FUZZ is back with just what we need! It’s been a while since their first self-titled album in 2013. Their second album, “II”, comes out this Friday, October 23rd and it’s one hell of a heavy hitting head-banging metal album that already has a classic sound to it. Feel free to call it whatever list of post lo-fi psychedelic garage punk rock n’ roll over-the-top mix of genres works for you, but I’d say this is a perfect stab at the original metal sound. Fuzz II strips it down to the very essentials – epic riffs, catchy licks, and a beat that kills. Why make it more pretentious than it is? It’s fucking awesome and makes me want to slam a beer a punch a hole in the wall. Your Dad is probably going to pop in to your room at some point when you crank this album and ask you if you’re getting back into Black Sabbath. As lame as your Dad is, he’s kind of right. Garage rockers Ty Segall, Charlie Moothart (of the Moonhearts), and Chad Ubovich (of Meatbodies) have put together an equally powerful and menacingly catchy album with Fuzz II that can be seen as a gateway album to some much heavier stuff for fans of Fuzz and maybe even the band themselves. You can stream Fuzz’s new album, “II”, before it’s released right here via NPR.
DEAF WISH, noise rock band from Melbourne, Australia, starts their 2015 fall tour at Township in Chicago tonight! They just released their fourth full-length album titled “Pain” on Sub Pop Records and will be playing with Gross Pointe & Red Francis. Chicago’s very own artist, Patt Knerr, constructed this stunning piece of artwork on the show flyer above. His colorfully modern and spastic chaotic creations can be viewed and bought at Era Galleries and The Mind of Patt Knerr. Get psyched for the big show tonight by streaming Red Francis’ new self-titled release, Gross Pointe’s new 7″ EP on HoZac Records, and Deaf Wish’s new album “Pain“.
This lineup is stacked! Shiloh, Jackson Boone, Red Francis, and Shah Jahan will all be at Emporium (Wicker Park) in Chicago tonight, and it’s FREE. How can you beat that? It is going to be a fucking shit show. We haven’t heard from Shiloh in a bit because one of their members was in jail, welcome back! Jackson Boone is coming all the way from Portland, OR to grace us with his presence and we couldn’t be more excited about it. They just released their sophomore album titled, “Natural Changes” and it is an all around solid album and beautiful work of art, so get on your knees and suck on it right HERE. You can also watch them perform one of our favorite tunes from the album titled, “Dolphin Turned Into a Cat” on KEXP below.
RSVP here and enjoy all of this live at Emporium tonight!
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What we all had been waiting for has come and gone, a weekend of getting fucked up and hearing all our favorite punk rock bands that we saw at Warped Tour back when it was cool. As the years passed, we’ve seen this fest go from a small cult favorite of shows to a massive mainstream fest that’s guaranteed to make a mark on whatever park is willing to host it. We mainly noticed how hard it’s gotten to crotch a pint of whiskey into the show. Here are reviews of some of the bands at Riot Fest Chicago 2015:
Photograph by Max Herman
Photograph by Shawn Morton
Mariachi El Bronx – It’s hard not to smile in the midst of a Mariachi band, especially one as dope as Mariachi El Bronx. A dance just kind of seeps out of you as you hear their Mexican styled pop tunes bounce off the stage. They even wear the whole Mariachi getup and it makes you wonder if they are quite possibly the greatest Mariachi band you’ve ever seen, it’s hard to say because they’re probably the only real Mariachi band you’ve ever seen. This was the 4-year anniversary of Matt Caughthran’s (singer) father’s death. As sad as that is, it seemed as if there was no other place he’d rather be.
Now they played pretty early on in the day on Friday so as the show went on and after I got a drink in me, I started to think… drop the fucking acoustics it’s time to hear some of The Bronx instead… but hey, whatever dudes do your thing!
Photograph by Max Herman
Eagles of Death Metal – Eagles of Death Metal are some true Rock n’ Rollers keeping it trill. This is a band that keeps the groove going the whole show. Front man, Jesse “Boots Electric” Hughes, just seems to be The Reverend of Rock as he preaches of the good life on stage. But where the hell was Josh Homme?! When they promote themselves as a duo and half of the band isn’t even there… something seems wrong there. I get it…he’s probably busy with Queens of the Stone Age or one of the many other projects he works with, but I felt an injustice when I came to see him rock out on the drums and he’s nowhere to be found. Besides that, it was a great show! They ended it off in a guitar dual between Dave Catching and Jesse Hughes. Who won you ask? Hmmm hard to say… My vote was for Darlin’ Dave, but they both fucking rule so I guess I was the real winner.
