Chicago Artists & Musicians To Know: ALTERNATIVE/ROCK
Apteka’s sound is dark, leaving you with a bit of mystery. Listen to “Striking Violet,” one of my favorites.
I really can’t say enough good things about this four-piece band, Audiences. Their new single “Ghosts” shows off their ability to rock hard while appealing to other audiences who like the mellower sounds. I’m excited to see what these guys have in store for us for the future, until then check out their new single “Ghosts” and download for free HERE.
The Blisters are a young band with a load full of promise. Their new single “One Day” is perfect. Download it free HERE.
The Carbon Tigers have been through a lot this past year; their van, equipment, and merchandise were all stolen from them. Despite the trials they continue to carry on stronger then ever with the help and support of their fans. Stay tuned for a new EP and possibly another Dover Sessions.
Crash Hero has a unique sound, mixing unique sounding vocals and instruments.
Mixing both folk and rock, Derek Nelson & The Musicians deliver energetic lyrics and melodies with soul and heart.
Driftless Pony Club creates indie/rock music with a 90s feel.
Influenced by Chicago-based bands Tortoise and Maps & Atlases, The Earth is a Man uses techniques known as math rock, mixing guitar and tapping techniques to create a unique instrumental experience.
This high energy 9 -piece band was formed in 2007. My favorite album by them would have to be ‘The City Wins.’ Check them out on Bandcamp.
Chicago’s alternative/rock band Give Back continues to stir up the Chicago music scene with their catchy lyrics and obvious instrumental talent.
Hollows, the mostly all gal band plus one man drummer, deliver a unique garage-rock sound that has nostalgic, retro-like appeal with songs like “V is for Vulture” and “Golden Chain.”
Chris Ash and David Curtin create an experimental rock duo that mixes electronic beats, poetic lyrics, and euphoric melodies. Check out their debut album, ‘Tigerlily’ on Bandcamp and download songs free.
A high energy, electric rock, jam, jazz, and funk group.
With their garage rock sound and quirky lyrics, Pisces at The Animal Fair creates good, enjoyable music.
Maintaining an interesting balance between heavy, punchy walls of sound and quiet, spacey melodies, Polarizer creates a unique listening experience.
Described as having a similar sound to artists like Radiohead, the Jealous Sound, and Sunny Day Real Estate, The Second still remains to hold their own unique style. Their new album ‘Long Way Down” is worth a listen.
The Shams blend a unique mix of bluegrass, Americana, and folk.
Described as having an alternative Brit-rock style with a catchy pop sound, Simple Machines continues to impress. Their first EP, ‘Spirit of The Shoreland’ is addictive. Listen to their EP on Bandcamp.
Tadashi has a bright future ahead. With singer, songwriter Jeff Tadashi writing and mixing strong lyrics and unique keys accompanied by guitarists Dan Spannraft and Grecian heart throb/new comer, Greg Suhayda (he’s like John Stamos only younger ladies), Chris Walls on bass, and drummer Paul Lucas, there’s no limit to what these guys can do. Their newest release “Like a Ghost” is powerful and full of life. Download the entire album for free HERE.
Terriers was born after the splitting of a previous band Holdfast. Songwriter Danny Cohen went right to work seeking the help of bandmates Easton Gruber and Brandon Hunt forming a new group Terriers with new band members Nora Leahy and Allyson Zeyen. This talented 6-piece band has an appealing and catchy sound that will keep you wanting more. Their debut single, “Waste Time” proves that this band has a bright future. Download it for free on Bandcamp.
It’s easy to see that this 6-member band is a group of close friends. Their indie/pop/rock sound is put together and strong. Listen to their Ep ‘These Remote Places’ HERE.
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