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Mon. Jul 14 2014
101WKQX welcomes...

Veruca Salt



Monday, July 14 2014
8:00 PM | 21+
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Veruca Salt’s Record Store Day release - out on the band’s first label, Minty Fresh Records – will feature their zeitgeist-defining single “Seether,” as well as two new, quintessential VS songs, entitled “The Museum of Broken Relationships” and “It’s Holy.”

Veruca Salt is Nina Gordon (guitar/vocals), Louise Post (guitar/vocals), Steve Lack (bass), and Jim Shapiro (drums).


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Tue. Jul 15 2014
$15 Adv. / $18 Doors
Tuesday, July 15 2014
8:00 PM | 21+
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This show has been moved to Schubas. Buy tickets here.

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Wed. Jul 16 2014
Wednesday, July 16 2014
8:00 PM | 18+
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Filligar is an alternative/indie rock band recently described as “one of the best young bands in America.” They have toured to enthusiastic audiences all over the world—from North and South America to Europe and the Middle East. Filligar’s latest record Hexagon (Decade Records, 2013) has been named “Best New Music” by American Songwriter Magazine and “a fresh take on indie rock” by Paste Magazine, while their previous release was nominated “Best Rock Album” at the 2012 Independent Music Awards. By appointment of the U.S. State Department, Filligar has served as cultural ambassadors representing “the best of the U.S. arts community” to Azerbaijan, Kuwait, and Guyana. They are prolific and creative recording artists with another new album in the pipeline for release in 2014.


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Thu. Jul 17 2014
FREE!
Thursday, July 17 2014
6:30 PM | 21+
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Ever wish you were sitting in the middle of a live Sound Opinions taping? Then join Jim DeRogatis & Greg Kot for Sound Opinions Live at Lincoln Hall.

This live show taping will feature an interview with, and performance by Jeff Tweedy of Wilco and his band: Spencer Tweedy on drums, Jim Elkington on guitar, Darin Gray on bass, and Liam Cunningham on keyboards. It's on Thursday July 17th at Lincoln Hall in Chicago.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m., and the event runs from approximately 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Tickets are FREE, but limited.

You must be 21+ to reserve your spot & ID's will be checked at the door.
Limit 2 tickets per person & your guest must be with you at check-in.
Questions: interact@soundopinions.org

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Fri. Jul 18 2014
$15 AT DOORS W/ PITCHFORK FEST WRISTBAND
Friday, July 18 2014
11:00 PM | 18+
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Limited number of $15 tickets available at doors for those with a Pitchfork Festival wristband.

Wild Beasts’ Present Tense is a dramatically new album. Gleaming and sparkling with the most intense of 1980s and 1990s electronic sound rethought and retooled with exquisite detail for the 21st century, it doesn’t sound like any boys-with-guitars band you’ve ever heard. And despite the coherence of its sweeping song structures, it wasn’t written so much as meticulously constructed from the ground up from tiny phrases and rhythmic fragments, then it was layered together in the studio by Wild Beasts in close collaboration with co-producers Lexxx and Eno protege Leo Abrahams. “We spent ages programming and piecing individual parts together,” says the band’s Chris Talbot, “it was built on computers rather than played first, and we had the feeling that anyone in the band could do anything without feeling they had one role to stick to.” Yet somehow it retains all of the coherence that can only come from years playing together in basements and on stages; Wild Beasts have created their own world which the listener has no choice but to enter and immerse themselves in.

And what a beautiful world it is to come into. It’s a political record in a sense: full of the pride of those who can make their own world and make it beautiful, despite lack of material wealth – as made explicit in the lead single ‘Wanderlust’. It’s romantic too, packed full of appreciation of precious moments in a tough world, like the dancefloor cartwheels and seductions of ‘Mecca’, with its off-centre groove and breathless energy. The electronic clarity of the sound allows the hopes and fears of the songs to shine through all the more distinctly, simple yet never naïve, like William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Experience. And this expression gathers power as the album goes on: in the second half the tempo drops, yet the intense and immersive ballads ‘A Dog’s Life’, ‘New Life’ and ‘Palace’ deliver perhaps the most emotional energy of all.


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Sat. Jul 19 2014
Pitchfork Nightcap featuring...

Real Estate



Saturday, July 19 2014
11:00 PM | 21+
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An Official Pitchfork Music Fest Aftershow

Sponsored by Jim Beam


Atlas, the new album by New Jersey’s Real Estate, arrives through Domino on March 3rd 2014. A triumph of highly evocative, perceptive songwriting and graceful, precise musicianship, Atlas carefully refines, and ultimately perfects, the brilliantly distinct artistic vision that made its predecessors Days and Real Estate so beloved.

The most collaborative Real Estate record to date, Atlas was written by Martin Courtney, Matt Mondanile, Alex Bleeker and Jackson Pollis while cruising through the Arizona desert and during a presser in Madrid, in a practice room in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and in an attic in the band’s hometown of Ridgewood, New Jersey. It was recorded in the summer of 2013 in Chicago with Tom Shick (Sean Lennon, Low, Cibo Matto) at Wilco’s loft studio where new member Matt Kallman (formerly of Girls) joined the fold on keyboards.

Over the course of five years of collaboration and friendship Courtney, Matt Mondanile and Alex Bleeker have honed a masterfully focused aesthetic feel and unique sense of atmosphere in their work, a kind of subtle American impressionism that belies their relatively small discography. Theirs is a subtly inimitable sound that achieves a unique timelessness in its assured identity. Nevertheless, Atlas does not represent a resting on the laurels of Days.


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Sun. Jul 20 2014
$15 ADV. / $10 DOORS W/ PITCHFORK FEST WRISTBAND
Sunday, July 20 2014
10:00 PM | 18+
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Majical Cloudz is music and performance. Rooted in solo material written by Devon Welsh between rural Ontario and Montreal, he joined with Matthew Otto to collaboratively produce and perform the music. Their performance is deeply expressive — strong vocals sit on top of washes of white noise, filtered synths and sparse thuds. The songs are intensely lyrical, oriented around themes of death, patience, family, and desire. The live show celebrates the joy in sadness and the value of a shared musical experience.


The quartet’s members Nicole Miglis, Trayer Tryon, Paul Giese & Zach Tetreault played together in various formations as far back as middle school, but it took until adulthood and 2012 for them to become Hundred Waters. Living under one roof meant the band had a communal mentality, yet each maintained their own distinct projects, borrowing here and there from each other. It was in interpreting a friends’ music together that they discovered the power of their combination, and they quickly fell to work reorienting their lives around an album. The music they found was a beautiful blend of contradictions, mournful yet colorful, introverted yet aware, and brought the tradition of songwriting to a strange future. Initially released by their local label Elestial Sound, their self-titled debut soon became seen as the sound of Florida, drawing loose comparisons to Stereolab, Four Tet, and Bjork. Soon it attracted the most unlikely of label bosses, Skrillex, who signed the band to his OWSLA label that same year and gave the album a full-scale release, with remixes by Araab Muzik, Star Slinger, and TokiMonsta. Since then the band has taken its live show around the world, touring with artists such as Grimes, Julia Holter, Alt-J & the XX.


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Mon. Jul 21 2014
Monday, July 21 2014
8:00 PM | 21+
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Over the span of her career, Jolie Holland has knotted together a century of American song–jazz, blues, soul, rock and roll–into some stew that is impossible to categorize with any conventional critical terminology. This is her burden and her gift, to know all of these American songs of the last ten decades in her head and her heart, and to have to wrestle with their legacy. She dives straight to the pathos of a song the way the very greatest singers, singers like Mavis Staples, or Al Green, or Skip James, or Tom Waits do. Upon first encounter her songs seem challenging, perhaps unsettling at times, but as so many poets and rockers have shown us (from Dante Alighieri to William Blake to Sylvia Plath to Patti Smith to Nick Cave to Mark E. Smith) that's where the beauty lies. As evident on her first recordings, Holland apparently has no fear of the truth, and there is no emotional core that she cannot reach in song. In fact she thrives on the red hot center of a musical composition, in all its strange and brutal detail. Note how easily the line "I've been taken outside and I've been brutalized" trips off her tongue in Joe Tex's "The Love You Save."

