Winter Formal 2017 @ Empty Bottle featuring Troy Anderson / The Evening Attraction / Red Francis / Faux Furrs

Winter Formal 2017 @ Empty Bottle featuring Troy Anderson / The Evening Attraction / Red Francis / Faux Furrs

Chicago! It’s time time to slip into your very best and get down at good ol Empty Bottle. The second annual Winter Formal 2017 Dance is happening February 18th, and we’re ready to hit the dance floor in class… for once. This ain’t no BS high school shindig. We have top-notch rock n’ roll music for you to get down and dirty to, while wearing your very best. Headlining are rock five piece TROY ANDERSON, joined by those smooth rock n’ roll crooners THE EVENING ATTRACTION, Chicago psych-soul crew RED FRANCIS, & FAUX FURRS kicking the evening into gear.

RSVP to Winter Formal 2017 featuring Troy Anderson / The Evening Attraction / Red Francis / Faux Furrs  and buy Winter Formal 2017 tickets for you and your hot date before Valentines day ya chumps! Take a listen to all this shit-kicking Chi rock n’ roll below so you can sing along.

 

FAUX FURRS

Space Garage Rockers, A voyaging minstrel squadron that’ll play shows anywhere throughout space-time’s unlimited expanse. Watch they’re stellar music video for “Moon Farm”!

Red Francis

Red Francis will make you blow crap-spackle straight through your paisley trousers! They recently shot and are working on another music video with Oryan’s Bellt that we can already tell is going to be a crazy one judging from all the butts and panties against the green screen.

The Evening Attraction

BopPop Rawk n Rowlers, Analog Babies, pushing the 60s vibes, coming at you from the 2″ tape. The Evening Attraction are currently recording a full length LP at Treehouse Records, so I’m sure we’ll get to hear some of those fresh tracks at The Winter Formal.

Troy Anderson

Dumpster Tapes‘ Garage Rocking Troy, the one and only Troy Anderson Experience, the best thing to have ever come out of Frankfort, IL… Troy and his band will be closing off the night and it will definitely be a blast. They let loose and so will we!

WINTER FORMAL 2017 @ EMPTY BOTTLE on 2.18.17

9 p.m. / $10 / 21+

This is a Liquid Sluts Production brought to you by Fussy Hussy, Empty Bottle, and We Are The Television!

Fake Limbs / Lasers and Fast and Shit / Salvation (Record Release) / Den @ Empty Bottle

Fake Limbs / Lasers and Fast and Shit / Salvation (Record Release) / Den @ Empty Bottle

Fake Limbs

Chicago’s FAKE LIMBS return to Empty Bottle, having celebrated their record release there back in November. The dudely four-piece have released two of the best, noisiest punk records this city spewed out in the early-10s, 2013’s The Power of Patrician Upbringing and 2012’s Man Feelings, both on BLVD Records. Their newest LP, Matronly, is the reason for our gathering here tonight and it’s coming to us via the unstoppable Don Giovanni Records. FAKE LIMBS throws listeners around the room with their sonic onslaught. The AV Club praises, “the band follows in the grand tradition of groups like The Jesus Lizard and Stnnng, with angular and jagged riffs fused to pounding rhythms and holler-’till-you’re-hoarse vocals.”

Lasers and Fast and Sh!t

LASERS AND FAST AND SH!T is known across Chicago for playing an engaging mixture of punk abandon with a healthy dose of stoner metal’s nodding and self-knowing winks. Live, the band is a force to be reckoned with, and you should absolutely expect lasers, smoke, no shit, and some brand new songs that will only further elevate the LASERS’ fiery, art-damaged punk sound.

Salvation

SALVATION is a local punk/garage rock band who love to make noise. They’re here celebrating the release of their full-length LP Sore Loser via Forge Again Records.

Den

Chicago noise-rock trio DEN have been together since 2011, and yet this is only their second time at the Bottle. Two of the three members were in the band NEURONS. Once the band broke up, they decided to keep on trucking as DEN. They poured all their creative energy into this project, spanning a ton of genres but always killing it. On separate tracks, they nail punk, doom, hardcore and drone, each one sounding completely authentic.

2.3.17 @ Empty Bottle  – 9PM / $ 7 / 21+

RSVP to Fake Limbs / Lasers and Fast and Shit / Salvation (Record Release) / Den @ Empty Bottle

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Post Child – “Wax Wings” Album Release

Post Child - "Wax Wings" Album Release

Post Child is a Chicago nu-grunge / fuzz pop band with hooks for days! Not too long ago, the band put out a music video for “Getting Closer” that will have you second guessing if they were one of the great 90s bands that you just found out about now. Nah.. this is new shit that’s just reminiscent of the good times, but no doubt a part of today’s music scene in Chicago. Watch “Getting Closer” below, the music video sets a good tone for the rest of the album.

