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



NEW SHOWS ON SALE
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



EARL SWEATSHIRT TALKS FUTURE, BACON, AND TOUR


LA rapper Earl Sweatshirt sat down with BBC radio for an interview that revealed all sorts of insights, both goofy and illuminating, about his time on his 3-month Wearld Tour. The two talked about Earl’s wild nights and highlighted the most memorable, or in some cases unmemorable, cities on the tour. But the bulk of the interview revolved around the enigmatically delicious breakfast meat that we like to call bacon. Earl joked that Europe’s breakfast style is trash and how “breakfast is an institution that needs to be taken seriously.” He even verified that Tyler, the Creator gets bacon flown in and cooked side stage for him during his shows.

In the midst of all the breakfast humor though Earl eventually spilled the beans about what to expect from his music in the future. From the sounds of it, Earl has a lot of great ideas. Incorporating new elements into songs is his latest staple, and he even demonstrates a little sneak peak of it in the interview by play a funky loop that features a banjo.

After an infamous mix tape, multiple collaborations and a debut album, it looks like Earl Sweatshirt took his time on tour to not only celebrate his hard work, but also find inspiration for his upcoming recordings. Listen to the full interview with BBC above and don’t forget to buy your tickets to his Metro show on July 19.

Posted on Tuesday July 1



MUSIC MONDAYS: TWIN SHADOW


Back in April, Twin Shadow released a new single, “To The Top,” and appeared on "Conan" a few weeks ago to perform it live. With a recent tour announcement for the fall, word is now out that a new full-length is on its way. While the information surrounding the LP, entitled "Eclipse," is scarce, Brooklyn Vegan reports that the album is due out this fall via 4AD. Twin Shadow stops at Metro on September 23rd. We’re betting there will be some new tunes played but there’s only one way to find out. Get tickets for Twin Shadow at Metro here.

Posted on Monday June 30



NEW SHOWS ON SALE
ON SALE THIS FRIDAY 6/27 @ NOON IN METRO:
Tuesday, September 23: TWIN SHADOW
Thursday, October 30: ST. PAUL AND THE BROKEN BONES

ON SALE NOW IN METRO:
Friday, July 25: EAGLE TRACE * DISTANT BROTHERS * SAMI GRISAFE * THE CENTRAL STANDARD * NOTHING COMPANY
Saturday, July 26: SECRET COLOURS * GRAMPS THE VAMP * LITTLE BOY JR.

Posted on Friday June 27



Teaser Thursdays: Neverland’s Summer Olympics
We're celebrating Pride this week at Metro/Smart Bar, and we're thrilled to welcome Neverland for their "Summer Olympics" themed party this Saturday night! ChicagoPride.com sat down with Neverland's Co-Founder and Creative Director Anthony DiFiore to talk about the party.

"This is our first major Neverland at a big concert venue, so we chose a fun theme for summer that everyone can get into," DiFiore said of their choice for 'Summer Olympics.' "Dressing up in sports gear or Olympics gear can be sexy, or can be creative and intriguing if people go the route of a sport like fencing."

"... we've been waiting for two years for a stage the size of the one at Metro -- there's so much drama and excitement you can create on a big stage," DiFiore said. "Aside from the music, the performers, the costumes and the walking art, the stage installation alone is worth the admission price, and will bring this party up to the level of major gay dance parties around the country."

You can read the entire article here. Tickets will be available at the door as well as in advance!

Posted on Thursday June 26



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