The Curls (Chicago)
The Curls music has been labeled as Psych Pop, Art Rock, Nu-Angular Guitar, Piss Jazz, and even Smooth Adult Contemporary Harsh Noise. The Harvard Crimson reported on the group's 2018 Pitchfork Music Festival performance, "The Curls are a fun, nostalgic sextet whose genre fluidity necessitates a string of hyphenated descriptors—art-funk-jazz-psycho-punk-pop-rock doesn’t even cover all the bases."
"Quirky and bustling classic rock and psychedelia " -Stereogum
"Reminiscent of a more “anything goes” era of indie rock... exuberant as a hot summer afternoon after another endless Midwestern winter" -Pitchfork
"The Curls have created a post-post-modern world of musical dadaism and are curating some of the wildest & most sporadic sounds that are set to decorate the exhibition halls of tomorrow’s modern art museums & centers for the arts" - IMPOSE Magazine
“Creative, idiosyncratic, and fearless music... that endearingly blends bits of jazz, new wave, psych, pop and prog rock into refreshingly peculiar and sophisticated gems” -Popmatters
"I LIKE IT!" - Adrian Belew
J Fernandez (Chicago)
J Fernandez (Joyful Noise) started as the eponymous home recording project of Arkansas born Justin Fernandez. After three EPs, his 2015 debut LP ‘Many Levels of Laughter’ attracted high praise from the music press – including 8/10s from UNCUT and NME, plus end of year nods from Under The Radar and Brooklyn Vegan (who called it “one of 2015’s most underrated albums”) and saw him share the stage with the likes of Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Alvvays, Mitski, and Ezra Furman.
With ‘Occasional Din’ he mines the sound of the past – drawing influences from vintage Italian pop and soundtrack composers like Bruno Nicolai, Alessandro Alessandroni and Mina, as well as their American contemporaries like The Free Design and Margo Guryan fleshing out orchestration touched upon in his debut and enlisting the mixing services of Cooper Crain (Bonnie Prince Billy, Circuit Des Yeux, Bitchin Bajas)
Blastar is a modern day progressive/art rock band, pushing the boundaries of conventional music
HUMAN MONSTER (STL)
Live drum loops+layers
730pm - doors
8pm - show