Details here: Facebook invite
Here’s a song:
Details here: Facebook invite
Here’s a song:
One of the many perks of playing music is that I occasionally get my hands on upcoming releases before their issue date. It helps when you are supporting the artist in question at their EP release show. Regardless, I want to thank Simpleton & Cityfolk for generously sharing their debut EP, The Williams Account, with me so that I can share my thoughts on the record with you, Planet Earth. Some quick background on the band: Simpleton & Cityfolk are a marriage among simpleton Geoff Glenn and city folks Mike Skowronski, Chris Bennett, and Chris “Foo” Williams (this is their official origin story; I don’t think Geoff is a simpleton). Formed in 2010, Simpleton & Cityfolk have graced many of Chicago’s marquee venues with their take on contemporary alt-folk/americana. I’d expect great things from these guys; keep them on your radar.
The Banana Convention will be co-headlining our show at Goose Island this Saturday (April 7). These guys are the real deal. You may have seen them on one of their national tours, on the Vans Warped Tour, or tearing up their native Saginaw, MI. We are honored that they are taking time out of their busy tour schedule to head down to Chicago and share the stage with us.
If you take a quick listen to the tunes they have available on their website and Reverb Nation page, you will be dazzled by the lead vocal stylings of Shar Molina. She reminds me of the Sublime song “Saw Red” in that she is a perfect combination of Brad Nowell and Gwen Stefani. Combing TBC’s press clippings, she is oft compared to Ms. Stefani. I think this tells half the story as Shar’s voice has a power and bite that Stefani’s lacks. Whoever you want to compare her too, girlfriend can sing and has a powerful stage presence. She may even leap out of your speakers or headphones and kick you in the face.
You will also hear that these guys obviously enjoy playing their music. Their tunes are upbeat and whimsical, my favorite being their ode to Han Solo, and their attitude and energy are infectious. Guitarist Jake Voisine has a great jangly, ska-infused style and writes memorable riffs. Bassist Sean Drysdale lends some funk to the equation and vocalist/percussionist Monte Nothelfer keeps the crowd going with his enigmatic charisma.
I’ve also learned that this show will be one of the last with longtime drummer Chris Howard. I’ll meet Chris for the first time on Saturday but want to wish him luck and success in whatever new adventure he tackles. I hope it involves drums.
We are really excited to see these guys do what they’ve done coast to coast for almost a decade. This one shouldn’t be missed. Music starts at 9pm and $8 gets you a night’s worth of music. See you Saturday.
Hopefully you were tuned in, but if not, The Ewing Theory was one of the featured artists on Sunday’s Local Anesthetic Capsule on WXRT. “Standing Still” off our debut, A Casual Theft, got a spin and we might still be coming down from that high. Richard Milne, DJ extraodinaire, also, graciously, plugged our upcoming show April 7th at Goose Island in Wrigleyville. He also featured us on his blog which you can check out here. One love Richard.
From the record. This one features some creative cinematography.
The Visiting Hours are the second band you’ll see tomorrow at LaSalle Power Co. These guys are newer to the game, they formed a year ago this month, but they are not to be taken lightly. Also, they love Roy Orbison and T.S. Eliot so they are clearly cool people. Check out this live video from their September Goose Island show, “The Beat That My Heart Skipped.”
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Tanner, drummer and vocalist extraodinaire, has personally assured me that their set is going to be rippin’. Don’t know what else you need to know.
Also, check out this Traveling Wilbury’s video. You’re welcome.
Mr. Scott Farkus may be immortalized in a classic Christmas comedy (Klassic Krusty Komedy…?), but has he played the Hard Rock Cafe? Didn’t think so.
The significantly more awesome Farkus (pictured on the right) is a powerful rock band based in Chicago whose album, Thought You Should Know, has been very well reviewed and in 2009 moved 30,000 copies in a week as the featured album on P2P sharing site Frostwire.
They are a band that showcases two divergent styles: they can show the finesse and delicacy of a singer-songwriter and in the next moment dive into some arena rock bangers. Check out their tunes “Bitter Cinderella” and “Salt” and you’ll see what I mean. Nice bit of trivia for you, the song “Windsor Noose” is one of the band’s earliest tunes.
These guys are players and their lead singer, Tony, has some belting pipes. They are opening up the evening tomorrow at LaSalle Power Company and we are excited to be sharing the stage with these cats. We’ll see you tomorrow and don’t forget to bring $7.
Fletcher Rockwell is a self-described Chicago “party-band,” and indeed, their self-titled album delivers plenty of dance floor-friendly funk. But don’t think this is your alcoholic uncle’s “You don’t know Grand Funk?” sort of party band (although that type of party band DOES tend to feature shirtless lyrics, bong-rattling bass, and the competent drumming of Don Brewer).
Surprisingly, to this writer at least, the band doesn’t feature any of Fletch’s patented one-liners that everyone finds so very amusing. Also absent is Rockwell’s patented ability to be Berry Gordy’s son. [Wikipedia fact about Rockwell: "Motown actually came up with the name Rockwell and the young Gordy agreed to the change because he believed he 'rocked well.'"]. But these are probably good things.
What makes the band notable is its subtle infusion of jam-band and prog elements. At times, the album sounds almost reminiscent of Anchor Drops-era Umphrey’s Mcgee, especially in the crisp and inventive guitar breaks, before taking stylistic turns towards understated acoustic ballads (“Damn the Fruit”), slow-burning soul (“Contemplator”), and four-on-the-floor funk (“Tear It Up”). Throughout, the band features top-notch musicianship: every harmony is beautifully done, and the instrumental passages are often jaw-droppingly well-executed.
The band’s technical prowess should make for an exceptional live show, and lucky for us, they’re playing with the Ewing Theory this Saturday at the La Salle Power Company. And we have technical prowess as well, although admittedly it’s more of an ITT-Tech-nical prowess.
Check out Fletcher Rockwell’s website here.
In the meantime, enjoy another amazing poster from AEO Design.