SPOTLIGHT: LIL BUB’S BIG SHOW (LIVE!)
The power of the Internet gave us the ability to learn how to yodel in less than two minutes, gain a thousand friends in about a week, and watch an entire season of Breaking Bad in one day. But the best gift the Internet could have ever given us was the new found appreciation for everyone’s favorite household animal: the cat. What used to be just the furry creature lurking around your home is now the new face of Internet humor. The cat phenomenon turned every kitty small enough to fit in a cup, ugly enough to make you cringe, or deformed enough that their everlasting dwarf state is so cute your heart actually hurts, into Internet superstars all around the world. The influence of these unique cats not only gave us great meme-worthy material, but also a new culture so strong that cat clothing is actually in-style and the happiness of the world increases everyday a new cat rises to fame.

But one cat in particular has captivated the hearts of America in a way that actually matters. Her name is Lil Bub, an abnormally cute orphan cat whose tongue is endlessly hanging, makes her own sounds, and is a “perma-kitten,” aka she’ll be an adorable four pounds for the rest of her life. Just two years ago her owner, Mike Bridavsky, found himself bankrupt, emotionally unstable, and living solely through the help of his friends. He never would have thought that a few weeks later Lil Bub, the precious toothless cat that he rescued from a tool shed back in his hometown of Bloomington, Indiana, would be found on the front page of Reddit and end up spiraling her into the most famous Internet cat in the world today. Bridavsky wanted to share Lil Bub to the world not because of her infectious lovability, but because she was a phenomenal creature that everyone needed experience.

Lil Bub now has an independent clothing line, her own documentary, and a 12-episode online talk show that she hosts, called “Lil Bub’s Big Show.” She’s worked with celebrities such as Whoopi Goldberg, and Andrew W.K., and even met Robert De Niro. This cat has been on The View, has her own book, has a personal Animal Planet special, and way more social media followers that anyone could even fathom. With all this fame, Lil Bub has saved Bridavsky from complete destruction and has helped raise more than $200,000 for animal charities. Lil Bub isn’t just some cat dressed in an unfortunate outfit giving people a good laugh; she’s actually a cat making a difference in the world, swapping online hate-talk with humor and positivity, and bringing together a kind of silliness so necessary in the world that we had no choice but to bring her to Metro.

Lil Bub will take the stage with actor, artist, and musician, David Yow to celebrate his forthcoming book, “Copycat: And A Litter of Other Cats.” The book consists of cat portraits that are each based around both hilarious and uniquely beautiful puns. This will be your chance to catch a sneak peak of the new book, meet celebricat Lil Bub, and experience the special edition of Lil Bub’s Big Show live right here at Metro. And even better, the whole event will benefit Tree House Humane Society and Lil Bub’s Big FUND for the ASPCA! Lil Bub will be hanging out for a Meet & Greet session that’s destined to deliver the most happiness and humor one could ever endure on a Wednesday night. Check out SPIN’s article for more of an inside scoop on Lil Bub’s rise to fame and come to Metro on August 6 for the big show, tickets can still be purrrrchased here!

Posted on Monday August 4



NEW SHOWS ON SALE
ON SALE NOW
Saturday, August 9: PRE:PLAYA MASSIVE 6.0
Saturday, August 30: J. DAVIS TRIO
Wednesday, October 29: AMERICAN AUTHORS


Posted on Friday August 1



METRO SEEKS IN-HOUSE PROMOTIONS AND GRAPHIC DESIGN INTERNS
IN-HOUSE PROMOTIONS INTERNSHIP

We're looking for In-House Promotions interns for the Fall semester! The In-House Promotions intern will assist the club in various marketing and general office duties including social media marketing, blogging, analyzing and researching artists’ fanbases, designing promotional displays, and much, much more.

Our ideal candidate has very strong writing skills, is social media savvy, reliable, hard-working, and strives to work in the music industry. Candidates must be available two days each week between the hours of 12-6PM. Candidates must be able to commit to at least 10 hours each week, preferably in 5-6 hour blocks. College credit will be provided.

