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TVD Recommends: Bassel and the Supernaturals’ Syria Benefit and vinyl release show at the Empty Bottle, 2/28

Chicago soul, jazz and rock group, Bassel and the Supernaturals will be officially releasing their new 12” vinyl, Dreamer, at the Empty Bottle tomorrow to coincide with the band’s “Save Syria” Benefit.

In Chicago by way of Northeast Ohio, front-man and Syrian-American, Bassel Almadani, has had family among the millions affected by the intense civil war in Syria. Half of the proceeds from tomorrow’s show will be directed to Avaaz and ICRC – organizations directly assisting families within Syria’s borders by providing food, blankets, water, and support.

Dreamer, engineered at Hinge Studios in Chicago, is an independent release funded by a previous presale campaign organized by the group. Along with the release itself, the campaign helped to fund the album’s recording as well as a three-week US tour and an already sizable charity donation to Syria.

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Weekend Shots!

Weekend Shots - ChicagoLooking for some live music in Chicago this weekend? We’ve got you covered. Check out this weekend’s featured show along with a more extensive weekend list below!

GERONIMO! at Township, 2/23

Chicago rock trio, Geronimo! will be playing Township this weekend, and we recommend heading out to the show. Formed in 2007, the group released their second full-length LP, Exanimate last October. Available on 12″ vinyl with a hand-screened jacket, you can pick up one of 200 copies from Geronimo!’s Bandcamp for just $12 and check out the music video for “Into the Sun” below.

The 21+ starts at 9:00 PM tomorrow night, 2/23, at Township – 2200 N California Ave. Supporting Geronimo! will be Dharmonic Deluxe, Rodeo, and velocicopter. Tickets are available online or at the door before the show for just $5.

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TVD Vinyl Giveaway: Panda Riot 7” Flexi, “Amanda in the Clouds”

Following last summer’s 7″, “Serious Radical Girls,” yesterday marked the release of Panda Riot‘s latest LP, Northern Automatic Music. Out on Saint Marie Records, the album, which includes the previously released song, is eleven tracks of non-stop pop rock that come together more like the soundtrack to a dream than a traditional rock record.

From the album’s lead track, “Amanda in the Clouds,” you are introduced to the vibe of Northern Automatic Music. The airy and almost haunting layered vocals of keyboardist Rebecca Scott lead you through the album over guitarist Brian Cook’s calculated drum machine work. Currently available on CD, you can pick up the album through Saint Marie’s website for $11.99.

Panda Riot will be celebrating the release of Northern Automatic Music at the Hideout (1354 W Wabansia) this Friday, 2/22. The 21+ show kicks off at 10:00 PM with Light Foils and Big Colour. Tickets are just $8.00 and can be picked up online or at the door before the show. You can RSVP to the event on Facebook here.

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Weekend Shots!

Weekend Shots - ChicagoLooking for some live music in Chicago this weekend? We’ve got you covered. Check out this weekend’s featured show along with a more extensive weekend list below!

WHITEHORSE at Schuba’s, 2/16

Married musically and in real life, Canadian rock duo Whitehorse will be playing Schuba’s tomorrow night in support of their January release, The Fate of The World Depends on this Kiss. Out of Six Shooter Records, the LP showcases the pair’s use of unorthodox sounds, and proficieny with just about any instrument they lay their hands on.

Formed in 2011, Whitehorse in a relatively new venture for Melissa McClelland and Luke Doucet who have each been recognized for their solo work. Check out the music video for The Fate of The World’s opening track, “Achilles’ Desire”, below.

The 21+ show kicks off at 7:00 PM tomorrow night at Schuba’s Tavern – 3159 N Southport. Setting the stage for Whitehorse will be Chicago’s own Rebecca Rego. Tickets can be picked up online in advance of the show for $10, or at the door for $12. If you can’t make it out to the show, you can grab a vinyl copy of The Fate of The World Depends on this Kiss from Six Shooter Records for $20.

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TVD Ticket Giveaway: Dunn Dunn Fest 3-day passes, 2/20-2/22

DunnDunnFestLast week, we had the chance to talk with Donnie Biggins, the man behind Chicago booking and management company, Harmonica Dunn. Next Wednesday, 2/20, marks the kick off the companies’ inaugural Dunn Dunn Fest – a three night, three venue love note to “American music.”

Having wrangled up some of the best indie, roots, and folk music that Chicago and our neighboring states have to offer, Dunn Dunn Fest teases a taste of the summer festival scene in the dead of winter. And since we at TVD would rather see you spend your hard-earned cash on wax and a whiskey to warm your soul, we’ve got a pair of three-day festival passes to giveaway.

Partnered up with Audiotree and MADD Chicago, Harmonica Dunn will be utilizing Lincoln Hall, Schubas, and Tonic Room for this showcase which includes headliners Frontier Ruckus, The Giving Tree Band, and The Kicks. If you don’t win here, limited 3-day passes are still available online for $25. Grab the full lineup and all of the contest details, below.

