The Canes: A band from Chicago that is shaping up to be an anomaly to remind us why we all fell in love with music in the first place [Anomaly: Something that deviates away from what is standard, normal, or expected]. All four members of the four-man band have brought a wide variety of influences to the stage and have together developed a sound that intermingles, what seemed to be, juxtaposing musical ideas. With compelling live experiences that are littered with references of U2, The Killers, Mutemath, and Coldplay, it's understandable why The Canes have appealed to such a large demographic and why, in the first year of the band's existence, their fan base has grown exponentially. The growth is expected to continue with the release of their first EP, "Cupid and The Atomic Bomb (exhibit b)", in late August 2012. Earlier in the year, The Canes signed a development contract with Medallion Music Group that would allow them to spend some of May and June recording with Baltimore-based producer, Paul Leavitt. Their debut EP has been far more anticipated than most freshman releases and the projected trajectory for its success is unprecedented [Projected Trajectory: Epoch making]. In May 2012, The Canes put responsibility into the hands of their small, but ever-growing, fan base and launched a Kickstarter Campaign to fund a fall tour. Needless to say, supporters met the challenge with vigor and the ambitious eleven thousand dollar goal was reached. In response, the band launched national tour dates for both August and October of 2012 to promote the release of their EP. This fall, the band will begin writing for, what they hope to be, a full-length album with an unconfirmed release date in the Spring of 2013. Meanwhile, the occult momentum The Canes have generated thus far will presumably rise as empathetic lyrics and fuzzy, shimmering melodies win the hearts of everyone with an ear to listen.
Simpleton and Cityfolk
Folk/rock band: Geoff Glenn, vocals N guitar; Chris Bennett, vocals, guitar, harmonica, percussion; John Conlon, vocals, guitar, mandolin; Foo, bass, vocals.
The Van Goghs
"The dirty, garage-rock band has suddenly become and archetype for American music. The White Stripes and The Black keys have taken the formula to massive heights, but neither seem to be having as unapologetic of a good time as Chicago's The Van Goghs. Having shared stages with a true mix of genres (from Megafaun's artful Americana to Tin Tin Can's charging, dark indie-rock to The Hounds Below's enigmatic, old-school sound), The Van Goghs' self-proclaimed "American laundry washed in British detergent" can fit any palette, while remaining unique. Having a sound described by one reviewer as “Wilco playing the Talking Heads”, they mix a plug-and-play aesthetic with huge nods to 60's guitar-pop acts like The Kinks.
This year's Roman Candle EP is one of the strongest released by anyone locally, mixing almost symphonic production choices and peppy, upbeat harmonies on the title track with crunchy, pulsating riffs (“Wildlife”) along with the quirkily tender closer (“Shrinking Violet”). These are five tracks brimming with the best parts of the sunshiney AM gold of yesteryear, while keeping their performances modern and vital.
On 2011's Escape of the Jellyfish EP the band's songwriting chops shine through on the hushed "Our Best Plans", while the ramshackle "Penguino" is a fun, jangly stomper that still manages to cram a few brilliantly-layered vocals in before ending in a instrumental flourish a la Pet Sounds.
The Blue Sky Mind
The Blue Sky Mind is an ideal. Insomnia is a symptom of altitude sickness.
In autumn of 2011, four men came together with a purpose. To rock? Yes, but not just to rock. Also, to change the world. Lofty? Hardly. Rock music is sustainable with three chords and the world is quite impressionable.
The kids these days with their rap music, with the hippin' and the hoppin' and the bippin' to the boppin' and they don't know what the jazz music is all about.