Catching up with Real Friends' Kyle Fasel

Kelley Sloot | June 2018

Real Friends begins Warped Tour this week and before the official tour begins, I got to hop on the phone with Kyle Fasel, the bassist of Real Friends, and ask him a few questions.

  Photo credit: Megan Leetz

Photo credit: Megan Leetz

Q. You guys are currently on the road for Warped Tour… Is there one or two cities that you’re most excited for?

A. Kinda tough to say. We just haven’t toured in the U.S. in a while…It’s been a year. We’re starting here in Pomona (California), actually, we start the tour tomorrow. I’m pretty excited to play here because it’s been so long. Of course, we’re really excited for the Chicago date, it’s actually in Tinley Park, our home town. So yeah, really stoked for those two but we are really excited for the entire tour and getting back to it.

Q. Are you going to be playing any unreleased songs from Composure or are you going to mostly stick with the two songs that have already been released?

A. I think we’re just going to be playing the couple that have already been released from the record. I think in this setting it’s definitely better to play songs that everyone already knows.

Q. The From The Outside music video was recently released as well…How did you guys come up with the colorful concept of the entire thing?

A. The director, Caleb Mallory, was actually the one who came up with it. We thought it was a great idea and just all around a great video. It shows that everything looks happy on the surface, but there’s a lot more to it.

Q. Did each of you get to choose which color you played against?

A. Yeah! Well, I was supposed to be blue but Dan ended up being blue, I don’t really remember why. But for the most part we got to pick our colors.

Q. I was actually at the Composure listening party at Rowboat Creative last week and the turn out was awesome! How were the two other parties and how was it being able to talk one-on-one with fans?

A. I thought it was such a cool idea, especially because it was disguised as an acoustic show. But it was a reveal too because at that point, the album wasn’t even announced. So I thought it was really cool to reveal that to fans, especially in our home area. I think, when we were talking about the idea, we were really just all saying “What would we be stoked on? If we were a fan, what would be special to us?” And we came up with that idea.

I thought that it went over really well and it was cool for us to be able to do things that don’t involve us playing a concert. It adds more to the band. Don’t get me wrong, playing live is great and it’s one of the best parts of being in the band, but I do think it’s really important to be able to step outside of the box and have people come together for the band.

Q. That’s awesome! I went alone but I did hear a lot of the fans talking about the record and to you guys and I think it was definitely cool because with a live concert, there’s not as much of a personal basis as there was with the party. And I’ve never been to one of those before, so I thought it was really cool.

A. Yeah… It was really hot hahahaha. But it gives us a chance to go one-on-one with fans and be able to actually sit and talk for 10 minutes. Like for Warped Tour, everyday we’re doing a meet and greet, technically. But it’s really just a picture with the band. We don’t really have time to actually talk to people and hear how much they like the record and everything.

We’ve been a band for 8 years now, so the events were also cool because it’s a way for fans to socialize with each other. There’s a lot of groups that are friends because of our band. That’s crazy to me. I think those events can spark friendships as well.

Q. Okay well I have one more question for you! If you could go back in time and talk to yourself and the band when your record Maybe This Place is the Same and We’re Just Changing came out, what would you tell them as words of wisdom or advice?

A. Oh, that’s a tough question! It kind of almost goes back to what I was just talking about. I would push us to be more social with fans and really try to engage a bit more. We were never a band that sat in the corner to our bands. Those events over this past year have showed me that fans are everything. You know?

And I think that there were times in the past where we didn’t give the proper attention that I think we should have to the fans. Whether it be in a live setting or whether it be doing more fun and creative things like the listening party. So just socializing more with fans and trying to push boundaries even more creatively whether it be through events or at concerts.

Kyle has recently released his first poetry book titled nothing memorable stays the sameReal Friends is currently on tour with Warped Tour. Buy tickets here.

Composure will be released July 13th, 2018. You can pre-order the new album and check Real Friends out on social media through the links below.

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Written by Kelley Sloot (IG, Twitter @kelleysloot).

