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Shredders is a hot new Minneapolis hip-hop group featuring rappers P.O.S. (Stefon Alexander), Sims (Andrew Sims) and producers Paper Tiger (John Samels) and Lazebeak (Aaron Mader), a founding member of the Doomtree hip-hop collective.
Inspired by their “Flipping Cars” collaboration, Shredders released a three-track EP earlier in 2017, featuring the party anthem “Cult 45,” which led to the release of the full-length album Dangerous Jumps, which received rave reviews, as well as extensive airplay on CHIRP Radio 107.1 FM. Dangerous Jumps features 12 meticulously-produced tracks that are loaded with hooks, double-time beats and rapid-fire raps.
The evening’s performance will feature DJs P.O.S. and Sims on the raps, and Papes and Beak on the beats. Don’t miss this must-see performance at SubT!
CHIRP Radio & Kickstand Productions are excited to host Wolf Alice at Subterranean on March 5th!
The London based quartet is currently touring the US in support of their debut full-length, My Love is Cool, due June 23rd. Wolf Alice’s gritty folk-rock aesthetic is reminiscent of '90s grunge with Ellie Rowsell vocals drawing comparisons to Veruca salt, Elastica, and Hole. The debuted lead single “Giant Peach” demonstrates the infectious beats and vocal builds that is Wolf Alice’s signature.
Purchase tickets in advance for $12 or $14 at the door, doors open at 7:30, show starts at 8:30.
by Amanda Roscoe Mayo
On September 8th, CHIRP brings a full bill to Subterranean. This smörgåsbord of tasty music is lead by the eclectic tunes of Part Time. Hailing from San Francisco, a city best known for psychedelic rock and costume parties, Part Time sounds like Rocky Horror Picture show went on vacation with the Talking Heads to Maui.
Just south on the 101 resides the Sea Lions who imbue their California surf pop with a dash of country. To keep things interesting local Johnny Whispers brings his insane show to the table. Rarely on stage, Johnny sings accompanying a computer programmed with pop and Casio keyboard elements—crowd surfing, rolling around, hiding in closets, and asking strangers to slow dance—in his memorable performance. Fellow Midwesterners Today’s Hits keep things mellow, real mellow, with their somber surf punk and will no doubt ease the crowd into a night of enjoyable music noshing.
For more info and ticket prices visit Subterranean and be sure and stop by the CHIRP table to bend our ear about this stellar line-up!
I've only recently been introduced to Archie Powell's local brand of power-punk as a DJ at Chirp but I’m a total sucker for their catchy melodies and the self-deprecating humor of their lyrics. After hearing their latest album Back in Black I decided I had to see them live. Wouldn't you know it but their record release show happened to be a week ago at the Subterranean.
Chirp Radio & Kickstand Productions are proud to host Philadelphia Shoegaze rockers Nothing at Subterranean on Saturday May 15th. Nothing are currently touring in support of Guilty of Everything, their first full-length record released earlier this year. Nothing blends equal parts beauty and brutality by filtering their distorted dream-pop through their hardcore punk roots. Opening for Nothing will be Chicago’s own Airiel whose music is described a loud, pretty, and danceable.
The show is 17 and up and the doors open at 8 PM. Subterranean is located in the heart of Wicker Park at 2011 W. North Ave. Visit www.subt.net for more information.
Music is art, and often times the art can be the music. That’s why CHIRP is excited to be presenting a new startup music and arts festival idea this Thursday at Subterranean. The LOMA: Music + Art Project startup was created through Homeroom Chicago’s Emerging & Established Artists Exchange Program.
The event will host an array of artists ranging from a funk/hip-hop group, to an electronic/trap/hip-hop one man show, to a violinist turned guitarist. These artists are whysowhite, Nick Astro, Deer Emerson, Hanna Ashbrook, Bobby Magic and Elias Abid, and they all hail from Chicago or the Chicagoland area.
Whysowhite is a funk/hip-hop group that released their self-titled debut album in February 2013 and it was well received by listeners it shot to the front page of the popular social news site Reddit, was #1 on Bandcamp with featured coverage on Jay-Z’s Life + Times. You can learn even more about them here.
Nick Astro’s obsession with Stevie Wonder tunes inspired him to begin rapping at age 11 but his talents don’t stop there. He also is active in theatre arts and will be graduating Columbia College Chicago May of 2014. Read more about Nick.
