I AM Busy This Weekend (Two killer shows this Saturday!)
I AM Fest returns for a third year at House of Blues. You can expect a full day of killer music and art! The musical acts range from rock n roll to reggae to damn good pop. Last year PB&J sandwiches were made on stage and handed out to the crowd during Laser Love & The Heated Heat, so I’m excited to see what this year has to bring! I hghly recommend checking out Mason’s Case and Kesley Montanez who are playing in the middle of the evening. Mason’s Case is a rock band out of Michigan who headlined the fest last year and played to a way-enthusiastic packed room. Kelsey Montanez is a young local singer/songwriter with an absolutely astounding voice. The other acts playing include Jip Jop, Gunner & the Grizzly Boys, Workout Music, Wayland, On Your Marx, FinleyKnight, Board of Governers, and Sunshine & the Feel Good Nation The offical after-party will be at Elbo Room with Prom Band headlining check out all you could possibly want to know about I AM Fest (and more!) HERE 08.27.11 | House of Blues (Chicago) | 2 - 10:30 PM | AA
The Graduate is calling it quits. It’s incredibly bittersweet, considering Steph SLY and I both cite them as big influences in our lives. They were one of the first local bands I got into, so it’s sad to see them go. They wanted to go out with a band and lined up several farewell shows. Their final one will be at Reggie’s with Adora, Goodbye Coastline and Stay Golden supporting. It’s going to be a heartfelt night featuring a lot of local favorites. You can check out the Facebook event page HERE 08.27.11 | Reggie’s Rock Club | 6 PM | AA
have a wonderful, action-packed, and safe weekend! -Kristen
Win a Guest List Spot to the Graduate's Final Show!
Last month, Springfield natives The Graduateannounced their indefinite hiatus. Out of the four farewell show dates, Chicago was chosen as the final one. This Saturday will be a bittersweet show for some of us on the SFAS staff since these guys have been a part of our lives for the past 5+ years. We wish Corey, Tim, Matt, Max, and Jared the best of luck with their future endeavors.
Joining them are Chicago locals Adora, Goodbye Coastline, and Stay Golden. Want to win a guest list spot from Stay Golden? Get your Facebooks, Tumblrs, Twitters, etc. ready and head over to their site to find out how to win! You have until this Friday, August 26th.
Catch them at Metro on Saturday, September 17th, opening for Madina Lake. Fellow Chicago band The Lifeline, as well as St. Louis locals, Greek Fire, are also on the bill. This will be the (re)release show for their EP off MTS Records, which drops September 13th. Pre-order bundles available here.
Grab tickets for the show here (save $4 with discount code “WAYS”).
Watch the behind the scenes video of the guys recording the record:
Milwaukee based punk band Direct Hit! released their first full length today. If you’ve been following the band for awhile, you won’t see any new songs on Domesplitter, but they have all be rerecorded with the band’s solidified line-up. The cool thing about this cd is that all the songs were picked by fans. Last year the band sold 50 sets of cassette tapes of all their previously released EPs and allowed those lucky few to give their input on what they wanted to hear on Domesplitter. This cd is highly recommended if you’ve ever felt like smashing stuff and yelling “Fuck you, get pumped!”
We loved doing our first episode so much we decided to do it again! This month features Eli from the local rock band The Attraction. The band has been working on a new cd to be released later this year. Check them out at Bottom Lounge on July 23rd for their release show for their first single. The Attraction has been working diligently with producer Jesse Christenson at Midcoast Audio. As luck would have it, he’s the mastermind behind our podcasts and makes an appearance on this episode as well!
We also feature music from the new band V is For Villains. They played their debut show a few weeks ago and it. was. awesome! Keep an eye on their site for more shows and music. www.visforvillains.com
Our SkySnippet this month is “Hotels” by The Sweeps. They’ll be around the city during the rest of the summer playing shows here and there. Check them out at Schuba’s on July 31st! download “Hotels” here: bit.ly/skysnip2-0
Our debut episode features Unplugged & Reborn in the studio promoting their new CD “Promise Me This Day” that comes out in July. Keep an eye on www.unpluggedandreborn.com for details on their release show.
We also feature music from two of our favorite bands: Republic of Lights and Company of Thieves. Download Republic of Lights’ album Go Rococo here: www.republicoflights.bandcamp.com as well as “Death of Communication” from Company of Thieves’ new album Running From a Gamble here: bit.ly/skysnip1