We Are Scientists' Return + Summer Tour

Alicia Maciel | June 2018

We Are Scientists, a.k.a. "W.A.S.", are hitting the road this summer across the U.S. Members Keith Murray (guitar and lead vocals) and Chris Cain (bass guitar and backing vocals), started playing together back in 1997 and moved to NY in 2001. Known for taking indie rock pop in new directions for over a decade, We Are Scientists are coming to a city near you following the release of their sixth album Megaplex

  Photo credit: Ted Leather

Photo credit: Ted Leather

Kicking off the tour June 13 at Boston's Sonia, the indie-rockers are coming to Chicago June 22 at The Empty Bottle. Full of hooks and fueled to positively influence listeners through their compositions, W.A.S.'s most recent release is bursting with bright tracks - making anyone want to dance. 

Megaplex is a ten track album recorded at Tim Wheeler from Ash’s Atomic Heart Studios in NYC and produced by Max Hart, whose work includes pop icon Katy Perry. The duo had tunnel vision set on making their sixth release creative, fun, and exciting - bringing We Are Scientists back on the map. Ready to reunite with fans on the dance floor, you could find W.A.S.'s links and tour dates down below. 

  Megaplex by We Are Scientists (2018)

Megaplex by We Are Scientists (2018)

Written by Alicia Maciel (IG, Twitter: @eraseher_), a fan of hugs and the surfer emoji.

pronoun: standing alone + making waves in indie pop

Alicia Maciel | June 2018

On June 5th, pronoun hit the Windy City to wrap up a stacked tour featuring CitizenBasementSouvenirsANGEL DU$T, and Oso Oso. Recording an enticing Audiotree session in the heart of Wicker Park and playing Cobra Lounge later that night, the Brooklyn act was more than delighted to be in a place that reminded them of home. While the genres of the bands mentioned above range from rock to emo and hardcore, indie synth pop would be far from what's expected on the same show bill.

At first listen, pronoun's style could remind anyone of acts like Tegan and Sara, The Killers, and even Hippo Campus.  Having a handful of singles out including "wrong" and "run, we were excited to learn more about the solo, female indie act. pronoun had some time on the road and was able to provide some insight as to how their music came to life.


Q: Hey! Could you briefly introduce yourself?

A: Hi! I am Alyse, aka pronoun. I record, play, and produce all of the music for this project :D

Q: How did the project form and evolve into doing live performances?

A: Well, it started with me in my bedroom fumbling around my Squire and Pro Tools, adding layers and layers until I liked how the song sounded. Making the music was new for me, and I never expected to be playing live at all let alone on this level now.

When you're putting out music it's important to perform it, which I was very nervous about doing. My first show was way before I had put any songs out, I wanted to practice and be sure that the show was entertaining enough for when the music was released. Fast foward a couple of years and we have probably played over a hundred shows now. This latest tour (with Citizen) has brought my performance to a new level, I feel way more comfortable playing, singing, and on stage than I ever have before.

Q: Whoa - 100 shows already? That's fantastic to hear! I'm curious - how did you go about choosing the name pronoun? Any reasons it stuck?

A: In all honesty, a friend came up with it. However, when I revisited it after the fact I realized pronoun's can stand alone which is what I felt I was doing when I started this project.

Q: That's a lot deeper than I had anticipated. Assuming you have new work on the way, typically how long is the recording and composition process?

A: Really depends. The EP took about 1-2 days per song, this album is taking longer because I am in a different place emotionally and professionally in my day job. Putting out your first song/EP is very scary, however there's nothing to lose, no one knows who you are yet. I want to be sure that this album is a great next step and sounds like a new release, so I am putting a lot of time in to it.

Q: That's really inspiring! I've heard it's always difficult finding time to dive into recording when working a day job. Going further on composition - do you start with a riff, lyrics, or anything really?

  Photo by Shervin Lainez

Photo by Shervin Lainez

A: Again really depends, but it's usually a guitar riff and the rest all follows shortly after. You can even hear it in each song out right now, each one has a specific guitar riff at the beginning, that's where the song started. 

Q: I'm a sucker for killer guitar riffs. I love how dancey yours are! Focusing on lyricism, do the lyrics tend to have deeper meanings, have a storytelling purpose, or are simply to convey emotions to your audience?

A: The lyrics are just very personal to me and I don't really write them with the audience in mind, but I do think that's why they stick out and can hit people in a significant way.

Q: Going beyond that, what emotions/messages would you like to resonate with your audience?

A: Stand up for yourself, know your worth, and never ever say never.

