OPENER SPOTLIGHT: REPTAR
Athens, Georgia is well known as an indie-rock hotbed, churning out bands left and right for decades now and one of the relative newcomers on the scene is Reptar. No, not the Rugrats character. The band.

Reptar consists of four members, stemming from when lead singer Graham Ulicny, bassist Ryan Engelberger, and keyboardist William Kennedy started playing music together in high school. Drummer Andrew McFarland eventually replaced the original drummer and the four-piece was complete. The band, driving off plenty of African-music based rhythms, has cemented themselves as a hardworking, fun-loving band, toeing the line between growing up, completing college music degrees, and maintaining a kid-at-heart outlook on life.

Countless venues, basements, and backyards have seen Reptar perform their extremely tight, streamlined versions of studio material. Their 2012 Vagrant debut, Body Faucet, saw national attention, and made their live shows that much more exciting, focusing on the sheer fun the band has on stage. The band is back at it, with their tireless effort, touring with The Faint. The Doom Abuse will stop by Metro on May 23 and its one you don’t want to miss.

You’d like Reptar if you like: Vacationer, Givers, Generationals, Miniature Tigers


Posted on Wednesday April 23



SPOTLIGHT: PETTY FEST
On April 23rd, Petty Fest heads to Metro for a wonderful night, filled with some of the best musicians and entertainers, in celebration of the life and works of Tom Petty. Petty Fest spawned from The Best Fest, an organization that has become a staple in the music community in New York City. Since organizing the first Best Fest ten years ago to celebrate Bob Dylan’s 60th birthday, more incarnations have appeared, with Petty Fest, Dylan Fest, and Stones Fest among them.

But the other side of Best Fest is not just celebrating musicians; it is about a stronger mission, a drive to give back to the music community as a whole. Best Fest founders Alex Levy, Austin Scaggs, and Matt Romano have always had a larger goal to give support when it is most needed. The Fests run as fundraisers, giving proceeds from the shows to Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, a 501(c)3 organization founded in 1994 by Victoria Williams. Sweet Relief came about after Williams’ own personal exposure to a health crisis, being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis forcing her to drop off a Neil Young tour, and then struggle financially to support her medical expenses and lack of ability to work.

With an outpouring of musician support for her own difficulties, Williams saw the need to organize a group of likeminded musicians and music industry professionals, to come to the aid of all other musicians that have medical challenges. Since 1994, Sweet Relief has across genres to musicians dealing with medical, illness, or age-related problems. While the number of people choosing a career in music has risen exponentially since the mid-1960s, there existed a problem in nearly 65% of musicians not having health insurance.

The outpouring of support nationwide for Sweet Relief from clubs, musicians, coffee shops, radio stations, internet sites, restaurants, apparel companies, corporations, foundations, and fans alike has been terrific, and Sweet Relief in partnership with Best Fest has been able to expand beyond New York to host one-of-a-kind, star-studded benefit shows in many cities.

At Metro, Petty Fest brings in some incredible talent including Jakob Dylan, Alison Mosshart of The Kills and The Dead Weather, John Stirratt & Pat Sansone of Autumn Defense, Eric Pulido of Midlake, members of The Wild Feathers, Brendan Benson, Butch Walker, Cory Chisel, Ruby Amanfu, Danny Masterson, Erika Wennerstrom of Heartless Bastards, Jesse Malin, Dave Davidson of Maps & Atlases, Adriel Denae, Kelly Hogan, Lukas Nelson, Nikki Lane, Robert Ellis, Butterfly Boucher, and more. All great musicians, a great Fest, a terrific charity organization, and an even better mission serving others with a great night of music in Chicago.

Posted on Tuesday April 22



NEW SHOWS
ON SALE THIS FRIDAY 4/25 @ 10AM IN METRO:
Sunday, August 10: ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN

ON SALE THIS FRIDAY 4/18 @ NOON IN METRO:
Friday, June 13: THE 2014 US AIR GUITAR SEMIFINALS with special performances by The World Air Guitar Champions NORDIC THUNDER & HOT LIXX HULAHAN

Posted on Tuesday April 22



MUSIC MONDAYS: THE FAINT
The Faint recently talked with The Creators Project about their new album, "Doom Abuse," and upcoming tour. Highlights include the band's hi-tech upbringing, embracing change of all sorts, and their revamped live production. The most notable modification to their onstage aesthetic is their lighting, which now boasts a flurry of LED lights wrapped in the translucent kit that's self-programmed by the band. Drummer Clark Baechle rattles off all the details in the feature and you can even catch a few sneak peaks at the spectacle set to unfold at Metro on May 23. Read the full feature here and be sure to snag your tickets now!

Posted on Monday April 21



stream new wye oak lp
Wye Oak's new album, Shriek, comes out April 29, but you can have an early listen if you head over to NPR. You'll notice a difference between this album and their last because they gravitated towards other instruments in order to spark inspiration. After a long tour promoting their previous album, Civilian, vocalist Jenn Wasner was tired and uninspired, so she ventured to other instruments in hopes of sparking something. She did!

Next, you can come to Metro on Thursday, May 13 and do some shrieking of your own as you see Wye Oak live. Buy tickets here.

Posted on Monday April 21



Teaser Thursdays: G. Love and Special Sauce
Our friends at Time Out Chicago are looking forward to this weekend's G. Love and Special Sauce show at Metro -

"When Philly singer, rapper and guitarist G. Love drops his jivey affectations, there's some real heat in his gangly acoustic hip-hop. The group released a 2011 LP, Fixin' to Die, produced by roots-music entrepreneurs the Avett Brothers. Mr. Love and his crew forge an unusually convincing fusion of styles. Last year, we got more Love, sauce, and laid back tunes on Playlist: The Very Best of G. Love & Special Sauce (The Okeh Years)."

Tickets are still available!

Posted on Thursday April 17



CZAR CREATES THEIR OWN “BEST OF GODFLESH”


The men of Czar may have just started their gig opening for post-metal legends Godflesh, but their fandom trails back decades. Looking back on Godflesh's rock solid catalog, Czar vocalist/guitarist Jason Novak compiled a list of his favorites for "Decibel Magazine" and how they've impacted his own music. Check out the full list here and don't forget to purchase your tickets for tonight's Godflesh show!

Posted on Tuesday April 15



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