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PHOTOS: The Districts at Empty Bottle 12.10.17

The Districts closed out a two-night, sold out streak with Sun Seeker and Katie Von Schleicher the Empty Bottle on Sunday night, in support of 2017's Popular Manipulations. Check out photos from the show below.

The Districts are hitting the road in 2018 with another ANCHR favorite, Twin Peaks. See all of those tour dates here, and listen to Popular Manipulations in full below!

PHOTOS: The Evening Attraction and Blue Dream at Schubas 12.7.17

Treehouse Records presented Blue Dream's record release show for their new 7" featuring "Freedom Eyes" and "Who Stole The Flowers." Strange Foliage and The Evening Attraction kicked off the show at Schubas this past Thursday night, getting the crowd warmed up for Blue Dream's exuberant headlining set. Check out photos of the incredible show below!

Order your own copy of Blue Dream's new single here, or listen to it in digital format below! You can also see The Evening Attraction back at Schubas January 5th...grab tickets here

Can't get enough Blue Dream? Check out our interview with them. 

PHOTOS: BRONCHO at SubT 12.02.17

BRONCHO returned to Chicago this past Saturday night to play Wicker Park's Subterranean for the second time this year. Check out photos from their set below, and see the rest of their upcoming tour dates here

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LIVE: Molly Parden and David Ramirez at Schubas 12.02.17

Molly Parden felt right at home opening up for David Ramirez at Schubas Tavern Saturday night. The two complimented each other in the most unique way. Molly's presence warms you up with soft ballads, silky measures, and heartbreakingly raw lyrics. Then, David jumps on to stretch that out, do a little yelling, and turn up the volume to make you feel emotions aplenty during their one night at arguably Chicago's most charming venue.

Molly's guitar makes way as an extension of herself carrying light chords with heavy hitting lyrics to reach every person from wall to wall, talking soul search to heartbreak. The ease on stage lent to this beautiful conversation between her, her severing sound, and the crowd in front of her. Her reflective nature makes you sink into every love lost, love gained, and love you hope to have someday away. She was joined by David's keyboardist, Matthew Wright, for the back half of her set. The pair were nothing short to an explosion of intimacy and pristine melodic banter. They shared a sort of ping pong match between Molly's daring words and Matthew's striking heartbeat through the keys. 

Molly also carried a subdued humor that set an affable tone for her show while noting her break from a contemporary Christian music upbringing, finding her space in the Nashville scene, and her ongoing new discovery of 90's music. Following that up, she surprised the crowd with her impassioned take on Gin Blossom's classic, "Found Out About You." Her music spins around very pointed moments in time, spaces and traces in a lifetime. She shared her lust for Kentucky in Kentucky, her influential Georgia roots, and just how much Chicago means to her. 

Molly Parden is a powerhouse wrapped up in a soft package; Wearing white Chuck Taylors, playing an acoustic guitar, she helps hearts navigate waves of longing and loss. Her latest transparent single, "Sail On The Water", follows her fervent 2016 With Me In The Summer album release, and she admittedly adheres to a slow moving writing process. It's hard to wait, but at least that means she nurtures these seeds with such care and grace that it is worth the passing time.

Molly will be riding along with David through December. You can follow the rest of their tour here. 

For more on Molly Parden, check out our interview with her here!

PHOTOS: Dizzy, SHAED, and Foreign Air at Beat Kitchen 11.30

The lineup at Beat Kitchen this past Thursday had the crowd dancing from start to finish. Toronto's Dizzy kicked off the night, performing their buzzy debut single "Stars and Moons," along with their latest single "Swim" and other unreleased tracks. Next, SHAED really amped up the energy and had the crowd singing almost every word along with lead singer Chelsea Lee. Lee brings powerhouse vocals with a soulful edge to the indie pop music produced by her bandmates, twin brothers Max and Spencer Ernst. SHAED's co-headliners Foreign Air closed out the night, keeping the dancing and singing streak going. The duo of Jacob Michael and Jesse Clasen performed their most popular tracks "Free Animal" and "In The Shadows," but they also incorporated their new single "Lying" into the set. See photos from the trifecta of a lineup below!