Which brings us to Wine Dark Sea. Astute listeners to Holland's work can recognize how her writing over the years has deepened, matured, become the songwriting of a wise, worldly adult, not just of a rambler across the American latitudes, but to understand this is still no preparation for the sonic assault, the unprecedented confidence and merciless brilliance of Wine Dark Sea which yokes the New York underground to American song in a way that has rarely been attempted since White Light/White Heat by the Velvet Underground. Yes, the classic Holland lyrical concerns are evident in songs like "Palm Wine Drunkard," and "St. Dymphna," and "Out on the Wine Dark Sea," all of which mix a density of literature and poetry to brutalities of romantic love, to the fragmentation of self and narrator in a torrent of loss and grief, but this tells us nothing about the band Holland has assembled and leads to express her present vision. Two drummers, sometimes as many as three or four electric guitars, horns of a sort that come out of free jazz and the No Wave scene as much as they come from soul music, and a refreshing need, on Holland's part, to sing out at the extreme of her range, above the squalling insatiable lullaby of the thing. And, just when you think you know how to listen to multiple incendiary devices as occasionally rise up out of the category five of it all–guitar playing that makes Zuma or On the Beach sound somewhat restrained–there are the ballads: graceful, melancholy, wistful. There has been no album of the recent decade with quite this sonic ambition, with quite this command of what a rock and roll song is and ought to be, but Wine Dark Sea is all of that, with a little bit of Homer and Maya Deren mixed in too.

Jolie Holland has a Desperation to tell Now. And she has called on deep, dark forces to get there. It's always a pleasure to hear a musician come to a new precipice in her output, where great skills and great courage are required to rise to the occasion. Wine Dark Sea is the album of a lifetime, with a lifetime of work in it.


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Wed. Jul 23 2014
Red Bull Sound Select presents:

SSION



$3 w/ RSVP
Wednesday, July 23 2014
9:00 PM | 18+
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Red Bull Sound Select, an ongoing program to support local music scenes and the people who push them forward, announces it’s third colloboration of 2014 with curator Do312. Featuring headliner SSION out of Kansas City. Lincoln Hall will play host to it’s first Red Bull Sound Select showcase. Red Bull Sound Select Artists Cakes Da Killa and Glass Lux will open up for a special RSVP price of $3. Tickets will be sold at the door for $10 for non-RSVPs. Fans can reserve their ticket now on www.redbullsoundselect.com. Doors open at 8pm, and is a 21+ event only.


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Thu. Jul 24 2014
Thursday, July 24 2014
9:00 PM | 21+
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The Limbos formed in 2009 originally as a two piece under the name "Stu Benedict" with merely piano, vocals and drums. They eventually graduated to being a four piece consisting of piano, drums, bass and trumpet. Both their albums "Mmm" and "Rodeo Ballet" are available on iTunes or at Reckless Records' locations in Chicago. They play regularly in Chicago and the midwest and are preparing for the third album entitled "Corners".




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Fri. Jul 25 2014
GroundLift Media + Closed Sessions present:

TheWHOevers (Record Release)



$8 Adv. / $10 Doors
Friday, July 25 2014
10:00 PM | 18+
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theWHOevers are a Chicago-based hip hop duo formed by emcees J.Arthur and DotKom. Known for their high energy stage presence, melodic sounds and catchy lyrics, theWHOevers are dedicated to providing straight-forward, feel good hip hop music. Although its evident the duos musical roots are influenced by a number of musical genres, they use inspiration, imagination and life experiences to produce honest lyrical content, consistently winning over even the most diverse crowds.

Formed in 2009, the combined power of wild-child lyrical genius MC DotKom and the soul-infused sounds of MC J.Arthur create a distinct and unique approach that provides audiences with a fresh and relevant sound for the modern age. Known for live performances, theWHOevers have shared the stage and opened up for Evidence of Dilated Peoples, Elzhi of Slum Village, Black Milk, Tanya Morgan, Psalm One, K-Os, Qwel and Maker of Typical Cats, Kids These Days, Denmark Vessey, THEESatisfaction, and ShowYouSuck. A force to be reckoned with, theWHOevers are surely launching toward the forefront of today's Chicago hip hop scene.


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Wed. Jul 30 2014
Wednesday, July 30 2014
9:00 PM | 18+
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The Boxers


MTV Ghosts


Burndoubt


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Thu. Jul 31 2014
Lincoln Hall + C3 present:
An Official Lollapalooza Aftershow featuring...

Portugal. The Man



Thursday, July 31 2014
9:00 PM | 18+
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It was last spring 2012, and John Gourley—frontman of Portugal. The Man—found himself in New York City about to ring the bell at Danger Mouse’s apartment–a long way from his current home in Portland, and farther still from his real home in Alaska. Six full-length albums in six years, nonstop touring, a stint with The Black Keys and festival stops at Coachella, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza—up until this moment, Portugal. The Man embodied all dimensions of DIY rock range.

When it came time to begin work on the seventh album, Gourley thought long and hard about the next move and kept coming back to one concept: The most satisfying work is collaborative work. From building houses with his father in Alaska to building a devoted fanbase, he had sought partnerships. So he took a bold step — bold for a proven band, bolder still for its uncertainty of sound — a step up to the apartment of a possible collaborator, Danger Mouse.

“I walked into his place,” Gourley remembers now. “And it wasn’t going to happen. He was like, ‘Hey, man, just so you know, I don’t really want to record a rock band.’ And I was a little relieved. We’d done this by ourselves before, and we knew we could do it by ourselves again.”

But then they got to listening, and to talking about how much Danger Mouse had loved In the Mountain in the Cloud — the 2011 followup to Portugal. The Man’s break out record The Satanic Satanist. “From that very first meeting,” says Danger Mouse, “we were very ambitious about what we could do…otherwise there was no point. So we decided: Let’s try and make something really special.”


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Fri. Aug 01 2014
Lincoln Hall + C3 present:
An Official Lollapalooza Aftershow featuring...

Typhoon



Friday, August 01 2014
11:00 PM | 18+
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Dear Reader,

I don't remember much, but I remember this one thing with clarity.

I was in the backyard looking up at my father; he was bent over raking leaves, explaining to me over his shoulder what it meant to be a good man - to keep your word and do the work you set out to do. I was a child then and the words were a mystery, having little conception of what kind of man I would be, what sort of work I would do or how I would set about doing it. A few years later, as all my friends were entering adolescence, I got sick. Mine was puberty with a vengeance.

In my last letter I made mention of my illness. Since then I have been asked about it often and feel I should elaborate on its significance. The illness itself offers a tempting narrative hook, but while it is romantic to dwell on the individual suffering, what matters is the universal implication: Once on the other side one finds that there are no sides, that there exists no great partition between sickness and health, only various stages of dying and various ways of surviving that death.

This discovery had on me the effect of leveling all logical binaries to be replaced by ambivalence–not only could I not tell the difference between sickness and heath, but had further difficulty telling friends from enemies, progress from regress, love from resentment, sometimes even women from men. I realized that if I were to accomplish anything it would be to recover some kind of meaning in what my friend Zach Schomburg called the Wild Meaninglessness. You can consider it one very bewildered man's attempt to explain the universe, to himself, in the language of bewilderment.

I had a lot of help. Without my friends in Typhoon this music would have never reached your ears. It is thanks to them that these songs are songs and not just a bunch of quasi-apocalyptic ramblings. We recorded them on a farm in Happy Valley, OR while we lived there for a short, utopian six weeks in the spring and summer of 2012. The record is a collection of seminal life moments, in more or less chronological order, glimpsed backwards in the pale light of certain death, brought to life by a remarkable group of people who hold as I do that the work is somehow important.

When we started working on White Lighter, I had reason to believe that it would be the last thing I ever did.

It is now six months since we finished. I'm still here and there's still work to be done.

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Sat. Aug 02 2014
Lincoln Hall + C3 present:
An Official Lollapalooza Aftershow featuring...

Lucius



Saturday, August 02 2014
11:00 PM | 18+
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Lucius knew from the start they were on to something special. Centered around the powerful voices and compelling songwriting of Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, the Brooklyn band has evolved from a promising duo into a dynamic quintet whose 2013 debut LP Wildewoman (Mom + Pop) is lauded by The New York Times as “an art school take on girl group soul.”

