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)

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concert shenanigans: DUCKTAILS

*guest contributor - tony scianna*

reppin: ridgewood, nj // domino records // 2006 - present

sounds like: the haze near the end of a long road trip as you look out the car window at the state of nothingness.

matt mondaline | photo cred: factmag.com

matt mondaline | photo cred: factmag.com

last album drop: “St. Catherine” (2015) – “Jersey Devil” expected to drop Oct 2017

featuring: matt

ducktails | empty bottle, chicago | 9.8.17 | @tonyscianno

ducktails | empty bottle, chicago | 9.8.17 | @tonyscianno

It was quickly approaching midnight when a tall, hipster-esque, dark haired man with glasses took the stage at The Empty Bottle – a small, yet intimate, indie music venue/bar. His attire was as casual as his demeanor: a plain white t shirt and plain jeans, with a natural saunter. He looked like he could have just been part of the crowd – which he was during the two opening acts, local bands “Dogs at Large” and “Varsity”. It was hard to miss Matt walking around and being social before he took the stage. His presence was undeniable, but it was also natural. He fit in with us as much as we fit in with him. Seeing your favorite musicians casually hanging out like any other person is one of the coolest experiences that comes with seeing indie music live. By time he took the stage it didn’t feel like some bigger than life person was in front of us; it felt like watching your friend, who happens to be incredibly talented, have fun and play music. That is the vibe Matt likes to create at his live shows – something he accomplishes through his presentation as well as his music.

After spending time as the founding guitarist of indie pop powerhouse “Real Estate”, Matt decided to take his dreamy, hypnotic, Jersey jangle pop guitar riffs and venture off on his own. Ducktails is a solo project, something Matt takes to heart with his live performances. Unlike the two opening acts, Matt didn’t have a band playing with him. It was just him and his guitar. But it wasn’t a stripped down, acoustic performance. Matt used a pedal to control pre-recorded bass, drum, and synthesizer tracks while he played electric guitar and sang over the prerecorded tracks. Almost in the same way a DJ will use pre-recorded tracks and scratch or improvise over them. He even comments during the show, saying, “I used to play with a band, now I’m trying this. DJ’s do it, why can’t I?”

ducktails | photo cred: lpr.com

ducktails | photo cred: lpr.com

Ducktails’ music is breezy and hypnotic – it allows you to let go and get lost in your own head. Before you know it, you’re relaxed and not thinking about the trials and tribulations of daily life. It highlights music’s wonderful ability to make you feel like nothing else really matters except for enjoying what is in front of you. Matt wants to keep the good vibes going. He blatantly says that in his biggest hit, “Killin’ the Vibe” when he urges others around him to “don’t go killin’, killin’ the vibe”. Matt wants his shows to be fun and inviting. He invites us to join him on a metaphorical cruise through the jersey shore – soaking in the sun with good friends.

During the show, he had a slideshow of photos playing on a screen in the background. The photos seemed random and obscure – almost as if it was an inside joke. But he explained that they are photos he took as he’s journeyed around the country. The way the photos masked his face and projected over his plain white t shirt presented a beautiful image of unity between his music and his life. He’s showing us who and what he is, all on his own. A mirage of photos, music, and his own vulnerability. And he’s inviting all of us along for the ride.   

suggested listening experience: laying in your bed at the end of a long day // after a hike with your best friends // lazy Sundays at the beach

listens: map to the stars // killin’ the vibe // headbanging in the mirror // light a candle // hamilton road // surreal exposure // ivy covered house // the disney afternoon

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concert shenanigans: WHITE REAPER

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

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

white reaper | photo cred: leoweekly.com

white reaper | photo cred: leoweekly.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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new music: DEAP VALLY

reppin: la, usa // cooking vinyl records // 2011 - present

sounds like: rebelling against who the fuck ever you have a problem with and giving them finger with a smile

lindsey & julie | photo cred: milkccater.com

lindsey & julie | photo cred: milkccater.com

last album drop: femejism (sept 2016)

featuring: lindsey troy (guitar, vocals) // julie edwards (drums and vocals)

julie of deap vally | schubas, chicago | 4.3.17 | @thefaakehipster

julie of deap vally | schubas, chicago | 4.3.17 | @thefaakehipster

There is a sense of just pure rock bliss when you listen to lindsey and julie melting your eardrums through the speakers. Almost that sense that they are in your living room or your phone playing a set just for you. Born just a crisp six years ago, these ladies hit the studio early in 2012 to record their debut track, “Gonna Make My Own Money,” and were London a month later making their debut across the pond. I know, fuck our lives, right? But, fortunately when we all see that fuck our lives moment, usually on the other end there are musicians turning out crazy good music. Jump to year later and their four song EP, “Get Deap” is released followed quickly by their debut LP, “Sistrionix.” That landed them some rave reviews and support for some very well known groups into the next year. Finally, they followed up a great opener to an even better sophomore release, “Femejism” back in the fall of 2016 and have not looked back at this point.

