Friday, 25 October 2013 05:00

Hamish Anderson

Having made a name for himself across the local scene for his impressive live show that encompasses a mix of blues, rock and folk with moments of loud, electric blues-soaked songs as well as delicate acoustic balladry, Hamish Anderson’s debut EP comes armed with a host of noteworthy tunes and a songwriting and vocal maturity well beyond his twenty-one years.

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Friday, 25 October 2013 05:00

Rocket and the Ghost

Rocket & the Ghost:  In 2011, Kiyoshi Matsuyama found himself in a difficult position for anyone in a band on the rise. As a founding member of the London Souls, he had spent the past seven years on an adventure that was nothing short of extraordinary, touring with the likes of The Black Crowes & The Roots, and recording with Ethan Johns at the legendary Abbey Road studios. But as his tastes changed, so did the music he was writing, and Kiyoshi had to move on.

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Friday, 25 October 2013 05:00

Strange Talk

“It was a long journey, making this record – we really challenged ourselves. It’s odd: you’ve got a classically trained violinist, a dance producer with a DJ background, and two funk/soul musicians. It’s weird how it all gels together, but that’s the unique flavour of Strange Talk.

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Friday, 25 October 2013 05:00

Vanarays

Sporting a sonic kaleidoscope that includes intimate shoegaze, dark new-wave and driving dance beats, Chicago’s Vanarays have quite the pedigree for major success in the area.

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Friday, 25 October 2013 05:00

Jared Bartman

Jared Bartman is a songwriter, composer, and bandleader based in Peoria, IL. Merging genres to create a sound that is all his own,

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Friday, 25 October 2013 05:00

Lilly Hiatt

Lilly Hiatt is a young woman wise beyond her years. Listen. You’ll hear.
Hiatt’s songs back equal measures edge (“3 Days”) and energy (“Big Bad Wolf”) with stunning lyrical elegance. Clear evidence: The Nashville resident’s buoyant Let Down. Hiatt’s seamless debut fortifies earthy (“Master”) and ethereal narratives (“Oh Mister”) with storytelling as sharp as a seasoned songwriter (“Young Black Rose”). Youthful restlessness guides the journey. “There was a self-loathing theme throughout all those songs, hence the title,” the 28-year-old explains. “It had a lot to do with being in the first half of my twenties and being in this transition from child to grownup. It’s kind of like hitting puberty again.”

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Wednesday, 23 October 2013 05:00

Wooden Wings

Chicago-native Charles Blackstone is the author of Vintage Attraction, a novel published in 2013 by Pegasus Books and distributed by W.W. Norton & Company. He is also co-editor of the literary anthology The Art of Friction (University of Texas Press, 2008) and the author of The Week You Weren’t Here (Dzanc and Low Fidelity Press, 2005), a novel. Chicago Public Radio included The Week You Weren’t Here in its Summer Book Bag (simulcast on WTTW TV’s Chicago Tonight).

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Wednesday, 23 October 2013 05:00

Charles Blackstone

Chicago-native Charles Blackstone is the author of Vintage Attraction, a novel published in 2013 by Pegasus Books and distributed by W.W. Norton & Company. He is also co-editor of the literary anthology The Art of Friction (University of Texas Press, 2008) and the author of The Week You Weren’t Here (Dzanc and Low Fidelity Press, 2005), a novel. Chicago Public Radio included The Week You Weren’t Here in its Summer Book Bag (simulcast on WTTW TV’s Chicago Tonight).

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Wednesday, 23 October 2013 05:00

The Tragic Thrills

“My aim is to be earnest and have integrity,” says Zach Porter, primary songwriter of the transcendent pop-rock quartet The Tragic Thrills. “When I write songs for this band, I question every word because I want to make sure everything is honest.”

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Monday, 21 October 2013 05:00

Dead Original

P@ulE (Paul Wandtke) (vocalist/guitar)

Singer/song writer P@ulE has been to over 45 countries as a work for hire drummer, and has toured the states with notable bands, most recently he toured with Chicago's very own Kill Hannah during an intimate main support run with The Smashing Pumpkins.

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