Hailed by The Boston Globe as “the most welcome addition to pop music this year” Wildewoman ¬¬has landed on numerous critics’ year-end best of lists. Ranked #25 by Amazon, admired by Paste for its “strong song structures, substantive lyrics and precise playing” and included in NPR’s top 50 albums of 2013, Lucius pairs the synchronous vocals of Wolfe and Laessig, who play synth and keyboards, with guitars and drums from Dan Molad, Peter Lalish and Andrew Burri. Together, they make music that evokes classic girl-group pop and iconic rock ’n’ roll with a modern twist, that belongs solely to Lucius. But none of it happened overnight.

“We’ve been singing together for almost nine years,” Wolfe says. “We never wanted to rush anything. We never looked for a record deal before it felt like we needed one, and we never wanted to be on tour until we felt like we could sustain ourselves on the road. It was important for us to hone our craft.”

Wolfe and Laessig met in college in Boston, bonding over a love of old-school soul, David Bowie and the Beatles. They sing as though each is one half of the same voice, with riveting, resonant unison parts on songs like “Hey Doreen,” the propulsive first single from Wildewoman; and harmonies that feel instinctive as their voices diverge and then meld together on the ineffably catchy title track.


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Sun. Aug 03 2014
Lincoln Hall + C3 present:
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Bleachers



Sunday, August 03 2014
11:00 PM | 18+
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Grammy award winning artist and songwriter Jack Antonoff announces his new project Bleachers with the release of the debut single "I Wanna Get Better." A founding member of the Grammy award winning band fun. and singer/songwriter of the beloved New Jersey band Steel Train, Antonoff wrote and co-produced the Bleachers debut single alongside producer John Hill (MIA, Jay Z, Empire of the Sun). "I Wanna Get Better" ships to radio today and is now available at all digital music providers. Bleachers debut album will be released later this spring on RCA Records and features producer John Hill as well as Vince Clarke (Depeche Mode, Yaz, Erasure) and other collaborators.

Hailing from New Jersey, 29-year-old Jack Antonoff has been in the music scene for over a decade. In 2002, with Jack as the lead singer, the success of New Jersey born indie rock band Steel Train was well underway. Steel Train's cult following lead them to make their national television debut on Late Night With Conan O'Brien and later appeared on Late Show With David Letterman. In 2008, Jack joined Nate Ruess and Andrew Dost to form the Grammy award-winning fun.

In addition to being a multi-talented musician, Jack is a critically acclaimed songwriter and producer. His achievements include co-writing fun.'s Grammy award-winning song "We Are Young" and Grammy-nominated album "Some Nights," and he received a Golden Globe nomination for his collaboration with Taylor Swift on her song "Sweeter Than Fiction." Jack has also worked with Sara Bareilles, co-writing her Grammy-nominated hit "Brave," and Canadian indie icons Tegan and Sara. Jack is set to release the debut album for new project Bleachers later this spring.


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Fri. Aug 08 2014
$10 Adv. / $12 Doors
Friday, August 08 2014
9:00 PM | 21+
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Kevin Andrew Prchal has come a long way since the release of his debut album Eat Shirt & Tie in 2010. Following the release, he made his print on the Chicagoland music scene by playing at such venues as the Metro, Lincoln Hall, Schubas, and Wentz Concert Hall.

In a review of Kevin’s performance at the Abbey Pub on February 2nd, 2013, The Deli magazine wrote about Kevin by calling him an “extremely underrated local singer/songwriter who has quietly been crafting a tremendous songbook over the last several years.”

Tremendous or not, that songbook will extend in the summer of 2014 with the release of his sophomore album, Sorrow Sings. On Kickstarter, the platform for which Prchal was able to fund this new album, he talks about Sorrow Sings by saying:

“Thematically, these songs explore the concept of light and dark. Light and dark, not only as they exist in the physical world, but within ourselves, as well. And, in brief, I discovered that just as light cannot exist without the dark in a room, I cannot exist without the dark in me. So rather than running from it, or trying to change it, I welcomed it. I let it define me, and by doing so, my light began to shine brighter than ever before. I let my “sorrow sing,” if you will.”

And it’s with that light that the future can only be bright for Kevin Andrew Prchal.



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Sat. Aug 09 2014
93XRT welcomes...

PHOX



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Saturday, August 09 2014
10:00 PM | 21+
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PHOX is from Baraboo, WI, which is a place where kids often drink poisoned groundwater and become endowed mutants. The six best friends who make up the ensemble happen to be blessed with madness, illusions of grandeur, and the inability to do the same thing twice. They also play music.



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Fri. Aug 15 2014
101WKQX welcomes...

OK Go



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Friday, August 15 2014
9:00 PM | 18+
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Of all the superlatives ever thrown at OK Go, “world’s most creative band” might fit best. Theirs is a project of the modern age, defined by vision as opposed to boundaries. It starts with a growing canon of infectious songs (the band’s fourth album is forthcoming), and explodes out from there into a million creative endeavors: their videos are art projects that the whole world sees; their live shows are immersive and surprising; their free time is invested in apps and op-eds and a host of other experiments that all fall under fun, ambitious, or just really cool to try.


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Sat. Aug 16 2014
Saturday, August 16 2014
10:00 PM | 18+
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A young fresh ensemble drowning in pop sensibilities, the members of Moonrise Nation speak for an upcoming generation. As musicians and writers, they craft songs that are anchored in alternative folk with meaningful lyrics and deliver with compelling stage presence in their live shows.

Each member has a distinctive, soulful voice that complements the other. Sisters Arden and Eva Bee intricately weave their voices into magical harmonies over their keyboard and cello, while Emma McCall adds grit with her textured licks on the guitar.



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Thu. Aug 21 2014
Shoeshine Boy Productions presents:

Fletcher Rockwell



$10 Adv. / $12 Doors
Thursday, August 21 2014
8:00 PM | 21+
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Fletcher Rockwell is an American rock band from Chicago formed in 2009. With a classic heartland sound steeped in the grit and charm of their hometown, the group quickly built a loyal following on the strength of their raucous live shows. The band’s new EP, Still Searching, finds them conjuring the spirit of early Tom Petty and the ragged honesty of artists like Wilco and The Replacements. In ‘’Scorpion Woman’’ and ‘’Too Late’’, frontman Mike Nutt shares tales of love won and lost like a young Ryan Adams, and the band hits a sweet spot between No Depression-style rock and 70’s AM gold. A full LP is due in 2014, and judging from the band’s recent shows and latest release, it’s highly anticipated.


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Fri. Aug 22 2014
Shoeshine Boy Productions presents:

Sleep On It



$10 Adv. / $12 Doors
Friday, August 22 2014
8:00 PM | 18+
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Music is about connecting with people, and that's what we focus on more than anything else. We're a band that expresses honesty, and individuality in our music, drawing inspirations from bands such as Yellowcard, Saves The Day, Brand New, Fall Out Boy, and the collective music scenes we all grew up in from Massachusetts, Georgia, Ohio, Michigan, Maine, and Illinois. Our collective influences allow us to create music that has it's own distinct sound. We combine a high energy live show with lyrics that resonate with the experiences of our fans.

We recorded our debut EP 'Everything, All At Once' at Gravity Studios in Chicago (Fall Out Boy, Rise Against). Mixed and mastered by Paul Leavitt (All Time Low, Senses Fail). It's available on iTunes, Spotify, bancamp, Rhapsody, Beats Music, ect.

Pitch After Passion, Heart Before Fashion.

Thanks for listening.

-John, AJ, Jake, TJ and Luka



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Tue. Sep 02 2014
$18 Adv. / $20 Doors
Tuesday, September 02 2014
7:00 PM | All Ages
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For the members of Mercury Records group Parachute, the name of their third album, Overnight, could well be a sly commentary on the hard work and commitment it’s taken for them to experience the success that’s been building over the last four years and first two albums. Their 2009 debut Losing Sleep featured the Top 15 single, “She is Love” (boasting more than 6.5 million views), while 2011’s The Way It Was included the #1 iTunes Rock Song “Kiss Me Slowly” (co-written with Lady Antebellum) and the Top 15 hit “Something to Believe In.”