Coheed and Cambria – Coheed and Cambria! Ahhhh you guys are a tall glass of fucking fine wine. Only getting better with age. I must say, surprisingly one of my personal favorites of the night. It’s hard for a lot of these bands to stand up to the high expectations we had of them in our buzzed youth, but Coheed was tighter than ever. Claudio Sanchez’s hair has completely engulfed his head and the microphone at this point and it is spectacular. Their newest single, “Here to Mars” is reminiscent of their earliest sound in “The Second Stage Turbine Blade” and “In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3” with very polished and radio friendly hooks. The lyrical content of the love song is the only thing that makes me want to roll my eyes and gag a bit, but a little sappiness never hurt anyone. This show alone has gotten me excited for the new album and the other ones I never got around to buying, so bravo Coheed and Cambria!
No Doubt – Gwen Stefani, you beautiful talented goddess of a women you! Her abs looked like something you couldn’t even Photoshop. This was one of those shows that every dude’s girlfriend dragged him to see and when they got there it was like, “This isn’t so bad…actually, this is pretty awesome.” The colorful seizure inducing pink to green lights and flashy space bubblegum attire brought you right back to the 90’s as you sang along to every No Doubt hit you didn’t realize you knew the words to until right now. Gwen surely knows how to work the crowd, climbing way up the truss on side of the stage and literally flirting with the whole audience, saying: “You’re so cute” and “I love you”. One guy even got a kiss from her after she noticed he had her face tattooed to him (probably the one and only time he did not regret that tattoo) – well, you did it dude with Gwen Tat… Life goal complete!
Motorhead – I didn’t get to see all of Motorhead’s set, but from what I saw… there is no doubt about it that they have been rocking hard for a very long time. So fast and so tight! The powerhouse that is Motorhead cannot be denied the legendary status that they have reached! Although, Lemmy’s voice is… it is… it is not. It can be compared to the slurring ramble that you now hear out of Ozzy Osbourne. Ian Fraser “Lemmy” Kilmister has gone through a lot, I know. Motorhead had to drop out of Riot Fest Chicago in 2013 due to Lemmy’s health issues, and even recently tour dates were dropped because of the same problem. I commend him for pushing on, but I won’t lie, it seems like he’s on his last lap. Fuck it. RAGE ON MOTORHEAD!
FOOD OF THE DAY: Loaded Nacho’s from Tica’s Tacos – biggest and best bang for your buck! Nacho’s loaded in juicy pork (your choice of meat), smothered in cheese, pickled veggies, Baja sauce drizzled all over it and a lime to squirt with a fat jalapeno pepper on the side.
Chon – Sorry Chon, you guys really drew the short straw with your time slot. The first band of the festival on Saturday, the ground is muddy wet and destroyed from last night already, and everyone is either too hung over or not ready to show up to the fest yet. Noticed you had some technical difficulties with getting the kick drum to stay put and you could tell you weren’t so happy with the situation, but besides that… you boys can shred! Chon produces a very modern and clean sound evolved from the emo genre. It is borderline jazz, progressive math rock that almost seems a little too intelligent for riot fest, but cool nonetheless. Be sure to check out “Grow” on Sumerian Records by Chon.
Fidlar – Fidlar is a fucking site to see. As awesome as their self-titled album and their latest release “Too” are, they do not do them justice compared to their live show. It was pretty early in the fest and they already had everyone chugging down their beers and chanting, “I DRINK CHEAP BEER SO WHAT FUCK YOU!” They also had some technical difficulties when lead guitarist’s, Elvis Kuehn, amp went out as they began to play one of their new songs. The rest of the band fiddled around for a bit as they waited for the tech on stage to fix it, until rhythm guitarist/singer, Zac Carper, decided to take matters into his own hands as he handed his guitar to Elvis and jumped into the sea of people to crowd surf for the remainder of the song. As Zac climbs back on stage covered in mud to finish the set, an idiot security guard doesn’t realize he’s part of the band and tackles him on stage. Elvis joins in to pull Zac out of the mess calling the dude an “asshole” and the look on the security guard’s face of “I probably just got fired” proceeded. Next time, don’t be a hero dude… just enjoy the show! Fidlar, this mess of a show was my favorite of the entire fest!
The Joy Formidable – The Joy Formidable is a sonic tidal wave of sound. Their live show is so massive that it’s hard to believe they are just a 3-piece. You can really tell that they are some talented musicians that don’t need to show off their skills to prove it. They play what’s necessary to the song and if that means just railing on chords and crushing a standard rock beat the whole time (maybe a smash of the gong every once in awhile), then that’s exactly what they will do. If you haven’t gotten a chance to see them live you are truly missing out. Maybe bring some earplugs unless you like your ears to bleed after the show like I do.
