Mick Jenkins Releases New Single


After his undeniably impactful single “Martyrs,” Mick Jenkins continues to prove his power in the rap industry with the release of a prequel mixtape titled “The Waters.” As an Alabama native and a poetry prodigy, Jenkins’ began his career as a poet back in college but quickly discovered his niche after entering a rap competition alongside his friends. His poetic background transcends each song into a hymnal of truths and an everlasting pursuit of happiness. “The Waters” is filled with double meanings, metaphors, and literary devices that float over each head-bobbing beat to make Jenkins’s collaborations of creativity some of the most thought-provoking material to hit 2014.

Jenkins is the ultimate diamond in the rough, and with his Chicago buddies Chance the Rapper and Vic Mensa close at hand, we can expect nothing put pure stardom for Mick in the future. The premiered track, “Who Else,” features the beats of a radio hit with the lyrics of classic author, with one listen you’ll be sold. Jenkins’ lyrics speak loud and it won’t be long before we’re all singing along. Don’t miss the formidable underground rapper as his makes a stop at Metro on July 19 with Earl Sweatshirt. Tickets are available here.

Posted on Wednesday July 16



MUSIC MONDAYS: THE RURAL ALBERTA ADVANTAGE


Last week, The Rural Alberta Advantage announced a new album, "Mended With Gold," that’s set for release September 30 via Saddle Creek. Working with longtime sound engineer Matt Lederman and Leon Taheny, the new album follows the critically acclaimed release from 2011, "Departing." Along with the new album announcement, the band also released details of an upcoming tour in support as well as the first taste of it with the song “Terrified.” It’s a refreshing blast of folk rock for summer days in July, paired with the solid vocal duo of Nils Edenloff and Amy Cole.

Stream the new track above and make sure to catch The Rural Alberta Advantage at Metro on October 14. Tickets can be purchased here.

Posted on Monday July 14



NEW SHOWS ON SALE
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Saturday, August 16: THE O'MY'S
Friday, November 21: DALE EARNHARDT JR. JR.

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Wednesday, July 30: NELARUSKY: AN OFFICIAL LOLLAPALOOZA AFTERSHOW with TWIN SHADOW
Tuesday, October 14: THE RURAL ALBERTA ADVANTAGE

Posted on Friday July 11



Teaser Thursdays: The Budos Band
It's not every show that gets a Time Out Chicago Critics' Pick, so we're excited that they're excited for this weekend's show with The Budos Band! They say -

"The Budos Band is part of the fine Daptone Records roster. The instrumental combo – which came together in an after-school jazz program in Staten Island – points heavily to Fela and often invokes blaxploitation soundtracks from back in the day."

Get your tickets NOW!

Posted on Thursday July 10



J. RODDY WALSTON & THE BUSINESS PERFORM ON CONAN


Performing their bouncy, reggae groove track, “Take It As It Comes,” J. Roddy Walson & The Business rocked Conan’s late night television stage to promote their latest album, "Essential Tremors." Looking effortlessly comfortable on stage, the band came out with some serious spunk and style. The three front men all sported the classic southern-rock long hair, and the lead vocalist, J. Roddy himself, practically did a back-bend on his piano seat mid-song. The performance was easily as visually entertaining as it was rhythmically. Their feverish vocals, spot-on guitar riffs, and the enthusiastic thrashing combined to generate a performance that, both literally and figuratively, did not miss a beat. And with an album like "Essential Tremors" reflecting influence all over the boards of reggae and classic rock, to mild punk and indie alternative, there something for everyone to enjoy. Don’t miss a vibrant show from the untamed greatness that is J. Roddy and The Business on September 18 at Metro. Tickets can be found here.

Posted on Wednesday July 9



MUSIC MONDAYS: THE BUDOS BAND
The whole story behind some of today’s most powerful live and recording acts sometimes lies deep beneath the surface. The story behind The Budos Band's Thomas Brenneck is a great example. Now boasting credits behind Amy Winehouse’s Grammy award-winning “Back To Black” album as well as touring experience with Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Antibalas, Lee Fields and the Expressions, and plenty others; Brenneck's career has shaped and influenced not only his own live, but also the lives of many other great musicians.

One of Brenneck's most recent musical connections was forged between him and 60-something breakout star Charles Bradley. The two met a dozen years ago, forming a bond that lasted years and years while Brenneck helped Bradley shape his soulful sound. The work was a labor of love, as neither expected to make a living off their partnership. Brenneck was still playing his way up in touring circles, and eventually moved down the street from Bradley and formed his own band, The Menahan Street Band. Now that relationship has paid off in spades for Bradley, who has released two acclaimed albums since. Brenneck has also stayed busy, running Daptone Records imprint Dunham Records since 2006, as well as his own Dunham Studios.

Undoubtedly a formidable character in the current state of live and recorded music, Brenneck manages to keep all those parts moving while still playing with The Budos Band with 3 full-lengths to its name and a summer tour currently underway. Brenneck will be at Metro with The Budos Band on July 12. Tickets for the show are on sale here.

Posted on Monday July 7



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ON SALE SATURDAY 7/5 @ NOON IN METRO
Friday, August 8: NEVERLAND PRESENTS: GRAVITY
featuring DJ sets by BORIS & DJ CINDEL

Posted on Friday July 4



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