deap vally | schubas, chicago | 4.3.17 | @thefaakehipster

deap vally | schubas, chicago | 4.3.17 | @thefaakehipster

deap vally | schubas, chicago | 4.3.17 | @thefaakehipster

deap vally | schubas, chicago | 4.3.17 | @thefaakehipster

I haven’t had a chance to talk to these two yet, but it seems like they were shot out of cannon with the attention they have gotten since femegism and very deservedly so. The range of their sound, yet at the core just blues/garage rock n’ roll has landed them on tour with the likes of The Vaccines, Marylin Mason, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Wolfmother. I usually dig into two paths of a group’s sound early on...can you continuously evolve your sound to stay current or build on the depth of the sound you own. Julie and Lindsey are the latter and they are just getting started. There blues riffs carry into their choruses so well. That dirty garage rock will kick in at exactly when you need it to give them a good balance. With both ladies killing it on the vocals, there is something to be said about there straight up “fuck you guys” lyrics (And I am not ashamed of my sex life // Although I wish it were better // I am not ashamed I am no one's wife // Although the idea does sound kind of nice). Telling it like it is: “i said come on everybody, listen up // there is no time like the present. And finally, the live set...holy shit. A glam 80s rock look, two girls, lights and beers. Those recordings are channeled through the PA, if not better than the actual recordings because you get that expressiveness in their voices, axe and drums. If you are in concert seeing mode, go check these two out at the nearest festival or wherever they are playing. You will not be disappointed.

suggested listening experience: sunny saturday daytime bbq // a fuck you day at the office // physical activity (would not recommend marathons, they’ll get the heart rate going too fast)

listens: royal jelly // smile more // gonnawanna // little baby beauty queen // baby i can hell // walk of shame // end of the world // lies

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concert shenanigans: RON GALLO + MODERN VICES

reppin: RG - nashville + philly, usa // 2009 - present //// MV - chicago, usa // autumn tone records // 2013 - present

ron gallo | photo cred: brookylnpaper.com

ron gallo | photo cred: brookylnpaper.com

sounds like: RG - giving the finger to those kids that bullied you later than life with a smile //// MV - a look back at the good times in life through one of those vintage filters

featuring: RG - ron gallo // joe bisirri // dylan sevey  //// MV - alex rebek (vocals) // peter scoville (guitar) // thomas peters (guitar) // miles kalchik (bass) // patrick hennessey (drums)

latest album drop: RG - heavy meta (feb 2017) //// MV - self titled (oct 2014)

modern vices | photo cred: culturecollide.com

modern vices | photo cred: culturecollide.com

modern vices | subterranean, chicago | 2.20.17 | @thefaakehipster

modern vices | subterranean, chicago | 2.20.17 | @thefaakehipster

modern vices // hitting the stage first was Chicago’s own, modern vices and a whole lot of glorious, shiny hair (they totally condition though). Having a self described “dirty doo-wop” sound, alex’s vocals immediately hit you in the face with his impressive and loud range. I could not think of a better description as you can totally pick up on that 50s vibe, distorted rock and clean and delicious guitar solos. Seeing any band for the first time, I always pay attention to the energy live and even on the slow jams these dudes still get the crowd feeling good and dirty. While only being a band for not even four years, they freaking killed it on their first self titled album. The slow songs build as they go and for moments all that noise makes so much sense until the calm again. The vintage sound reminds you of the birth of rock n’ roll. When you mix that with the raw energy and hopping around on stage, you immediately come to life as a spectator. What I’m stoked about is the future for these guys. The record from a few years back is quite impressive. Throw some additional money into production the next time around, I can see the depth of their sound growing and evolving...because let’s face it, they already rock.