Or it could refer to the late evenings put in by chief songwriter Will Anderson, burning the midnight oil, writing in his new Nashville base, after moving from the band’s hometown of Charlottesville, VA (where they were discovered and signed to Dave Matthews Band’s Red Light Management out of college). Anderson composed more than 50 songs for the album with a variety of collaborators, including Ryan Tedder (the first single, “Can’t Help”), as well as Grammy winner Chris DeStefano [Kelly Clarkson] and Ashley Gorley [Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban] on the title track.


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Thu. Sep 04 2014
$25 Adv. // $30 Doors
Thursday, September 04 2014
8:00 PM | 21+
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Nettelpalooza is a benefit concert for Nettelhorst Elementary School, a CPS Magnet Cluster School and one of the first CPS community schools in Chicago. Since 1892 the red brick building in East Lakeview has served as one of the finest public elementary schools in the city. Over the last decade a consortium of concerned parents has worked with the school along with local businesses and artists to transform the landmark building into a visually stimulating and vibrant space and environment in which to explore, grow, and learn.

Nettelhorst is often cited in the media as an example of innovation and renewal in urban public schools. The school has been featured on CBS, PBS, NPR, 60 Minutes, Chicago magazine, and The New York Times as well as many Chicago papers. The innovation goes beyond academic changes – we have partnered with the Chicago Blackhawks for a Health and Wellness Initiative and with Nate Berkus, Oprah's designer, to remodel a community space.

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Fri. Sep 05 2014
$15 Adv. / $18 Doors
Friday, September 05 2014
10:00 PM | 18+
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Once you find out that Astronautalis was born to a Texas train man with a nose crooked from bar fights and a pretty Kentucky girl who ran away from home at 17 to become a photographer, it becomes clear that he didn’t stumble into the life of a drifter, he was born into it. With a poet uncle who lived off horse betting and hitchhiking, grandfathers who were spies, sailors, and test pilots, and over 500,000 miles of touring under his own belt, you have to wonder where the tales in Astronautalis’ music end and the life of Andy Bothwell begins. Currently settled (for now) in Minneapolis, by way of Seattle, by way of Dallas by way of Jacksonville Beach, FL; Bothwell has spent almost every waking moment of the last 7 years, on the road, playing shows, earning scars, collecting/giving tattoos, grinding out a cult like fan base, and living up to his proud, storied, and whiskey soaked blood line.

Having started in music over 15 years ago as a battle rapper, Astronautalis’ roots are planted firmly in hip-hop. However, the sounds and styles on his albums are an animal not so easily caged, and his latest release, “This Is Our Science” is no exception to that tradition of wild genre bending. Like previous records Bothwell uses that limitless approach to aid in his vivid storytelling, but where “This is Our Science” takes a turn from tradition, is in the subject matter itself. While previous records read like historical fiction, documenting the lives of the bygone, the footnotes, and the forgotten, “This is Our Science” is pure autobiography. While there are flash references to scientists from the Age of Enlightenment and old dead French mountaineers, these ghosts serve merely as parallels, rest stops in the story of the last 7 years of Bothwell’s romance with the road.



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Sun. Sep 07 2014
Sunday, September 07 2014
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Groundation is bringing classic Roots music into the serious times of the 21st Century. The 9-piece, California-based group has created an entirely unique sound and style: an organic melange of Roots Reggae, heavy Jazz/Funk fusion and transcendental Dub. Their live show has become the stuff of legend; combining the message and intensity of the best Reggae music has to offer with perpetually fresh, Jazz-inspired improvisation.

Having gained a massive following and international notoriety for their progressive fusion style, Groundation regularly headlines major international festivals (Nice Jazz Fest, Summerjam, Sunsplash) and play to huge crowds the world over. From Sydney to Paris, from Jerusalem to Sao Paulo and from Rome to San Francisco, Groundation is at the forefront of an international musical movement, with positive social change as the goal and music as the weapon.


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Wed. Sep 10 2014
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Wednesday, September 10 2014
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The music of The Growlers is unmistakable.

Sure, you can hone in on some influences baked into the work of this California-bred band. Heck, even they’d cop to a few, like Ricky Nelson and The Clash. But once those same RIYL tags have been filtered through the minds and hands and voices of this five-piece, there’s simply nothing else like it.

The Growlers took the phrase “Beach Goth” as an apt descriptor of their music. Sunburned and salty, that term perfectly describes their distinctive melding of reverb heavy surf guitar and Bakersfield-style honky tonk with ‘80s post-punk.

This is especially true of Chinese Fountain, The Growlers’ fifth full-length set to be released on September 23rd via Everloving Records. The 11 songs found on it are some of the strongest that they’ve committed to tape yet; a byproduct not only of eight years in the trenches together, but finely honing their gypsy folk dirges and psychedelic sea shanties to fans at close to 150 shows each year. The connection between vocalist Brooks Nielsen and guitarist Matt Taylor (the principal songwriters of the group) has only grown deeper.

“The band played better than they’ve ever played,” says Nielsen. “We’ve got the process down now. There’s less screwing around to get the songs laid out and we weren’t waiting around for take after take. We knew it and we played without much time to spare.”

That confidence bleeds through every track on Chinese Fountain, with the band assured enough to layer in shades of many new influences: the loping ska beat of “Dull Boy” and “Going Gets Tuff,” the playful disco beat behind the title track, or the Teardrop Explodes-like agitation of “Good Advice.”

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Thu. Sep 11 2014
Thursday, September 11 2014
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After months of testing their limits and trusting their instincts, Bear in Heaven will emerge in April 2012 with I Love You, It's Cool, an album so vivid and visionary that it meets and even exceeds the confidence and calm its title suggests.

In 2010, Beast Rest Forth Mouth delighted listeners with the unexpected-futuristic rock music that didn't sound alien or bound to ostracize. Taking these songs from coast to coast and continent to continent, they learned that having fun with this music was copacetic, that they could delight a crowd while defying musical binaries. I Love You, It's Cool turns that realization into a peerless set of instant anthems.

Indeed, some of these songs are ready for the floor. In one a perfect guitar figure spirals through colossal drums and slabs of synthesizers. Elsewhere bliss booms in icy keyboards reflecting off a relentless throb. It's inescapable. The intricacy and edge of Bear in Heaven's music is sharper than ever before. The programming is both complex and compelling, whether in the refracted rainbows or woven noisy matrices. Certainly, in places it feels like a hit, with hooks that instantly catch and bridges that curl a finger-lyrically, stylistically, temptingly-toward the dance floor. Bear In Heaven's mix of nostalgia and need is immediately relatable, too, bringing the band's exploratory sounds a little closer back to home before they exit in momentary space-rock ascendance, a readymade rock-club banger that erupts into a bold new direction.


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Fri. Sep 12 2014
Friday, September 12 2014
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Down a quiet driveway in East London is an old-fashioned studio. It’s the home of analogue sound, of warm, dusty machines, where the ambitions of independent-minded artists get turned into classic recordings.

In short, it’s where that magic happens.

Arguably a go to studio for rock’n’roll musicians, there is one genre that Toe Rag Studios are certainly not known for, yet. One man plans to change that. It’s ambitious, adventurous modern pop’s turn.

Over the past six months, a man with curly hair has been regularly checking into Toe Rag studios in order to finish his anticipated fourth album. He has brought with him with a passion for The Zombies, an affection for Love, and a ridiculous enthusiasm for Sly and the Family Stone. He is already known for writing great songs, crafting his lyrics with care, and pushing pop melodies into fabulous shapes. Synthesisers and computers have been his primary tools in the past; at Toe Rag, he felt he could he push them to more heavenly places.

Joseph Mount, from Totnes in Devon, is the lead singer and architect of Metronomy. His new album, Love Letters, has a title that speaks volumes about sensations and modes of communication, about things that have always been there, and will always be here.

It’s no coincidence either. This is a record that wants to be timeless.


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Sun. Sep 14 2014
Sunday, September 14 2014
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There are many kind of stitches: seams to secure sleeves into armholes... sutures closing wounds and deep incisions... loops or crosses of embroidery floss... a sudden pain in the side. Stitches, the new album from Califone, touches on all these definitions, its episodes of discomfort and healing rendered with exquisite beauty and craftsmanship.

Intimate timbres—garage sale drum machines, slack guitar strings, hushed vocals—offset the album's cinematic inclinations. The listener moves through a landscape of Old Testament blood and guts, spaghetti Western deserts and Southwestern horizons, zeroing in on emotions and images that cannot be glanced over. Motes of dust dance briefly in afternoon sunlight.