Q: If that saying doesn't keep you goin', I'm not sure what will! What's it like growing as a band in Brooklyn? What are you looking forward to? 

A: I'm looking forward to evolving my sounds and the themes of the music. I want to be around for a while and constantly be reinventing myself/music.

Q: Is the project heavily inspired by certain styles of music or bands?

A: Tons, off the top of my head it was Day Wave, Julien Baker, and The Japanese House who made me want to start making music again. But all in all - I think I am very influenced by Jimmy Eat World, The 1975, and a lot of other alternative rock bands that are being 100% true to themselves and their sounds. 

Looking forward to their bright future with nothing holding them back, pronoun's returning to Chicago this September to perform at Riot Fest! Reemphasizing the values of being true to yourself and developing as one grows - you can stay updated with pronoun by checking out any of the links down below.

Site | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Spotify

Written by Alicia Maciel (IG, Twitter: @eraseher_).

The Prettybads - Houston's poppy punk trio makes debut

Alicia Maciel | June 2018

The rock scene's surging with tons of bands from down south. Houston band The Prettybads is releasing their debut full-length Meet The Prettybads June 15th through Indie Vision Music. Strutting their talents through what can be described as poppy "soft-core" punk, the trio combines their experiences, personal beliefs, and imagination into lighthearted tracks for everyone to hear.


Sticking true to punk rock roots, their self-recorded 20 track album shows what experiences and styles they've embraced together. Founding members and co-writers Jordan Prettybad and Kayla Prettybad have been composing side by side since 2007. In December 2016, Ben Bravo joined the band - transforming The Prettybads to the trio they are today. 

With songs running quick, infusing doo-wop with pop, melodrama, retro and plenty more - you'll dig their sound if you're a fan of acts Ramones, Ex-Girlfriends, The Interrupters, and Groovie Ghoulies. They're coming to Champagne-Urbana, Illinois and performing at AudioFeed Festival July 5!

Follow links below to stay in touch with The Prettybads!

Facebook | Instagram | Pre-order | AudioFeed Fest

Written by Alicia Maciel (IG, Twitter: @eraseher_).

Greg Holden's "On The Run" and on the road

Alicia Maciel | May 2018

Critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Greg Holden debuted a new single called "On The Run" earlier this month. Produced by the one and only Butch Walker, who has worked with acts from Katy Perry to Weezer, this single follows up Chase the Sun, his third full-length studio album.


Scottish-born and English-raised, this musician has turned heads the past few years - being recognized as an independent artist all over. Best known for writing Phillip Phillips' hit track "Home", he's earned praise from the likes of Cher to NPR and even Zane Lowe. 

Greg Holden is hitting the road this summer, headlining shows across Europe and tickets can be purchased HERE. A full list of shows can be found down below.

Greg Holden Tour Dates:

July 18th – Hamburg, DE @ Nochtspeicher

July 20th – Frankfurt, DE @ Venue TBA

July 21st – Cologne, DE @ The Nomad Music Festival

July 24th – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso

July 25th – Hannover, DE @ Faust

July 26th – Berlin, DE @ Frannz

July 27th – Munich, DE @ Zehner Club

July 28th – Tettnang, DE @ Schlossgarten Open Air #


August 1st – London, UK @ Venue TBA

August 2nd – London, UK @ St. Pancras Old Church

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The Fratellis to headline Metro

Alicia Maciel | May 2018

Scottish rock trio The Fratellis are finally returning to Chicago after 3 years! Headlining a sold out show at Metro Friday, May 11 presented by 101 WKQX, the legendary nightclub will create an intimate setting for their long waited return. Their last show in the city at The Vic Theatre was filled with high energy, countless improvisation, and all hockey fans singing along to "Chelsea Dagger". The Fratellis are traveling the U.S. roads promoting their fifth studio album In Your Own Sweet Timevia Cooking Vinyl Limited.


Adding to what may be their most pop release yet, the twelve track album continues to bring the band's signature style - playful, rhythmic, and sophisticated lyricism and instruments. While personal favorites from the new album include surf pop "Sugartown", Beach Boys influenced "Starcrossed Lovers",  and a synth pop development on their well-known style "The Next Time We Wed" - fans never know how the songs will be performed live.

