Premiere: Panda Riot Release Video for Night Animation

Chicago’s Panda Riot have a pretty heavy sound, but while the song’s construction seems filled to the brim, the pristine vocals knife their way, giving off a softened vibe that gives the song a shimmering quality. At times the electronics pulse and throb, highlighting the internal hooks; they also hit hard in unison with the ringing of the guitars, creating a wall of magic noise. The video, which was shot by Jeffrey Nesker seemingly rides the same vibe of the song, but instead of the heady electronics versus pop, you’ve got images of day versus night…a fitting touch that doesn’t go unnoticed. The group will release their new album Infinity Maps on February 14th, just in time for you to share it with your loved one.

Brand New Single from Pool Holograph

Chicago’s Pool Holograph are preparing for the release of their second LP, Transparent World, and this single should put you on notice that it’s worthy of your listening attention. Interestingly, the band walk a fine line between artful rock and purveyors of pop; the vocals have the ability to come across like soft whispers or slight growls. All the while, the guitar chords ring brightly, shimmering ever so slightly in the distance of the mix…matched by stomping drum rhythms. If you’re looking for a song that’s going to get stuck on your listening rotation, this might just be the one! Look for the new LP to be released next Friday (10/13) via Jurassic Pop Records.

Heavy New Video From Absolutely Not

Not too long ago this summer, I shared a new song from rocking Chicago based group Absolutely Not. I’ve since become a follower of the band and have been spinning their music in the car and at home (it’s great for both). Well after having release new album Errors last Friday, the band just sent over this new video for album track “Blood Money”. It’s a lovely bit of heavy, sludgy, rock music. If you haven’t yet, get yourself a copy of Errors now.

Get Weird With Tinkerbelles

It’s Monday people and I think we could all use a little pick me up with a touch of weirdness to get us through the day. My new friends from Chicago, Tinkerbelles, are here to give us just such a song with “Cannibal Tokyo Rainbow”. Be ready for a sludge rock, psych tinged tune that’s heavy as hell and also incredible intricate and tight. If you’re looking for something a little different, hit play now homies.

Tinkerbelles will release Confetti at the Bottom on August 22nd via Brash Tracks (pre-order).

Have Some Fun With Absolutely Not

I’m keeping the rock n roll feeling going today with this new track called “City Creatures” from Chicago based outfit Absolutely Not. It reminds be a bit of Death From Above if they picked up some more pop-rock feelings like Eagles of Death Metal. Be prepared, because once you hit play, the song takes off and doesn’t look back. Turn up the volume.

Absolutely Not will release new album Errors on July 29th via No Trend Records.

Say Hello to Ratboys

Despite nearing the release of their sophomore album, Chicago based Ratboys is brand new to me. If you’re also new to the group, you should check out latest single “Control” for a taste of what the band is all about. An image of Rilo Kiley comes to mind, with a little more sweetness to the vocals and sounds. A perfect song to brighten your Monday funk.

Ratboys will release new albumGNon June 30th via Topshelf Records.

Really Stoked on Michelles

I spend a lot of time wading through emails day after day, always looking for something that’s probably going to get overlooked, unjustly. This Michelles tune, for instance, is a prime example, filling my ears with great energy, though just enough of something different to keep me interested. It almost holds onto a touch of Britpop, and throughout it twists and turns with these perfect drips of ecstasy. Honestly, one of the reasons I think I’m listening repeatedly is there’s not a lot out there that I can compare this Chicago act to, and in saying that, that says enough. Good and refreshing. Dark as a Daisy, the new LP, will be released later on this year. Sample this tasty treat.

Throwback Rocker From Coaster

unnamedToday seems like a great day for some straight up rock music from Chicago based band Coaster. Their new track is called “Cool” and brings to mind some of indie rocks old school greats while mixing in some complex break downs and intricateguitar work. And damn those vocals at the end! Hopefully this will improve what might be a dreary Monday for most of us. Enjoy.

Coaster is dropping a new 7″ EP entitled Deuces on November 11th via Community Records& Sooper Records.

Noisy Pop Punk from Dowsing

dowsingNot going to lie, but this song totally rules from Dowsing. It’s filled with a youthful vibrancy that’s not too serious, and enough hooked employed to keep you interested. It reminds me a lot of super early Say Anything, building swelling guitar hooks and matching them with heart-on-your-sleeve lyrics. It’s a fun number to just turn up loud, allowing you to sample the band’s sound as they prepare to head out of their hometown in Chicago with their friends Ratboys. Not only will the two bands tour together, but they’ll be releasing a split EP via Topshelf Records on September 9th.

Premiere: Bubbles Brown Bring Blues Booking on “Sundance”

bubblebrownGive this track a few moments and you’ll probably find yourself lost in the past, stomping your feet to the history of Bubbles Brown‘s soulful boogie. The band broke their teeth working the streets of Chicago for spare change, and it seems that in doing so, they’ve come out brandishing their own unique blend of blues, jazz and the soul of Texas. They recently released their debut Mt. Gilead, andthese B-sidescontinue to prove that some bands have no peers. Seems so simple, yet taking a few listens will reveal just how complex the sounds of the duo have gotten over time. Hope you’ll spend some time here and then go back to listen to the whole of their album.

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