S. Carey's chosen musical expression is a hugely beatific, restorative panorama of beauty – perfect given how landscape and the wonder of nature inspire much of Carey's imagery. His new album Range of Light – the follow–up to his 2010 debut All We Grow – takes its title from the name that 19th century naturalist John Muir – Carey's hero – gave to California's Sierra Nevada, and follows suit with a dazzling array of musical light and shade, drawn from Carey's love of jazz, modern classical and Americana. Like a weathered mountain range changing shadow form and color, or the ebb and flow of a river's current, his music is simultaneously restful and rhythmic, complex and simple, and always evolving.


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Tue. Sep 16 2014
Tuesday, September 16 2014
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Wed. Sep 17 2014
Wednesday, September 17 2014
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TOBACCO can’t have nice things.

On his third album, the Pennsylvania snake-synth-charmer deepens his approach to aural depravity. Ultima II Massage widens a jagged swath through the dude’s own weird catalog, each disparate track damaged to the point of contributing to some sort of greater, lurching Frankenstein-like state. “I spent a lot of time breaking it in all the right places,” says TOBACCO. “It ends up making the whole thing breathe – sometimes gasp for air. It feels more alive.” Immediately after finishing 2010’s Maniac Meat, he went to work on the beat-addled series begun with Fucked Up Friends in 2008. There were notable breaks en route to now – a surprising commission to remix White Zombie’s “Thunder Kiss ‘65,” a new Black Moth Super Rainbow record (Cobra Juicy), and producing Demon Queen’s Exorcise Tape with vocalist Zackey Force Funk – but he saved the worst for last, amassing the most misanthropic material for Ultima. To wit, SPIN dubbed early share “Lipstick Destroyer” a “junkyard takedown of Daft Punk’s beloved, pristine electro.”

TOBACCO explains his modified approach: “I wanted to push each song just enough, so that even when the album’s at its wildest, it’s something you can zone out to. It feels like a definitive end to a concept I’ve been trying to perfect forever.Maniac Meat was linear. This time I wanted to do a lot of different things and have them come together as one meditative piece. At least for myself.”


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Thu. Sep 18 2014
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Thursday, September 18 2014
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Pioneering the style of “VideoSongs” on YouTube, Pomplamoose is a San Francisco-based indie-pop-rock-duo comprised of Jack Conte and Nataly Dawn. With the debut of their online presence in summer 2008, Pomplamoose (a derivation of the French word for grapefruit, pamplemousse) has garnered a significant fan following ever since. Often compared to artists like The Bird and The Bee, Feist and Regina Spektor, they quickly became renowned for their split-screen video-editing that deliberately features every instrument used in the recording process. In 2010, they released their first viral VideoSong, a cover of Beyoncé’s Single Ladies, followed by a national Hyundai holiday ad campaign and two sold-out nationwide tours. Pomplamoose took a break from the band in 2011 to focus on their solo careers. In 2013, the artists reunited to begin creating new material for Pomplamoose Season 2. This next stage of Pomplamoose promises to stay true to the band’s homegrown roots while incorporating new visual elements and a more electronic sound. Veering away from the traditional model, Pomplamoose remains unsigned to this day, successfully making a living from album sales, licensing deals, touring, and the enthusiastic support of their fans.


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Sat. Sep 20 2014
Saturday, September 20 2014
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Wave 1 is the first new transmission the world has received from producer Seth Haley since his gloriously futuristic debut album Galactic Melt. That album cataloged the genesis and evolution of Haley’s alter ego Com Truise — the world’s first synthetic/robotic astronaut, as Haley described him — and this EP continues the character’s journey into the outer reaches of the musical multiverse. In the process, it also builds on Haley’s signature production style, one that’s rooted in classic sci-fi sounds and analogue textures but nevertheless manages to sound utterly contemporary.

The EP takes its name from the newly discovered galaxy to which the intrepid astronaut’s voyages take him, and there certainly seems to be a narrative structure to its sequencing. Opening track “Wasat” sets the scene, providing a brief, atmospheric prelude that quickly settles into an uptempo, hypercolor groove. “Mind” is an exercise in dramatic tension, its beats constantly threatening to explode into a full-fledged four-to-the-floor stomp, but never quite doing so. “Declination,” which features guest vocals from Joel Ford (Airbird, Ejecta, Ford & Lopatin), glides into your headphones like a starship slipping down out of hyperspace — it’s the EP’s most melodic moment, and perhaps the most straightforwardly melodic tune in the Com Truise oeuvre to date.


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Mon. Sep 22 2014
Monday, September 22 2014
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What does deep house, the work of Stockhausen, a self-programmed snake and a frozen Lily Cole have in common? No, it's not the contents of a lost episode of Skins. Nor is it the XX's Christmas list. It is, rather, just a few of the details that make up Clean Bandit, a new four-piece that in their playfulness and willingness to trample over musical boundaries offer a refreshing new direction for dance music in 2013.

Forget your rock revivalists or your retrofitted soul crooners, Clean Bandit could not have emerged at any time other than now. Comprised of brothers Jack and Luke Patterson alongside the classically-trained pair of Grace Chatto and Neil Amin-Smith, the group formed in 2008. One night , in the dingy confines of a Cambridge nightclub, classic music met bass music, and it never looked back.

"It was at the band's own club night called National Rail Disco. We set it up because we thought there was a real lack of new interesting music at the time. The first ever one was basically set up so we could perform. But as it carried on it became more of a straightforward club night we DJ'd or played live most weeks alongside other DJs and electronic acts we loved."


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Tue. Sep 23 2014
Tuesday, September 23 2014
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James and Jas of Simian Mobile Disco, though quite different in personality, are both modest fellows. In conversation each of them, more than once, puts the success of SMD down to sheer luck – however, this is not really true. Yes, they were in the right place at the right time in some senses, but it takes an awful lot more than that to bring an album as sonically glorious and ambitious as Unpatterns to as broad an audience as they are managing to reach. And as you get deeper into the details of their career to date, it becomes very clear how much tenacity, scholarship, imagination and sheer love for what they do, as well as good fortune, has got them to where they are today.

Most of all, their success has been based on learning as they go. And they’ve had plenty of things to learn from since they were thrown into the deep end of the industry when Simian, the band they formed with Simon Lord and Alex McNaughten at Manchester University, was signed to a subsidiary of a major label in 2000. It was an unlikely start, given that they were in James’s words “a kind of prog-psychedelic thing partially named after the Silver Apples’ drum synth”, or as Jas puts it “trying to show you could make band music with songs and harmonies but be into Autechre too, just at the moment the world was into the Strokes and White Stripes and straight-ahead rock music.”


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Wed. Sep 24 2014
Wednesday, September 24 2014
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Listening to Marvelous Clouds, Aaron Freeman’s 2012 debut under his own name, fans might have felt that he was ignoring an elephant in his room—a drug-and-alcohol-related onstage flame-out that made viral headlines the year before. But Clouds, a deceptively chill Rod McKuen covers record, was just a warm-up for the artist once known as Gene Ween. In the opening minutes of FREEMAN, the self-titled debut from his new band, Freeman addresses addiction and its aftermath with the combination of merciless self-inventory and artful songcraft that earned Ween one of the most devoted fan bases in contemporary pop. This song, the unmistakably autobiographical “Covert Discretion,” is a quiet shocker. “Save your judgments for someone else,” Freeman sings. “Be grateful I saved me from myself.”

As bitter as it sounds, the track clears the air. FREEMAN represents a new beginning— Aaron Freeman’s first album of original material since disbanding Ween and getting sober—but it isn’t a record mired in its maker’s private struggles. It’s simply a collection of gorgeous, subtly offbeat songs—in other words, a continuation of the thread that runs through the entire Ween catalog. The lush psychedelic pop of “The English and Western Stallion”; the melancholy plea of “More Than the World”; the unflappable, Plastic Ono Band–esque blues-rock of “Gimmie One More”—these are songs that bear the unmistakable Aaron Freeman stamp.

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Thu. Sep 25 2014
Thursday, September 25 2014
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What We Say: “I was a scrawny, dopey kid – the worst athlete on the face of the planet,” says Wakey!Wakey! frontman Mike Grubbs. “You know tee ball? I got to first base one time.”

