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

*a new feature focusing on all the groovy shows coming up in chicago*

naomi punk // the hideout // 9.18 // interview to come!

reppin: olympia, wa // captured tracks records // 2012 - present

sounds like: acid trip jounrneying music (according to travis)

Travis, Neil and Nick like it slow and loud. Crazy song structures, amps that will blow your ears off and attention to detail to boot. These guys want to take you to another dimension.

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

 

asgeir // bottom lounge // 9.19

reppin: reykjavík, iceland // one little indian // 2012 - present

sounds like: floating on a fluffy bed made of clouds across the ocean

Asgeir follows a trend of delicious voices coming out of the Icelandic region. He mixes bouncy, fun poppy beats into his acoustic goodness that will have you smiling the whole show.

listens: king and cross // unbound // stardust

modern vices // tonic room // 9.20 // interview from april 2017

reppin: chicago, usa // unsigned // 2013 - present

sounds like: crying to the Pet Sounds albums in a moldy basement but at the same time getting off to Joy Division

These dudes are making old school look good these days. Bringing a stylish and unique version of older sounding rock, mixed with pop and killer vocals. This will be as intimate as it gets with them at Tonic Room.

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

modern vices | subterranean & beat kitchen | 2017 | @thefaakehipster

 

el ten eleven // space // 9.21

reppin: la, usa // fake record label // 2002 - present

sounds like:  a collection of waterfalls in the rainforest in the early morning of a summer day

I've been a fan of these two for years as they are one of the most unique bands out there. Doublenbeck and fretless basses, beautiful song structure, crazy loops and no vocals. It is heaven coming out of amps.

listens: fanshawe // my only swerving // bridges

 

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

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

kweku collins // chop shop // 9.22 // previous story from Oct 2016

reppin: evanston, il // closed sessions // 2015 - present // 19 years old

sounds like: posting up at a campfire in the middle of the big city...the perfect mix of chill, inspiration and the evolving sounds

Not going to beat around the bush here...you need to catch this guy before he jets out of the city around the world. He is next in line to bring a positive flow to hip hop and at such a young age, he has everything in front of him.

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

 

davy knowles // space // 9.23

reppin: isle of man (currently resides in chicago) // blix street records // 2007 - present

sounds like:  hanging out in the middle of nowhere with your pickup and dog

davy knowles | space, evanston | 10.21.17 | @thefaakehipster

davy knowles | space, evanston | 10.21.17 | @thefaakehipster

I've said this since the first time I saw this guy shred live...he is easily a one of the best guitariest in the world right now. Both in how he writes and what he can do on the solo side of things. If you like or respect music, you owe it to yourself to see davy live.

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

 

king gizzard & the lizard wizard // lincoln hall // 9.24 & 25

reppin: melbourne, australia // flightless records // 2010 - present

sounds like: floating through a trippy 3D video of patterns, talking frogs and of course, lizards and wizards

Australian music never ceases to amaze me and at KG&TLW to the list. Killer psychedelic sound to make you groove all night. This seven piece is constantly putting out new music, pushing the envelope as far as what instruments can do. Rule #24: Always see an Aussie band when they are in the states.

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

 

wild cub // schubas // 9.25

reppin: nashville, usa // mom + pop records // 2011 - present

sounds like: getting in your nicest suit and dancing and sweating like no one is watching 

These brilliant musicians have really nailed a joyous and feel good vibe of indie pop. Having seen them in both the private and festival setting, it is so clear that they can bring you a good time live. Ear friendly sounds for all people!

listens: magic // somewhere // thunder clatter

 

the early november // bottom lounge // 9.26

reppin: hammonton, nj // rise records // 1999 - 2007, 2011 - present

sounds like: having all the fun with that special someone in a pile of leaves on a warm fall day

Yes, these guys are as emo as it gets and maybe they hold a special place in my heart from my high school days. Fuck that. Ace is one of the best songwriters in the game. They continue to evolve their sounds, make beautiful music while still giving you those goosebumps.

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

 

the california honeydrops // lincoln hall // 9.28

reppin: oakland, ca // tubtone records // 2007 - present

sounds like: that moment you slide under the blanket or hit the shower when it is most needed...instant relief from all of it

With very diverse bandmates from different backgrounds, this soul/R&B/blues group formed with a mission to put smiles on everyone's faces and dance moves in their bodies. Meshing some old school R&B with trendy pop sounds, they are a sight to be seen. Don't miss them.

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

 

broken social scene & frightened rabbit // aragon ballroom // 9.29

reppin: bss - toronto, ca // arts & crafts records // 1999 - present //// fr - selkrick, scottland // atlantic records // 2003 - present

sounds like: bss - a time lapse of spring turning to summer in the forest // fr - grabbing your friends, a cigar and sitting around the campfire

While BSS has more band members than most small towns in canada, they have a sound and vibe that is timeless. Only they can combine so many instruments and beautiful voices to make all the sense. Frightened Rabbit makes some of the most beautiful indie rock that you'll put your ears on with lyrics that will make you think in all the right ways. 