ron gallo | subterranen, chicago | 2.20.17 | @thefaakehipster

ron gallo | subterranen, chicago | 2.20.17 | @thefaakehipster

ron gallo // This dude rounded out one of the better $12 shows I think I’ve ever been to. First off, that curly fro is glorious and could rival any other out there. Simply put, this dude’s latest album, “heavy meta,” is a dirty blues rock record ready to punch you in the face. He is self described as straddling the fence between “THE WORLD IS COMPLETELY FUCKED AND THE UNIVERSE IS INSIDE YOU.” Listening closely to his lyrics, they are kind of hilarious in our own millennial right, mixed in with our normal confusion and calling out of peeps. In short, this dude is deep and has some knowledge to drop on you to make you think. Even better, he puts on a hell of a live show. The three piece band sounds pretty luscious, with the bass and guitar playing real well off one another. Those echoey vocals fit in so well with that blues. Sprinkle some sounds from the 60s and 70s in there, turn up the distortion and let ron shred to your delight. I mean at one point he used part of an aluminum foldable chair to play his axe...yea never saw that one before. Go onto spotify, get the vinyl and check those tour dates in your city because he is worth the admission.

suggested listening experience: RG - funneling that aggression from the week // summertime bbq //// MV - hanging with mom and pops // hanging inside on a rainy night

listens: MV - smoke rings // keep me under your arms // cheap style // awake in the night //// RG - kill the medicine man // young lady, you’re scaring me // put the kids to bed // poor traits of the artist

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new music: TIJUANA PANTHERS

reppin: long beach, usa // innovative leisure records // 2009 - present

sounds like: a non-stop beach party with your friends from dawn till dusk

latest album drop: ghost food (aug 2016)

featuring: chad wachtel (guitar) // daniel michicoff (bass) // phil shaheen (drums)

tijuana panthers | photo cred: gloveboxx.com

tijuana panthers | photo cred: gloveboxx.com

You ever hit up that concert, or listen to that album and the experience front to back is consistent and more than satisfying. There really is not a dull moment and the build up just gets better and better? Well hello Tijuana Panthers. Oooo that mellow, lo-fi surfer rock kinda vibe is what TP is all about and they do it so well. The trio, who hails from long beach, all met at “church camp” (which I assume is similar to Hebrew Camp for us jews), and shared a passion for rock n’ roll. That soon blossomed into a band and their first 7” featuring the tunes “girls gone wild” and “creature.” This was soon followed up by their first album in 2010 (released in 2015), Max Barker. From there, the album Semi-Sweet was released in 2013 after sharing stages with some legends in between. There has been quite the bevy of singles and albums since then, as they have been in full force making music, tour and repeat mode.

tijuana panthers | photo cred: youtube.com

tijuana panthers | photo cred: youtube.com

Rock. Lo-Fi. Pop. Surfer Rock. Garage Rock. These guys really blend the genres in to well. Solidifying their place in the creation of masterful, vintage song making ability, they really know how to bring it track after track. What I mean by vintage, or classic, is that every song has such a great structure, filled with just enough pop to keep you looped in. There are simple, yet attractive riffs, vocals to boot and a good time to be had. The best part about these dudes...they are super weird! And weird is the new cool so embrace it. These guys should be here for some time to come so now is when you should start jumping on the bandwagon.

suggested listening experience: sunny day drinks // gym motivation // a cruise on the skateboard or longboard

listens: NOBO // cherry street // mind how you go // summer fun // father christmas // redheaded girl // crew cut

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new music: BAD//DREEMS

reppin: adeladine, australia // ivy league records // 2012 - present

sounds like: a half serious “fuck you” to your friend while waving and smiling

last album drop: dogs at bay (aug 2015)

bad//dreems | photo cred: rollingstoneaus.com

bad//dreems | photo cred: rollingstoneaus.com

featuring: james bartold // alex cameron // ben marwe // miles wilson

Throw a word like “outsider” in front of the word “rock” to describe your music, well I must investigate further. Slap that on top of these dudes meeting while playing for their local soccer club, the sport of choice for me (well, not really a choice...only so many sports you can play in high school when you are under six feet and Jewish), we have ourselves a band to watch. Forming in 2012, they immediately released their first single, “chills” followed by "caroline," which was picked up on the local Triple J radio on regular rotation. After doing some more digging around, I have come to find that adeladine is somewhat of a sacred place in Australia when it comes to music. It is home to many festivals of music and arts, a few music legends and a whole slew of ride range music genres. Growing up in a diverse setting like that can bring out the best in musicians. Fast forward to 2014 and these guys are already working with legendary music producer Mark Optiz on their hit single, “dumb ideas” (which is what first caught my attention).