Good thing Grubbs had a burgundy baby grand to wail on instead, the centerpiece of a Partridge-like music room that also housed a French horn, clarinet, violin and autoharp. Grubbs started climbing scales and chords here when he was 5. Back then, his mother – a longtime piano teacher and choir director – would ask the kids to sight read songs before they could even think of eating cereal. And homework, why, that was something you did simply to score more bench time.

“For every subject done,” he says, “I could play the piano for an hour. It was almost like video games for me.” The games got a bit more complicated in high school, as Grubbs stumbled upon the songbooks of Billy Joel and Elton John. Not to mention the arena-ready anthems of Led Zeppelin. That unholy trinity, combined with the three B’s – Bach, Beethoven and Brahms – was enough to steer Grubbs away from the church music he was forced to focus on from an early age.

“One of my main influences now is the fact that I didn’t have someone teach me proper jazz or rock playing,” explains Grubbs. “I had no idea how to put a song together; no one telling me, ‘Hey, you should check out Gershwin,’ but it was all so fascinating to me. So I found my own style by experimenting with what works and what doesn’t.”


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Sat. Sep 27 2014
Saturday, September 27 2014
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Let's get some things out of the way. WHY? is a band-three Cincinnati-bred gentlemen who've shared a whole lotta past together. Two of them are brothers. Yoni Wolf, who founded the project by his lonesome in 1998 is one of those (see also: cLOUDDEAD, Greenthink, Reaching Quiet). The other is Josiah Wolf, who first started hitting the skins at their father's synagogue during worship service. They like being in a band together so don't ask about it. WHY?'s third fella is Doug McDiarmid, a high school friend born to French teachers, discovered by the Wolfs whilst playing guitar in a Steve Miller cover band. These men are handsome and meticulous, especially when they do ugly and unwieldy things with words and music.

Like we said, the project started awhile ago. Really, with Yoni in the synagogue basement on a forgotten four-track, recording bad poems and sloppy beats that none of us will ever hear (again, don't ask). Flash forward through his monumental discovery of A Tribe Called Quest and his later untimely egress from art school and you'll arrive at the next most pivotal moment, when the punctuated letters W-H-Y-? graduated from an enigmatic tag loopily scrawled across various Ohio surfaces to something printed on tapes, fliers, records and CDs. As a founding member of Anticon, Yoni had one of the first releases on the label: the Split EP! with Odd Nosdam, WHY?'s half a kaleidoscopic seven-song suite of sweetly sour song-rap.


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Sun. Sep 28 2014
Sunday, September 28 2014
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Let's get some things out of the way. WHY? is a band-three Cincinnati-bred gentlemen who've shared a whole lotta past together. Two of them are brothers. Yoni Wolf, who founded the project by his lonesome in 1998 is one of those (see also: cLOUDDEAD, Greenthink, Reaching Quiet). The other is Josiah Wolf, who first started hitting the skins at their father's synagogue during worship service. They like being in a band together so don't ask about it. WHY?'s third fella is Doug McDiarmid, a high school friend born to French teachers, discovered by the Wolfs whilst playing guitar in a Steve Miller cover band. These men are handsome and meticulous, especially when they do ugly and unwieldy things with words and music.

Like we said, the project started awhile ago. Really, with Yoni in the synagogue basement on a forgotten four-track, recording bad poems and sloppy beats that none of us will ever hear (again, don't ask). Flash forward through his monumental discovery of A Tribe Called Quest and his later untimely egress from art school and you'll arrive at the next most pivotal moment, when the punctuated letters W-H-Y-? graduated from an enigmatic tag loopily scrawled across various Ohio surfaces to something printed on tapes, fliers, records and CDs. As a founding member of Anticon, Yoni had one of the first releases on the label: the Split EP! with Odd Nosdam, WHY?'s half a kaleidoscopic seven-song suite of sweetly sour song-rap.


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Tue. Sep 30 2014
Tuesday, September 30 2014
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Daniel Rossen is an American multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter. He is best known as the guitarist and co-lead vocalist of the band Grizzly Bear, as well as one half Department of Eagles. First solo EP, Silent Hour/Golden Mile, was released in March 2012.


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Thu. Oct 02 2014
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Thursday, October 02 2014
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Fin Greenall, who is the voice and heart behind Fink, often gets mistaken for other people.

At the BMI Awards in the US, a ‘roomful of gangstas and playas’ were convinced the Cornwall-born, Bristol-raised Englishman was a lawyer, and not a songwriter picking up an ‘American Urban’ gong – one of three BMIs he received for his work with John Legend on the soul singer’s Evolver album.

In Berlin, clubbing capital of the world, they think he helps run a small minimal techno label. In certain London circles he’s known as the hardworking insider whose past roles at DefJam, Sony Music, Talkin’ Loud, and Source saw him work with a range of artists longer than the horizon. At the BBC, they imagine Fink as perhaps the only musician who has played both the Electric Proms and the actual Proms (was that really the same guy leading a 120-piece orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall in an ‘immense’ cover of Roy Ayers’ Everybody Loves The Sunshine?).


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Fri. Oct 03 2014
Silver Wrapper presents:

Slow Magic



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Friday, October 03 2014
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Slow Magic is the sound made by an unknown imaginary friend.


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Sat. Oct 04 2014
Saturday, October 04 2014
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“Family” is a word that encompasses a variety of definitions. With that in mind, let this introduction to Kopecky Family Band be taken with an open mind and with a grain of salt. This family is connected not by blood or by heritage, but by circumstance. This is a family bound by the miles on their odometer and by the songs they have crafted over the years. These six young musicians have created a family through their commitment to each other and to their craft. Crack open your dictionary, if you need to.

The Kopecky Family Band – a non-traditional family, at that – is dynamic, and they wield an equally dynamic slew of instruments. Their thoughtful songwriting is supported by a diverse backdrop of sound. And the musical canvas is covered with broad brushstrokes – ranging from clanging tambourines and guitars, booming percussion, intelligent string arrangements, and triumphant horns. These six bandmates – siblings, if you will – swap their musical tools without a second thought, creating an emotive, adventurous, and energetic environment onstage.

In late 2007, founding members Kelsey Kopecky and Gabriel Simon became united with four friends who shared a mutual vision. They planted seeds that have been nurtured for the past five years through persistent touring and recording – and those seeds are rapidly reaching maturity. With thousands of miles traveled, and surely thousands to come, the Kopecky Family Band is only just beginning their adventure – and they want to bring you along for the ride.


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Sun. Oct 05 2014
Sunday, October 05 2014
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The "Small Sound" EP follows Tennis's much lauded previous full length efforts, 2011's "Cape Dory" and 2012's "Young and Old." Four of the tracks were produced by Richard Swift (Foxygen, The Shins, The Mynabirds) with the fifth track "Cured of Youth" produced by Jim Eno (Spoon, Polica, Gayngs). The band inked a new deal with Communion Records and will return to the studio to work on new music for a Spring 2014 full length album. "Small Sound" is available as a limited 10" vinyl release, as well as CD and digital formats -- all of which can be purchased directly from the band's website, www.tennis-music.com.

Tennis was born aboard Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley's nearly seven-month sailing trip. Upon returning home, the duo began writing music together as a way to document the history of their shared experience. The result was "Cape Dory," an intimate and concise recollection of life on a 30-foot sloop.

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Tue. Oct 07 2014
Unabridged Bookstore presents:
An Evening With...

John Darnielle (The Mountain Goats)



Tuesday, October 07 2014
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If you would like to pick up your copy of WOLF IN WHITE VAN when it's released on 9/16/14, please bring in a copy of your confirmation email to Unabridged Bookstore (3251 N. Broadway)

John Darnielle, writer, composer, guitarist, and vocalist for the band the Mountain Goats, gives us a breathtaking new novel, Wolf In White Van, the story of the Trace Italian, a game of strategy and survival! You may now make your first move.

Join Unabridged Bookstore for an unforgettable evening as John Darnielle sits in conversation with Mairead Case, columnist for Bookslut and who has spent a decade working in Chicago schools, small presses, and libraries. You will not want to miss Darnielle, widely considered one of the best lyricists of his generation, see what he can do with the novel.