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

 

torche // the empty bottle // 9.29

torche | photo cred: bandcamp.torche.com

torche | photo cred: bandcamp.torche.com

reppin: miami, usa // relapse records // 2004 - present

sounds like: a beautiful destruction of an old building turning into a new one

Get ready to bang your head and bring out the metal and stoner rock in you. I've been on these guys for a bit now and they bounce the ping pong ball back and forth between fringe metal and psychedelic rock. On top of it, the vocals just make for such a unique twist...even if you don't enjoy hard rock, I think you will dig these guys given the mesh of sounds.

listens: kicking // loose men // letting go

 

tei shi // lincoln hall // 9.30 // interview to come!

reppin: buenos aires // downtown records // 2013 - present

sounds like: watching flowers bloom in the floweriest of places on this planet

A youngan who has only been at it for a few years has already proved that her voice can take her places over multiple types of genres. And oh man, that voice will just bring you to places in your mind...go check her out and forget about your worries for a bit.

listens: basically // keep running // go slow

 

twinsmith // beat kitchen // 9.30

reppin: omaha, nebraska // saddle creek records // 2012 - present

sounds like:  taking a kayak through a cave with a disco ball

Upbeat, poppy, dancy and friendly kinda vibes these guys give off. There is no shortage of fun when you listen or see them. The beats will make you sway side to side and want to grab on to the person next to you.

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

concert shenanigans: HOUSE OF VANS

reppin: chicago, usa // 2017 - present

rocks like: high school punk rock shows when you were growing up

house of vans, chicago | 6.22.17

house of vans, chicago | 6.22.17

upcoming shows: check out the upcoming shows right here

featuring: The Lawrence Arms // Dillinger Four // Toys That Kill

When I was in high school I attended these rocking punk shows at the local knights of columbus in arlington heights. Every Friday we would get in someone’s ride, light up a cigarette and go to chill with old friends and make new ones It was a place that not only had rad local and touring outfits, but somewhere you felt accepted. And when the first note was struck, all those awkward days in school that week and the feeling of not being accepted went out the door with noise. You would throw yourself in the moshpit, perhaps get up to crowd surf while possibly hitting your head against the ceiling panels, but again, nothing mattered. In the summer of 2017, House of Vans has landed in Chicago and is bringing back those nostalgia feels just about every Thursday.

chris of the lawrence arms | house of vans, chicago | 6.22.17

chris of the lawrence arms | house of vans, chicago | 6.22.17

This hot, June Thursday in particular, I rolled up to HOV to see a line around the block. The buzz was building for a stellar showcase of punk rock legends that are Toys that Kill, Dillinger Four and Chicago’s own The Lawrence Arms. The set-up has no shortage of a venue that knows what its people want. Lots of space, easy beer lines and a food truck to boot. You could tell the good vibes were setting in as it was so easy to approach some strangers, strike up a conversation and share the love of the night. From the first chord, the energy was brought high and tight, lead by Toys that Kill. It was not even 8PM and the mosh pits were starting...we all have a little steam to blow, eh? Next up was Dillinger Four, who brought the same type of in your face energy. They rolled through some classic like "doublewhiskeycokenoise" and "gainsville" to an enthusiastic crowd that did not stop moving despite the heat.

As the headliner was ready to take the stage, mostly all of us had sweat right through our shirts and our foreheads glistened...but nobody gave a shit. The Lawrence Arms brings such a great balance of bouncey bass eighth notes with pleasant vocals to match, fast solos and just a good ol’ time. They had about 18 years of music, give or take, to pack into the set and did not disappoint. These “older” guys brought the heat for a good hour, non-stop and you could tell they were loving it just as much as the fans. There were a few particular occasions where I took a stroll around and could see the smiles on just about everyone's faces. That, my friends, is the story of a successful night of music.

toys that kill | house of vans, chicago | 6.22.17

toys that kill | house of vans, chicago | 6.22.17

Even before I had my license, I made my parents drop me off at shows in the city (no idea how I convinced them, they were quite conservative). Back in those high school days, you would have this mindset that you needed to be loved and approved by others in order to make it through the day, at least some of us felt like that. But as we grow, become wise, try to grab onto our careers and make it through life...you being to realize that the only people that need to accept you is yourself and those that actually love you for who you are. While we may have all grown and become adult like since those high school local show days, that feeling of having your worries fly out the window for a few hours is still pure bliss.

