ANCHR Magazine Anniversary Showcase: Lucille Furs, The Evening Attraction & Capital Soirée


ANCHR Magazine turns one this January! To celebrate, they’re ringing in 2018 with a showcase at Schubas Tavern on January 5th (it’s a Friday!), featuring Lucille FursThe Evening Attraction, and Capital Soirée.  Matt Williams of  Post Animal and Cadien Lake James from Twin Peaks will also be DJing. For more about each band, keep reading, but grab your tickets to the show here.


Retro rock and roll that puts a refreshing spin on the sounds we all love from the 60’s and 70’s.

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For Fans Of: The Stones, The Beatles, Cage the Elephant, Levitation Room

Go To Tracks: “Alabaster Crayon“, “Baby Blaise,” “In Samsara

Fun Fact: Lead singer Trevor Pritchett starred in Post Animal’s video for “Special Moment.” Find out more about the band here.


Punchy, bright guitar melodies blend with sing along choruses and a hint of twang for irresistibly catchy earworms

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For Fans Of: Blackfoot Gypsies, Sundara Karma, The Nude Party, Allah-Las

Go To Tracks: “Love So Fine,” “The Kids Don’t Care (For Rock and Roll),” “Bad Things

Fun Fact: Paul Ansani and Miles Malin of the group have been playing together since middle school, and they were in a band called The Break in high school. Find out more about the band here.



Good ol’ pop rock tunes with sticky choruses and riffs that’ll get you grooving

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For Fans Of: COIN, The Walters, Blossoms, Hippo Campus

Go To Tracks: “Second Home,” “Old School,” “Take Me Anywhere

Fun Fact: The band played a Halloween show as COPital Soirée this year, and all dressed as cops…and one of them had an unfortunate run in with law enforcement in Tennessee once. Find out more about that here.

Get ready for the show by picking up our Chicago Compilation, featuring both Lucille Furs and The Evening Attraction. Get it in store, or online here. You can also pick up Lucille Furs’ debut album in store or online now!


New Releases 11/17/17

  • Ajattara- Lupaus (Lmtd. 2-LP with Bonus Tracks)
  • Electric Wizard- Wizard Bloody Wizard
  • Carpenters- Carpenters (1971) (180gram Remastered Pressing)
  • Carpenters- Close To You (1970) (180gram Remastered Pressing)
  • Mikko Joensuu- Amen 3 (3-LP with Etched G-Side)
  • Peggy Lee- Is That All There Is? (1969)
  • Paul McCartney- McCartney (1970) (Lmtd. 180gram Reissue on Red Vinyl)
  • Paul McCartney- McCartney II (1980) (Lmtd. 180gram Reissue on Clear Vinyl)
  • Paul McCartney- Tug Of War (1982) (Lmtd. 180gram Reissue on Blue Vinyl)
  • Paul And Linda McCartney- Ram (1971) (Lmtd. 180gram Reissue on Yellow Vinyl)
  • Paul And Linda McCartney- Ram (1971) (180gram Reissue)
  • Paul McCartney and Wings- Band On The Run (1973) (180gram Reissue)
  • Vic Mensa- The Autobiography (2-LP on White Vinyl)
  • Morrissey- Low In High School (Indie Exclusive on Transparent Green Vinyl)
  • Nine Inch Nails- Broken (1992) (180gram Reissue w/ Broken 7″)
  • Nine Inch Nails- The Downward Spiral (1994) (2-LP 180gram Reissue)
  • Nine Inch Nails- The Fragile (1999) (3-LP 180gram Reissue)
  • Nine Inch Nails- The Fragile: Deviations 1 (Lmtd. 180gram 4-LP)
  • Nine Inch Nails- Add Violence EP (180gram)
  • Nine Inch Nails- Not The Actual Events EP (180gram)
  • Pharcyde- Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde (2-LP On Translucent Blue And Yellow Vinyl)
  • Lou Reed- Transformer (1972)
  • Lou Reed- Rock n Roll Animal (1974)
  • Story Of The Year- Page Avenue (Lmtd. 180gram on Clear and White Vinyl)
  • Sza- Ctrl (2-LP on Translucent Green Vinyl)
  • Sum 41- Half Hour Of Power (Reissue on Opaque Red
  • Wings- Wings At The Speed Of Sound (1976) (Lmtd. 180gram Reissue on Orange Vinyl)
  • Wings- Venus And Mars (1975) (Lmtd. 180gram Reissue on Red/Yellow Vinyl)

