Live Review: Ones to Watch Presents COIN and The Aces

This past Saturday night, The Aces and COIN took over The House of Blues Chicago to put on a stunning show to the sold out venue.

After only touring for the first time with Joywave at the end of 2017, The Aces returned to Chicago in a blaze of glory, with some new songs and old favorites. The four piece’s breakout single “Stuck” has racked up over five million Spotify streams, and it definitely acted as a set highlight, but the eager crowd was already singing along to The Aces’ brand new single “Lovin’ Is Bible,” which they had only released the day prior. The Aces’ music compliments certain elements of COIN’s music so well, so anybody that had yet to hear of the latter was quickly won over by their carefree, catchy riffs and sticky choruses. The band and audience bounced infectious energy off one another, starting the night on the right foot.

When the Nashville natives of COIN took the stage next, the energy of the crowd only amplified, and the crowd mimicked a surround sound speaker system, echoing the lyrics of COIN’s songs back to the stage. As the setlist weaved through different sections of COIN’s discography, featuring newest track “Growing Pains” and tracks like “I Don’t Wanna Dance” and “Talk Too Much” from 2017’s How Will You Know If You Never Try, the crowd remained relentless. They danced along with the pop-fused rock songs, causing the floor of the Downtown venue to act as a trampoline, propelling everyone to keep moving. The high spirits of the audience and the band themselves never wavered, and their intense production and lighting complimented the upbeat music.

The night ended with a roar of appreciation, not just for COIN, but The Aces too, and an ambitious and optimistic air clung to the concert-goers as they left the venue at the end of the night, knowing that they’d just witnessed a monumental moment. If you missed out on the show, check out our photo gallery of both bands for a look at evening!


This article was originally posted on ANCHR Magazine

New Vinyl 12/22/16


  • A Tribe Called Quest – We Got It From Here, Thank You For Your Service
  • Blink 182 – Dude Ranch (Red Vinyl Gatefold Reissue)
  • The Cell Phones – No (Chicago, IL Punk! on Translucent Red vinyl)
  • GTA – Good Times Ahead
  • Massive Attack – Blue Lines
  • Massive Attack – Protection
  • Massive Attack – No Protection
  • Soundtrack / Johnann Johannson – Arrival

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Win a 3 Day Pass to Levitation Chicago!!!

1) Buy records. 2) Get Tickets. 3)???? 4) Profit

Get ready to freak out this March. Levitation Chicago recently announced the line-up for the 2016 psych festival at Thalia Hall and it is packed to the gills with killer acts. We here at Shuga can’t even decide what day to pick. Luckily, you might not have to pick one day over any other. Starting today, you can enter a chance to win a free 3-day pass to the festival by purchasing a record of any of the bands performing! AND THERE’S NO LIMIT TO YOUR NUMBER OF ENTRIES!!! Get.Stoked.

Here is a list of the releases that we have at the moment. Swing by soon, snag some noisy psych, turn it up, and cross your fingers.

  • Lightning Bolt – Fantasy Empire
  • Chelsea Wolfe – Abyss
  • Chelsea Wolfe – Apokalypsis
  • Chelsea Wolfe – The Grime and the Glow
  • Oneohtrix Point Never – Garden of Delete
  • Oneohtrix Point Never – R Plus Seven
  • Oneohtrix Point Never / Rene Hell – Split LP
  • Ryley Walker – All Kinds of You
  • Ryley Walker – Primrose Green
  • Blanck Mass – Dumb Flesh
  • Circuit des Yeux – In Plain Speech
  • Natural Information Society & Bitchin’ Bajas – Automaginary
  • Bitchin Bajas – s/t

UPDATE: This offer is no longer available. See you at the fest!