Rancid – Rancid play “And Out Come The Wolves…” in full! At this point I was hammered, but these whole album sets at Riot Fest were great because everyone knows exactly what song is next and sings along. Nothing brings a crowd together like passing a bottle screaming the lyrics in each other’s faces! After 20 years of the release, “And Out Come The Wolves…” sounded even better than I remembered.
FOOD OF THE DAY: The Grilled Cheese from The Fat Shallot – The classiest of the fest foods! Muenster cheese melted between slices of sourdough bread with sautéed spinach and caramelized onions.
Porn star, Dakota Skye (pictured above), was spotted hula hooping and living it up at Riot Fest Chicago 2015!
Skating Polly – It’s the last day of Riot Fest, I’m hung over, and I got to the fest way too early. I’m hungry and I want breakfast, so I walk over to the Billy Goat Tavern Tent for a Cheezborger (some of the cheapest and best food at the whole fest! And I found it on the last day… FUCK). I’m still half dead eating this Borger when I hear a big ass, thick, raunchy fuzz tone coming from the Radicals Stage. It looks like punk rock Arya Stark kicking ass with a bass and I’m immediately in love. I head over to get a closer listen and did not regret it. These 2 talented chicks had the devil in their eyes. Skating Polly was the best way to start my day and kick the shit out of a hangover.
Less Than Jake – Less Than Jake is a good ol’ time and fun for everyone. You can find little youngsters and old metal heads all in the same circle pit at a Less Than Jake show. They shoot toilet paper guns and shirts into the crowd and are running across the stage at every chance they get. I figured ska music would be completely and utterly dead by 2015, but I guess not! To be fair, LTJ doesn’t just play ska music… its punk, rock, pop, and all of the above.
Tenacious D – Tenacious D is the greatest and best band in the world.
Snoop Dogg – Snoop Dogg just doing his thing at Riot Fest 2015. Decided to show up to his set 30 minutes late. Don’t piss off the Dogg, he’s going to keep getting high and doing his thing until he feels like it. When the Riot Staff told him he had 3 minutes left, he made it clear how he felt about that when he told them to fuck off and lit up a blunt. After going about 2 minutes over his time slot, the Riot Staff shut off his lights and then his microphone mid song. Sorry Snoop, that’s it for you… Hey, it sounded good while it lasted.
FOOD OF THE DAY: Cheezborger from the Billy Goat Tavern tent. Cheap, classic, and delicious cheezborger! Stacked beef patties, layered with cheese, a mound of pickles, raw onion, with ketchup n’ mustard on a Kaiser bun!
Yes, that is not a typo… you can watch it on PornHub.com. Interesting place for a music video premiere, but considering the content of the video, there couldn’t have been many other options. This video is definitely not safe for work and not for children. Unless you plan on giving them “the talk” soon after they enjoy the video. This Chicago Rock n’ Roll band is always looking to push their audiences’ limits, so as surprising as this is, it’s also very fitting. If you’re wondering who that beautiful woman is in the video, her name is Aurora Korealis and she is a model from Portland, OR. Now before you watch this video, let me forewarn you that some people would say this music video is basically just porn. Red Francis would probably agree with those people.
Watch the music video for “Song B” by Red Francis off of their new self-titled album here:
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Ever hear of The Gnar Wave Rangers? Well if you haven’t you’re dumb. But don’t worry… you still have a chance to find out. You have a once in a life time chance to be part of this wonderful adventure on July 24th, 2015 at The Burlington Bar Chicago with The Gnar Wave Rangers, Red Francis, Shah Jahan, and Cavern Sounds. Don’t miss it.
GET OFF YOUR FUCKING ASS
WHY? … CUZ
ITS TIME TO LOOSE YOUR SHIT
AND INTO THE BURLLY
TIME TO GET FUCKED
LETS GET FUCKED UP
HOW FAR YOU GO FOR ADVENTURE?
THE NIGHT AT THE BURLLY
Projectile vomiting hurts. If you’re one of the millions of Americans who suffer from the heartache of projectile vomiting, you know the embarrassment and discomfort it causes. You also know the pain it can cause your loved ones.
Red Francis can help you feel better… much better. Talk to your Doctor and ask if Red Francis is right for you. Tell your Doctor if you listen to Gangsta Rap as Red Francis may not be for you. Get back to the old you and stop throwing up on friends and family.
Long Live the Goat‘s first show ever with The Howl, The Nesmins, Georgia O’Queef, and Defwarrant is at Bono’s in Lisle, IL on June 21st, 2015 – brought to you by 411.Productions! It’s Father’s Day… and what’s a better Father’s Day gift than Rock and Roll? Nothing man. RSVP to the show!
