Daytrotter Downs Spotlight
In just about two weeks, we'll be heading out to the second ever Daytrotter Downs in Davenport, IA for a two-day celebration with some of our favorite bands. Check out this killer line up and jam packed schedule...
There's honestly not a bad band on this line up, but we've put the spotlight on seven of the bands that we can't wait to see. Get to know our most anticipated Daytrotter Downs acts...
What's not to love about this six piece from Chicago? The band have been gaining traction the past 6 months or so, opening for fellow Chicagoans Twin Peaks and The Orwells, and even headlined a sold out show at The Empty Bottle. To date they've self-produced and released two projects; Post Animal Perform The Most Curious Water Activities and The Garden Series, and there's a new full-length already recorded and set to be released soon. They've got a knack for mixing really unique tones and layers with catchy guitar riffs, and their live show is always packed with energy. For everything else you need to know about this band, check out our interview with them.
Start With: "When I get Home" and "Hoverin All Night"
For Fans Of: Tame Impala, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Pond
See Them: Saturday, March 4th at Daytrotter HQ, 11 PM.
Another Chicago rock band that has been turning heads the past few months, NE-HI are on the brink of their new album Offers, out February 24th. The four piece recently rocked the legendary JBTV stage in Chicago, and they're about to embark on a massive US tour, with dates through May already announced. If you're a fan of a vintage, fuzzy rock sound with feel-good melodies, make sure you check them out.
Start With: "Stay Young" and "Since I've Been Thinking"
For Fans Of: The Walters, Twin Peaks, Whitney
See Them: Friday, March 3rd at Daytrotter HQ, 10 PM.
In Tall Buildings
Another Chicago artist topping our list...we're totally not biased....Anyways, In Tall Buildings is the name of Erik Hall's solo project as a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer. Just let that all sink in and try not to feel bad about yourself. Hall's sophomore album and latest release as In Tall Buildings, Driver, contains a dynamic mix of sounds, with some songs leaning more towards rock and pop structures, while others remain more electronically driven. Hall's sound lies somewhat center in the mix of genres found on the lineup, so if you're at the fest with a group of varied musical tastes, be sure to check him out as a good middle ground set.
Start With: "Unmistakable" and "Flare Gun"
For Fans Of: Mutual Benefit, Kevin Morby, Francis and the Lights
See Him: Saturday, March 4th at Daytrotter HQ, 5PM
Just plain ol' feel good punk rock music...The Hussy will no doubt deliver a performance bursting with energy. Hailing from Madison, WI, this trio's latest release in 2015, Galore, is packed with up tempo, catchy bops that make for an epic live show. We have yet to see The Hussy perform live, but we've heard there's quite a bit of theatrics and showmanship from frontman Bobby Hussy, so if you like pyrotechnics, their set is a must see.
Start With: "Keep My Heart" and "Blame"
For Fans Of: The Orwells, Ty Segall, FIDLAR
See Them: Saturday, March 4th at Redstone Room, 4:45 PM.
This harmony-licious duo from Madison, WI (via Freeport, IL) blend folk and pop elements to create lighthearted melodies. They released their last full length this past July, appropriately called Too Much of a Good Thing, since it's full of mood-boosting tunes. Also relevant to its release date, the record makes the perfect soundtrack for a summer day, so their set will definitely heat up this Midwestern festival.
Start With: "Absent Wolves" and "Ex-Girlfriend"
For Fans Of: Lucius, Bat For Lashes, St. Vincent
See Them: Friday, March 3rd at Daytrotter HQ, 6:45 PM.
Like In Tall Buildings, Kississippi started as a one (wo)man band, but turned into a duo, thanks to Tinder. The moniker masks musician Zoë Reynolds, who hails from Philadelphia, PA, and her counterpart Colin James Kupson. So far the duo have released a 6-song EP, We Have No Future, We're All Doomed, which is full of haunting melodies and folk-inspired vocals. Reynolds is currently working on a full length, so keep your eyes (and ears) out for that. If you're looking to escape from the madness of Daytrotter Downs, make sure you catch Kississippi's sure-to-be mesmerizing set.
Start With: "Greyhound" and "Indigo'
For Fans Of: Cat Power, PJ Harvey, Big Thief
See Them: Friday, March 3rd at Daytrotter HQ, 9 PM.
The Vancouver, CA based group Belle Game blends atmospheric tones, pop structures, and lead singer Andrea Lo's ethereal vocals to create their distinct sound. While their songs remain recognizable with Lo's voice, their 2013 full length album Ritual Tradition Habit remains sonically diverse. Their latest single "Yuh" leans a bit more towards electro-pop so we're excited to see if they play any other new tracks during their Daytrotter Downs set. If you're looking to dance, definitely catch Belle Game's show.
Start With: "Wait Up For You" and "Yuh"
For Fans Of: Tennis, Best Coast, Jenny Lewis
See Them: Saturday, March 4th at Daytrotter HQ, 6:30 PM.