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Role Model to Play at Lincoln Hall

Meet Tucker Pillsbury, known onstage as ROLE MODEL, who is a 21-year old LA artist with an uplifting backstory. After Pillsbury survived a life-threatening accident in 2017, Pillsbury turned to music to cope with his mental health struggles. Ever since finding an outlet, ROLE MODEL became a success story borne out of hardship.

 

ROLE MODEL’s first EP, “Arizona in the Summer”, features soft synth beats with relatable and comforting lyrics for anyone who has lived through trauma or pain. The EP escalates to the closing track “never give up,” a song reminiscent to both heartache and nostalgia. Since his debut release, Pillsbury was signed to Benny Blanco's Mad Love Records and has dropped a handful of equally exciting singles.

 

In November, ROLE MODEL released “six speed,” offering a distinct sound in comparison to songs from “Arizona in the Summer.” The single remains signature to Pillsbury with his vulnerable lyrics: “I broke down last week/ I couldn’t pick myself up/ My momma called me last week/ I started to cry when I hung up.” Yet the production brings in more variety and detail with a loop of chains clicking in the background, in reference to a six-speed bike.

 

 

Another recent single, “play the part,” feels more romantic, like a neo-soul breakup ballad. The song also draws a sense of intimacy with the piano and trumpets at the end. 

 

Pillsbury is bold and inspiring for writing sincere and forthright songs about his depression and youth, a sign of a true role model. With an upcoming EP this year, be sure to catch ROLE MODEL perform live on Saturday, February 2nd at Lincoln Hall. Tickets are available for purchase here.

 

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Girlpool shares tracks from upcoming album "What Chaos Is Imaginary"

Girlpool released the title track of their upcoming album, “What Chaos Is Imaginary,” on Tuesday. The title track joins three other singles "Lucy's," "Where You Sink," and "Hire."

“What Chaos Is Imaginary” opens with an eerie synthesizer and crooning vocals, almost immediately entrancing listeners in a dream-like state akin to that evoked by Beach House or Saint Vincent. With stream of consciousness lyrics and classical instrumentals, “What Chaos Is Imaginary” draws listeners in until they are engulfed within the world that it creates.

 

“This song is about reckoning with … trying to find a path to forgiving myself, attempts to redevelop a relationship with the world where I could find some illusion of ‘safety’ and belief in the fact that I could ultimately take care of myself,” says vocalist and musician of Girlpool Harmony Tividad.

 

‘What Chaos is Imaginary' is a song very close to my heartmind ... closer than most.”

 

Using the singles as a window into the album as a whole, it seems "What Chaos Is Imaginary" is entirely unlike anything Girlpool has done before; their sound has undeniably grown from their earlier, more stripped-down tracks into a much more full-bodied and fleshed out sound.

 

Critics have praised "What Chaos Is Imaginary" as Girlpool’s most evolved and introspective album yet; “Their lyrics remain in the present tense, but their delivery suggests a retrospective candor, an indexing of past selves in order to make room for the self that's still becoming," observed Pitchfork.

 

"What Chaos Is Imaginary" is currently available for pre-order and will be released on Friday, February 1.

 

Girlpool announced that their tour in support of "What Chaos Is Imaginary" will commence this spring. WLUW will welcome Girlpool to Lincoln Hall on April 18. Tickets and show details can be found at Lh-st.com!

 

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Still Woozy to Play Tomorrow Never Knows Fest 2019

Millions of Spotify listeners have already heard Still Woozy’s hit single “Goodie Bag” from his Habit EP. His latest single, “Habit,” released earlier this month and already has nearly 60,000 plays on Soundcloud. Whether you fully support his musical vibe or have never even heard a song, Still Woozy is an up-and-coming artist that you don’t want to miss.

 

The alternative artist is set to perform in Chicago on January 17, 2019 at Schubas Tavern. His tour will debut his new EP, “Lately.” Woozy’s Chicago performance is part of his North American tour beginning January 9th in Portland and concluding February 4th in San Diego.

 

The tour comes just a year after Still Woozy, born Sven Gamsky, decided to leave his band, Feed Me Jack, to go solo. The Oakland native said he made the decision in order to have more musical control. In Gamsky’s interview with WLUW, he said that his former bandmates were “insane musicians” and that they taught him “everything about music production.” But these qualities ultimately helped Gamsky find himself as an individual artist.

 

“I think that being around that kind of technicality really pushed me to become a better musician in general,” Gamsky said, referring to his ex-bandmates musical skills. “Which I don’t know if I necessarily would have done if I had done if I wasn’t in that group.”

 

Despite Gamsky improving in musical skill, he realized it was not his purpose in pursuing music. Gamsky’s passion for music started during his childhood. But according to him, it was not the technical side of things that drew him in.

 

“I wasn’t like ‘omg that was the craziest drum solo or craziest guitar solo I ever heard,’” Gamsky said. “It was more like the emotional side of music of songwriting and singing and melodies that really got me interested in music in the first place.”

 

Gamsky realized being with the band, "wasn't the right place" for him. “If I was going to make music… why waste your time with something that isn’t allowing you to express yourself in the way that you want?”

 

As a soloist, Still Woozy began making music with a very unique sound. Still, Woozy’s songs are what he calls “electronic/acoustic wooz.” His songs fuse jazz and folk-rock rhythms and are played by both electronic and acoustic instruments. If psychedelia were a sound, his Habit EP would embody it. The tunes could be considered as original as their videos on YouTube. While the majority of his music videos consist of the track with and a colorful, abstract image in the background, “Goodie Bag” is much different. In the video, Woozy and his friends ride around California. They seem to be having a good time while dancing around the streets. Other images show Woozy at a barber shop getting cleaned up. It’s a video that is definitely original and fits the abstract sound of his EP. It also reflects the importance of expression in his music.

