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

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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

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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

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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

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

concert shenanigans: PSYCHIC ILLS

reppin: nyc, usa // sacred bones records // active: 2003 - present

sounds like: an adventure into a deep mushroom forest with little woodland creatures

psychic ills | reggie's rock club, chicago | 9.23.16 | @thefaakehipster  

psychic ills | reggie's rock club, chicago | 9.23.16 | @thefaakehipster 

last album drop: inner journey out (june 2016)

featuring: tres warren // elizabeth hart

To properly tell the story that is Psychic Ills, we have to track back to the country...er state of Texas via 2003. There was really no plan when the two got together and released a few tracks at a time. Tres stated that he challenged himself to write songs through improvised jamming. But by the late 2000s, they began traveling outside of the states, specifically catching the attention of the IOA Fest in France. The “improvised” approach continued as they released 4 EPs of experimental material, but soon found themselves signed to Sacred Bones Records, where a more traditional song approach began. The history speaks for itself as I got my ass to Reggie’s on the south side to check out this stoner rock duo. Damn, did they deliver in a deliciously, eerie and dark sort of way.

psychic ills | reggie's rock club, chicago | 9.23.16 | @thefaakehipster

psychic ills | reggie's rock club, chicago | 9.23.16 | @thefaakehipster

Two things were apparent to me off the bat...there is no bullshit as they beautifully move from song to song. In fact, I don’t think one word other than the lyrics were uttered. Second, the writing shines even more in the live setting. Watching the two along with their touring members piece together songs was a thing of beauty. The mixture of mellow psychedelic rock sounds, mixing in with a flowy bass, keyboard and pedal steel guitar could please any ears on a fall night. In a time period where the album is sadly outweighed by the single or even chorus in the mainstream, these dudes dispatch that norm. True and pure shows that focus solely on the music are few and far between these days...cheers to these creative cats and to a evolving push into the future.

suggested listening experience: vinyl cuddle sesh // walking through the rain on a fall day // any sesh involving a joint

listens: mind daze // one more time // back to you // another change // i don’t mind

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concert shenanigans: UNCLE ACID & THE DEADBEATS

reppin: cambridge, uk // rise above (formed 2009)

ua&td | metro 9.13.16 | @thefaakehipster

ua&td | metro 9.13.16 | @thefaakehipster

sounds like: dropping acid with Johnny Depp during his crazy days, but it is really a flashback to 1967 or something, and waking up after an hour saying "I blacked-out, but that was the most out of body experience i've ever had"

last album drop: the night creeper (september 2015)

featuring: kevin starrs // yotam rubinger // itamar rubinger // vaughn stokes

That Metro Chicago smell and vibe always gets me amped up as I pass Wrigley Field and head on into the venue. I’ve seen countless acts there ever since my mom gave me permission to go to concerts by myself back in 2001 (I’m 29, do the math, I was never good at it). The spot hits a different level when you get pure rock n’ roll on stage...and an even higher level when the mates from Great Britain that are Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats grace the stage. Before we dive into all the feels of the set, a little setup for y’all: their name was taken from Rusty Day, most known for the band Cactus, who had formed another group called Uncle Acid & The Permanent Damage Band. Everything from their name and sound to their look is influenced heavily by one of the best eras of music around. So, how does one stay relevant in today’s era of music? Throw some pop in there, much of what we got in the 1970s and much of what you’ll hear in their more recent joints. Just put these dudes on shuffle and I highly doubt you’ll be skipping any songs.

ua&td | metro 9.13.16 | @thefaakehipster

ua&td | metro 9.13.16 | @thefaakehipster

As for the show, from the opening note us kids in the crowd were taken through a journey that we wished did not end. While it was hard to tell dudes and chicks apart from behind...because of you know, all the hair, it was extremely well received. It is one thing to just attend a show and that next morning when your friend ask how was it your response is “yea, it was fun.” When you go see UA&TD live, your response is, “holy fucking shit I was taken to a new planet.” Personally, I want that set to tell me a story, to immerse me in emotions where I can smile because it is so damn good, and that is exactly how it went down. There was no small talk between sets, just straight, psychedelic rock n’ roll..channeling their inner Pink Floyd, our jaws dropped over and over from solo to solo. In between those beautiful solos?? Headbanging riffs that keep you at attention and off those cell phones...no seriously, those riffs are so heavy with just the right amount of distortion. When it is all said and done, you get this package that is so deliciously evil, yet so beautifully constructed that you are quite okay with the music taking you over...ya dig?

ua&td | metro 9.13.16 | @thefaakehipster

ua&td | metro 9.13.16 | @thefaakehipster

suggested listening experience: roll a j, throw on their vinyl and just lay back // when you need to blow off some steam for whatever reason // end of the work day when you can't wait to bust on out of there

listens: i'll cut you down // pusher man // death’s door // melody lane // over and over again

ua&td // spotify // ig // fb

new music: WHITE ARROWS

reppin: la, usa // votiv records

sounds like: If you went on the excellent adventure that is Bill & Ted, but you could actually function as a human while still smoking weed

last album drop: in bardo (sept 2014) and hopefully another soon!

featuring: mickey church // andrew naeve // john paul caballero // jake nielsen

white arrows | 2.13.15 | schubas, chicago | @thefaakehipster

white arrows | 2.13.15 | schubas, chicago | @thefaakehipster

Some beautiful things in this world get started by accident (just spitballing here, but human existence is a good example) and White Arrows is no exception. They launched after writing a song out east that immediately caught the attention of Nylon Magazine. The "stokeness" could not be ignored so they packed their bags and headed out to la to officially form White Arrows. What I dig about these guys, as they are quite young and only two albums deep, is how they span generations of sounds. The dance-rock first vibe is great, and has the ability to wheel in the masses, but even more spectacular is how they incorporate a bit of psychedelic and sprinkle it with 80s. Expanding on their vibeness, each one of their songs just makes you happy and want to dance and smile.

I would tell you to start with a song off one of these albums, but close your eyes and pick. Clear some space because mikey’s squinty vocals, andrew’s axe, john’s bass and jake’s beats will make you want to groove immediately. I had the pleasure of seeing them with Chappo in February of 2015 and they certainly delivered. It’s like a freaking time machine with Bill & Ted...stellar backing melodies, solid riffs and a dance party in the making. “Can’t Stop Now” is progressive and upbeat and “We Can’t Ever Die” is an awesome party song to name a few. There are a ton of dancy rock bands out there, but I truly think these dudes can rise above. I can see some of these jams being pretty timeless when you want to go back and give them a listen 10 years from now. So White Arrows, I speak for all of your fans when I say “Get your asses on tour again” :)

suggested listening experience: dance party (duh) // any form of sweating when needing motivation // getting real weird with friends and/or weirding out locals by singing in front of them

listens: can't stop now // nobody cares (below & super trippy)) // get gone // we can't ever die

wa // fb // spotify // ig // twitter // sc

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