bad//dreems | photo cred: pilerats.com

bad//dreems | photo cred: pilerats.com

These dudes do an amazing job of infusing their melodic sound into tracks that you can sway back and forth to as well as others that get you more in rock out banging your head mode. A sprinkle of 80s, some 70s UK rock and a bit of pop to top it off. The way they record their music gives a raw, yet smooth flow with their instruments, but the vocals so sharp in a way that makes you feel like ben is speaking directly to you. I love simple layers of sound, culture and personality through music, something these guys express through their tunes. What stands out the most: just being normal, chill guys. Watch their music videos of them just goofing around. There really isn’t an underlying statement to what they do...it is about enjoying their tunes and having fun with it. Do yourself a favor and get lost in the young lifespan of tracks that is bad//dreems because you will not be disappointed.

suggested listening experience: slamming beers and being goofy with friends // afternoon wall hitting at the office // getting pumped up for that date

listens: chills // dumb ideas // mob rule // cuffed & collared // caroline // hiding to nothing

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new music: TWIN PEAKS

reppin: chicago, il // grand jury records & communion records

sounds like: throwing on a pair of overalls, hopping into your 60s Corvette that you don’t own and bringing the squad together for a open road trip

twin peaks | photo cred: dailycal.org

twin peaks | photo cred: dailycal.org

last album drop: down in heaven (may 2016)

featuring: cadien lake james aka big tuna // clay frankel // jake dolan // connor brodner // colin croom

twin peaks | thalia hall, chicago | 12.18.16 | @thefaakehipster

twin peaks | thalia hall, chicago | 12.18.16 | @thefaakehipster

Oh man, you just don’t find these stories around these days...kids that literally grow up together in the same neighborhood and find musical magic and special connections off the bat. The new lineage of Chicago music bloodlines is quickly growing as founder Cadien is the little brother of former Smith Westerns member, Hal. Split between two next door high schools, they came together in 2010 and finally started recording their song gold in 2012. Talk about DIY. Using two condenser mics and GarageBand they chugged out a rock record with bits of pop and contrapuntal melodies. The birth of their first record made it clear that they had talent to grow in such a rock heavy Chicago point in time...this is a good thing moving to present time (because they freaking rock hint hint). Once they got into the studio in 2014 to record “Wild Onion” they came across a label, some friends and producers who had some heavy hitters under their belts already.

Built on garage and blues rock n’ roll and bolted in with sprinkles of punk rock, these kids pack a punch into their live songs. That seems a lot easier when you make track after track that is packed with sweet riffs and killer energy. As you rock out through the tracks you’ll pick up on the mixture of sweet melodies and harmonized melodies before they come out of nowhere and bust out a solo at a different pace. This translates oh so well into the live set. Between the organized chaos, the perfected edginess to the vocals and fuzzy punk ballads, you can’t help but moving around. It may be easier for one to write off a band that is all over the place with garage rock, one may think of as messy...but oh it is so not. Their latest set of shows the other weekend at Thalia Hall and The Metro made it apparent that their tunes are loved by ages wide enough to create a family, while staying fun, fresh and just goofy as fuck. That is my kind of combo and I think you will dig it too.

twin peaks | thalia hall, chicago | 12.18.16 | @thefaakehipster

twin peaks | thalia hall, chicago | 12.18.16 | @thefaakehipster

suggested listening experience: grilling out with the squad // weekday whiskey night // “hey dad, check out this rocking band!”

concert shenanigans: THE MYSTERY LIGHTS // WARBLY JETS

reppin: tml - nyc, usa // wick records // 2004 - present // wj - la, usa // 2015 - present

warbly jets | phot cred: foxesmagazine.com

warbly jets | phot cred: foxesmagazine.com

sounds like: dreaming of yourself in the 70s as a kid with no responsibilities...wicked

last album drop: tml - "the mystery lights" (june 2017) // wj - tba 2017

the mystery lights | photo cred: montereycountryweekly.com

the mystery lights | photo cred: montereycountryweekly.com

featuring: wj - samuel shea // julien o'neil // dan gerbang // justin goings // tml - mike brandon // l solano // alex q amini

