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

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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.

Vibe Playlist 11/6

Meghan’s Picks

“I Know” – Aly & AJ

I’ll be honest: I know very little about pop music. But when I heard that the former Disney stars Aly & AJ had returned from their ten-year hiatus to release the song “Take Me,” I got so excited that I wrote an article about it. They were my childhood heroes, and now they’re back with an EP titled Ten Years that will be available on November 17th. The second single from the EP, “I Know,” was released on Friday and is an absolute jam. Not just for nostalgic purposes, either – if I heard the song and didn’t know it was Aly & AJ, I would still listen to it on repeat. I have very high hopes for the rest of the EP, and I will gladly put my “punk cred” on the line to see them in concert if/when they play in Chicago. These two deserve all the success in the world.


 “Burden You” – Pity Sex

Pity Sex is a shoegaze band from Ann Arbor, Michigan. They were one of my favorite bands until they announced their hiatus in October of last year—I’m still super bummed about it. I was listening to them a lot this week and thinking about how much I miss them. Their second album, White Hot Moon, was released in April of last year and contains this song, “Burden You.” The song alternates between male and female vocals and has the wonderful fuzzy guitar tones that the band is known for, plus lyrics that will hit you in the feels. The line “I’ll never say I loved you because you know I still do” gives me chest pains every time. Listen if you want to cry blood.



Evan’s Picks

“Sensations” –  Elohim (Whethan Remix)

This one is a high energy single released by Elohim (a Los Angeles native) and remixed by Whethan, a DJ from our own town of Chicago. The electronic song was released on May 17th, 2016 and quickly began to steal fans hearts and make its way up the charts. I have picked this song this week because just last week, many of my friends saw Whethan in my hometown of Detroit. They said his show was dope and sent me videos of this one cause its my favorite. The thing I like about it is right before the beat drops, the vocalist cuts out and you’re able to feel the words translated into sounds of a foreign language. It’s just awesome to me. Think of your loved one and feel this song out with them. It’s the best.


“Rewind” – Wingtip

This indie/electronic/pop hit comes from one DJ I believe we will be hearing great things about in the years to come. That DJ is Wingtip, from the west coast city of San Francisco. I had the chance to meet Wingtip this past year at Lollapalooza and he actually gave me and my friends Taco Bell gift cards. (Pretty rad I know) He exemplifies character and love for his fans that every performer should have. His hit “Rewind” uses beautiful vocals that transcend into a flowing bea that carries you throughout the song. I have picked this song because I will be seeing Wingtip this weekend and hopefully again in Chicago the week following. I can’t wait to jam out to the funky disco beats and hear all of his passionate tracks once again.



K.P’s Picks

“Told You I’d Be with the Guys” – Cherry Glazerr

Cherry Glazerr is another hard rocking feminist punk band. They are known for heavy guitar riffs and lyrics with attitude. This song is the opening track of their 2017 album “Apocalipstick.” The intro guitar riff will stay stuck in your head for days, and the melody will make you sway. This LA based alternative rock band is making a name for themselves. I strongly recommend their unapologetic sound.

“Hey Ya!” – Outkast

I think more people should listen to this song all the time. This is just a reminder to go back and listen to it again.


Have Mercy Preview

Kelley Sloot | November 2017

Formed in 2011 in Baltimore by Brian Swindle, Have Mercy has become a staple in the punk rock scene. Swindles' coarse voice is paired with guitarists Nate Gleason and Ryan Harris, bassist Britain Weyant, and drummer Luke Smartnick. They released their first full length album, The Earth Pushed Back, in 2013; and the raw, honest lyrics accompanied by the strong instrumentals drew in the attention of emo and punk fans everywhere.

Since their first album debut, Have Mercy has released two more full length records that have successfully tied together any of their loose ends to create a sound that is much more intense and satisfying. In their most recent album, Make The Best Of It, long-time fans can easily notice the way Swindle’s voice has matured into a more controlled, though just as strong, version of his previous self.


Although they’ve all grown up both as people and as a band, there is no doubt that fans relate to Have Mercy now just as much as they did in 2013. With lyrics about love, loss, and everything in between, it’s no wonder their shows are always filled with passionate fans shouting the words along with them.

Performing a sold out show at Subterranean November 4, Have Mercy’s a band you gotta check out while they’re on tour!

Vibe Playlist 10/30

Meghan’s Pick


“No Poetic Device” - AFI

There’s nothing like some horror punk to get into the Halloween spirit, so I spent this week listening to AFI’s 1999 album Black Sails in the Sunset. It’s always my go-to around this time of year. I first discovered this album my freshman year of high school when I thought I was edgy, but unlike many of the things I listened to at that time, it still holds up. Black Sails was released four years before the band went mainstream with the album Sing the Sorrow. Newer AFI fans might be surprised at how different it sounds from their alternative rock sound of today. It blends “fast and angry” with “dark and dramatic” to create a sound that is perfect for Halloween. My favorite song from the album is “No Poetic Device.” With lines like “I die in my daydreams,” you’ll feel edgy if you listen to it, too.

