If you’re anything like me, you’re counting the days until November 6th when we can finally get a break in the non-stop political barrage from every news station, social network, and wannabe politician that you know. Well, it’s time to take a much needed vacation from the drone of the pundits, and embrace some socio-political activism with Colorado hip-hop/rock outfit, Flobots.
Flobots will be in Chicago at the Bottom Lounge with Astronautalis and Mutts on Sunday night as part of their current nationwide tour in support of their third studio album, The Circle in the Square. Released at the end of August, The Circle in the Square continues Flobots’ tradition of economic, political, and social commentary laid over energetic music with rock, rap, and classical influences.
Flobots broke into the mainstream after the release of their debut LP, 2007’s Fight with Tools, and its massively successful single, “Handlebars.” Their 2010 sophomore album, Survival Story featured the track “White Flag Warrior,” a popular collaboration with Rise Against’s Tim McIlrath. Check local records shops for a copy of Fight with Tools on vinyl, and grab a CD or digital release of The Circle in the Square virtually anywhere online.
Supporting Flobots on their current journey around the country is Andy Bothwell AKA Astronautalis. Currently headquartered in Minneapolis, Bothwell has called Seattle, Dallas, and Jacksonville Beach, FL home. Performing indie-rock fused hip-hop for the last 15 years, Bothwell has released four studio albums along with a handful of EPs and mixtapes including his latest autobiographical effort, This is Our Science. Check out the music video for the title track, below.
You can grab a copy of Astronautalis’ latest release, 2011’s This Is Our Science, on vinyl for $15, or the debut album, 2003’s You and Yer Good Ideas, on double LP for $20 from Astronautalis’ online store.
Opening the Chicago show will be our favorite local rock trio, Mutts. Playing like crazy across the Midwest and East Coast in support of their latest release, Separation Anxiety, Mutts will soon be preparing for Object Permanence, the acoustic half of their double release which follows their successful summer Kickstarter campaign.
Pick up Separation Anxiety on clear/translucent green split colored vinyl or last year’s Pray for Rain LP on 180g randomly mixed colored wax for $14 from Mutt’s Bandcamp.
The 17+ show kicks off at 7:00 PM this Sunday, 10/28, at Bottom Lounge – 1375 W Lake Street. Mutts will be setting the stage for Astronautalis and headliner, Flobots. You can grab tickets online through TicketWeb in advance of the show for $17.