the venue: empty bottle // chicago, usa

warbly jets | empty bottle, chicago | 12.6.16 | @thefaakehipster

warbly jets | empty bottle, chicago | 12.6.16 | @thefaakehipster

First, I have to get this out of the way...so much hair from this show. Fortunately for the hundred plus or so humans that attended, the talent matched the wavy locks that we stared at all night. Introduce Warbly Jets and The Mystery Lights, both packed with a raw yet crafted rock sound that will rope one in right from the start. I love that these two hooked  up for some dates because they complement one another so well to make for a night. WJ hails from the left side and TML from the right (I’m right in the middle!). Mystery have been giving us depth and layers of rock, blues and grunge for quite some time now, while warbly is just rolling up their sleeves and getting started….although the members within are already vets being part of past projects.

WJ // Jared, why the fuck are you writing about this band that only has one song, I thought you were an album guy...my response: fuck you, i can do what i want! Just kidding, I love you and appreciate your concern, but they did play more than one song live, that i do know. As I told mr samuel after his set, I had not heard of these guys before seeing them, but holy shit did they looks like vets out there. Honest, raw rock n’ roll with just enough attitude to make you smile as they went through their set. The sound is organic, the energy is in abundance. The riffs are clean and the vocals are quite dreamy. Yea, go listen to that one song because it is fucking awesome. The first full length from these dudes should bash any overproduced stuff out of the water and I am quite excited. Until next time in Chicago (when it is warm please!)

the mystery lights | empty bottle, chicago | 12.6.16 | @thefaakehipster

the mystery lights | empty bottle, chicago | 12.6.16 | @thefaakehipster

TML // At the foundation of tml is such a soothing, simple blues rock that is matched perfectly with mike’s vocals and that delicious lead guitarist who moves in and out of riffs and solos like its nothing. Close your eyes while they are playing and you can feel the energy coming off the instruments while simultaneously forgetting what decade it really is. The analog distortion isn’t trying to fool you and be modern, it is delivering rock n’ roll straight up. So much 60s and 70s, less talking and taking you from track to track. There is fluid energy throughout the set, but it is balanced between the members moving from singing to yelling, riffs to solos and more solos...it can keep any music fan engaged and wowed. Their latest full length, “the mystery lights,” is a treat from cover to cover, not even coming close to missing a beat when it comes to that old school grunge and punk sound. Cheers dudes

There is A LOT of music out there and a lot of it comes on false pretenses. I only met a few of these dudes briefly, but I can tell they spend countless hours challenging themselves to write that perfect riff and channeling their thoughts and energy through every track, album and performance. When bands start taking that mindset, gaining fans and getting noticed is just a side effect, no faking there.

suggested listening experience: doing anything in the world in the outdoors // getting the pep back in the step on a saturday afternoon // impressing mom and dad

listenstml - follow me home // too many girls // what happens when you turn the devil down // without me // flowers in my hair, demons in my head // wj - alive

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new music: OTHERKIN

reppin: dublin, ireland // rubyworks records // 2013 - present

sounds like: that night you got drunk, had a rolling brown-out, smoked weed and woke up the next morning with a smile being totally okay with it

last album drop: the new vice EP (june 2016)

otherkin | photo cred: goldenplec.com

otherkin | photo cred: goldenplec.com

featuring: david anthony // luke reilly // rob summons // conor andrew wynne

otherin | photo cred: rockforpeople.com

otherin | photo cred: rockforpeople.com

It was love at first listen for me with these dudes...the sweaty, head banging, screaming type of beautiful love. Still baby-faced irish kids, these guys only started in 2013 and they seem to have packed decades of British rock sound into these years. Back then, Luke, Conner and David found a dude named Rob and they formed this in your face rock n’ roll band we see before us today. The story so far reminds me of punk bands playing in the Chicago suburbs. Packing the local house party, small venue in the burbs and clawing their way to touring. Gaining a fan at a time, otherkin played college dorms in the close knit and talented Dublin live scene. You do whatever you can to get music out there as they self-released tracks and did not worry so much about putting an album together. They certainly did it the old fashion way and being rough around the edges is better than anything smooth and conservative I’ve ever come across. Perhaps the best quote I found from the guys: “We want our records to be punchy, lean and blazing. Straight in, no kissing.” If only I could get girls to think the same thing about me…

