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Pitchfork Music Fest: A Chicago Showcase

There are always a few slots on any music festival for local acts, but this year Pitchfork has really gone above and beyond. Not only have they put together diverse line-up, they have crafted a line-up that will truly showcase the diversity of Chicago music today.

You have an array of Hip Hop and R&B, with SABA, Rayvn Lenae, Nnamdi Ogbonnaya, Kweku Collins, Noname, and Open Mike Eagle, that the city on a larger scale has become known for. However, you have a strong presence of the DIY scene represented by Melkbelly, The Curls, Circuit Des Yeux and Paul Cherry.

While there are so many more acts from the city that could fit perfectly with the sound and feel of this Fest, they have done a remarkable job pulling National touring acts, obscure Avant-Jazz group, and talented Chicago musicians to create what should be the best festival this Summer.

Pitchfork Music Fest is this weekend, July 20th to the 22nd, at Union Park in Chicago. 

 





New Past Life EP Available for Streaming & Purchase

The Loudest Sound, the new EP from Past Life, is out now via Mad Dragon Records. Over the course of three tracks, the band navigates through emotive-driven pop-rock, pushing the tempo to effectively articulate a level of personal suspense. Instrumental rushes paired with the guttural vocal outpouring assist in making this a roaring and raucous release. The melodic bridge that both tears you up inside and joyously relieves the pressure valve becomes an infectious combination. (Photo by Michelle Baumval)





New Music Video: "Chapel of Pines" - Waxahatchee

Waxahatchee, a.k.a. Katie Crutchfield, re-awakens/imagines the material of Great Thunder, on the aptly titled Great Thunder EP, slated for release on September 7 via Merge Records. Compared to its previous, somewhat haunting incarnation, the latest take of “Chapel of Pines” captures the inherent warmth of exploring a familiar place. In its video, which was directed by Christopher Good, Crutchfield is accompanied by Kevin Morby through the midst of nature’s beauty, and together, they joyfully navigate the terrain, before building a little shelter. However, he mysteriously vanishes, and some weirdness ensues. You can catch Waxahatchee as part of the Philly Music Fest on Friday, September 28 at World Cafe Live.





A Deli Premiere: Shapes In Calgary's varied new "Here" EP

Most EPs serve relatively simple purposes: a brief taste of what an artist can offer or a slight deviation so they can experiment without dwelling on new ideas for too long. Rarely does an extended play feel like a proper introduction to an artist while also showcasing how versatile they can be; yet that’s exactly what Shapes In Calgary pulled off with the release of their second EP. As a follow-up to the band’s 2016 release, Here (streaming below) finds the two-piece fleshing out their sound in colorful new ways. Emphasizing the simplicity of synthesizers and drum machines, Shapes In Calgary’s brand of synth-pop has always valued small moments of quiet beauty, whether it’s a bubbling melody or Alyssa Ciorciari's vocals echoing into nothingness. The songwriting on Here is a kaleidoscopic expansion of their previous creations, exploring new territory in fresh and inventive ways. The swaggering synth lines of “U Do” sound nothing like the electroacoustic production of “Falling Forward”, yet each song has moments where the band’s clear and naturalistic songs are brought to soaring new heights. This release showcases Shapes In Calgary’s knack for creatively finding their own voice in a multitude of moods and only adds to the excitement for what they can do with a full length album format. Here will be released on July 20 and will be celebrated with a live show at Union Pool on 07.21. – Tucker Pennington

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Bad Bad Meow

Bad Bad Meow has released a new EP called "Giving Up”, and despite the name they definitely are not. This EP is filled with catchy, danceable rock with a lean towards the theatric. Bad Bad Meow is the work of Alen Khan (lead vocals & Acoustic guitar), Greg Peerbolte (lead guitar), Anthony Perez (Drums), Justin Neese (bass), Joey Lieberman (keyboards & vocals), and Geno Alesandrini (Trumpet).

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