Keep an eye out for European rockers The Fratellis and our coverage of their show!

Moose Blood to Play Chicago's House of Blues

Formed in  Canterbury, England, Moose Blood self-released their first EP titled Bukowski Demo in 2012. Since then, they have signed to  No Sleep Records and Hopeless Records and released three full length studio albums. The band consists of Eddy Brewerton (vocals/guitar), Mark Osbourne (lead guitar/vocals), Kyle Todd (bass), and Lee Munday (drums). Their latest album, I Don’t Think I Can Do This Anymore, was released on March 9th following their two earlier releases, I’ll Keep You in Mind, From Time to Time (2014) and Blush (2016). They are currently touring the US and will go on to Canada, Europe, and Australia in the coming months.

 Photo compliments of Moose Blood

Photo compliments of Moose Blood

Freedom's Goblin by Ty Segall paves the way for diverse rock music today

Alicia Maciel | April 2018

It’s been almost a year since Ty Segall and the Freedom band headlined a sold out show at Metro in Chicago and they're back this weekend at Riviera Theatre with Ty's most diverse release yet. Hitting the road following a mesmerizing performance of "Fanny Dog" on Conan in December 2017 and the album release January 2018, Freedom's Goblin is considered to be Segall's most diverse and raw release yet. 

  Photo by Denée Segall

Photo by Denée Segall

Rolling Stone highlighted the album in its "54 Most Anticipated Albums of 2018", describing tracks to “[range] from freaky garage jams to tender love songs”. Engineered by Steve Albini, F. Bermudez, Lawrence “Boo” Mitchell, and Ty himself – the idea behind the mixing was to take the imperfections of live performances and integrate them into studio recordings. Amplifying fuzz to new levels, the plethora of instruments and styles used enables a sense of freedom in all listeners. 

  Photo by Denée Segall

Photo by Denée Segall

Freedom's Goblin has 19 tracks filling four sides of vinyl released via Drag City. With a desire to make your head spin, "Tydentities" (personalities) and unconcern of convention compiled over the span of a year which made this release one of the most eclectic and stand-out albums of 2018. Find track listing and tour dates below!

Freedom’s Goblin Tracklist
1.    Fanny Dog
2.    Rain
3.    Every 1’s a Winner
4.    Despoiler of Cadaver
5.    When Mommy Kills You
6.    My Lady’s On Fire
7.    Alta
8.    Meaning
9.    Cry Cry Cry
10.    Shoot You Up
11.    You Say All the Nice Things
12.    The Last Waltz
13.    She
14.    Prison
15.    Talkin 3
16.    The Main Pretender
17.    I’m Free
18.    5 Ft. Tall
19.    And, Goodnight


Tour Dates

Apr. 5 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
Apr. 6 – Rapid City, SD @ URSA MAJOR
Apr. 7 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Apr. 8 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera
Apr. 10 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theater
Apr. 11 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Theater
Apr. 13 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
Apr. 14 – Port Chester, NY @ The Capitol Theatre
Apr. 15 – Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero Theater
Apr. 17 – Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre
Apr. 18 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
Apr. 20 – Birmingham, AL @ Saturn
Apr. 21 – Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall
Apr. 22 – New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jack’s
Apr. 26 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Outdoor (Levitation 2018)
Apr. 27 – Austin, TX @ Barracuda (part of Levitation)
April 29 – Flagstaff, AZ @ Orpheum Theatre

Adults Books is channeling new wave in "Vivienne Westwood 1976"

Alicia Maciel | April 2, 2018

Dreamy, 80s inspired track "Vivienne Westwood 1976" makes you feel like your head's in the clouds while you're dancing in empty streets. 

  Photo by David Fearn

Photo by David Fearn

Premiered on L.A. Record, L.A.'s biggest music publication since 2015, Californian rockers Adult Books debuted their first single since 2016. Coming out on a 7" pressing via Vitriol Records, they're an indie rock trio with insanely catchy melodies you gotta check out. 

Heavily inspired by the post-punk style and liking's of the Ramones and the Smiths, Adult Books hit the road for SXSW and are more than likely to hit a city near you soon enough.

Now available on all platforms, make sure to listen to "Vivienne Westwood 1976" by Adult Books

  Via Facebook

Via Facebook

Porches – from The Houses to the shows

Following Porches' The Houses release on January 19, 2018 - Aaron Maine hits the road to showcase their latest work. 