ALL AGES, $5 cover
STARTS AT NOON
Here’s a video from The Howl!
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We Are The Television is thrilled to debut ‘Media Feeding Frenzy’ – a brand new track from Red Francis that was recorded at Treehouse Records in Chicago. Red Francis will be releasing their self-titled album on Friday July 24th on all digital platforms along with a live performance at The Burlington. After the show, Red Francis embarks on a 5-week west coast tour. Enjoy the track and make sure to catch Red Francis live when they’re coming through your city!
Wed, Jun 17
This show is 18+ w/ Valid State or Federal ID
Drink Special: $5 Powers Irish Whiskey
JEFF The Brotherhood
The best rock ’n’ roll, the kind that gets under your skin and makes all your senses heighten, is simple and comprised of hard work and unrelenting passion—all of which JEFF The Brotherhood. JEFF The Brotherhood embody and exemplify on their Warner Bros. Records debut LP, Hypnotic Nights. Brothers Jake and Jamin Orrall have been playing together since they were little kids and formed the group when they were in high school. The boys grew up with a voracious appetite for any music they could get their hands on.
The band incorporates a DIY ethos in everything they do, including their raucous live shows. JEFF have been touring tirelessly for the past 10 years, playing any and all conceivable venues—from basements and backyard sheds to Bonnaroo and The Bowery Ballroom. The duo clocked in over 400 shows in the past two years alone and have shared bills with Best Coast, Fucked Up, Pentagram, The Kills, The Greenhornes and more.
When it comes to creating their desired sound, JEFF believes that less is more. This idea is reflected in Jake’s decision to play a guitar with only three strings. Jake explains, “When we started the band, I didn’t know how to play guitar,” he remembers, “I thought, in order to teach myself, it would be easier to play if I simplified it. I started with two strings, but you can’t really play any chords that way, so I added a third string [which added] this interesting limitation that forced me to create my own style and approach to the instrument.”
These musical intricacies all come together on Hypnotic Nights, which was co-produced by Jake, Jamin and musician/producer Dan Auerbach (Dr. John, The Ettes). The album was recorded in Nashville at Dan’s Easy Eye Sound Studio in early 2012. JEFF entered the studio focused and prepared with a clear vision for the album they wanted to make, completing Hypnotic Nights in only one week. For any other band, completing an album in seven days would seem like a challenging feat, but for JEFF those seven days felt like a luxury when compared to the amount of time spent on making 2009’s Heavy Days and 2011’s We are The Champions, which were released on the band’s own label Infinity Cat Recordings. Each took only three days to make.
“We’ve never worked with a producer before, so this was the first time we’d ever had any outside input,” says Jamin. “It was Dan’s first co-production, too, and it really worked. He just hung out, let us do our thing and helped when we needed it.” Adds Jake, “We write songs without anyone else in mind, so Dan brought in this idea of, ‘Well, you guys do what you do and I’ll present it so everyone else will understand.’”
The result is Hypnotic Nights, an album that uniquely blends elements of indie, punk, garage, and psychedelic rock. The first single, “Sixpack,” is a fuzzed-out rocker driven by reverb-heavy riffs and propulsive drumbeats. Songs like “Leave Me Out” and “Dark Energy” venture into new musical territory for JEFF, but the band isn’t afraid of experimentation. After all, it’s this imagination and ingenuity that makes Dan Auerbach plainly say, “JEFF The Brotherhood are the next big name in showbiz.”
In the end, Jake and Jamin just want to write great songs, play great shows and inspire fans to rock along with them. For JEFF The Brotherhood, blood is thicker than water—and music runs through the band’s veins.
Guerilla is the greatest band you have never heard of. As much as these four mid-twenty year old guys would like to say they don’t give a shit, they have been playing music together since they could barely play their instruments. Guerilla plays music for the people – and by people I mean punks, 90’s music addicts, and anyone who will still get drunk on a Wednesday. As much as they enjoy playing at some of the more well known venues of Chicago, they would much rather have you catch them in some random guys basement. If the gritty chants and powerful riffs don’t get you hooked the first time you see them, then their sexy guitar shreds and occasional sax wailing will. It’s hard to sift through all the crap music and bands blowing smoke up your ass these days, so we’ll make it easy for you. Go listen to Guerilla.
It’s like when that staggering schizo passes you on the street and for that second or two when you’re just inches apart, you’re really not sure what he’s gonna do or how you’ll react, that’s the vibe the Panthers seem to aspire to and obtain—P.C. Jones
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