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

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GRAPHIC DESIGN INTERNSHIP

Think you might fit the bill to join our team? We're looking for someone who is a forward thinker, a problem solver and is willing to go the extra mile. You will gain experience by creating the artwork for legendary Metro/Smart Bar/Gman Tavern. Duties include designing posters, social media assets and other print materials, as well as updating HTML e-blasts and calendars and placing content on our website and webstore. You will also work with our Art Director to create identities and branding for the club. This is a great opportunity for someone with design/web talent and knowledge aspiring to pursue a career in the music industry.

Here’s what you need:
1. You must have your own working laptop (Apple preferred w/ Adobe Suite)
2. Be able to give 12 hours a week (split between two days)
3. You must be comfortable and proficient with Adobe Suite
(Photoshop, Illustrator and Dreamweaver specifically)
4. You *MUST* have HTML/CSS experience

Please submit your cover letter, resumé, and a link to your online portfolio in a single-paged PDF to Dan Polyak at dan@metrochicago.com by Sunday, August 10.

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If that doesn’t suit you, we’re also looking to add new recruits to our street team! To apply you must be age 18+, aspire to work in the music industry, be a tastemaker with knowledge of area venues and businesses, and enjoy meeting new people. Shoot your resumé and any questions to shannon@metrochicago.com.

Good luck and we look forward to hearing from you!

Posted on Monday July 28



NEW SHOWS ON SALE
ON SALE NOW
Wednesday, August 6: LIL BUB'S BIG SHOW (LIVE!) featuring DAVID YOW
Saturday, September 6 (four separate screenings): INTERNET CAT VIDEO FESTIVAL 2014
Saturday, September 13: ARBOR CREEK

ON SALE FRIDAY 7/25 @ NOON
Friday, October 24: DUM DUM GIRLS


Posted on Friday July 25



Teaser Thursdays: Owen Pallett
Making your plans for this fall? Pencil in our show with Owen Pallett on September 4th and get your tickets today because our friends at Time Out Chicago have 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 July 24



THE STATISTICAL ORIGINS BEHIND ST. PAUL AND THE BROKEN BONES


In just a year and a half, St. Paul and the Broken Bones have gone from the title of ‘a small side project band’ to ‘the next big thing’ within lightning speed. But how does a rookie band receive such a powerful title after one album? Believe it or not, statistics said so. The big data company called “Next Big Sound” found a way to take statistics from social media outlets, music-streaming sites, and online music trends and insert the data outcomes into a deeply complicated computer algorithm. Analysts then review the results to determine which musical act is going to take off next. If you posted about an artist, shared a video, or liked a page, Next Big Sound knows about it. Sure enough St. Paul and the Broken Bones, the seven-piece rock-soul band out of Birmingham, Alabama, showed up all over the tops of the charts just a few months ago and have been spreading like rapid-fire all over the internet ever since.

The stats truly don’t lie. Since the released their debut album, “Half the City,” the band has jumped up the charts to number three on iTunes, number 56 on the Billboard 200, and is fast approaching stardom through several talk show performances, magazine interviews and a world tour just to name a few. The seven band members created a feel-good, diversely rhythmic album with the promise of soulful tradition and the potency of a new sound that captivated everyone instantly. Not to mention, each performance is accompanied with wild energy and style that leaves the whole ora of St. Paul and the Broken Bones quite infectious. Come check them out at Metro on October 30 to experience the statistically proven greatness that encompasses a performance from St. Paul and the Broken Bones. Tickets can be found here.

Posted on Wednesday July 23



MUSIC MONDAYS: DEER TICK


Just last month, Deer Tick took some time to perform a very personal acoustic session for WAMU 88.5. The session includes their newest songs completely stripped and even a guest appearance from Vanessa Carlton, the wife of Deer Tick’s lead singer-guitarist, John McCauley, on their bluesy track “In Our Time.”

The duo whipped out flawless falsettos and folky guitar flares to give the whole show a very happy-go-lucky kind of feel. With the acoustic session placing Deer Tick outside of their native rowdy style, the performance was a pleasing change of scenery that profoundly emulated their darker lyrics and proletarian themes that encompass their latest album, “Negativity.” While the lyrics aren’t the happiest of stories, the modern country rock and blue-grass feel is just Deer Tick’s latest stop on their admirable journey through the endless sounds of rock ’n’ roll. Deer Tick is scheduled to hit Metro on August 23 for a show you won’t want to miss, get your tickets today!

Posted on Monday July 21



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