Hidden gems of the week…

SUNDAY (5/19):  John Vanderslice @ Thalia Hall Vanderslice is making his triumphant return to the world of music after six years with The Cedars, which has been widely applauded as his best work to date. For tickets to Sunday’s show with Pedro the Lion, click here.   WEDNESDAY (5/22): Starcrawler @ Metro Fronted by 19-year old…

Dancing our way into May with The Drums

The Drums of NYC played Metro on Wednesday to an enthusiastic crowd. As frontman Jonny Pierce entered the stage, his strong connection with fans was immediately apparent. They almost seemed to worship him and they hung on his every word. Gliding about the stage, Pierce danced to the music with great fluidity and got fans…

Bad Sounds turns it up at Metro

Known for their energetic sets, UK’s Bad Sounds did not disappoint Wednesday night at their first ever Chicago show at Metro! The band was started by brothers Callum and Ewan Merrett whose diverse taste in music helped create the band’s unique sound. Sounding like a mix of pop, hip hop, rock, and funk, the band…

Metro’s moshpit up front full of youths

Australia’s Gang of Youths is movin’ on up the ranks of Chicago venues! Quickly outgrowing both Schubas and Subterranean, last Friday saw the band play to a delightfully energetic bunch at Metro. I always pride Chicago on having great fans at concerts and am truly disappointed when we don’t “show up” well enough physically or…

Party Nails at Metro

For their 20th Anniversary Tour, Eve 6 brought two all-female openers on the road with them–Somme and Party Nails. The ladies fronting each act are roommates in LA and feel incredibly thankful to have been chosen as the openers for their special tour. During their sets they both spoke to the band’s character and said…

Get Dancing With Spencer Ludwig

Featured trumpeter Spencer Ludwig, from the multi-Platinum band “Capital Cities”, brings to the Metro his solo artist show alongside “Betty Who”. His new music is attracting many fans because of its jazzy blend of rhythmic funk pop sound, accompanied by his prominent trumpet playing skills. He’s played at various festivals including Lollapalooza, Piqniq, and Austin…

Sleigh Bells @ Metro 1/31

Brooklyn’s Sleigh Bells is coming to Metro this upcoming Wednesday in support of their recently-released mini-LP Kid Kruschev. The material on the LP is more cohesive in terms of the themes presented, but it maintains their layered music with witty lyrics. Check out first release from the album “And Saints” above and click here for tickets to…

White Reaper @ Metro 11/14

One of my Lollapalooza highlights, White Reaper, is coming to Chicago this upcoming Tuesday and there are still tickets available! White Reaper released their new album, The World’s Best American Band, this past Spring and they have been touring non-stop ever since. The album features more seasoned lyrics, layered guitars, and melodies that will lodge…

Aldous Harding @ Metro 10/21

Aldous Harding will be opening for Deerhunter this Friday at Metro, and this is her first US tour ever! While performing on the festival circuit, the kiwi grabbed the attention of a wide range of hot shots in the music industry who have been seeking an opportunity to work with her.  Her sound is reminiscent…