 

Last month, Still Woozy performed at several sold-out shows including Baby's All Right in Brooklyn, LA at The Roxy and San Francisco at Rickshaw Stop.

 

Upon seeing Gamsky’s rise in success, his parents have become even more supportive. Gamsky said his parents were “stoked” upon seeing his sold-out show in San Francisco.

 

“It was packed and it was such a fun night in general,” Gamsky said. “I felt really good that they could see me in my element and see that this was worth all the time that I spent and that I have a future.”

 

Gamsky’s passion is seemingly paying off as the young artist is growing quickly in popularity and success. For those who wish to lose themselves in music, Woozy’s concert at Schuba's Tavern will be a great opportunity. Tickets can be found here!







 

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Chicago Rapper and Poet, Noname, to ring in 2019 at Thalia Hall

2018 is almost over. Lucky for us, Noname will be blessing us with her artistry at Thalia Hall on December 29th, 30th, and 31st to celebrate the new year. The venue, which holds up to 900 occupants, stands one of Chicago’s best and most gorgeous spaces. In addition to its rustic aesthetics and historic roots, the concert halls architecture is built to gives its audience the best view. Whether you’re in the balcony seats or down on the floor, there isn’t a bad seat in the house.

 

Fatimah Nyeema Warner, otherwise known by her stage moniker Noname, first began performing slam poetry about 8 years ago. After releasing her debut project, “Telefone,” Chicagoans became entranced with the jazzy rapping coming from the heart of their city.  Noname’s lyricism focuses on a range of socially charged subjects. She writes about the gentrification of Chicago neighborhoods, the struggles of growing up as a young, women of color, and becoming comfortable and confident with your own sexuality.

 

This past September, Noname released her second project, “Room 25”. “Telefone” and “Room 25” are as unique as they are related. “Room 25” is pure Chicago art that is both confident and beautiful. Spanning 11 songs in just 34 minutes, Noname creates a concise and majestic soundboard that echoes her own experiences and stories through jazzy instrumentation and exquisite language. What makes Noname a phenomenal artist, is not only her ability to be a wordsmith, but also her power to flawlessly assemble sounds that accompany her voice.

 

Her debut album, “Room 25,” will be showcased amongst her other works during the three shows at Thalia Hall and subsequently in 18 cities across the United States.

 

The first night of the three special performances has already sold out. Tickets are still available for the 30th and 31st, and can be purchased online at Thaliahallchicago.com.

 

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Empress Of, Injury Reserve & Jen Stark for House of Vans

I arrived at the House of Vans at around 7 p.m., anticipating a long line waiting to see a free show being held in this notably cool venue. The doors opened at 7:30 p.m., and I gained access to the venue with ease. I strolled around the large skate park turned venue, taking photos at the various stations of artwork, which were created by the talented Jen Stark, and being projected onto the walls. Vivid colors of the rainbow were imposed around the room in swirly, drooping patterns that seemed to slide down the walls. I was amazed at the intricate light show that was being projected around the entirety of the stage. The oozing colors were a delight to the guests present at the show, sipping on complimentary drinks from Goose Island & Virtue Cider.

Photo: Kaylie Plauché (IG - @Keepngupwkp)

While in one of these colorful rooms where one could take souvenir photos to take home, I heard the blaring of an electronic bass begin. I walked out into the main concert area and saw a band announce themselves as “Injury Reserve”. The crowd bopped their heads to the first song or two, and then the lead vocalist of the group began to become aggravated after a few tracks. 

Photo: Daniel Boczarski (IG - @danielboczarski) 

He yelled, “If you guys are going to be doing this head nodding dance to all of my songs, then this is going to be a long night”.

This announcement changed the dynamic of the crowd. The band started playing some harder songs and the middle of the crowd began to violently mosh. The lead singer and ⅓ of this rap triplet, was extremely animated while on stage, running and jumping around, while another band member danced alongside him. The third member ecstatically hit every note on the electronic board while his facial expression and actions made everyone in the crowd feel his excitement. Injury Reserve raps and makes beats on themes of current day problems in society. This was a lively opening act that kept the crowd on their feet throughout their performance. 

 

Not much time had passed when the main act, Empress Of, galloped onto the stage. 

Photo: Kaylie Plauché (IG - @Keepngupwkp)

The projections intensified as multiple colors began to glow from the background of the already rainbow colored stage. Empress Of, otherwise known as Lorely Rodriguez, began the show by belting out a few airy lines of an electro-pop song. She was wearing a leopard print short sleeve button-down shirt that was open to reveal a tight black shirt, a pair of dark dickies, and custom old-school leopard print Vans (a perfect outfit for the skatepark converted venue). She was performing alongside her keyboardist who was just as into the music as Lorely was. 

Photo: Kaylie Plauché (IG - @Keepngupwkp)

Empress Of brought a bubbly presence to the stage throughout the show. She sang “I Don’t Even Smoke Weed” towards the middle of her set, a crowd favorite. The vibe in this audience differed from the opening act. The dancing changed from moshing sporadically, to playful and buoyant dancing. Lorely sang in both Spanish and English and had no trouble hitting those high, drawn-out notes in a few of her most popular songs. She ended the show on a slow song and thanked the crowd, her best friend, and the House of Vans before smoothly stepping off of the stage.

Photo: Daniel Boczarski (IG - @danielboczarski) 

The House of Vans, Injury Reserve, and Empress Of all put on a great show with the help of Jen Stark’s mesmerizing Animations. The music, artwork, and venue itself all came together for one incredible night that was truly a great experience, and I look forward to attending upcoming House of Vans events, along with looking out for these three artists.

 

 

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