Brilliantly constructed, Beautifully written, and unexpectedly moving, John Darnielle’s audacious and gripping debut novel is a marvel of storytelling brio and genuine literary delicacy.

Unabridged Bookstore (unabridgedbookstore.com) is an independent bookstore that opened in its current location at 3251 N. Broadway in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood on Saturday, November 1 1980. Unabridged is known for its dedicated, knowledgeable staff, (and their hand-written personal recommendations) an unparalleled sale book section, and an award-winning children's section.

Mairead Case (@maireadcase) is a writer, teacher, and editor. After a decade working in Chicago schools, small presses, and libraries, she now lives in Colorado where she is a PhD student at the University of Denver. Mairead is a columnist at Bookslut, and her first book comes out from featherproof in October 2015.


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Thu. Oct 09 2014
Thursday, October 09 2014
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Trust is the musical project of Toronto artist Robert Alfons.

After years of extensive touring, and garnering glowing praise from top international critics at Pitchfork, VICE, and The Guardian UK for the 2012 Juno-nominated debut album TRST, the follow up album Joyland was released by Arts & Crafts on March 4, 2014.

Joyland is an eruption of guts, eels, and joy.


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Fri. Oct 10 2014
Friday, October 10 2014
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Easton, MD -- Front porch of producer John Alagia's house on the Chesapeake Bay.

I've just woken up from another end of the world dream where Bon Jovi was an alien planting explosive devices in cupboards that eventually cause massive flooding when I decide I need to do a morning coffee run (ok, I need cigarettes) so I grab my keys and head to town. E-Rob (Eric Robinson), our engineer, is just going to bed after working late on a vox comp for 'You Won't Let Me' and it occurs to me how I've truly lucked out with the people involved in "Chesapeake."

I am in the studio. And when I say studio, I mean Alagia's house that we've spent weeks converting into a studio. We shipped gear, borrowed microphones, amps, guitars, and a grand piano that's living in his bedroom (because that's where we get the best sound). We housed vox mics in his shower for some natural reverb and of course the porch where I write this -- a past scene of pre production jams complete with drums made out of cardboard beer cases and recycling bins -- cellos stuck in wads of duck tape so as not to slip on the floor, a wurly set up by the table of receipts I'm calling 'my office' etc.


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Sun. Oct 12 2014
93XRT welcomes...

Ásgeir



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Ásgeir is a singer-songwriter from Iceland. With the release last September of ‘Dyrd i daudathogn’, at just 20 years of age Icelandic singer- songwriter Ásgeir has become something of an overnight sensation in his country’s music scene - breaking all records to become Iceland’s fastest selling debut album by a domestic artist.

That was reinstated at the Iceland Music Awards that took place on February 20th, Asgeir making an impressive sweep of the board, picking up Best Pop/Rock Album, Best Newcomer, Icelandicmusic.com Award for online achievement and the Public Choice Award.

Produced by Gudmundur Kristinn Jonsson, Dyrd í dauðathogn (‘In the Silence’) immediately recalls the heavenly vocals of Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and light electronic touch of British glitch pop sensation James Blake. In Iceland, the unusual poetry of lyrics have attracted almost as much attention as the music itself, in part because they are mostly written by Ásgeir’s 72 year old father.

The songs themselves, however, are all Ásgeir: light and airy, inset with his distinctive melancholic voice their vibrancy elevates their appeal way beyond the folktronica tag.

One such fan of Dyrd i daudathogn was John Grant (‘Queen Of Denmark’) – currently resident of Iceland himself – who has collaborated with Ásgeir to create an English language version, 'In The Silence', which is out now.


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Mon. Oct 13 2014
Monday, October 13 2014
7:00 PM | All Ages
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"Before, it felt finished. Now, it feels perfect. It's feels like a proper thing."

The proper thing on the mind of 20-year-old shooting star Charli XCX is an album long in the making, one which finally sees the light of day in 2013. The wait has been as agonising for Charli as it has been for her fanbase -- rapidly swelling on both sides of the Atlantic ? but patience has paid handsome dividends. The debut album she releases in 2013 -- perhaps unlike the album she could have released in 2012, or even 2011 -- finds XCX's vision fully realised. Sweeping synths, crunchy beats, emotive vocals, coy raps, spiky and persuasive lyricism and big ideas about life, love and everything else: The album tracks (and soundtracks) Charli's journey from teenager to young woman, but deftly swerves coming-of-age cliches.

"There were all these questions while I was making the album," Charli recalls. "Like how can I twist something mundane to something really amazing that's never been done before? How can I make beautiful pieces of pop? How can I just let my mind go and let all the colours flow out?" Many of the answers have only really appeared in the last twelve months as Charli's vision has finally come into focus. And now the album is finished, its ample vindication for one of Charli's most firmly-held beliefs: "We need to reboot British girl power."


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Sat. Oct 18 2014
Saturday, October 18 2014
9:00 PM | 21+
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An artist’s capability to transform suffering into great work is one of humanity’s great phenomena. When considering the “divorce” subcategory of suffering and the “music” subcategory of art, the manifestation has traditionally tended toward the dirge (e.g. Dylan’s “Blood On The Tracks,” Mitchell’s “Blue). Please, Sondre Lerche’s stunning new album, however, is a different animal: despite aligning with a recent divorce from his wife of eight years, it is brimming with crisp electronic flourishes, bold, economic production, and an infectious new energy and sense of purpose.

The juxtaposition of romantic idealism and the chaotic struggle to live up to said ideals is meticulously explored: for the first time in his career, Lerche is presented unraveled. The moans and wails are unedited, and the cutting room floor is clean. The first evidence of this (on opener and first single “Bad Law”) is Lerche’s witty self-awareness as his voice cracks while singing “it all sounds unlikely...”.

Lerche has always written about love, but never in such a primal, sexual way. Lerche's well-proven melodic instincts are sharper than ever, but he's moved from the brain to the body, from the soulful to the physical.


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Sun. Oct 19 2014
Sunday, October 19 2014
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Let’s cut to the chase. The captivating third, self titled album from Angus & Julia Stone, is the best record the siblings have ever made, a record born of spontaneity, and totally unplanned.

“It took a while to get to a place where we thought it was a good idea,” they admit. “We were enjoying the time apart, enjoying our different directions. There was no conversation of, ‘When are we doing another Angus & Julia record?’ It never even came up.” In fact, the pair, over the last couple of years on solo adventures never even saw each other, aside from unexpectedly bumping into each other on the street in Paris.

It took the legendary US producer to spark the flame. From Jay Z to the Beastie Boys, Johnny Cash to Red Hot Chilli Peppers – Rick Rubin knows good music. After Rubin heard Angus and Julia’s music playing at a friend’s party he decided he had to get in contact with them. Julia received an email from one of the notorious producer and former Def Jam head associates, who visited the singer at one of her NYC solo shows, urging her to take a meeting. Weeks later in LA, Julia met up with Rubin. “At that point I was saying, ‘but my brother and I aren't playing music together,” Julia recalls of the initial meeting. “Rick said, ‘well I’d really like to meet him too.”


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Tue. Oct 21 2014
Tuesday, October 21 2014
8:00 PM | 21+
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Within weeks of finishing work on 2011’s award-winning, internationally renowned debut LP, Moonfire — months before it was even released — singer / songwriter Dave Hosking was hit by a creative tsunami. Boy & Bear is a band that likes to follow their muse — and the new songs were flowing.

The cocoon-like existence of working together in a strange new environment — Nashville, in the case of Moonfire — generated its share of magic, but Hosking and his fellow Boy & Bears wanted to bring it all back home, to get back to where their musical journey began in 2009. His band mates Tim Hart, Killian Gavin, Jon Hart and new(ish) addition, bassist (and table tennis ace) David Symes, agreed. ‘Good art is personal,’ says Hosking, ‘it comes from a really personal place. These new songs started in my living room, and it made sense to keep this local, and let our personalities and experiences filter into the record.’


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Sat. Oct 25 2014
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Saturday, October 25 2014
1:30 PM | All Ages
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Tickets: $15 for one (1), $55 for four (4) ticket family pack, FREE for non-walkers. If purchasing the four (4) ticket family pack, please note that one (1) ticket will cover entry for four (4) people.