otherkin | photo cred: irishtimes.com

otherkin | photo cred: irishtimes.com

I am all about the front to back album, but with the first few EPs you can sniff gold with the music (that was not meant to be an Irish joke). Start with their first single, “ay ay” of the 201 EP and clear some space to jump around. What is a mixture of 90s grunge and new wave punk-pop, they so clearly have perfected their sound super early. Moving along to 2016, “the new vice” ep, i mean holy shit where to start. The riffs have the perfect amount of edginess that won’t let anyone shy away. The vocals layer over the guitars like mozzarella on pizza dough and those quick solos are just the icing on the cake (you would eat cake and pizza together, admit it). Top your listening experience off with “yeah, i know” and then come sit with me as we beg for more. They sure as hell know how to rock a club to the core...can’t wait to see what these crazy cats do next.

suggested listening experience: getting rowdy before, during or after going out // waking up your friends in the morning after a night out // hanging with friends outside during a sunny day

listens: ay ay // yeah, i know // howling // i was born // feel it // white heat

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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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new music: JACUZZI BOYS

jacuzzi boys | photo cred: rollogrady.com

jacuzzi boys | photo cred: rollogrady.com

reppin: miami, usa // hardy art records

sounds like: strolling down the highway with your window down and your tongue out as you try to act like a dog and wake up your best friend in the backseat...worth it

latest album drop: ping pong (oct 2016) // released today!!!

featuring: gabriel // diego // danny

Oh, the feels when you hear their hit track from 2011, “glazin,’” and that simple riff progression comes in, the soft vocals and then it speeds up and you can’t help just rocking out. Most try, few succeed. These southeast rock n rollers got their start back in 2007 and have been grinding out that feel good, slightly grungy rock n’ roll ever since. While having released 3 solid albums and 1 EP since 2009, these are the kids who are constantly touring to build that special bond with their fans. I mean how can you not hear a track like “happy damage” and smile as they take you through these fascinating, upbeat progessions, fun ass lyrics with vocals that just blend perfectly into that rock sound. Plus, these dudes seem goofy and rad. When they describe that they can turn “neon into ice cubes” and are “going grand” by “building limestone monuments to those who boogied before them,” well, you have something quite special here. 

jacuzzi boys | photo cred: psychicgloss.com

jacuzzi boys | photo cred: psychicgloss.com

Speaking of boogieing, these tracks blend the perfect amount of dance in your step with head banging rock (que long hair bobbing to and fro). You can hear just a bit of that southern rock in a few of their tracks. Then that cali guitar rock comes in and what could easily be a hot mess comes together so nicely. Head over to “no sleep” and you get the bounce up and down sound with lyrics you’ll easily be able to pick-up. Seriously, run through that happy damage EP and you will not find a weak song. Then, slap their newest, “ping pong”, back and forth and be even further pleased. By the way, that album just dropped today, october, 21st. They so perfectly place their mini-solos between gabriel and danny’s vocals, giving listeners that extra little bit. Folks, rock n’ roll had a wide range of sounds. Those who pull of one of those types to perfection should be praised. We praise you Jacuzzi Boys (or at least I do). Keep rocking out dudes!

suggested listening experience: bbqing some fucking meat // windown down, crusing the highway during the summer // pregaming with the squad

listens: lucky blade // can't fight forever // happy damage // no sleep // sun // glazin’ // electric days

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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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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: JEREMY & THE HARLEQUINS

reppin: brooklyn, usa // yep roc records

sounds like: tight jeans, chuck taylors, a white t, leather jackets, aviators and a lot of attitude

latest album drop: into the night (2016)

featuring: jeremy fury (vocals) // craig bonich (axe) // Patrick Meyer (axe) // stevie fury (drums) // bobby ever (bass)

jeremy & the harlequins | photo cred: modern-vinyl.com

jeremy & the harlequins | photo cred: modern-vinyl.com

These little known, yet fast rising cats, pack a hell of a punch into their authentic sound that is 50s and 60s rock n’ roll. I had the pleasure of meeting these guys in Brooklyn and am quite stoked that I came across them. I immediately could tell that these savvy veterans of the music scene were ready to take their sound to the next level. Having already done a good amount of touring and putting a song on a feature film’s soundtrack, I’d say they are off and running. While music from that era is not as complex as the tunes we come across today, the simplicity of their sound and vocals actually has a wide range. They’ll make you smile one minute with remnants of the Beach Boys, while coming back and getting scratchy in a track like, “into the night.” Whatever you come across, you’ll find yourself either humming, tapping your foot to the beat or singing along immediately.