Alicia Maciel | February 2018

Partaking in a special 'In the Round' performance at Chicago's Thalia Hall Wednesday, February 22 - indie synth act Porches will be performing in the center of the venue's main floor, providing fans an intimate 360 degree experience. NY-based songwriter Aaron Maine began Porches in 2010 and soon followed the release of 3 EPs, 2 full-length albums, and constant incorporation of new wave styles into his electronica tracks.

Often described as pop/rock synth music, Porches released their 3rd album The Houses January 2018. Taking a step back from reality's hectic pace, Maine talks about introspection and identity throughout the entire album. With songs describing the analysis and understanding of anxiety, the complexity of relationships, reminiscing, and moments of isolation - the key to learning more about oneself is to comprehend what's occurring in their life. 


Highlighting imperfections and inviting musical contributors ranging from Sandy (Alex G), Dev Hynes (Blood Orange), Maya Laner (True Blue, Porches), and even his own father - Porches emphasized how rawness and affection influences the development of personhood.

"Find Me" and "Goodbye" are standout tracks on The Houses that bring liveliness and emotional intensity to the listener. With resonating lyrics found on almost every track, "Now The Water" includes a line states "I'd give it all to you to become one with myself", showing the burning desire to be fully accepting of one's self.

Traveling coast to coast and touring Europe in April, you can find upcoming dates to see Porches near you below. 


Tennessee's Bogues premiers new track and tour

Alicia Maciel | February 2018

Emo's come through indie waves as of late. Bogues from Tennessee released "Orchard to Bartnick", debut single off his new record Life, Slowly due March 2nd. 

For fans of acoustic Mayday Parade and A Day to Remember tracks, and more contemporary bands like Safe Bet - Bogues lyrics and breakdown resonates with anyone dealing with change. Whether it's relationship mishaps, not taking a shot, and losing strong friendships, Bogues plucks at the strings of guitars and hearts while telling a story about the uncertainty under all change. 

Bogues is touring throughout the Midwest and East Coast later this month with more plans to come. Check out their tour dates below:


Helado Negro - Bringing Latin American Music to TNK

Alicia Maciel | January 2018

Headlining a sold out show night 1 of Tomorrow Never Knows is Helado Negro, bringing ambiance through bilingual lyrics and wavy instrumentals. As a singer-songwriter, Roberto Lange infuses his Ecuadoran-American roots by composing songs in the languages of Spanish and English. Struggling with identity over his lifetime both privately and as an artist, Lange began to work on his fifth and most vulnerable release Private Energy.

Straying away from the norm and creating an original sound, Lange’s sultry vocals layered over captivating electronic pop music can resonate with anyone. Motivated to share his identity through creative expression, one-man band Helado Negro makes audiences of any tongue or skin share a truly powerful experience.

Check out “It’s My Brown Skin” from Helado Negro’s Private Energy (2016). You can find Helado Negro’s links and tour dates down below.







Tour Dates

1.17 - Chicago. IL @ Tomorrow Never Knows Fest * SOLD OUT
1.18 - St. Louis, MO @ Art of Live Fest
1.19 - Detroit, MI @ Museum of Contemporary Art
1.20 - Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
1.23 - Washington, D. C. @ U Street Music Hall
1.24 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry
1.26 - Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere
1.27 - Portsmouth, NH @ 3S Artspace
1.28 - Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
4.13 - Indio, CA @ Coachella Valley Music + Arts Festival
4.14 - Marfa, TX @ Marfa Myths Music Festival
4.20 - Indio, CA @ Coachella Valley Music + Arts Festival

Been Stellar - "Midwestern Holiday"

Alicia Maciel | December 2017

Break-ups aren't the easiest things to deal with. From heartache to intense moments of introspection, Been Stellar's "Midwestern Holiday" encompasses one's scattered state of mind through it all.

Indie rockers Been Stellar relocated from Michigan to NYC for their college years. With major influences including The Strokes, Spoon, and Interpol - Skyler Knapp (guitar), Miles Caminier (drums), Dominic Gould (bass), and Sam Slocum (vox, synth) dropped their new single "Midwestern Holiday" December 1st.

