Teaser Thursdays: Owen Pallett
Owen Pallett is coming to Metro very soon, and Time Out Chicago has already named the show a critics' pick, saying -

"A classically trained violinist since the age of 15, Owen Pallett's music combines classical with indie. Aside from some work with Arcade Fire, Pallett's primary focus has been his solo work, where he went under the moniker Final Fantasy and released critical darlings like, er, He Poos Clouds in 2006. But now having scratched the pen name but kept the bow and fiddle, hot off an Oscar nomination, Pallett is getting the best reviews of his career with the new In Conflict. He should fill the void for those awaiting Sufjan Stevens to do something… well, anything."

Posted on Thursday August 28



MUSIC MONDAYS: J. RODDY WALSTON & THE BUSINESS
Baltimore rock band, J. Roddy Walston & The Business, will begin their "Howl & Moan Tour" next month to celebrate their latest populated album, "Essential Tremors." After coasting through the summer making killer chaotic appearances at festivals like The Shindig and Chicago’s very own Lollapalooza, the band has undoubtedly made a spark in the media. Taking the stage with glory and spunk every time, the band’s frontman, J. Roddy Walston, has awed enough fans to make their following both passionate and diverse. It’s his wild head whips and spastic piano playing that amazes the crowd and his soulful ballad melodies gliding over anything from heavy guitars to pop rhythms that hook those looking for a genuinely talented band.

If you’ve been lucky enough to catch J. Roddy live then you know his sincere passion for what he does, but for those of you who haven’t, American Songwriter Magazine has done the liberty of revealing his true understanding of the artistic world in a news feature this past week. The magazine asked Roddy the mother load of all questions with "What is it like to be an artist, and more than that, try to win your daily bread from it?" Answering the question through a personally crafted short story, J. Roddy Walston produced a piece of literature that codes the endless struggles artists face wanting to belt out the truth but knowing that it’s not always what the people want to hear. It’s a perfect introspective story that powerfully expresses the sad realities in a world so native to lies. His allegory is deep and clever and can be interpreted in many ways that Roddy doesn’t even understand himself, but one thing is for certain: after one read-through of his story, the admiration level for J. Roddy Walston’s work will soar to a new found appreciation for the band.

Read the article here and catch the all-around talent that embodies J. Roddy Walston & The Business as they storm the Metro stage on September 18. Tickets can be purchased here!

Posted on Monday August 25



MUSIC MONDAYS: OWEN PALLETT
The unique mind of Oscar-nominated Owen Pallett is one that has been puzzling fans for years. Each song on his new album, “In Conflict,” contains a whirlwind of symphonic instruments, electronic arrangements and deeply poetic lyrics that is far from similar to anything produced in the industry today. In May, Spin magazine was fortunate enough to sit down with Pallett to dig deep into the true meanings behind each song on the album. He clarified that when it came to his deliberately offsetting, monumental sounds, his influences relied deeply on his admiration for big-time modernist Galina Ustvolskaya and the contribution of composer Brian Eno. In terms of his lyrics, however, there were a much more passionate influence guiding Pallett’s songs: his own, often conflicting, memories. In the article, Pallett explained how each song enriches a personal time in his life. While some songs are quite simple, such as “Song For Five & Six” being about playing soccer, there are many tracks that reveal a more personal story. Topics such as suicide, taking LSD and inner civilization struggles are all themes behind some raw stories Owen shares on the album. After touring with Arcade Fire, composing soundtracks and songs for Billboard chart-toppers, Owen has finally taken the time off to swoon us once again. Through his honorable music theory and thought-provoking lyrics, he has easily created one of the most complex albums of the year that you won’t want to miss. Check out the here!

Posted on Monday August 18



NEW SHOWS ON SALE
ON SALE NOW
Friday, August 29: HERO IN EDEN

ON SALE FRIDAY 8/15 @ 9AM
Thursday, October 2: JOEY BADA$$
Saturday, November 15: WATSKY

ON SALE FRIDAY 8/15 @ NOON
Thursday, November 13: FKA TWIGS

Posted on Friday August 15



MUSIC MONDAYS: JD MCPHERSON
JD McPherson is a guy with a soul. One listen through his debut album, "Signs and Signifiers," and you’ll hear it, cutting straight on through the twangy melodies and grit-caked croons. His music takes a step back to decades past and harkens back to the bluesy roots of rock 'n roll. Now with a second album set for release this fall and a full tour planned, McPherson looks to keep that classic sound while still giving listeners something fresh and new.



It's no wonder that a precocious artist like McPherson has some absolutely fantastic insights about music, production, radio, and other forms of media. Channeling his past life as a middle school art teacher, the native Oklahoman decided to explain his latest experiences through another artistic medium--illustration. Check out a couple pages of McPherson’s illustrations delving into his influences, the digital age, and more here.

Metro is excited to welcome JD McPherson back to Chicago for a show on September 5th. Tickets are on sale here.

Posted on Monday August 11



NEW SHOWS ON SALE
ON SALE NOW

Wednesday, October 8: LUCIUS
Monday, October 27: COURTNEY BARNETT & SAN FERMIN
Friday, November 7: THE WILD FEATHERS
Monday, November 10: ST. LUCIA
Tuesday, November 25: DEATH (DTA TOURS)
Wednesday, November 26: THE DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT & ANIMALS AS LEADERS

Posted on Friday August 8



METRO SEEKS STREET ROUTE REPRESENTATIVE
Metro is seeking a new addition to our Street Route! Members of the Metro Street Route are responsible for distributing promotional materials throughout their designated neighborhoods. We are currently looking for an enthusiastic individual to take on Street Route South, which is composed of Logan Square, Wicker Park, Avondale, Bucktown, West Town, and Pilsen. Candidates should also be willing to aid in the creation and execution of specialty routes for tailor-made street team campaigns. Not only is a Street Route Team Member expected to continue relationships between Metro and local businesses, but also form new partnerships and extend the promotional presence of the club throughout the city. Must be available for at least two weekdays and have a car.

Interested? Please submit your cover letter and resumé to shannon@metrochicago.com by Sunday, August 10.

Posted on Wednesday August 6



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