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Findlay sister of Stonefield rock Lincoln Hall

By: Jenny Chase

Coming from a small town in Australia, Stonefield has been touring the US and came to perform their latest album, Far From Earth at Lincoln Hall this past Saturday. 

Four sisters make up the female rock group heavily influenced by 60s and 70s psychedelic rock. Their inspiration to make music together is credited to their parents.

“They always had records playing through our childhood and we always just loved it,” said Amy Findlay. 

Natural talent is obvious but their music has evolved tremendously since their first album, released in 2010 when the youngest member of the band was only 12. 

“Being really young when we started made things kinda hard,” said Amy, the oldest sister, who was 20 when the first album came out. “We were very vulnerable and easily swayed and thought we knew nothing and trusted everyone elses’ opinions way too much.” 

Their growth is evident as you listen through the albums. “Far From Earth” is by far the most creative and matured. It’s also the heaviest rock they’ve released. Adventurous yet polished, the psychedelic lyrics take you through a journey, spinning through a galaxy in search for a sense of self. 

I was curious what made this album so raw and different from the rest. Amy said “we pretty much changed the whole team we were working with and that had a lot to do with us doing exactly what we wanted to do because I feel like before that we were kind of restricted with our old record label…with Far From Earth we pretty much just wrote it, went and recorded it, did everything ourselves and it was just easy.” 

Stonefield took the stage confidently at Lincoln Hall, opening for King Tuff. Their presence immediately captivated the audience. The Findlay sisters got into position with Hannah on guitar, Sarah on the keyboard, Holly with the bass, and Amy on the drums and lead vocals. 

They began with one of their hits, “Delusion,” which showed the crowd their instrumental talent. Hannah came in strong with impressive and invigorating guitar riffs, while Sarah on the keyboard used iridescent synthesizers to tastefully add to the psychedelic experience. They went through some of their most popular songs, including “In The Eve,” “Far From Earth” and “Visions,” which demonstrated their boundless capacity to experiment with a different sound or even genre. Amy’s impressive, rich vocals, pulled off while playing the drums, definitely gathered comments from the audience. The show was incredible and would absorb anyone with a passion for vintage psychedelic rock.

Watch their music video for the song "Visions" below for a taste of what Stonefields is all about.

 

 

 

 

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WLUW Presents 88.ZINE Vol 3

New year, same ol' WLUW! After an amazing year celebrating our 40th anniversary, exploring new venues, and spinning some great toons we wanted to share with you our 2018 in as much as we could.

Flip through our third volume of 88.ZINE to see our top albums of 2018, favorite studio sessions, and discover our latest second-strea m WL2W!

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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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