House of Vans Chicago // 113 North Elizabeth St.

concert shenanigans: NOTHING

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

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

nothing | photo cred: overblown.co.uk

nothing | photo cred: overblown.co.uk

last album drop: vertigo flowers (may 2016)

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

nothing | beat kitchen, chicago | 6.11.17 | @thefaakehipster

nothing | beat kitchen, chicago | 6.11.17 | @thefaakehipster

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

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

nothing | beat kitchen, chicago | 6.11.17 | @thefaakehipster

nothing | beat kitchen, chicago | 6.11.17 | @thefaakehipster

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

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

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

nothing // fb // spotfiy // sc // twitter // ig

from the vault: BAYSIDE

reppin: long island, ny

years active: 2000 - present

featuring: anthony raneri // jack o'shea // nick ghanbarian // chris guglielmo

bayside | photo cred: movieposter.com

bayside | photo cred: movieposter.com

Bayside got its band name while on the way to see new found glory and hand them off a demo of their first tracks. They passed Bayside Train Station and the name stuck after they wrote it down. That was 17 years ago and the dudes are still going strong, putting out in-your-face punk rock. Shortly after their Victory Records self-titled debut, tragedy struck in the form of black ice and sadly killed the talented drummer, John Holohan. The others escaped with their lives, but that sort of event is not going away anytime soon. As a tribute to their fallen bandmate, they released a collection of acoustic tracks or previous songs...even the Pittsburgh band, Punchline, paid tribute to John with "37 Everywhere." For me, Bayside is full of powerful riffs like its popular punk rock counterparts and Anthony's voice stands out from the crowd. Their seventh album, Vacany, still proves that they know how to rock.  

studio albums: sirens and condolences (2004) // bayside (2005) // the walking wounded (2007) // shudder (2008) // killing time (2011) // cult (2014) // vacancy (2016)

listens: already gone // devotion & desire // sick, sick, sick // pretty vacant // masterpiece // carry on // no one understands // time has come

bayside // fb // twitter // ig // spotify

from the vault: ANBERLIN

reppin: winter haven, fl // tooth & nail records

years active: 1998 - 2014

anberlin | photo cred: itickets.com

anberlin | photo cred: itickets.com

featuring: stephen christian // joseph milligan // christian mcalhaney // deon rexroat // nathan young

anberlin | photo cred: jessielau.com

anberlin | photo cred: jessielau.com

discography: blueprints for the black market (2003) // never take friendship personal (2005) // cities (2007) // new surrender (2008) // dark is the way, light is a place (2010) // vital (2012) // lowborn (2014)

I can recall being a 16 year old counselor in training at my overnight camp and getting to duluth, mn (the strangest place in this country and home to bob dylan) to pick up that first album. 16 years strong...these dudes did more than create solid album after stellar album. Seriously, from the start the tunes were strong with lyrics that would make you quiver....front to back. They are true role models. In between the countless touring and time spent churing out awesome joints in the studio, they did community service all over the world. They learned other people's culture and channeled that to their fans and through their music. Their music is still oh so very relevant and they are stand up legends. Cheers.

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from the vault: THE USED

reppin: orem, utah // hopeless records

years active: 2001 - present 

the used | photo cred: altpress.com

the used | photo cred: altpress.com

the used | photo cred: topphotosgallery.blogspot.com

the used | photo cred: topphotosgallery.blogspot.com

featuring: bret mccracken // jeph howard // dan whitesides // justin shekoski

you know their 2002 self titled was your go to in high school. after all these years, this still gives you the feels...these dudes are still going strong and rocking out...i applaud you

listens: taste of ink // pretty handsome awkward // the bird and the worm // a box full of sharp objects // all that i've got // i caught fire // on my own

from the vault: THE JULIANA THEORY

reppin: greensburg, pa // tooth & nail records

years active: 1997 - 2006, 2010

featuring: brett detar // chad alan // joshua fiedler // joshua kosker // josh walters

random thought: these dudes always killed it live...first thing that comes to mind were those crazy cartwheels and crazy wide stance 

the juliana theory | photo cred: muz-lyrics.ru

the juliana theory | photo cred: muz-lyrics.ru

listen: "understand the dream is over"  from Emotion Is Dead (2000)

VIOLENT SOHO

reppin: mansfield/brisbane, australia

sounds like: the hardest rocking mother fuckers on the planet

latest album drop: WACO (March, 2016)

How does nobody in the states know about this band?! They are everything you loved about punk rock growing up (channeling their inner Blink 182ness has never sounded so good) with that new edge of today. These dudes are selling out every show in Australia at the moment...Side One Dummy signed them on for US distribution, so let us all hope and pray that will bring them to states. A simple youtube search will take you to numerous well recorded live performances and they are a fucking party.

Now for the music. Luke Boerdam’s singable and raw vocals cling to the crisp riffs and loud bass in just about every song. It’s fast and furious yet melodic and beautiful. The perfect example is the pleasant intro to “How To Taste” before Luke brings his signature YEAHHH scream. It’s poppy, it’s punk, but it is deeper than the teenage angst we remember (I’m 29 mind you). "Saramona Said" takes its guitar picking through their beautiful lyrics until you start jumping around at the end. Soak it in, let your inner rock take over and sing it with me: YEA YEA YEA YEA YEA YEA YEA YEA YEA YEA YEA YEA YEA YEA YEA AAAHHHHHOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

suggested listening experience: your friday commute home...because the freakin week is over // saturday, 70 degrees, grilling, outside, day drinking // new found glory doesn't impress your friends anymore, but these dudes will

listens: covered in chrome // how to taste // saramona said // blanket // side note: their music videos are so dope

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