Post Child – Getting Closer

Their album release party for ‘Wax Wings’ is Thursday Jan. 26th 2017 at Emporium Wicker Park. They’ll be playing with Closed Mouths and Sonny Falls. RSVP to the POST CHILD Album Release at Emporium (Wicker Park) and get a FREE drink or tokens if you sign up at Emporium’s site!

POST CHILD Album Release at Emporium (Wicker Park)

‘Wax Wings’ was recorded and mixed by Joe Gac (Meat Wave, Elephant Gun, The Brokedowns) out of Kildare studios. It’s Post Child’s second full length album that is being released through In The Lake Records and it’s tight! Truly well produced songs from front to back… infinitely more polished than most of the lo-fi garbage I’m used to today. I enjoyed the crap out of it, and I think you will too. Take a listen to ‘Wax Wings’ right here:

Post Child – Wax Wings

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Truckfighters Tour continues at Reggies Rock Club Chicago

TRUCKFIGHTERS TOUR CONTINUES AT REGGIES ROCK CLUB CHICAGO

The Truckfighters tour continues at Reggies Rock Club Chicago tonight (January 24th, 2017)! They’ll be playing with Kings Destroy and Blue Dream. If you haven’t heard of these heavy Fuzzorama Records Swedes, watch their animated music video for Hawkshaw below and dive deep into the Truckfighters discography. RSVP and get tickets here for Truckfighters / Kings Destroy / Blue Dream at Reggies Rock Club!

Truckfighters – Hawkshaw

“The best band that ever existed” as Josh Homme said in the 2011 “fuzzomentary” Truckfighters. Their guitarist Niklas ‘Dango‘ Källgren teamed up with bassist and vocalist Oskar ‘Ozo’ Cedermalm in a worn down rehearsal space in Örebro, Sweden in 2001. The first song they ever recorded, Desert Cruiser, has gone on to become a desert rock anthem. The band itself has gone on to release four full length albums and played sold out shows on four continents since then.

Truckfighters are back in the States in support of their fifth album “V” and it’s great; just like the rest of them! “V” continues the Truckfighters tradition of blending big riffs, dynamism and intricate songwriting.

“The album won’t come as a huge surprise for those who’ve heard our earlier work – but at the same time it feels like a leap forward. We’ve been able to create some of our best songs so far. For us this is definitely the album of the year”, says Dango and laughs.

Listen to the whole album below and pick up a copy of your own tonight at the show!

Stream Ty Segall’s New Album

stream ty segall's new album

Photo: Ty Segall @ The Bell House, 2005 (more by PSquared)

Ty Segall‘s new album will be out on January 27th, and you don’t have to wait to listen to it! You can stream Ty Segall’s new album in it’s entirety here on We Are The Television.

The self-titled and ninth solo album “Ty Segall” swings between a heavy swagger and a gentle swoon. Versatile as hell – as you’d expect from the guy with more bands and albums than you can keep track of. In my opinion, these are some of his greatest twisted hits to date! You’ll be able to buy this gem from the Drag City Shop. Also, make sure to catch his live show when he comes to town! 2017 Ty Segall tour dates listed below.

Ty Segall – Ty Segall

Ty Segall Tracklist:

01. Break A Guitar
02. Freedom
03. Warm Hands (Freedom Returned)
04. Talkin’
05. The Only One
06. Thank You Mr. K
07. Orange Color Queen
08. Papers
09. Take Care (To Comb Your Hair)
10. Untitled

Ty Segall 2017 Tour Dates:

01/27 – San Diego, CA @ Belly Up Tavern
02/02 – Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
02/03 – Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
02/04 – Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
02/27 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
03/01 – Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theater
03/02 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
03/03 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
05/08 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sister Bar
05/10 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
05/11 – Indianapolis, IN @ Irving Theater

05/13 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
05/14 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall

05/17 – Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw
05/18 – Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw
05/19 – Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw
05/20 – Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero Theater
05/21 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Small’s Theater
05/22 – Louisville, KY @ Headliner’s Music Hall
05/25 – Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge
05/26 – New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jack’s
05/27 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s
05/29 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Pressroom
08/03-6 – Happy Valley, OR @ Pickathon Music Festival
08/18 – Biddinghuizen, NE @ Lowlands Festival
08/24 – Berlin, DE @ Astra
08/31 – Miranda De Ebro, ES @ Ebrovisión Festival

New Guerilla Music Video & Album!

Guerilla Music Video Still - Bummer

Guerilla is back with a new album and a new Guerilla music video too!

Their new music video “BUMMER” is the first track off of the album. The song was described as “the oral equivalent of chugging a beer” by James Van Osdol on Chicago’s 101 WKQX. Maybe drew a little inspiration from Queen and BeeGees for the music video? Me likey. See for yourself.

GUERILLA – Bummer

Get down on all of it right here. The new album titled “DUMB” is their first release since “Everyone’s an Idiot” in 2014.

