Artist of the Month

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November 2015
Alex G
"Beach Music
Amid increasingly high/steep expectations, Alex Giannascoli, a.k.a. Alex G, released his latest full-length album Beach Music via Domino. After a jarring, noise-laden percussive “Intro,” “Bug” crawls under your skin and skillfully into your head as its crisp guitar lays the foundation for the song’s mesmerizing tone, stripping down temporarily instrumentally - “and when you go there/you stay there/bug in the crosshair/you stay there.” A momentary electric guitar swell marks the return to movement.
The scratch of acoustic guitar chord changes, and a gloomy organ develops the rained-in, haunting sound of “Thorns.” Conversely, to the weathered weary sound of its predecessor, “Kicker” immediately jumps into action as advancing percussion/guitar dictates a forward blitz of lyrically rhymed oppositions - “White bird in a black cloud… big fight for a small right.” Wrapping tightly woven imagery into a steady downhill stomper, the track sits smooth, whilst retaining a gritty after bite.
“Salt” returns to that head-in-the-clouds, daydreaming ethereal bedroom vibe. Soaked in keys and accented by electronic percussion, the scene is set. “Into my big cloud, I’m flying all the time.” As he watches, opposing deep and child-esque soft vocals stir in a chanting manner, Alex questioningly reemerges - “Did you hear what I said? I’ve got salt in my head,” resolving his issue in a calm yet despairing manner. “Today I washed my hands, I want to be alone, I want to fry.” “Brite Boy” lifts with light-as-a-feather percussion, and its innocent beach-strolling instrumentation is underscored by a playful call-and-return vocal dialogue. Ushered in by the tandem of dashing trumpet and dreary keys, the artist tears himself open, and is left emotionally exposed. “Crying I’m running in love/losing in love/scratching in love/wired in love.”
Alex G continues to evolve, creating songs that aren’t afraid to expose life’s knack for pulling one individual simultaneously in multiple directions. That’s why Beach Music thrives in its ability to paint grey clouds within a sunny landscape or a ray of light bursting through a downpour. His honest, hypnotic melodies and its murkiness pull you in. - Michael Colavita

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Hot Bagels

Recent transplant to Chicago, Craig Woods is the force behind the fuzzed-out, lo-fi, garage rock of Hot Bagels. The band released Toasted this month digitally and on cassette via Be Happy Records (vinyl coming in February). The 15 mind melting tracks on Toasted range from 43 seconds to just over 3 mins in length and were recorded in "cars, basements, apartments, and practice spaces" around the city over the last three months. Hot Bagels is the essence of DIY and a band to watch and experience in 2014.


Reader's Artist of 2013: Pat McKillen (First Place)

The top vote getter in the 2013 reader's poll for Best Emerging Artist of the Year was the talented singer/songwriter Pat McKillen! 2013 saw the release of Pat's sophomore album, The Red Headed Enemy, and a appearance on America's Got Talent. Pat's sound on the new album has deep folk roots, as expected, but with the addition of heavy percussive sounds.


Ace Reporter "Stick To"

Ace Reporter announced the reissue of their full-length debut album, Yearling XL, today by dropping a compelling new video for "Stick To". Chris Synder fronts the four piece band and Yearling XL is based on the year his spent writing and recording one new song every day back in 2010 after his last band, The States, broke up. The new edition of the album will be released on April 22, 2014 via Ooh La La Records and features several bonus tracks.


Readers Artist of 2013: S. Joel Norman (Second Place)

S. Joel Norman spent most of 2013 in the recording studio working on his forthcoming album, Traveling Light, but was also building a following through raucous live performances. Norman released his debut EP, Take It In Stride, back in 2011 which demonstrated his strong blues foundation. Since that time he has delved even deeper into that world and Traveling Light promises to be all the better as a result. The new album's title track was released as a single earlier this month.

You can pre-order Traveling Light now, and preorder your tickets for the release event at Metro on March 1st with My My My.


Readers Artist of 2013: The Wild Family (Third Place)

The Wild Family spent 2013 working on the debut self-titled EP which will be released on Feb. 4th. The did release an impressive live EP of their performance at Wise Fools Pub. The 4-piece band have a youthful look and down home soulful sound. Earlier this month the released the first track from their EP, the harmonica-filled "Empty Promises". It is the depth of songwriting and the well placed harmonies that make this young band one of the finest in the city.

You can catch The Wild Family at Hideout on Feb. 7th with The Damn Choir and The Harrow.



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