Available on all streaming services now, the adjective-packed 4 minute track infuses elements of an emotional sing-along that can get stuck in your head for days. 

  Artwork by Anna McGuffie

Artwork by Anna McGuffie

While part of the lyricism describes tactics any ex-partner does, light guitar drives this sulky, call-for-attention track. The warm hearted bits reminiscing on memories transitioning to misery throughout each stanza stuck out to me. 

The repeated phrases, build up, and release can resonate with anyone's emotions when it comes to breakups. Keep an eye out for Been Stellar!


The Fratellis Premiere "Stand Up Tragedy" Video

Alicia Maciel | December 2017

Scottish rock trio The Fratellis shared a video for their first single off In Your Own Sweet Time (via Cooking Vinyl) "Stand Up Tragedy". The video can easily catch fans off guard as no band members are visibly present throughout the clip. 

The plot-line for "Stand Up Tragedy" takes place in a senior home with vibrant pops of color scattered across the muted environment. As the song's melodic composition and adrenaline builds, everyone sways to the electrifying rhythm with glitter on their cheeks, wearing feather boas, taking swings of alcohol, and smiling from ear to ear.

The Fratellis are best known for Jon Fratelli's lyricism and catchy song structure. Striving to keep fans on their tip-toes, the band's fifth studio album In Your Own Sweet Time releasing March 9, 2018 produced by Tony Hoffer (Beck, The Kooks) showcases a new style to their witty, high energy roots. Layering psych-influenced back-up vocals, highlighting the riffs, and playfully telling a dark-humor story through their lyrics The Fratellis still have a hat full of tricks to release. 

Catch Jon Fratelli (vox, guitar), Barry Fratelli (Bass), and Mince Fratelli (drums) at Metro Friday, May 11 and elsewhere in the U.S. here. Find tour dates below and pre-order the album here!


April 26  Vancouver BC @ Commodore Ballroom
April 27 Seattle WA @ The Showbox
April 28 Portland OR @ Roseland Theater
April 30 San Francisco CA @ The Fillmore
May 1 Santa Ana CA @ The Observatory
May 2 Los Angeles CA @ Belasco Theater
May 4 San Diego CA @ The Observatory North Park
May 5 Phoenix AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
May 7 Salt Lake City UT @ The Complex
May 8 Denver CO @ Bluebird Theater
May 10 Minneapolis MN @ First Avenue
May 11 Chicago IL @ Metro
May 12 Toronto ON @ Danforth Music Hall
May 14 Detroit MI @ Majestic Theatre
May 15 Philadelphia PA @ Theatre of Living Arts (TLA)
May 16 Brooklyn NY @ Brooklyn Steel
May 18 Boston MA @ Paradise Rock Club
May 19 Washington DC @ 9:30 Club
May 21 Nashville TN @ Exit In
May 22 Atlanta GA @ Terminal West


The Moms "Soup Song" Hits Food TV

Alicia Maciel | November 2017

It's atypical for an indie rock band to land tv time on food talk shows - unless if you're in The Moms, a New Jersey trio singing a heartwarming tune that made others want more.

Debuting on Billboard, reposted on Food & Wine, then hitting The Chew - I'm sure the band did not deliberately plan to gain strong traction amongst foodies. 

"Soup Song" is off of The Moms' recently-released album Doing Asbestos We Can (the pun is killing me). "It addresses the people of the earth about temporary nature of their stay which was inspired by Mark Twain’s Letters from the Earth," explains frontman Joey Nester. Pick up vinyl, CD, or a download here.    

"The Moms take a clever turn at tying pop-punk into college rock into indie rock." -Punknews

Catch them on tour in the east coast down below!

Dec 02 The Sidebar - Baltimore, MD

Dec 30 The Barbary - Philadelphia, PA


LP Announces North American Headline Tour

Alicia Maciel | November 29, 2017

Pop's making a stronger comeback than ever before.

Today, acclaimed recording artist and songwriter LP announced dates for her spring 2018 North American headline tour. Kicking off Feb. 9 in Sacramento and performing in Atlanta March 10 as her final stop, LP's hitting big cities during the month-long tour. The trek will support LP’s fourth full-length studio album, Lost On You, and features Noah Kahan as direct support. Find tix to a city near you here and tix for the Chicago show here.