GUERILLA – Dumb

Guerilla will be playing this Saturday January 21st with Sincere Engineer (who just played at Ian’s Party), Kyle Geib (of Dog & Wolf), and The Usuals at Burlington Bar! RSVP and get more info about the show here: The Usuals / Guerilla / Kyle Geib / Sincere Engineer!

The Usuals / Guerilla / Kyle Geib / Sincere Engineer!

Michael Patrick Russell – “Random Bags”

Michael Patrick Russell - "Random Bags"

Michael Patrick Russell is known to most as Johnny Swoon, the weird as fuck and fun as hell front man of The Gnar Wave Rangers. Today marks his 79th day sober and the release of his solo album, “Random Bags”. A culmination of all his post-booze/post-Gnar Wave feelings in a nice little random and emotional package for all of us to enjoy.

The Gnar Wave Rangers broke up? What the fuck! Yea, that’s what I said too. Literally days after one of the best shows I had ever seen by them; actually one of the best shows I’ve seen in Chicago in general. It was their record release show for “Big Joe King” at Empty Bottle which was spot on and insanely good. I remember turning to one of my dudes in awe mid-set. Who does that? Put out a killer album, play a raging show, done. Gnar Wave does, I guess.

They were always full of surprises but I definitely didn’t see that coming. So Barrett (or ButterScotch Bill if that’s how you know him) told me that The Gnar Wave Rangers were done while I was laying down some tracks at Treehouse Records. I brushed it off as a hiatus and months later when I asked if Gnar Wave Rangers could do a show, he said he didn’t know where the hiatus idea came from… they were done.

Months later, a sober and ready Mr. Swoon – I mean Michael Patrick Russell – goes up to the North Woods of Boulder Junction, WI and records this catchy, interesting, and revealing 8-track EP. I hate pulling comparisons but “Random Bags” has the humor of good old Gene Ween and some of the same demons as Elliott Smith (hopefully not all of them). Fuck yea. It’s good.

Maybe it’s wishful thinking, but I still think The Gnar Wave Rangers aren’t done yet (despite what any of their own band members tells me hahah). They’re too good to stop! Either way, the great music continues:

Michael Patrick Russell – Random Bags

New Music Video by Faux Furrs – Moon Farm

Faux Furrs - Moon Farm

Faux Furrs take an adventure into outer space in their new music video for “Moon Farm”. This is beautifully done video… and done by the band themselves too! I guess it’s not too surprising that these guys work in the film business by day and jam out at night. You can catch them rocking any of the cool spots in Chicago on the reg. Tonight (1/7/17), they’re playing an intimate Sofar Sounds show. Excited to see what else Faux Furrs got for us in 2017!

Faux Furrs – Moon Farm



UPDATE Feb 21, 2017 –  

Catch Faux Furrs performing “Cycles” live at their Sofar Session in Chicago below:

Faux Furrs – Cycles (Sofar Session)

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Ian’s Party 2017

Ian's Party 2017

Finally, Ian’s Party 2017 weekend is here (Jan. 6th – 8th)! Seems like it’s going to be a rager. A ridiculous amount of great Chicago bands and artists crammed into one bill. It’ll take place at venues across Wicker Park Chicago including Chop Shop, Subterranean, and Double Door.  

Ian’s Party 2017 bands include: Hewhocorrupts, More Gorgeous, Lamon Manuel, Buildings, Truman & His Trophy, Canadian Rifle, The Howl, Toys That Kill, Mykele DevilleVacation Bible School, Hawley, Ego, Sass DragonsMEAT WAVE, Bleach Party, NNAMDI’S SOOPER-DOOPER SECRET SIDE PROJECT!, Elephant Gun, Walking BicyclesNegative Scanner, No MenA Giant Dog, Paper Mice, Coaster, MelkbellySincere Engineer, Yeesh, Dethwarrant, Lovely Little Girls, LIFESTYLES, Rad Payoff, Celine Neon, Bust!THE AVANTIST, Absolutely Not, Swimsuit AdditionSalvation, Heart Shaped Hate, the brokedownsF.Y.I, Closed Mouths, Lala Lala, Lucy StooleDROOL, Beat Drun Juel, The Cell Phones, Grimms & blAcknight, Ribbonhead, Oreo Jones, DEN and High Priests. The list never seems to end. Consequently, a packed fest full of artists that you’re not going to want to miss.

Get pumped with a mix of a bunch of these bands’ music videos and past live performances below! Then RSVP here and get the official lineup, tickets, and all other info at Iansparty.com.

Ian’s Party 2017 Mix

NEW ‘All Them Witches’ Video for “357”

NEW 'All Them Witches' Video for "357"

Watch the New ‘All Them Witches‘ Video for “357” here on We Are The Television. These guys are from Nashville, TN on New West Records that never seem to disappoint. Last time we saw them here in Chicago was at the Empty Bottle with a live show that is grungy, psychedelic, and heavy as shit. They seem to be doing a good job at translating the same aesthetic into their videos.

Watch the brand new music video for “357” by All Them Witches below: