Event Preview: ANCHR Magazine Showcase with Blue Dream, Engine Summer, and Faux Furrs

Following their January showcase that celebrated their one year anniversary, local online music magazine ANCHR Magazine is hosting another show this month at the city’s newest venue, Sleeping Village. The lineup features Blue DreamEngine Summer and Faux Furrs and takes place on April 20th.  You can grab tickets to the show here, and get to know each band a little better below!

BLUE DREAM

The four-piece Chicago band consisting of Justin Sanetra, Anthony Cook, Jimmy Russell, and Danny Awisha recently released their debut album Volume Won; a captivating album with magnetic riffs and grooving bass lines that demand your attention. Blue Dream‘s electrifying stage presence amplifies their music to the next level, making them one of the city’s best live acts. Don’t miss your chance to see Blue Dream on 4/20; catch them headlining the show on Friday!

For Fans Of: Post Animal, Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall

Start With: UFO,” “Freedom Eyes,”  “Who Stole The Flowers”

For more on Blue Dream-check out our interview with them here!


ENGINE SUMMER

This trio from Elmhurst, IL consisting of Jeremy Marsan, Ben Kostecki, and Ryan Ohm blends together post-punk and garage rock influences to form irresistibly catchy tunes that thread together one cohesive narrative on their debut album Trophy KidsCatch them bringing the story to life on the Sleeping Village stage this Friday.

For Fans Of: Omni, NE-HI, Deeper

Start With“Rather Choke,” “Trophy Kids,”  “Jezebel”

More on Engine Summer


FAUX FURRS

Ryan Deffet, Adam Karstens, Michael Oliva, and Ryan Shuck, AKA Faux Furrs,  bring all the good vibes with their lighthearted and upbeat melodies, which pair perfectly with the Spring weather that’s finally starting to hit the city this week. Get your dancing shoes ready and be prepared to bop around to their fun-spirited songs from their 2017 album TaxonomyAs the band describes their sound, it’s like “Garage Psych, in space”…make sure you come to the show to hear just how accurate that is.


For Fans Of: Frankie and the Witch Fingers, Summer Salt, Vundabar

Start With: “Fools Gold or the Lion,” “Moon Farm,” “Robot Love”

More on Faux Furrs

RSVP to the event on Facebook here!

New Vinyl Releases 4/13

  • A Place To Bury Strangers – Pinned (2 Lp Deluxe ‘Brainwashing Machine’ Edition on Pink Vinyl with Silver Foil Cover)
  • A Place To Bury Strangers – Pinned (Black Vinyl)
  • Bad Religion – The Gray Race (1996) (Limited Edition Reissue on Colored Vinyl)
  • David Bowie – CahngesTwoBowie (Comp Reissue on Blue or Black Vinyl)
  • Fever Ray – Plunge (2 Lp Deluxe Edition with Blood Red Gel Outer Sleeve)
  • Fiddlehead – Springtime And Blind (Limited to 600 on ‘Coke Bottle Clear’ Vinyl)
  • Gentle Leader XIV – Channels (Chicago, IL)
  • Hinds – I Don’t Run (Indie Exclusive on 150gram Opaque White Vinyl)
  • Hinds – I Don’t Run (150gram Black Vinyl)
  • JJUUJJUU – Zionic Mud (Blue Vinyl)
  • Jesse Kinch – I’m Not Like Everybody Else
  • Metallica – The $5.99 EP Garage Days Re-Revisited (1987) (Indie Exclusive on 180gram Red-Orange Vinyl)
  • Prof – Pookie Baby (2 Lp on White Vinyl with 16 Page Magazine)
  • Various / Soundtrack – Baby Driver Volume 2: The Score For A Score (150gram Vinyl)

 

Live Recap: Albert Hammond Jr and The Marías at Bottom Lounge

This past Friday night, The Marías and Albert Hammond Jr gave the sold out crowd at Bottom Lounge an unforgettable start to their weekend. Fresh off an intense SXSW schedule, The Marías joined Albert Hammond Jr on a stretch of tour dates supporting his latest album, Francis Trouble. While the weather for this April show may have been a little chillier than usual for this time of year, the Chicago audience still gave the LA natives a warm welcome, attentively listening and encouraging the band with claps and cheers between tracks from their velvety debut EP Superclean Vol. I. Throughout the set, the band’s lead singer, named–you guessed it–Maria, seemed completely at ease on the unfamiliar stage, her silky and dreamy vocals hypnotizing the room. By the time the band worked through their whole EP and even a cover of “Lovergirl” by Teena Maria, the audience had become so invested that they demanded an encore from The Marías. Unfortunately the band was unable to oblige as their stage time had come to an end, but hopefully they’ll return soon for a headlining show!

Next up, the legendary Albert Hammond Jr hit the stage with a burst of energy, which was immediately matched by the loyal and enthusiastic fans; the entire crowd loudly showed support by screaming along and dancing to the opening song “Caught By My Shadow.” Between songs, Hammond called out the audience’s noise levels with a nod of appreciation, telling the Bottom Lounge audience they had to be the loudest crowd yet on this tour. The electric dynamic between Hammond and the audience members remained in full swing the entire night; Hammond threw his all into his performance and the crowd would act as a boomerang, throwing the positive energy right back. Throughout the 90 minute set, Hammond and his band played songs from his discography, focusing on the brand new album Francis Trouble, released March 9th on Red Bull Records. While some fans may have been more familiar with every single song, singing along to the entire set, Hammond puts on the type of show that keeps an audience captivated for the entire show, no matter how familiar everyone is with the music. For fans old and new, Hammond created a safe space with his performance, where everyone could escape their troubles for the night and just focus on the pure entertainment and feel good vibes provided by Albert Hammond Jr.