Hundreds of thousands of kids aged 6 months to 6 years, dancing their little booties off (to real disco music!) at some of the coolest clubs in the world while their parents sip cocktails, munch on organic snacks and dance along with their kids.

Baby Loves Disco transforms the world’s coolest nightclubs into child-proof discos.

Make no mistake, this is not the Mickey Mouse Club, and Barney is banned. Baby Loves Disco is an afternoon dance party featuring real music spun and mixed by real DJs blending classic disco tunes from the 70s & 80s guaranteed to get those little booties moving and grooving.

The fun spills out from all corners of the club: bubble machines, egg shakers, a chill-out room (with tents, books and puzzles), diaper changing stations, a full spread of healthy snacks and dancing…LOTS of dancing.


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Sat. Oct 25 2014
Saturday, October 25 2014
10:00 PM | 21+
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This Will Destroy You began in earnest during the mid-00’s in San Marcos, TX. In many ways, the initial sound of the band was the logical destination point for four friends (Christopher Royal King, Jeremy Galindo, Raymond Brown, and Andrew Miller) that had been playing in a variety of bands together throughout their teens. In 2005, the group began writing and recording what was intended to be a simple 6-song documentation of where they were at musically. Externally, Brown had been accepted into medical school, King was working on high profile graphic design gigs, and the four genuinely thought that they’d be moving into other fields, ultimately requiring the dissolution of the band.

This plan changed dramatically one fateful day when King sent the 6 songs (recorded by a 17-year old high school student) to Virginia’s Magic Bullet Records as a “thank you” for releases he personally enjoyed over the years from the label’s catalog. An immediate connection was established between the label and band. Within weeks, the 6-song demo became “Young Mountain,” This Will Destroy You's first retail full length, and the band found themselves on their first tour (a brief west coast stint with labelmates Sparrows Swarm And Sing).


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Mon. Oct 27 2014
Monday, October 27 2014
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Recorded over 15 months in the band’s east London studio-laboratory-bunker with co-producer Craig Silvey (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Arcade Fire, The National), Luminous (out May 6 on XL Recordings) is the follow-up to The Horrors 2007 debut Strange House, the Mercury-nominated Primary Colours (2009), and the critically-acclaimed Skying (2011) a record that entered the UK charts at number five, featured prominently in the end-of-year magazine/newspaper polls, and was anointed NME's Album Of The Year. Luminous first single “I See You,” received its first broadcast in February on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic. The seven-and-half-minute synth anthem was unveiled live at The Fly Awards in London, where The Horrors were joined onstage by Thurston Moore and Stereogum exclaimed “the song is a pulsating jam that pushes eight minutes and sounds like the first Horrors song that could really fill a stadium.” "So Now You Know," the second single from the album, brings fans one step further into the technicolour world of Luminous that awaits. A hazy backdrop of bubbling synths expand spectacularly into an otherworldly widescreen affair, with the commanding vocals of Faris Badwan leading the way.

Tasking themselves with, as ever, moving onwards, The Horrors determined to make an album that was brighter, more positive, more electronic. ‘We’ve refined our sound,” affirms lead singer Faris Badwan, “and in terms of songwriting it is the record I'm happiest with.” Or, in the words of bass player Rhys Webb, “it’s not so much about heavier guitars as a heavier potency… We want to make music you can dance to, music that elevates…” Luminous by name, luminous by nature: this is an album radiating light and energy. These songs are The Horrors writing at their instinctive, intuitive and accessible best.


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Thu. Nov 06 2014
Thursday, November 06 2014
9:00 PM | 21+
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The seed for this album was planted during a one-off show back in 2012. Bazan was invited to play a show in Tacoma WA with the Passenger String Quartet. PSQ leader Andrew Joslyn put together string arrangements for 4 songs and it was an enjoyable evening for all. They immediately began talking about doing it again and eventually started talking about making proper studio recordings of these songs. But it took nearly two years for everyone’s schedules to line up again. In February 2014, they were able to spend a week at Avast! studio in Seattle tracking a collection of 10 songs pulled from Pedro The Lion, Headphones and Bazan solo albums. Long time friend and collaborator Chris Colbert recorded, mixed and mastered the album. Chris’s no nonsense approach and years of friendship with Bazan helped focus the effort and they were able to record the entire album in just a few days.

With the release of the album they will be touring all across the USA in October and November playing in rock clubs, small theaters and cathedrals.



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Wed. Nov 12 2014
Wednesday, November 12 2014
8:00 PM | All Ages
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“Broad City” is a weekly, half-hour scripted series featuring Upright Citizens Brigade alums Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer airing Wednesdays at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT on Comedy Central. The series is an odd couple comedy about two best friends navigating their twenties in New York City whose adventures always lead down unexpected and outlandish paths. They’re broke, flawed and don’t shy away from the sticky situations NYC throws at them -- they dive right into the muck. But no matter how bad it gets, these young broads are always down with whatever hits them.

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Wed. Nov 12 2014
Wednesday, November 12 2014
10:30 PM | 18+
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“Broad City” is a weekly, half-hour scripted series featuring Upright Citizens Brigade alums Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer airing Wednesdays at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT on Comedy Central. The series is an odd couple comedy about two best friends navigating their twenties in New York City whose adventures always lead down unexpected and outlandish paths. They’re broke, flawed and don’t shy away from the sticky situations NYC throws at them -- they dive right into the muck. But no matter how bad it gets, these young broads are always down with whatever hits them.

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Sat. Nov 22 2014
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Saturday, November 22 2014
1:30 PM | All Ages
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Tickets: $15 for one (1), $55 for four (4) ticket family pack, FREE for non-walkers. If purchasing the four (4) ticket family pack, please note that one (1) ticket will cover entry for four (4) people.

Hundreds of thousands of kids aged 6 months to 6 years, dancing their little booties off (to real disco music!) at some of the coolest clubs in the world while their parents sip cocktails, munch on organic snacks and dance along with their kids.

Baby Loves Disco transforms the world’s coolest nightclubs into child-proof discos.

Make no mistake, this is not the Mickey Mouse Club, and Barney is banned. Baby Loves Disco is an afternoon dance party featuring real music spun and mixed by real DJs blending classic disco tunes from the 70s & 80s guaranteed to get those little booties moving and grooving.

The fun spills out from all corners of the club: bubble machines, egg shakers, a chill-out room (with tents, books and puzzles), diaper changing stations, a full spread of healthy snacks and dancing…LOTS of dancing.


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Sat. Nov 22 2014
Saturday, November 22 2014
9:00 PM | 21+
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Sam Roberts was living in a hobbit hole on a mountain in Spain, watching the sun set on the hills of Andalucia when the lyrics of “Golden Hour” came to him. If that were the only unusual thing about the making of ‘Lo-Fantasy,’ his fifth studio album, it would still be remarkably strange, but this is no ordinary Sam Roberts Band record.

One year earlier:

New songs were taking shape in the dim glow of Sam’s Montreal basement studio. “It might have taken less time if my kids had respected my privacy a little more,” says Roberts. “Once I put a lock on the door, things started to move faster.” The songs were calling on a broad spectrum of influences, from the Clash to Fela Kuti, from electronic-gurus Underworld to Etienne De Crecy, from Gordon Lightfoot to Ray Davies. What the music needed was a producer and a visionary who could help sculpt these different directions into a focused, living whole. The band took a shot in the dark and sent rough demos across the pond… Who they got was Youth.

Youth (a.k.a. Martin Glover) boasted an incredible resume, with production credits ranging from The Verve’s ‘Urban Hymns’ to Crowded House, as well as stints performing with Paul McCartney, ambient-techno kings The Orb, and post-punk outfit Killing Joke. “His musical background hit every note, all the colours we were trying to put on the record,” says Roberts. They met in Montreal for a freezing February week of pre-production, Youth swearing it had to be “Hell on Earth!” He pored over Roberts’ new tracks with an irreverent and unrelenting eye. “He’d say, ‘Where’s the chorus, man?’” Roberts laughs in his best British accent. “‘That’s not a chorus. THIS is the chorus.’ He was unapologetically ripping the songs to pieces, putting songwriter and band to the test. I had to defend my music, know when to dig in my heels, know when to try a different approach. You have to be elastic enough that you’re open to the new possibilities, and our bond grew stronger through that.”


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