Deer Emerson is a new age indie pop artist. If you want to learn more about her, you can do so here. Hanna Ashbrook first began her life with music learning to play the violin at the age of 9. She played until her junior year of High School and then shifted her focus to the guitar, singing and songwriting. She cites her influences as Thom Yorke, Feist, Sigur Ros, Jeff Buckley, Priscilla Ahn, Brandi Carlile and many others. Listen to some of Hanna’s music here.
Bobby Magic is actually producer/DJ Tyler Irvin, who has developed a unique genre of music that resides as a fusion of electronic, trap and hip hop. Listen to some of Bobby’s music here.
Elias Abid is an 18-year-old electronic artist, who released a 16 track hip-hop LP entitled "L.I.F.E. (Living Isn't Fair or Easy)," with Kansas City rapper, Le$ Paul. To read more about Elias, click here.
You wont' want to miss this opportunity to join in recognizing up and coming Chicago artists at the edge of their careers who have artfully translated their unique tastes into their music. The show begins Thursday, April 10 at 9pm. Doors open at 8:30pm. Get your advance tickets here for $8 or pay at the door for $10.
The electrifying Post-Rock Darkwave outfit JoyCut are playing at Subterranean as part of their FIRST North American tour, presented by CHIRP Radio! The self-proclaimed oddball geeks, who in their early years refused to show their faces in photos, are stepping out of their comfort zone in a big way. They’re traveling all the way from their native country of Italy, to ignite audiences on tour in support of their third album, 2013’s Pieces of Us Were Left On the Ground.
The trio is known for producing a mesmerizing and conceptual sound based on dilated and biting electronics. They’ve recently opened and toured with such bands as The Editors, Art But, Modest Mouse, Arcade Fire and Sebadoh. Their last album Ghost Trees Where to Disappear was a huge success, one of which had them touring all over Europe in 2011, impressing audiences and critics alike.
Opening for JoyCut are local favorites Panda Riot, Torture Love, and The Voice of Satum. The 17 and over show is this Sunday, March 30. Doors open at 7:30pm and the show starts at 8pm and tickets are $10. Get them here now!
As if Halloween wasn't a big enough reason to get crazy on a Thursday, FIDLAR and The Orwells are coming to the SubT to make it even crazier. Both bands have been known to get pretty wild, so lord knows what shenanigans they'll bring when they join forces.
L.A. skate-punks FIDLAR rock a young/drunk/broke persona, which translates into songs like "Wake Bake Skate," "Cheap Beer," and "Stoked and Broke," all of which move at the hopped up pace these four guys always seem to move at. After all, FIDLAR is an acronym for "f*** it, dog, life's a risk."
Joining them are hometown up-and-comers The Orwells, who's single "Mallrats (La La La)" blew them from suburban Elmhurst all the way to a Lollapalooza stage and some big US and UK tours. These guys just graduated high school and have already made a big name for themselves in Chicago and beyond, and their songs are becoming more than just teenage battle cries.
This is definitely a show you won't want to miss, so grab a costume and head to the Subterranean on Thursday, October 31st. Doors are at 7 for this all ages show, but tickets will go fast so get on it! Stop by the CHIRP table and try to figure out what we're dressed as.
CHIRP welcomes Fuck Buttons (which, as I have come to find out, you cannot say on the radio) to Subterranean on Monday, October 14. The Bristol-based electronic duo made up of Andrew Hung and Benjamin John Power have been creating grandiose and fierce synth-driven music since 2004's Street Horrrsing.
Coming off the high of featuring two songs ("Surf Solar" and "Olympians") during the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony in London, Fuck Buttons is currently touring to support their third and newest release, Slow Focus, which is admittedly much darker and more expansive than previous albums. Drawing inspiration from “the period of time that your eyes take after waking up to readjust to your surroundings and you realize that you’re somewhere that maybe you don’t recognize or it’s an unwelcoming place,” Fuck Buttons' sound has taken a turn towards unease and dissonance with the occasional and very necessary soaring synth.
Be sure to get there early to catch multi-instrumentalist electronic artist Lichens, aka Robert Lowe.
Doors @ 8:30 / Show @ 9 / 17+
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Remember when Mika Miko disbanded and you were super sad? Don't worry, cause the Clavin sisters are back as the L.A. duo Bleached, who will bring their garage rock to the Subterranean on Saturday, April 27th. Their debut album Ride Your Heart was a doozy, and Jessica and Jennifer (or should we call her Victor Fandgore?), known for killing their live shows, are sure to melt some faces at this one. The Clavins are joined by indie-pop duo Ex Cops, Brooklyn-based Hunters, and the hometown trio Vamos, which is one serious lineup that you shouldn't miss. The show is 17+, and doors are at 9pm. Bring your leather jackets and stop by the CHIRP table.