote me on this, but I believe these dudes have only done two shows as Air Credits as of the present. I unfortunately have not seen them, but word from my homie tells me they are legit and they are the future. There is so much going on in the few songs that are out there - the amazing beats, backing vocals and that controlling vocal flow...and it sounds so good when it comes together. And you will dance your face off, guaranteed. Chicago - get on these cats as I will certainly be making their next performance. They are hitting the road in August and September...get on it! 

suggested listening experience: any kind of party at any time // getting pumped up for that first date you are probably nervous about // gettin' the day started

listens: all i need (part 1) // all i need (part 2) // air credits video promo

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new music: ALL THEM WITCHES

all them witches | the empty bottle | 7.21.16 | @thefaakehipster

all them witches | the empty bottle | 7.21.16 | @thefaakehipster

reppin: nashville, tn // ten west records

sounds like: a muddy tug of war match during the summer...just the way we like it

latest album drop: dying surfer meets his maker (oct, 2015)

featuring: ben mcleod // robby staebler // charles michael parks jr // allan van cleave

It was a dark and stormy night and the rain came down in torrents as Brian and myself embarked on a journey to the Empty Bottle. Nashville is not only a dope city, it is full of talent these days, spanning many genres. All Them Witches fall no short of that scientifically proven hypothesis and delivered a quality and passionate performance. The sounds of the early 60s/70s eras are easily heard and graciously accepted through their amps. While many incorporate poppy sounds into their rock (see any mainstream rock band these days), ATW incorporates this dark blues and psychedelic sound that very much brings you back to that era of time. While they started in 2012, you would think they have been in hiding for about 40 years and decided to revive themselves.

From the first song, these dudes had the almost packed house with jaws dropped. The most simple drum kit that Robby banged on produced so much noise, and at an incredible speed, we were often left confused. Mix that with a wide range of keyboard shenanigans from Allan, gracious axe shredding and soloing with Ben and the perfect matching vocals from Charles, well, you have yourself a reincarnation from the past. Between being able to jam out and taking riffs to deep and dark places, ATW is a rock band that most can enjoy...don’t be afraid to get a little dirty when exploring the wonderful rock n’ roll.  

suggested listening experience: getting ready for that next festival this coming weekend // at the gym to keep the motor going // heavy drinking; or light...in fact, any kind of drinking

listens: when god comes back (see live performance below) // charles william // funeral for a great drunken bird // the urn

atw // twitter // fb // ig // spotify

new music: DZ DEATHRAYS

reppin: brisbane, australia // i oh you records

sounds like: shotgunning a beer then taking four shots of whiskey like Mac does in one of the greatest movies ever, super troopers

immediate reaction after hearing DZ Deathrays live

immediate reaction after hearing DZ Deathrays live

latest album drop: black rat (may 2014)

featuring: shane parsons // simon ridley

This past monday I had the pleasure of watching brisbane’s own DZ Deathrays melt my face, as well as my homie’s Ben Miller, at the wonderful Scubas. While some bands may hang their heads at a lighter crows on the day after Pitchfork, these dudes did the exact opposite. This turned into more of an intimate, personal show and damn did they bring their sweaty moves (you’ll notice an additional guitarist on tour with them). Plus, got a chance to shoot the shit with these crazy Aussies and they are cool as could be. They have hardly hit the states, but looking at some pictures of their shows in Australia, well, they just seem downright nuts.

I immediately see threads of Death From Above 1979 in this two set (which was later confirmed is very much what they were going for). Their thrash rock sound is on point, cleaner than most would think when they hear the word thrash and blends oh so well with Shane’s voice. What I dig even more is that there is a great dance vibe given off, something that is extremely hard to accomplish in this genre. Take yourself through a journey as I recommend starting with “blood on my leather,” their newest, yet probably most on point yet. Listen, these dudes started nearly 8 years ago, have played 15 countries and have the stamp of approval from punk rocker’s Violent Soho. That is enough and then some for me...hop on board.

DZ Deathrays | Scubas 7.18.16 | @thefaakehipster

DZ Deathrays | Scubas 7.18.16 | @thefaakehipster

suggested listening experience: anything involving meat and beer // getting pumped up before your next intramural sports match // straight up party time

listens: less out of sync // dollar chills // blood on my leather (see below) // gebbie street