Her 13-track album Lost on You premiered back in May (BMG/Vagrant), executive produced by Mike Del Rio [Christina Aguilera, X Ambassadors], many tracks co-written by Nate Campany [Tove Lo, Carly Rae Jepsen], and includes 5-previously released songs from LP's Death Valley EP.  

With breathtaking vocals, performances on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, CONAN, The Late Late Show with James Corden, and publications such as Paper Magazine praising her style - make sure to catch LP on tour. Find dates below.

LP Tour Dates

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02/09 - Sacramento, CA @ Ace Of Spades

02/10 - San Francisco, CA @ The Independent [SOLD OUT]

02/11 - San Francisco, CA @ The Independent

02/13 - Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom

02/14 - Seattle, WA @ The Showbox

02/15 - Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom

02/16 - Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory Concert House

02/17 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music Hall

02/20 - Aspen, CO @ Belly Up Aspen

02/21 - Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theater

02/23 - Kansas City, MO @ The Truman

02/24 - Chicago, IL @ Metro

02/25 - Detroit, MI @ The Majestic

02/27 - Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall

02/28 - Montreal, QC @ MTELUS

03/01 - Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel

03/02 - Boston, MA @ Royale Nightclub

03/03 - Philadelphia, PA @ Theater of Living Arts

03/05 - Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club

03/07 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle

03/08 - Charlotte, NC @ The Underground

03/09 - Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom

03/10 - Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage  

SoCal-based The Brevet Announce Tour w/ Magic Giant

Alicia Maciel | November 2017

Southern Californian alt-rock band The Brevet announced that they're touring across North America supporting Magic Giant. Starting off Jan. 25 @ Portland, WA's Doug Fir Lounge, hitting Chicago @ Lincoln Hall Feb. 9, and plenty of other dates can be found below. 

American Novel, their second full-length, was recently released and received high praise from L.A. Times, Paste, and many others. With their tracks being featured in shows like "90210", "American Idol", and more - their sing-along rock tunes resonate with audiences anywhere. Already working hard on following their latest release, The Brevet is more than excited to hit the road and meet fans along the way.

 “2018 is going to be an incredible year for us," says lead vocalist/guitarist Aric Chase Damm. "We are starting the year off right with a tour!  We are hitting the road with Magic Giant in January and couldn't be more excited. We've got a lot of new music to release that we are all really proud of. Looking forward to seeing what this year brings!"

1/25. Portland, OR: Doug Fir
1/26. Seattle, WA: Barboza
1/27. Spokane, WA: The Barlett
1/30. Boise, ID: Neurolux
1/31. Salt Lake City, UT: The State Room
2/1. Fort Collins, CO: The Artery
2/2. Denver, CO: Globe Hall
2/3. Denver, CO: Globe Hall
2/6. Kansas City, MO: recordBar
2/7. Minneapolis, MN: 7th St. Entry
2/8. Madison, WI: High Noon
2/9. Chicago, IL: Lincoln Hall
2/10. Columbus, OH: A&R Music Bar
2/11. Ann Arbor, MI: Blind Pig
2/13. Toronto, ON: Mod Club
2/15. New York, NY: Bowery Ballroom
2/16. Boston, MA: Brighton Music Hall
2/17. Philadelphia, PA: The Foundry
2/18. Washington, DC: U Street Music Hall
2/20. Carrboro, NC: Cat’s Cradle Back Room
2/21. Atlanta, GA: Aisle 5
2/22. Mobile, Al: The Merry Widow - SOLO SHOW
2/23. Houston, TX: Warehouse Live Studio
2/24. Austin, TX: Stubbs Jr.
2/25. Dallas, TX: Three Links
2/27. Tucson, AZ: Club Congress
2/28. Phoenix, AZ: Crescent Ballroom
3/1.  Las Vegas, NV: Hard Rock - SOLO SHOW
3/2. Fresno, CA: Strummer’s
3/3. Santa Barbara, CA: Velvet Jones

"Ghosts" By Vesper

K.P. Peters | November 2017

Right here. Right now. We are releasing the first music video from Vesper. Vesper is composed of Samantha Humphreys and Zak fox. This sad pop band is known for their beats and honest lyrics that light up the dance floor.

For their first music video, the band picked the track “Ghosts.” This song was written after the two had lived a part for a little while. Sam had moved from Chicago with the intention of not coming back. When she returned she felt very haunted by her past self. Their first studio session back together tapped into this feeling.

Zak didn’t like the song at first. He wrote the beat with Sam and tried to scrap the idea many times, but She was attached to the sound. Now it’s one of his favorite Vesper songs.

The video itself include bold colors and lots of dancing. The video perfectly captures Zak’s cinematic and metaphoric vision. But, I don’t need to tell you about it. Watch “Ghosts” by Vesper below and catch them at the House Of Blues Jan. 4.

& by Jesse Rutherford

Ally Schell | November 2017

Jesse Rutherford, the frontman for The Neighbourhood, has just released his own album that separates him from the music he and his band have previously made. But who is Jesse? Jesse is a singer and actor, he was featured in Life or Something Like It, a 2002 film about the meaning of life. Although Jesse no longer sees the lights of hollywood, he sees the lights on the stage as a part of his band. The band recently released an EP titled Hard. This new EP fits the theme of the band and its sound but recently, Jesse began releasing his own music. & is his new solo album and it is much different from any of the band’s music.

The cover of the album features Jesse in different poses, but they all have one thing in common--Jesse in his red lipstick. Jesse and his band has made a monochromatic or black and white style throughout all of their albums that can be linked to Jesse’s rare form of color blindness. However, in his solo album he uses many colors, specifically pink, to show his soft side and steer away from his traditional ways.

Now onto the music. “Barbie and Ken” starts off with a new wave of music for Jesse. It starts off with more of a rap beat with no guitar or drums, mainly electronic. He explains through his music that he keeps it real and that him and his girl, most likely Devon Lee, are the new Barbie and Ken. It also says “put your lipstick on my mouth” which could be a direct correlation to his red lips on his album cover. There is also a correlation to Wiped Out! When he says “all white lighter” which was previously mentioned in his song “R.I.P 2 My Youth” when he stated “I’m using white lighters to see what’s in front of me”. He could have mentioned this to show that although he is trying to be apart from his previous music, he is still attached in a way.

“Barbie and Ken” was a fast paced rap but “Blame”  is much slower. It talks about his family dynamic and its dysfunction playing into his life. He talks about his father and why he always had to keep a bottle open and how his mother raised him. But he admits that he doesn’t blame his father or mother for the things that they have done. This is strongly attached to the title “Blame” because he doesn’t feel like he can make anyone be the fault for who he is. He also suggests that he isn’t okay and states that he is “rotting away inside”. This shows that he still has his dark side even though his song “Barbie and Ken” talk about the glamour in his life. He still feels a sense of hopelessness amongst the soft beats.

These are just two of the eleven fresh songs that Jesse has put out. Of course it strikes fear in any fan’s heart to see a frontman like Jesse produce a solo album but, as you can see, there are many upsides to this. You will start to see that Jesse is realizing many things on his journey to individualism. Whether it be about his family, himself, or others he is learning how to deal with it all. Of course, being a fan myself, I worry about him pulling an Alex Turner and leaving to start his solo career. However, sometimes it is for the best. Who knows, maybe he will decide that going solo isn’t his thing?



White Reaper Preview

Meghan Boyles | November 2017

On Tuesday, November 14th, White Reaper will be playing an all-ages show at Metro.

The band, which hails from Louisville, Kentucky, is known for addictive guitar-based tunes reminiscent of 70s arena rock. Their discography consists of two EPs and two full-length albums. Some may say that the title of their newest album is fitting: It’s called “The World’s Best American Band.” It was released this past April through Polyvinyl Record Co., and if you give it a listen, you’ll get what I mean when I say that the songs are meant for blasting.

The band has been on the road almost nonstop since the album was released, and it seems that Chicago can’t get enough of them: They played the Beat Kitchen in May, Lollapalooza in August, and a Lolla after show. If you still haven’t gotten a chance to see them, you won’t want to miss this show.

Joining them will be local favorites Post Animal, a five-piece psych rock band that has been compared to Tame Impala.

If you want to spend your Tuesday night rocking out with White Reaper and Post Animal, head on over to Metro on the 14th. Doors open at 6:00, and the show starts at 7:00. Tickets are still available, so grab them while you can.