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TVD Recommends: Birds of Chicago at Old Town School of Folk Music, 2/14 (& vinyl giveaway)

Sometimes it seems like in an effort to cash in on the growing popularity of indie-folk music, artists tend to forget one important thing—soul. Folk music without soul might as well just be pop music with a banjo. Newly formed Birds of Chicago do folk music right. And after looking at the duo’s track record, you wouldn’t expect anything less.

Birds of Chicago is made up of Allison Russell from Vancouver based Po’ Girl, and Jeremy “JT Nero” Lindsay of Chicago’s JT & the Clouds. Having released their debut album last fall, the pair has been touring across the country, playing both as a duo and utilizing their tight-knit family of musicians for the “full band” vibe.

Nero and Russell have so seamlessly blended their styles of mountain gospel, roots country, and classic soul, that each song sounds simultaneously nostalgic and refreshing. The duo will be playing in town on Thursday while touring around the Midwest before preparing for a jaunt to the UK in the Spring.

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Weekend Shots!

Weekend Shots - ChicagoLooking for some live music in Chicago this weekend? We’ve got you covered. Check out this weekend’s featured show along with a more extensive weekend list below!

The MOTHER HIPS at Schuba’s, 2/8

Since 1991, indie pioneers The Mother Hips have been bringing their consistent blend of psych-pop, Americana, and rock to their loyal and ever-growing fanbase. With their latest album, Pacific Dust, out on Camera Records, the California rockers are passing through Chicago on their current tour and tonight is your chance to see them live.

The Mother Hips will be taking the stage at Schuba’s Tavern (3159 N Southport) tonight, 2/8, for their 21+ show. Magic Box will kick things off at 9:00 PM, and you can pick up tickets online or at the door before the show for $15. Be sure to take a look at The Mother Hips’ online store to check out their vinyl selection which includes a handful of 7″ singles and their latest full length LP, Pacific Dust.

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Weekend Shots!

Weekend Shots - ChicagoWith almost no live music this Sunday, you’d swear there was some sort of major sporting event happening somewhere. Oh well, there are still plenty of ways to get your fix this weekend including Friday and Saturday shows by TVD-CHI favorites, Santah and The Right Now. If that’s just not doing it for you, check out this weekend’s featured show along with a more extensive weekend list below!

The POMEGRANATES  at Schuba’s Tavern, 2/2

From Cincinnati, Ohio, The Pomegranates will be stopping in Chicago tomorrow as part of their current six date tour. With a moniker change on the horizon, this will be our last time to catch the group performing under that name. You can pick up a copy of the album One Of Us on double LP for $22 from Afternoon Records.

Setting the stage for the Pomegranates will be Chicago groups Panoramic & True and Common Shiner who will be celebrating the release of their album, Before They Sold Out (Part 2). The 21+ show kicks off tomorrow night at 10:00 PM at Schubas – 3159 N Southport. Tickets are available for $10 online or at the door before the show.

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TVD Recommends: Mice Parade at Schuba’s, 2/1

You’ve got to admire a prolific musician, and when they’re consistently making great music, that admiration comes even easier. Such is the case for New York percussionist Adam Pierce and his anagrammed music endeavor, Mice Parade.

Started as an instrumental/electronica solo project in the late ‘90s, this Tuesday saw the release of Mice Parade’s seventh studio album, Candela. Even though Pierce’s music has taken an audibly poppier tone with this release, Candela still bears the distinct worldly influences that have been a staple of Mice Parade for the last fifteen years.

Out on UK label, FatCat Records, Candela is now available on vinyl in the United States. You can pick up a copy of the new release tomorrow night while Mice Parade stops at Schuba’s Tavern as part of their twelve date tour.

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Weekend Shots!

Weekend Shots - ChicagoLooking for some live music in Chicago this weekend? We’ve got you covered. Check out this weekend’s featured show along with a more extensive weekend list below!

Archie Powell & the Exports at Goose Island Wrigleyville, 1/25

Archie Powell & the Exports will be headlining a benefit show for Sandy Hook Elementary School tonight at Goose Island Wrigleyville. Aside from supporting a good cause, the group is currently supporting their 2012 sophomore LP, Great Ideas in Action and their second official music video from the release. You can pick up a 12″ copy of either record for just $10 through Archie Powell’s online store, and check out the music video for “Job Fair,” below.

The 21+ show kicks off at 8:30 PM tonight at Goose Island Wrigleyville – 3535 N Clark Street. Archie Powell & the Exports will be sharing the stage with Mutts, Brother George, and 500 Miles to Memphis. Tickets are available online or at the door for just $8 with proceeds go to the My Sandy Hook Family Fund.

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