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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Rich Krueger

The latest release from Earphoria is a stripped down set from songwriter and storyteller Rich Krueger. In the '90's, Rich was a member of the band The Dysfucntionells and he recently posted a collection of their songs on soundcloud. For his Earphoria set Rich blurs fantasy and fiction while spinning stories and sharing his Chicago experience.


Cross Record

Husband and wife duo, Dan Duszynski and Emily Cross (aka Cross Record) left Chicago for Texas two years but have continued to make music together. Their new album Wabi-Sabi (Ba Da Bing Records, 1/29/16) follows that journey and finds Emily considering her past in Chicago and her feature in a new environment.

PBS released a documentary on Cross Record via Hardly Sound last year and it can be watched below.



Strange Weather Records released the latest from Roommate, Make Life, over the summer on Cassette and LP. The band recently released a psychedelic video for the single "Secret Claws" from the album.

You can catch Roommate at Burlington on Nov. 6th.


Mick Jenkins

Mick Jenkins has released a video for his track "Your Love". The track comes from his latest release, Wave[s] (Cinematic/Good Years). Mick is embarking on a European tour next week.



Earlier this month Menacerno released two singles, "Kicks" and "Up In Arms". Both tracks demonstrate the quality and energy that the band has to offer. Lead by the driving vocals of Maggie O'Keefe, Menacerno is definitely a band to watch.

You can catch Menacerno at House of Blues with Revolt Coda on October 29th.



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