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New Vinyl Releases 11/10/17


  • The 6ths – Wasps Nests (Limited Edition of 1000 copies on White Vinyl)
  • Andrew Bird – Echolocations: Rivers
  • Childish Gambino – Awaken, My Love (Standard Black Pressing)
  • Bob Dylan – Slow Train Coming (1979)
  • Fantasia – Christmas After Midnight
  • Ben Folds – SuperSunnySpeedGraphic
  • Aretha Franklin – A Brand New Me: Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Wesley Fuller – Inner City Dream
  • Hippo Campus – Warm Glow EP (Single Sided Pressing with Etched B Side)
  • HOOPS – Tapes #1-3 (2-LP Pressing of their debut tapes)
  • Iggy Pop – New Values
  • Julie Dolron & The Wrong Guys – S/T
  • The Kinks – Sleepwalker (1977) (180Gram Audiophile Pressing on Black/White Swirl, in gatefold with poster insert)
  • Metallica – Master of Puppets (180Gram Reissue)
  • Mini Dresses – Mini Dresses (Clear Vinyl, Limited to 800 copies)
  • Jason Molina – The Black Sabbath Covers (7″ Single with Etched B-Side)
  • Morphine – Live At The Warfield 1997 (Limited Edition of 2555, numbered)
  • No Doubt – No Doubt (25th Anniversary Edition on 180Gram, first time on vinyl)
  • Angel Olsen – Phases (Collection of B-Sides, Demos and Unreleased Tracks)
  • Pearl Jam – Ten
  • Petal – Comfort EP (7″)
  • Pharoah Sanders – Jewels of Thought (1969)
  • Pharoah Sanders – Summun Bukmun Umyun – Deaf Dumb Blind (1970)
  • Pharoah Sanders – Tauhid (1967)
  • Power Trip – Nightmare Logic (Limited Edition Picture Disc, limited to 1000)
  • Quicksand – Interiors
  • Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – Live at Red Rocks (180Gram 2LP)
  • Twink – Think Pink (1970) (Mono reissue with bonus 7″ single)
  • Various – Soul Christmas (1968) (Featuring Otis Redding, Booker T. & The MG’s, Carla Thomas and more!)
  • Whitney – Light Upon The Lake: Demo Recordings
  • Lucinda Williams – (Ten Bands One Cause Limited Edition Pressing on Pink Vinyl, Limited to 2000)

Knowhere’s Halloween Spookshow – A Chat with My Bad & Ex Okays

Words and Photos By Alicia Maciel 

Halloween – a time where music around the city consists of covers only shows, ranging from classic bands like AC/DC and David Bowie to more modern acts such as Radiohead, The Strokes, and even Paramore.

While most publications are showcasing the fantastic gigs happening at venues like Quenchers, Lincoln Hall, Hideout, and more – I decided to shine the spotlight on Knowhere, a DIY space hosting its 2nd Annual Halloween Spookshow. $7 for 7 acts, it’s an underground show full of locals you don’t wanna miss!

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I chatted with My Bad (playing as Pixies) and Ex Okays (playing as The Doors) prior to this shindig, which will start at 7:30PM (no punk time!). Find out why they picked those iconic rock bands, a little bit about their originals, and what to look forward to at the show!

What led to choosing Pixies and The Doors, respectively?

My Bad: We chose Pixies cuz we all really like ‘em (except Dez) and thought we could jam on the songs really well.

Ex Okays: There was a lot of back and forth about which band because we all mostly wanted our respective favorite bands (The Smiths, Weezer, Pixies, et cetera). We figured it made sense to choose one that none of us are radically raving about, but is still very groovin’ and has equally cool parts for all the instruments in the group – especially now that we’ve got keyboard and all.

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Credit: Alicia Maciel 

Do you like the tradition of covers only around Halloween? Why or why not?

MB: We do like the tradition of covers (except Dez), but we’ve never done any up until now – mainly because we’ve spent so much time on our original stuff.

EO: Yes, it gives bands a chance to play something different and have a little extra fun during the spirit of the holiday. It also opens up the show to more people.


What do you think was the most difficult instrumentation while learning the tracks for Pixies and The Doors, respectively?

MB: Vocals have definitely been pretty f*ckin’ hard for us because Black Francis’s vocal arrangements are very stylized and he puts things in weird places that took us a little while to figure out.

EO: Learning Doors tunes challenged all of us but especially the organ and vocal parts had to be the most difficult since Ray Manzarek and Jim Morrison were such skilled musician.

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Photo Courtesy of My Bad

Are you willing to name a track you’re covering? If so, what is it?

MB: We are willing to name a track we’re covering and it is “Monkey Gone to Heaven”.

EO: One of our favorites to play is “Roadhouse Blues”. All of us get really into the tune and put on our stank faces throughout the whole song.


How would you describe your original music?

MB: Our original music is a big mix of all of our individual music ideas/tastes/expectations. Our goal has always been to write songs people can jam to and it ends up creating a kind of alternative, classic rock, psych vibe. We’ve always been somewhat reluctant to declare a genre for My Bad as none of us really know – it’s kind of all over the place. We have songs that are short and fast called f*ck you, psych jams about knights, to a full EP of love songs.

EO: Maybe kinda like a fuzzy chorus-drenched melodic shitstorm but also the calm before it. We have a wide range of influences of older bands like The Beach Boys, The Smiths, Pixies and The Cure along with some more modern influences especially from Chicago (Twin Peaks, Smith Westerns, The Walters, Post Animal).


What are y’all working on right now?

MB: Right now, we just put out our Spooky Lovin’ EP so we’ll be getting back in the studio to continue working and recording. Hopefully by early next year get out the My Bad self-titled ep, which we’re really looking forward to.

EO: We’re currently recording some new tunes that we’ve been writing and plan to release an album soon. We’ve got a few singles on deck and have some shows in and out of the city coming up in the next month.

As the rest of the show includes covers of Townes Van Zandt, Marshmello, Dion & The Belmonts, Bikini Kill, and Nirvana – keep in mind that discovering and becoming fans of the bands is the priority at this all-inclusive safe space!

Mark the show in your calendar by RSVP’ing here. See ya there!

Alicia Maciel is a junior at DePaul University studying marketing, music business, public relations, and advertising. Immersing in photography, promotion, interviews, interning at Metro and Notion Presents, managing The Chicago Vibe, curating live music, and plenty more – she hopes to bring innovation to the music scene. “A Chicagoan gal making music personnel personal.”


American Grizzly – Instore Insight

Words and Photos By Alicia Maciel 

Good ole’ fashioned rock n roll band American Grizzly performed in-store Friday, October 6. From sharing a few beers together to talking about shows going on the same night, the Southsiders put on a cozy show that drew a lot of people in. With Matt Ladd on vocals, Jack Doyle and Dennis Wilson on guitars, Marty Funk on bass, and Anthony Perez on drums, American Grizzly is a fantastic local act worth listening to.

While “Love Somebody Else” is my pick from their noise rock twist on American folk music, I chatted with Dennis, Marty, and Jack to learn some more about the band.

How did you choose your band name?

Marty: I was listening to a My Morning Jacket album I just picked up called It Still Moves right around the time we first started playing together 3 or 4 years ago. I was listening to the record and admiring the album art, which has this really groovy bear wrapped in tinsel with geometric patterns all around the front and back covers and the name “American Grizzly” came to mind. We were throwing around band names at that time and I suggested American Grizzly and it kinda just stuck.    

