Some say there can be no artistry without agony. And the real life-changing events that shape the creative spirit don’t happen overnight.
Beth Hart has been dealing with demons that have pursued her for her whole life: her older sister who died from complications from AIDS when Beth was only 20 and her own battle with drugs, booze, bad relationships, bad decisions and ultimately the diagnosis that tied the knot on the whole damn thing, bi-polar disorder. It’s enough to send anyone into a downward spiral that’s inescapable.
Thurs Feb 26
12 PM - Motion City Soundtrack
2:30 PM - Beth Hart
3 PM - Jackson Scott
4 PM - Brandon James
5 PM - Get Off the Couch!
On his 2013 debut LP, Melbourne, JACKSON SCOTT shows we're all alone together, sharing the same tragedies, ecstasies and phenomenon of every day existence. Heady stuff, sure, but the young Asheville, NC-based artist developed his apocalyptic pop approach with nothing but a 4-track recorder and a one-track mind, so we'll take his word for it.
New singing sensation Brandon James is a rising star from Chicago who has set his sights on making an impact with his music across the globe. He first realized his passion for singing at the age of 12 after he was pushed to become involved in various school projects as a means to keep him out of trouble and to find something that he would like to do. Brandon James delivers a versatile style that blends Opera, Sacred, Gospel, Blues, Pop, & R&B.
We are thrilled to be welcoming the incredibly talented blues/rock band, Honey & the 45s as our headliner for the March showcase. Over the past 12 months, this band has been powering across the Chicago music scene, receiving accolade after accolade, and their live set is something that you won't want to miss.
So many of our local and touring artists are familiar with Andy's Music Store up on Belmont. It is a wonder of rare instruments mixed with all the necessities of the life of a musician. There's a gong room...just think about that for a minute. Well our friends who have managed this store have a wonderful opportunity to save the store and keep it in service. Here's some info on how you can help! First, go to http://www.gofundme.com/SaveOurMusicStore and read on for more info:
Former The Voice France contestant Diana Espir premiered her music video for "Tomboy" feat. Nelly yesterday exclusively at Fuse. Produced by Uriel "Frenchie" Kabouch and directed by Jawney QVEST and Lanz Pierce, the video "expresses a positive message about the equal relationship between a girl and her guy friends, making a lighthearted statement about female empowerment." "Tomboy" is now available on iTunes.
I Fight Dragons is a band with a plan.
The trouble is, it’s a secret plan, and no one has told them what it is yet.
They assume that it’s really cool and involves traveling through time and space, or possibly battling alien invaders, or at the very least that it involves some sort of big musical number at the end.
Future Leaders of the World (F.L.O.W.) is an alternative/post-grunge/rock group formed in 2002 by guitarist and singer Phil Taylor. Upon moving to Los Angeles, Taylor immediately commanded the attention of Puddle of Mudd’s Mike Flynn. Flynn’s backing of Future Leaders of the World, led to Taylor recording a demo with Shawn Rivera of Az Yet and executive producer Allan Fray in Los Angeles, CA. This demo lead to deal with Epic Records, and Taylor returned to Buffalo, NY to piece together a full line up.
The music of decker. is an intense blend of desert psych folk, gospel and Old Testament terror along with lyrics that embrace the plot of the everyman. The Sedona, AZ band will release Patsy next week on February 17 but thanks to our good friends over at Relix, you can stream the album in full ahead of its release. Listen to Patsy HERE and order the album HERE.
Heartbreak, shame, sorrow and guilt. In the case of Archie Powell, his new collection of songs prove that for him, no good crush gets requited. He and the Exports released Back in Black, an explosive set that marries the melodic, hooky addiction of their previous albums with a new heavier, noisy backing. Since then the band has toured the nation, performed at SXSW and Riot Fest, written a song for Chicago favorite Malort and garnered pretty incredible critical acclaim (see below).
After making their network television debut performing "Blinded" on NBC's Late Night with Seth Meyers earlier this month, The Bots announced today that the song's music video will be directed by The Walking Dead star, Norman Reedus. Check out an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the making of the video at The FADER and stay tuned for more information on its premiere.
Illinois pop-punk outfit Real Friends has announced the premiere of their self-produced documentary called Moving Forward, "a documentary about growth, change, and moving forward." The documentary is set to premiere tonight at 7pm CST on RealFriendsBand.com.
Public Service Broadcasting's second album The Race For Space will be released next Tuesday, February 24. The duo - J. Willgoose Esq and Wrigglesworth - are pleased to share a preview of the entire record online via NPR's "First Listen." Willgoose says of the record: "It is an attempt to translate an emotional response and musically connect with the bravery and excitement of that period."
Not sure how many words are needed for this piece of - well art doesn't even cover it. At least one of us cried watching this... Hozier's gorgeous song "Take Me to Church" expressed in dance by Sergei Polunin - at 19 he was the youngest principle for the Royal Ballet. Video directed by David LaChapelle.
The Musebox today announced the release of Alex Patri’s remix of “Guerrero,” the newest single from Argentina’s hottest export, songwriter Panda Elliot. Together with producer Gustavo Montemurro (Ruben Rada, Jaime Roos) and celebrity guests Hugo Fattoruso and Facundo Guevara, the Buenos Aires favorite Elliot recently released Forastera, an album filled with energetic rock & roll and sensuous dance beats. More information on Forastera, “Guerrero,” and Elliot’s entire catalogue is available on her official website.