Nashville-based alternative rock outfit The Nearly Deads are primed and ready to explode. The band has created a buzz of their very own, mixing the polished pop vocals of singer Theresa Jeane with the aggressive grunge-inspired instrumentals of Steve Tobi, Javier Garza, Josh Perrone, and Kevin Koelsch. The Nearly Deads have managed to create a truly unique genre that not only gives a nod to gritty grunge, but brings it back in a way never heard before. Imagine Kelly Clarkson as front-woman of the Foo Fighters.
The Bergamot: Brooklyn based husband and wife duo, Jillian Speece and Nathaniel Paul Hoff are the architects behind this vibrant, American Indie, Folk Rock inspired sound – powered by unbreakable harmonies with seamless songwriting adeptness that combines a story of both the joy’s and heartache’s of life.
Jukebox the Ghost’s third album Safe Travels marks a period in the band’s career that’s steeped in change, both personally and professionally. Relationships dissolved and crumbled. Loved ones passed on. The band themselves relocated from Philadelphia to New York City and played over 200 shows since the release of their last album in 2010. In the midst of so much change, the band spent months in the studio creating what would become “Safe Travels”, a record that represents a shift in the band’s creative trajectory.
For any band, it's terrifyingly easy to get lost in the shuffle, especially in a city as vast as Chicago. Setting yourself apart, or even finding kinship with other like-minded acts, are tough tasks with all the booking and promotion that needs to be done. But from the start, it seems The Fox & The Hounds have never had such issues.
The Ready Set: Jordan Witzigreuter was only 20 years old when nearly overnight, the young Indiana-born musician—who had spent the better part of his teens writing an arsenal of illegally catchy, electro-pop songs—was plucked from near obscurity and thrust into the spotlight. “I started playing shows to a couple people in someone’s basement,” Witzigreuter remembers. “Then, a year and a half later, I was playing radio festivals with Maroon 5 to 10,000 people.”
The Black Tibetans live to Rock and Rock to live. It’s as simple as that.
If you think you know Hit The Lights, think again. Sure you’ve probably seen the band perform aside Paramore or New Found Glory and you’re aware that their last album, Skip School, Start Fights charted in the Billboard Top 100 but on their latest disc the band truly bare their soul and prove why they’ve been able to nurture such a deep relationship with their fans. In other words Hit The Lights are back with the most accomplished record of their career and that’s evident with every note on Invicta.
For the past six years four brothers from Chicago have been busy using their love of pop music to build a mini-empire under the name The Hudson Branch. They’ve collaborated with NPR’s popular and innovative podcast Radiolab, shared the stage with English new wave pioneers New Order, and performed experimental live shows alongside media giants Google and Disney. They’ve also recorded and produced three ambitious albums, leading The Chicago Sun-Times to declare them “a polished quintet, building on roots in sensitive folk-rock (think: Nick Drake), Genteel early ‘60s pop (echoes of Burt Bacharach) and polite indie-rock (a la the Sea and Cake.)”
The Drunken Cuddle: Acoustic guitars, electric amps, broken strings, broken drum heads, stomping, jumping, kicking, beating, screaming, aggressive, loud, heart felt and soft. Rock? Country? Punk? You tell us.