MUSIC MONDAYS: WYE OAK


Wye Oak is out with a new video for “The Tower.” While we’ve already heard the single from the guitar-less duo, now they’ve tapped director Ben O’Briend (Dan Deacon) for help on the music video, which features a pair of painters strolling Mary Poppins-style down the street then being joined by some back-up dancers in a big warehouse. We’re enjoying the new video and are excited for Wye Oak’s new album, Shriek, due out April 29 on Merge. Just two weeks later, a performance at Metro is set for May 13 and we’re just as excited for that. You can still grab tickets here.

Posted on Monday April 7



Teaser Thursdays: LONDON GRAMMAR
Time Out Chicago named our London Grammar show a Critics' Pick this week, saying -

"Formed at Nottingham University in 2011, London Grammar burst onto the blogs and the radio in early 2013 on the back of its Metal & Dust EP. The band is led by Hannah Reid's mannered, Florence-ish vocals, and it has picked up plenty of comparisons to the xx for its downbeat instrumentals. The young trio has since released a debut album, If You Wait, and will be performing soothing tunes at the Metro."

Posted on Thursday April 3



SPOTLIGHT: TYPHOON

Portland-based musical collective Typhoon can trace its roots back to songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist Kyle Morton’s childhood, when he suffered a bug bite that left him battling Lyme Disease which went undiagnosed for years. From that experience, which eventually needed a kidney transplant from his father and has since stabilized, Morton started to seriously question life and the years he felt in a way he missed out on. "It obliterated any sense of these monumental truths that I had as a kid: that I would grow up, that I would be strong and tall. That's something, on a personal level, I've been trying to come to terms with, this regret, or this feeling of loss, over a person I never became," Morton says talking with NPR.


That feeling, one he describes as both necessary and relatable, form the basis for Typhoon’s 2013 release White Lighter. With a cast typically consisting of a dozen “core” members and sometimes swelling to as many as seventeen, Typhoon’s music reaches its highest levels on the group’s latest release. 


One can imagine the struggle of being a band on tour three times the size of the typical 4-piece touring rock band.  t hasn’t been easy since the group started in the mid-2000s, trying to maintain day jobs, getting educations, all while banking on the dream and hopes of their music to really take off and be sustainable. Speaking on the band’s 2011 appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman that helped catapult them to national recognition, multi-instrumentalist David Gallagher says the band couldn’t just get on a flight from the west coast to New York City. Instead, the band drove 3 consecutive nights to make the appearance. It's little details like these that make the band’s determination and whole-heartedness really shine, reflecting on the effort and precision they put into their music.


“It’s such a remarkable group of people that we can do it,” Morton says while talking with their hometown newspaper, The Oregonian. “I'm well aware that none of us are getting younger and at some point people are going to want a stable source of income and maybe start a family or get a house. But from the outset we've had the mentality that you can't get into music for a secure financial future. We have this community now. It's encouraging for me to think of the future with all of these people.


“Not everyone can dedicate their life to a 12-piece octopus band,” he adds. “But these guys have.”


Typhoon is currently on tour, playing larger venues and festivals, and continuing to grow. The band has a Chicago show at Metro this week on Thursday April 3, bringing the full cast of characters and huge live sound with them. There are still a few tickets available here




Posted on Wednesday April 2



Metro/Smart Bar joins the Chicago music community and music fans around the world in mourning the loss of the Godfather of House, Frankie Knuckles.

“Frankie was always one of those DJs that through his music could take us from the dance floor to church. He was the first person I heard use a Martin Luther King Jr speech as part of a remix. He was an innovator and a pioneer who influenced generations of musicians and music fans.

He took me under his wing 35 years ago at the original Warehouse and then the Power Plant. Frankie was the first DJ we ever booked for Metro/Smart Bar – he played our opening weekend. He’s one of the few artists to have played the club in all three decades of its existence.

He was a pioneer, a consummate professional. I was lucky to have worked with and collaborated with him. He is and will always be the Godfather of House, but more than that, to me, he was a dear, dear friend who I will deeply miss.”
- Joe Shanahan

Posted on Tuesday April 1



CONOR OBERST SHARES “GOVERNOR’S BALL”
Conor Oberst released a new track off of his upcoming album, Upside Down Mountain, which is due May 19. The new track is titled, “Governor’s Ball”, which features an up-tempo melody and instantly places a smile onto your face. We dare you to not imagine yourself on a roadtrip with the sun on your face, windows down, and singing along very, very loudly. It’s quite the feel good song!

Conor will be here just in time for summer when he’s here for two separate dates on Thursday, May 29 and Friday, May 30. The 30th is already sold out, so make sure you jump on buying your tickets for the 29th! Hurry before they’re gone!


Posted on Monday March 31



MUSIC MONDAYS: THE FAINT
The Faint has been steadily hacking off singles from their new album, "Doom Abuse," for the past few months. The electro-punks' first release since 2008's "Fasciinatiion," their sixth LP seems to be poised as a macabre masterpiece with a glimmering, euphoric lining. The latest single off the album, “Dress Code,” ramps up the energy of the normally no-nonsense post-punks with a heart racing bass line and aberrant synths. Check out the track via Stereogum and be sure to catch The Faint on the Doom Abuse Tour, which will be stopping at Metro on Friday, May 23. Tickets are on sale here.

Posted on Monday March 31



Teaser Thursdays: Gary Numan
Coming up this Saturday night, Gary Numan returns to the Metro stage on tour in support of his latest release "Splinter (Songs From A Broken Mind)". The Sun-Times' Jeff Elbel caught up with Numan -

" With an innovative streak extending 37 years, Gary Numan connects to his fans at different points along his timeline. Many initially heard him as a synth-pop pioneer who first charted during the New Wave era with “Are ‘Friends’ Electric?” Recent converts are drawn to Numan’s exploration of industrial and gothic textures.

Numan delves deeply into uncharted personal territory on his 20th album, “Splinter (Songs from a Broken Mind).” The material will surprise those who expect the detached and untouchable character heard in 1979 single “Cars.”"

Read the entire article at the Sun-Times, and go get your tickets!

Posted on Thursday March 27



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