There is plenty out there in the “recreation” department, those who want to bring us nostalgic sound at its finest. In fact, a lot of it out there is carefully formula driven and in my opinion too soft for its own good because all they care about is getting on the radio. Most of the time there tends to be no identity or attitude, but there is something about a modern approach mixed with the rock n’ roll past these guys out out there. I don’t think there are many that beat J&TH at the vintage, super pure sound behind Jeremy Fury’s scratchy vocals. To top it off, they look the part and it is so fitting that are from NYC. I’m telling you all, while you won’t hear about these guys in the mainstream quite yet, they have created plenty of noise in the music community and it will only get better from here. Keep bringing us the rock n’ roll gentleman.

suggested listening experience: those fall nights, seems like the perfect backdrop music // your next road trip // shooting some pool or throwing some darts

listens: into the night (see below) // no one cares // trip into the light // cam girl // rhythm don’t lie

j&th // fb // twitter // sc // ig // spotfiy

concert shenanigans: THE ORWELLS - A look into a pair of shows @ 1st Ward dubbed "The Midwest ShitFest"

THE ORWELLS

also featuring: The Symposium, Post Animal, Joe Bordenero & The Late Bloomers

the orwells | 1st ward @ chop shop | 8.12.16 | photo cred: @thefaakehipster

the orwells | 1st ward @ chop shop | 8.12.16 | photo cred: @thefaakehipster

reppin: elmhurst, il // canvasback music

sounds like: that proud moment when you feel good about giving the middle finger to someone with a big smile

next album drop: fall/winter 2016 release will follow up "Disgraceland"

featuring: matt o'keefe // henry brinner // matt brinner // dominic corso // mario cuomo

First...a brief history

Let's catch you slackers up on what the awesome dudes known as The Orwells have accomplished before most of us have even graduated college. All five guys grew up in suburban Chicago, Elmhurst to be exact, and formed in 2009 in the early stages of high school. It only took a quick 3 years to get discovered, signed and release their first album, “remember when” in 2012. Whether it was from within, or trusted sources, there was something special there so they graduated early, hit the festival circuit, wowed Letterman and earned the hearts of fans everywhere. Shortly thereafter, they released their follow up, “disgraceland.” While the journey for them had already been incredible, this beautifully crafted garage rock album received not only praise from the music folks out there, but an enormous, positive reception from the fans. Oh, and these goofballs are only 21/22 years old as we jump to the present.

fast forward to right meow

In any aspect of life, there is something special when humans get together to create a masterpiece. I wholeheartedly believe that these five young dudes will forever have that “special sauce” from being so close to one another at a very young age. We mold our personalities and values as we grow through high school and beyond, and they were able to do it as one entity with five different, laid back personalities. A majority of musicians out there will go their whole career without gaining even a dedicated local following...already veterans on the show front; hanging with them I immediately felt a vibe of humility. So easygoing, connected to one another and welcoming to the newbies (like myself) to take in a slice. Flicking beers and tequila back like it’s nothing, laughing, taking cracks at one another and living in the moment are all key aspects to preparing for a killer show

Now, the crowd is getting more and more anxious and the guys are ready to take the stage in Chicago for the first time in awhile. Before them, three local, talented acts warmed everyone up. There are no nerves...just anticipation to engage their fans and have probably more fun than they are. That middle finger (or the toilet plunger that Mario found) are raised high in the sky...they don’t care what you think of them; all they want is to bring out that emotion in every fan through their rock n’ roll. You may call it chaos. I call it an organized, sweaty good ass time (speaking of butts, Mario was not shy in mooning everyone). Both nights, moshing and crowd surfing were at the max despite a sign every 15 feet clearly reading: “No moshing or crowd surfing.”  I still see the energetic youth in The Orwells much like I still try to cling onto what’s left of mine. However, there is a level of maturity with Matt, Grant, Mario, Henry and Dominic; they not only understand and vibe off their audience, but they understand each other. That magical formula is going to lead to countless masterpieces to come. Much love to these guys for the opportunity to kick it this past weekend.

suggested listening experience: anytime you need to smile and forget about about shit // any house or backyard party // trying to build the courage to tell your ex to fuck off

listens: the righteous ones // mallrats (la la la) // who needs you // let it burn // in my bed

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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

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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