CollXtion II

Allie X returned to Chicago last week looking considerably more gangster than the last time she was in town. Donning mouthy overalls, a trucker hat, and aviators, Allie X strut her stuff across the stage as she played her way through hit from her first album, and fresh ones off of CollXtion II. While still maintaining her synthpop roots, the new album features songs that have a more hip hop feel to them. For more on Allie X, click here.

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Sundara Karma @ Subterranean 4/18

NME’s “Best New Band of 2017” is coming back to Chicago this Tuesday to play at Subterranean with Coast Modern and 888. The band was last in Chicago the night before Thanksgiving and played one hell of a show at Bottom Lounge. Since we last saw them, they have officially released their debut album, Youth is Only Ever Fun in Retrospect, and have been taking over alt radio. To see them before the explode, get your tickets here.

Molly Burch @ Empty Bottle 3/23

Molly Burch is coming to Empty Bottle this Thursday in support of her debut album Please Be Mine. The album is a collection of 10 songs about heartbreak, loneliness, and reconnecting, which everyone can identify with to a certain extent. Burch’s sound has a retro feel to it and her music is full of soul. Check her out above and get your tickets to Thursday’s show with Jade Shuma and Tim Darcy here.

 

BAND SPOTLIGHT: Demi the Daredevil

Demi the Daredevil is a rock band out of El Paso, Texas that combines dark, psychological-inspired lyrics with upbeat alternative rock. However, their music wasn’t always so convoluted. What started out as fast and heavy rock, morphed into soft doo-wop, then into a classical broadway-esque sound before currently evolving into what the band calls alternative dance rock or art pop.demi-the-daredevil-4

During their live sets, the band loves seeing fans getting involved in the music. Whether they are nodding to the beat or starting a raucous mosh pit like the one at Warped Tour in Las Cruces, the band enjoys seeing fans connect with their work. The guys of Demi the Daredevil are prone to altering their music slightly during live sets. Some sections are made heavier by the guitarist and drummer or the lyrics are switched up if the singer prefers the newly thought out lyrics over the recorded version. During one of their more memorable sets, and drunk guy (or perhaps some local vagabond) jumped onto the stage, took the mic while putting his arm around the singer, and then confessed how glad he was that the band could make it. I don’t think I would forget that either! For the band, something truly unforgettable would be touring with the likes of Awolnation, Twenty-One Pilots, or Panic at the Disco, all of which seem like a good fit to me. To learn more about Demi the Daredevil, click here.

House of Vans Chicago Grand Opening

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For those lucky enough to get in, the House of Vans grand opening at the new Chicago location was a to night to remember. Chicago is the home to many beautiful and unique venues. We have shows in iconic theatres, parks with great views of the Chicago skyline, a wide array of pubs, and a ballroom that seemingly transports you to a village in southern Spain. img_9010Even with all of those great locations, the new House of Vans location is easily one of my Top 5 Venues.

As one of the only existing indoor skate parks in Chicago, it will double as a concert venue that will feature local artists an artwork that exemplify Chicago’s unique culture. Giving it a bit of history, the bar in the venue was originally located inside the Goose Island near Wrigley Field. The creators of the venue hope that community members of all types will enjoy it–from skaters, to avid concert-goers, to art aficionados.

img_8955The inaugural lineup featured Noname, Digable Planets, and Future Islands. Chicago native, Noname, was the perfect person to get the night started as her poetic raps and playful banter with the crowd kept everyone’s attention.  Digable Planets brought the energy up, and got everyone in the venue dancing–including Sam Herring of Future Islands who was having a massive fanboy moment on the side of the stage throughout their entire set. Mary Ann “Ladybug Mecca” Vieira of Digable Planets wore a jacket donning the words “United States of Nasty Women,” which was received well by Chicagoans. img_9096Headlining the event was Future Islands, who have been out of the concert circuit for a few months now. It was evident from singer Sam Herring’s comments that he was incredibly stoked to be back on the road and playing in Chicago. Sam, who I believe to be one of the most expressive frontmen in the biz, showed no hesitation in getting back into the swing of things as he danced, growled, and contorted his face to show every human emotion on the spectrum. Future Islands played a 13 song setlist that featured many new tracks from their upcoming album The Far Field which is set for release in April.

House of Vans will make a great addition to the Chicago scene, and I can’t wait to see what types of events the location will hold in the future. For more photos, continue reading below.

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Review and photos by Abby Walter

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The Chain Gang of 1974 @ The Riviera Theatre 1/31

The Chain Gang of 1974 will be playing with Souvenirs and AFI this Tuesday to close out a great month of live shows in Chicago.  The Chain Gang of 1974 is the brainchild of  musician Kamtin Mohager, who is eager to get back out on the road this year.  Mohager’s synth pop project will provide some great flavor to the night’s lineup.  For tickets, click here.