Are you guys actually local? If so, what neighborhood are you from?

Dennis: We’re all local. We’re all originally from the Southwest Side and have been living in different neighborhoods throughout the city for a while. Our studio’s in Pilsen.

How did you guys get to know one another?

Dennis: We all met through a mutual friend group. Marty and I grew up down the street from each other and have been playing music together since 7th or 8th grade. Jack and I kind of knew each other from mutual friends then I saw him play some Black Keys songs at an open mic and called him up to jam a few days later (7 or so years ago). Jack knew Matt and Anthony from some other bands they played in. Once we all got together,  we realized how many friends we all had in common. It felt very natural for us all to hang out.

What gear do you have? If any of you are gear heads, what does your gear mean to you?

Dennis: Marty plays an Epiphone Thunderbird bass that looks super cool and always gets compliments on how it sounds. He’s currently in the market for a Fender Mustang bass. Jack plays a Fender Stratocaster and, on special occasions, Telecaster and has a few different Fender amps he plays (shoutout to his Fender Champion 600 which is a small tube amp that’s too small to gig with but sounds amazing). He also has a Waterloo acoustic that you’ll hear a lot on the next EP. I play a Gibson ES 390 hollow body electric guitar through a Vox amp. I also have a Musicvox Space Cadet 12 string electric guitar that’s made its way onto a few recordings and a Gretsch lap steel for when a bit of twang is required. Anthony will use anything he can get his hands on for drums/percussion. He once recorded a steak knife on a metal mesh screen and it was exactly the sound we were looking for. Matt has the good fortune of his instrument being his voice – pure and simple. I look at a nice instrument like a work of art. They’re so cool looking and have such personality. At least with guitars, the way they look and feel definitely influence how you play them.

What do you think about Chicago’s music scene?

Marty: Chicago has a great scene and a lot of cool venues and house shows to either play or catch a show. Since we moved into our studio in Pilsen a couple years ago, we’ve been catching a lot of shows at Thalia Hall and have been itching to play there.

If you can describe your music (genre, tone, etc.), how would you describe it?

Jack: The American Grizzly sound in most simple terms is good old fashioned rock ‘n’ roll, which gives us the luxury of pulling from a lot of different genres. Some of our tunes have heavy blues roots and others have a southern rock and/or country vibe. American Grizzly changes shape from show to show and album to album . We play folk songs, noise rock and pop tunes. We don’t really have a predetermined sound, so we can pretty much explore any area of music we want at any given moment and regularly do.

What’s your favorite song you’ve composed so far?

Jack: Favorite song we’ve composed so far is probably “Big City” because we got to collaborate with some awesome horn players and a great keyboard player here in Chicago. The song has a lot of energy and we enjoy playing it and listening to it. Anthony crashed his van the first time he heard the recording. That being said, our first album was recorded in Nashville, so any one of those songs could also take this slot.

Are you working on new music or touring soon?

Jack: We are going into the studio October 22nd to record a new EP. We are very excited. We are going to practice restraint.

What are your favorite Chicago bands?

Marty: We’ve all been diggin’ Lucille Furs album they put out a few weeks ago.

What are your influences?

Petty, Neil, Hendrix, Dylan, The Band, Auerbach, Aretha, Jim James, Dylan, Garcia, Petty, Lennon, Mic, Keith, Ray Charles, Natural Child, Brian Wilson, Allman Bros.,Freddie King, Jeff Tweedy, Pete Townshend, Clarence Carter, Denney and the Jets, John Prine, Stevie Wonder.

With their upcoming shows consisting of Lincoln Hall on November 2 and opening for Third Eye Blind December 1 at 115 Bourbon Street, make sure to catch American Grizzly before they hibernate in the studio to work on another EP.

Alicia Maciel is a junior at DePaul University studying marketing, music business, public relations, and advertising. Immersing in photography, promotion, interviews, interning at Metro and Notion Presents, managing The Chicago Vibe, curating live music, and plenty more – she hopes to bring innovation to the music scene. “A Chicagoan gal making music personnel personal.”