Check out the remainder of Foreign Air and SHAED's co-headlining tour with Dizzy here, and listen to Foreign Air's brand new single "Chakra Daemon" below!

PHOTOS: Beach Slang at Cobra Lounge 11.25

Beach Slang took over Cobra Lounge this weekend to deliver an incredible performance. Check out our gallery of the show below!

Beach Slang wrap up their tour this weekend--see the remaining dates here and keep up with them on social media:

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LIVE: Jungle and NoMBe Bring The Moves and Grooves to Metro Chicago

Los Angeles based singer, songwriter and producer NoMBe warmed up the Metro stage for Jungle this past Monday night. He hit the stage with a surge of energy and never decelerated until he left the stage, only getting increasingly amped up as his set went on. From singing directly to fans in the front row to hopping down from the stage to dance with the crowd, NoMBe stayed connected with his audience while he performed singles like "Jump Right In" and "Can't Catch Me." 

By the time Jungle hit the stage, the crowd had been loosened up and their spirits were left high after NoMBe's infectiously positive attitude. London's Jungle made their highly anticipated and long awaited return to The States when they walked onstage that night, kicking off their North American tour right here in Chicago. The last time the soulful supergroup had performed in town had been in 2015 at Concord Music Hall, but they were quickly embraced by the sold out crowd at Metro on Monday. Their roughly hour long set included old favorites like "Drops," "Busy Earning," and "Time," but it also included a few fresh tunes that had never been played in America before. Fans at this Red Bull Sound Select got an exclusive teaser of what's to come when Jungle finally releases a follow up to their 2014 self-titled debut. While the new material definitely had a new spin on it, every song that Jungle played on Monday had the crowd moving along to their jams. The band members also remained in constant motion, feeding off one another and the audience. If you missed out on the show, relive some of the magic with our gallery below, and see the rest of Jungle's upcoming tour dates here

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LIVE: Hockey Dad Kicks off Rowdy Night with The Frights at Lincoln Hall

Australian duo of Zach Stephenson and Billy Fleming (AKA Hockey Dad) packed a punch with their opening set at Lincoln Hall on Saturday night. Supporting Vundabar and The Frights, the pair exuded as much energy of a band twice their size, bringing the talent and banter to reel in the crowd. The crowd didn't let Hockey Dad's infectious levels of energy go unreciprocated; by the middle of the set people were stage diving and crowd surfing, despite the set being so early. Their 30 minute set included songs from their debut album, Boronia, as well as their new single "Homely Feeling." They closed out their show with the catchy single "So Tired," which had a large portion of the crowd singing along. The crowd surfing and sing alongs continued over into Vundabar and The Frights' sets that followed.

Although Saturday's performance was a rarity, since Hockey Dad seldom make it over to the states, they were so well received that they'd be welcomed back at any time. See the rest of Hockey Dad's North American tour here, and check out photos of their set below! 

While you wait for Hockey Dad to return, check out the video for their latest single below, and follow 'em on social media.

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PHOTOS: Alex Lahey at SubT 11.24.17

Alex Lahey rocked The Subterannean this past Friday night. Check out photos from the show below, and see the rest of her upcoming tour dates here.

Can't get enough Alex Lahey? Listen to her debut album below, and check out our interview with her here!

LIVE: Maybird with The Aces and Joywave at Lincoln Hall 11.21.17

The Brooklyn-via-Rochester quartet Maybird kicked off a stacked lineup at Lincoln Hall last Tuesday, warming up the stage for The Aces and fellow Rochesterians in Joywave. Their short, but sweet set brought retro-tinged, warm tones reminiscent of 1960's and 1970's psych rock. While they jammed during songs from their latest EP, called Unraveling, the band members exuded an easygoing chemistry between one another. Although Maybird has been around for a few years, they mentioned this was their first performance in Chicago...but based on the crowd's engaged response throughout the set, they should be back soon. Check out photos of the entire show from Emily Nava below. 

Keep up to date with Maybird by following them on social media, and listen to their entire Unraveling EP below!

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