“Having a Blast” – Green day

If you know me, you know that Green Day is the reason I started liking music in the first place. I got their CD for my twelfth birthday, and the rest is history. Although I’ve spent my recent years expanding my horizons to more than just 90s punk, this is the stuff I always come back to. Green Day and AFI are both from northern California and spent their early years playing at spaces such as the iconic 924 Gilman Street. The members of Green Day were in their early 20s when they broke into the mainstream with the 1994 album Dookie, which I listened to on my way to and from class every day this week. Green Day have over 150 songs across twelve studio albums, so it’s very difficult to pick a favorite, but if I had to choose, “Having a Blast” would definitely be in my top three. The lyrics describe a suicide bomber who is ready to destroy everything in sight to avenge his own pain. It’s perfect to listen to when you want to get your anger out. 



K.P.’s Pick


 Marceline – Vista Kicks

 I found this song on my discover weekly and I have to say Spotify has got me. This song brings rocking guitar and smooth vocals. The chorus hits and you have to dance. The reverb on the bridge makes anyone want to sing along. Then it fades into a killer guitar solo with the best ending to any song. Drum and guitar hits lead you to a conclusion, and just when you think it’s over they add one more. The rock song sings to tell Marceline they ain’t her man. The not-so-love song comes with the perfect album cover art. “Chasing Waves,” Vista Kicks first album, features a cartoon car running from a wave. In the wave is a host of comical references and items.



“Cross My Mind” – A R I Z O N A

A R I Z O N A  (spaces between each letter) is a rock/ electropop band from New Jersey. In 2016 they released this great song. Though they are a mix of t wo very different genres they do it will. For the electropop feel they use drum machines, synths, and smooth vocals. The rock elements comes out most in the suspension before and during the chorus. This song will make anyone reminiscent of lost loves. The lyrics are smooth and relatable.

King Krule Preview

Meghan Boyle | October 2017

On Monday, October 30th, King Krule will be returning to Chicago for the first time in four years to perform a sold-out show at Metro (18+) as part of his two-month-long US/UK/European tour.


King Krule is one of several monikers used by British singer-songwriter Archy Marshall. He has many musical projects, but King Krule is undoubtedly the most well-known. Under the King Krule alias, Marshall performs slow indie rock that is influenced by hip-hop and jazz. King Krule’s first studio album, “6 Feet Beneath the Moon,” was released in 2013 and includes hits such as “Easy Easy” and “A Lizard State.”


The second and newest King Krule album, “The Ooz,” was released just last week on October 13th. Clocking in at over an hour for its 19 songs, the album has been called a “blessing” for fans, who have been waiting for new King Krule material for years. Singles from The Ooz include “Czech One,” “Dum Surfer,” and “Half Man Half Shark.”


If you thought you wouldn’t mosh at a King Krule show, you may have thought wrong: the opening act will be Show Me the Body, a hip-hop-influenced hardcore band from Brooklyn, New York. The band is on the rise and is beginning to stray from their typical punk audience—they played Coachella this past summer and donated the money to charity.

There’s no better way to spend your night before Halloween than at Metro with King Krule and Show Me the Body. Doors open at 8:00 PM, so make sure to be there early if you want a good spot! The opening act will take the stage at 9:00.


Vibe Playlist of The Week - 10/23/17

Evan’s pick

“MILK” – The 1975

“Milk” happens to be my favorite song by The 1975. The alternative/indie pop band from Manchester has quickly become very popular and is currently working on their third album. The song “Milk” is one of The 1975’s song from their first album. It is more alternative than their second indie pop album “I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It.” I picked this song because of the way it lets listeners express their emotions. The guitar in this song rips through the song like wildfire. I love when this song comes on after a long moment of silence in their song “You.” It always is the most pleasant surprise.

“Silence” -  Marshmello (Illenium Remix)

This electronic song by Marshmello has recently been remixed by Illenium (native of San Francisco.) I love the way this remix adds depth and slower feelings to the track. I feel as if the emotion of this song is amplified by Illenium and in my opinion the bass drop is way better. I first heard this song in a video of Illenium’s set at Lost Lands Music Festival. I had been searching for this song, and when it was finally released on Spotify it instantly became a daily listen. I would expect nothing less than this amazing track because it features three of my favorite performers.

Meghan’s Pick

“Straight Edge” - Minor Threat

When Ian MacKaye of the DC hardcore band Minor Threat (and later, Fugazi) wrote the song “Straight Edge” in 1981, he had no idea it would start an entire movement. The lyrics, which condemn the use of substances, inspired a philosophy that takes the name of the song—straight edge—and has three principles: don’t drink, don’t smoke, and don’t do drugs.  Straight edge folks have been a staple of the hardcore community since then, and I am one of them. National Edge Day was this past week on 10/17, and you better believe I celebrated it with the 46-second song that started it all. If you’ve never listened to it, check it out to hear an important piece of punk history.


 “In the Middle of it All” - Citizen

I walked into class on Wednesday night and Alicia, the wonderful manager of the Chicago Vibe who sits in front of me in that class, asked me if I wanted to see Citizen and Sorority Noise.

“Sure, when?”

“Tonight, after class.”
I am not the type of person to make spontaneous decisions, but I went, and I am eternally glad that I did. I was, dare I say, shook. Citizen is an emo/indie band from Michigan, and I have been a fan of theirs for a long time. Three out of five members, including frontman Mat Kerekes, follow a straight edge lifestyle, so the show was a nice day-after-Edge-Day celebration for me. Their album, As You Please, came out earlier this month on the 6th and includes this song— “In the Middle of it All.” It’s truly mesmerizing, and in my opinion, it’s one of the best songs off the new album.

K.P.’s Picks

“Alaska” – Maggie Rogers

This song is its own unique listening experience. Singer-songwriter Maggie Rogers delivers an epic tale of finding one’s self. The intro has a bubbly synth pattern that fades into the artists vocals. She sets the scene for growth and personal development. The high pitch chorus delivers serine happiness to the listener. Whenever I do my morning yoga I play Maggie Rogers. Her music has this amazing ability to bring a wave of calmness. If you like Oh Wonder, you’ll love this song.

“Seashore” – The Regrettes

This song is a feminist punk anthem. The music video and lyrics take on a political stance saying women are more than you give us credit for. The theme of the song is to not talk to lead singer, Lydia Night (or any girl for that matter), like a child. This anger driven track gives me a confidence boost every time I listen. This is the punk band everyone needs to listen to, starting with "Seashore" then working through the rest of their album "Feel Your Feelings Fool!" They are touring now, and will be in Chicago November 30 at House of Blues.

The Front Bottoms Preview

K.P. Peters | October 2017

Everyone has a throwback memory of the song “Twin sized Mattress” by The Front Bottoms. It’s no wonder that this band has kept making music. On October 26, the band will be performing a sold-out show at the Metro. This show is apart of their “Going Grey” tour.

“Going Grey” keeps all the wonderful things the band has become known for. With enchanting lyrics and whimsical guitar, this album should be stuck on repeat. The band maintains their sad lyrics contradicted by fun dancing tunes. A perfect example of this is the opening track, “You used to say (Holy Fuck).”  If holding on to 2010s nostalgia is your thing, this album is for you. This timeless band will bring back lots of feelings and memories.

The opening acts for this tour include Basement, an English rock band from Lpswich. This band took a hiatus in 2012, but came back kicking to 2014. Their last album “Promise Everthing” includes hits like “Aquasun.” Their devoted fans have found them similar to a vintage Jimmy Eat World.


The Front Bottoms is performing with the underrated Bad Bad Hats. Bad Bad Hats is most known for the quirky tune “It hurts.” They bring loving lyrics, indie vibes, and a kazoo together to make a perfect love song. That’s right, Kazoo.

This Minnesota band breaks conventional music rules. They combine characteristics of different genres to make their unique sound. If you’re in the mood for mellow rock, you can’t go wrong with them. If you are a fan of Hippo Campus or similar bands you will love Bad Bad Hats

Seven Songs to Spook Your Spirit

Emily Cosgrove | October 2017

I have always loved Halloween. First off, the holiday happens during the best season—fall. I hate summer! I even hate spring! Call me “emo”, but I live for gloomy days and weather where I get to finally break out my beloved faux fur coats. Unfortunately, here in Chicago fall lasts literally two weeks. Also I love ANYTHING spooky, creepy, macabre, obscure. I am obsessed with the paranormal, scary movies, oddities in our pop culture (and if you are too, check out my column for The Chicago Vibe, “WTF!”). Halloween is dedicated to just that. And who doesn’t love dressing up in costumes?! I have seriously had my costumes planned for months.

But lastly, and most importantly, Halloween and Halloween-themed movies have spawned some of the greatest songs and soundtracks of all time. Not necessarily musically brilliant, but entertaining, weird, and unique nevertheless.

So, if you need a spooky playlist for your Halloween party, or just want to get in the Halloween mood, I decided to compile a list of seven of the best Halloween songs ever made! But don’t be mislead—you won’t find any “Monster Mash” or the Ghostbusters theme here. That’s overdone. I want to recommend some obscure--yet iconic--songs that you probably haven’t heard of. Because what’s the fun in seeing the same stuff over and over?

Here we go!

7. “Spooky”- Lydia Lunch

Okay, this one isn’t from a movie soundtrack, but it is amazing and needs to be included. This song randomly popped up on my Discover Weekly feature on Spotify (which you need to check out, I have discovered some of my favorite songs from those playlists), and listen to it constantly. It’s a cover of the Classic IV song and it is so badass, and sounds mysterious and…spooky.

6. “Never Was a Love Like Mine”- Gale Garnett (from the claymation Mad Monster Party)

When I say I enjoy obscure elements of our pop culture, THIS is what I am talking about!I doubt the majority of you have ever seen the 1967 Rankin/Bass claymation movie Mad Monster Party, but that means you should go watch it NOW. You know who Rankin/Bass is—they created many Christmas classics like Rudolph, Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town—basically all those classics you see on TV during Christmastime. Mad Monster Party just never lasted through the years I guess, but I had the DVD as a kid. I was always mesmerized by the leading lady, a femme fatale-type character named Francesca (even though looking back, the clay animation characters are kind of creepy). She is voiced by Gale Garnett, who has one of the most seductive, beautiful voices I have ever heard, as displayed in this song.

5. Theme Song from The Munsters

If you are not familiar, The Munsters was a television show that aired from 1964-1966. The premise is very similar to The Addams Family—a creepy, spooky family living in a normal neighborhood. I have always loved The Munsters much more—it was a big staple in my childhood. Even if you don’t know the theme, you most likely heard it when it was sampled in the song “Uma Thurman” by Fall Out Boy. It’s so catchy and has the surf-rock sound popular from that time. There have been different variations of the theme throughout the seasons of the show, but this one is probably my favorite television theme song of all time.

4. “Anything Can Happen on Halloween”— Tim Curry (from the movie The Worst Witch)

Tim Curry. The love of my life. The most underrated actor, ever. You know Tim Curry as the iconic Dr. Frank-N-Furter from (my favorite movie ever) The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Although completely brilliant in this groundbreaking role, he was type-casted the rest of his career because of it. Which explains his role as “The Grand Wizard” in the 1986 British made-for-TV movie The Worst Witch. Yes, it is as bad as it sounds. But Curry’s trippy, odd performance with awful special effects (remember, it was the 1980s…) is something you NEED to see to believe.

3. “Looking for the Magic”— The Dwight Tilley Band (from the movie You’re Next)

How did a seemingly obscure power pop jam from 1977 become a character of its own in a 2013 slasher flick? Well, I have no idea, but the person who had the idea to put this song in this movie needs an award! You’re Next is a pretty good horror film, but the thing that made it stand out to me was the way this song was used throughout the movie. It is the last song that would come to mind when you think of a horror film, it’s chill and relaxed. But it is used in brilliantly in numerous ways throughout the film, and morphs into a character of its own. Once you’ve seen You’re Next, it is guaranteed to send a chill down your spine (and get stuck in your head!)

2. “Goodbye, Eddie, Goodbye”— The Juicy Fruits (a made-up band from the movie Phantom of the Paradise)

I knew I HAD to add a song from this movie, but had absolutely no idea which song to pick. The entire soundtrack is gold, every track is different, but I figured I would go to the high-powered, 1950s greaser-inspired opening number of this rock musical. I don’t want to say too much about Phantom of the Paradise (there may be a whole article dedicated to it coming up very soon), but I will say that it is everything Rocky Horror is and (it pains me to say this about my favorite movie) MORE. Killer soundtrack, just the right amount of camp, and the best super villains of all time. A must-see Halloween movie that never got the cult-status it deserved.

1. “Science Fiction/Double Feature”— Richard O’Brien (from the movie Rocky Horror Picture Show)

Although I love every single song from my favorite movie (and it is not obscure), how could I not add the iconic opening number, which features the bright red lips that everyone knows (even if you do not know the movie)? This song is not only beautiful, but genius because if you listen closely, it informs the audience on exactly what Rocky Horror pays homage to: the lyrics list and reference tons of 1950s science fiction B-movies (low-budget films), which the RHPS clearly parodies throughout the entire film. Many people never even realize that without these classic films, Rocky Horror would have never existed. It is what makes this a brilliant film. I have watched this movie countless times, whether it be at home or at a midnight showing at a theater. No matter what, this opening number always wows me, and gets me a little bit emotional. And always, ALWAYS in the mood for Halloween!

So there you have it, seven spooky songs to get you in the spirit of Halloween! Hopefully, you were introduced to some cool Halloween-related movies and shows you never heard of before, and enjoyed listening to some of my favorite spooky songs! Happy Halloween!