In a world where we’re often laden with distractions, it’s rare to experience a performer as enthralling as Albert Hammond Jr, so if you get the chance to see his live show, don’t miss it. See the rest of Hammond’s tour dates here.

Photos of The Marías and Albert Hammond Jr at The Bottom Lounge

Grab your copy of Francis Trouble at the shop, or online here!


This article was originally posted on ANCHR Magazine

Live Recap: James Bay Returns to Chicago’s Metro With a Revamped Show

Following an insane show from Wolf Alice on Friday night, The Metro outdid itself with another sold out, stunning show from James Bay on Saturday night.


Way back in 2015, singer-songwriter James Bay played a sold out show at The Metro in Chicago during the height of success of his debut album, Chaos and the Calm. Now, after nearly three years, Bay returned to the same stage with new material and a new approach towards his older material. Although he’d taken a hiatus after he finished the touring cycle for Chaos and the Calm to finish his new album, when Bay and his band hit the stage on Saturday night, the jam packed venue full of loyal fans proved that their devotion to the singer had never wavered. Not only did the show sell out in a matter of minutes when it was announced earlier this year, but some fans lined up outside the venue as early as 9:30AM Saturday morning to get a coveted front row spot.

The fans’ patience all paid off when the set began around 9PM with unreleased song “Wasted On Each Other,” which sits second on the track list of Bay’s sophomore album Electric Light, out May 18th. Next up, the band brought the new album’s second single “Pink Lemonade” to life; backup singers adding another layer to the full band’s already rich sound. Following that quick taste of refreshing new material, the set dipped back into older material, the entire audience echoing the chorus of songs “Craving,” and “When We Were on Fire” back to the stage.

As the night went on, the room lit up with a sense of recognition whenever Bay dropped in old favorites in between the few new tracks, but the show possessed a vibrant sense of revitalization. Songs like “Let It Go” and “Best Fake Smile” received new life when the band performed both with fleshed out and extended introductions, rearranging the familiar tunes into new molds. When the night began to come to a close, Bay introduced a refreshed version of his hit “Hold Back The River,” beginning the track by repeatedly riffing the lyrics “lonely water” over a moody, chilled out introduction. The crowd cheered wildly when Bay and his band transitioned into the full song, their cheers blending into the song’s first verse.

The entire band left the stage for a short break following “Hold Back The River”, and Bay returned for a stripped back encore performance of his ballad “Need The Sun To Break,” giving the magical evening the perfect send off.

If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind performance and to hear James Bay’s music revamped like you’ve never heard it before, do not miss the chance to see him in concert this year! Find more details on his upcoming tour dates below, and check out our photo gallery of his show at The Metro to get you pumped for the next concert.

Find the rest of James Bay’s upcoming tour dates here, and pre-order Electric Light here!


 

This article was originally posted on ANCHR Magazine 

 

 

New Vinyl Releases 4/6/18

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  • Air Waves – Warrior (Crystal Clear vinyl)
  • Between the Buried and Me – Automata I
  • Blackberry Smoke – Find A Light (Opaque Silver vinyl with Etched D-Side)
  • Black Milk – Fever (Multi-Color vinyl)
  • Chrome Sparks – Sparks EP (Reissue)
  • Chrome Sparks – Parallelism EP
  • Paul De Jong (The Books) – You Fucken Sucker
  • Diet Cig – Over Easy (Indie Exclusive on ‘Green Eggs & Ham’ vinyl)
  • Dr. Octagon – Moosebumps: An Exploration Into Modern Day Horripilation
  • Goat Girl – S/T
  • Gorillaz – Demon Days (Reissue)
  • Jack Kerouac featuring Al Cohn & Zoot Sims – Blues And Haikus (Reissue on ‘Blues & Yellow Starburst’ vinyl, Limited to 1000!)
  • Lorde – Melodrama (Deluxe ‘Royal Blue’ and Black vinyl available)
  • Makeness – Loud Patterns (Yellow vinyl)
  • Mind Over Mirrors – Bellowing Sun
  • Kylie Minogue – Golden (Indie Exclusive on Clear vinyl)
  • Morbid Angel – Heretic (Reissue)
  • Morrissey – My Love, I’d Do Anything for You / Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way? (7″ Single on Clear vinyl)
  • Mike Ness (Social Distortion) – Under the Influences (Reissue)
  • Mike Ness (Social Distortion) – Cheating at Solitaire
  • No Thank You – All It Takes To Ruin It All
  • Rainbow Kitten Surprise – How to: Friend, Love, Freefall (Indie Exclusive on Purple vinyl)
  • Scientist & Prince Jammy – Scientist and Prince Jammy Strike Back! (Reissue on Yellow-Green ‘Lightsaber’ vinyl, Limited to 700!)
  • Soundtrack / James Horner – Commando (Reissue on Bone & Eyeblack Splatter vinyl, Limited to 1500!)
  • Soundtrack / Various – Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return (Blue-Grey ‘Satellite of Love’ vinyl, Limited to 1000!)
  • Tiny Tim – God Bless Tiny Tim (40th Anniversary Reissue on Pink vinyl)
  • Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Sex & Food (Indie Exclusive on Pink vinyl)
  • Various – I Only Listen to The Mountain Goats (Pink and Blue vinyl)
  • Wye Oak – The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs (Peak Edition on ‘Sand & Sky’ Beige & Blue vinyl)
  • Zola Jesus – Okovi: Additions (Gray and Black Starburst vinyl)

Pre-Order the Shuga Exclusive ‘Said Unsaid’ 1st Pressing from Flamingo Rodeo!

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1st pressing includes:

-Signed by the band

-Hand numbered to 100

-Limited Edition Colored Vinyl

-Insert sheet from the band

-Flamingo Rodeo Sticker