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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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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