THE STATISTICAL ORIGINS BEHIND ST. PAUL AND THE BROKEN BONES


In just a year and a half, St. Paul and the Broken Bones have gone from the title of ‘a small side project band’ to ‘the next big thing’ within lightning speed. But how does a rookie band receive such a powerful title after one album? Believe it or not, statistics said so. The big data company called “Next Big Sound” found a way to take statistics from social media outlets, music-streaming sites, and online music trends and insert the data outcomes into a deeply complicated computer algorithm. Analysts then review the results to determine which musical act is going to take off next. If you posted about an artist, shared a video, or liked a page, Next Big Sound knows about it. Sure enough St. Paul and the Broken Bones, the seven-piece rock-soul band out of Birmingham, Alabama, showed up all over the tops of the charts just a few months ago and have been spreading like rapid-fire all over the internet ever since.

The stats truly don’t lie. Since the released their debut album, “Half the City,” the band has jumped up the charts to number three on iTunes, number 56 on the Billboard 200, and is fast approaching stardom through several talk show performances, magazine interviews and a world tour just to name a few. The seven band members created a feel-good, diversely rhythmic album with the promise of soulful tradition and the potency of a new sound that captivated everyone instantly. Not to mention, each performance is accompanied with wild energy and style that leaves the whole ora of St. Paul and the Broken Bones quite infectious. Come check them out at Metro on October 30 to experience the statistically proven greatness that encompasses a performance from St. Paul and the Broken Bones. Tickets can be found here.

Posted on Wednesday July 23



MUSIC MONDAYS: DEER TICK


Just last month, Deer Tick took some time to perform a very personal acoustic session for WAMU 88.5. The session includes their newest songs completely stripped and even a guest appearance from Vanessa Carlton, the wife of Deer Tick’s lead singer-guitarist, John McCauley, on their bluesy track “In Our Time.”

The duo whipped out flawless falsettos and folky guitar flares to give the whole show a very happy-go-lucky kind of feel. With the acoustic session placing Deer Tick outside of their native rowdy style, the performance was a pleasing change of scenery that profoundly emulated their darker lyrics and proletarian themes that encompass their latest album, “Negativity.” While the lyrics aren’t the happiest of stories, the modern country rock and blue-grass feel is just Deer Tick’s latest stop on their admirable journey through the endless sounds of rock ’n’ roll. Deer Tick is scheduled to hit Metro on August 23 for a show you won’t want to miss, get your tickets today!

Posted on Monday July 21



NEW SHOWS ON SALE
ON SALE FRIDAY 7/18 @ NOON
Friday, September 5: JD MCPHERSON
Saturday, September 20: KONGOS
Friday, October 3: HERCULES & LOVE AFFAIR


Posted on Thursday July 17



Teaser Thursdays: Earl Sweatshirt
Earl Sweatshirt is coming to Metro this Saturday, and ChicagoMusic.org is excited for the show -

"Since the last time I recommended attending an Earl Sweatshirt concert a lot has happened for the LA rapper. He can now add having a Top 5 album and a three season hit show to his resume. The point being is that the secret is way out. However, I believe seeing him now is more vital than ever."

You heard the man! Get your tickets HERE!

Posted on Thursday July 17



Mick Jenkins Releases New Single


After his undeniably impactful single “Martyrs,” Mick Jenkins continues to prove his power in the rap industry with the release of a prequel mixtape titled “The Waters.” As an Alabama native and a poetry prodigy, Jenkins’ began his career as a poet back in college but quickly discovered his niche after entering a rap competition alongside his friends. His poetic background transcends each song into a hymnal of truths and an everlasting pursuit of happiness. “The Waters” is filled with double meanings, metaphors, and literary devices that float over each head-bobbing beat to make Jenkins’s collaborations of creativity some of the most thought-provoking material to hit 2014.

Jenkins is the ultimate diamond in the rough, and with his Chicago buddies Chance the Rapper and Vic Mensa close at hand, we can expect nothing put pure stardom for Mick in the future. The premiered track, “Who Else,” features the beats of a radio hit with the lyrics of classic author, with one listen you’ll be sold. Jenkins’ lyrics speak loud and it won’t be long before we’re all singing along. Don’t miss the formidable underground rapper as his makes a stop at Metro on July 19 with Earl Sweatshirt. Tickets are available here.

Posted on Wednesday July 16



MUSIC MONDAYS: THE RURAL ALBERTA ADVANTAGE


Last week, The Rural Alberta Advantage announced a new album, "Mended With Gold," that’s set for release September 30 via Saddle Creek. Working with longtime sound engineer Matt Lederman and Leon Taheny, the new album follows the critically acclaimed release from 2011, "Departing." Along with the new album announcement, the band also released details of an upcoming tour in support as well as the first taste of it with the song “Terrified.” It’s a refreshing blast of folk rock for summer days in July, paired with the solid vocal duo of Nils Edenloff and Amy Cole.

Stream the new track above and make sure to catch The Rural Alberta Advantage at Metro on October 14. Tickets can be purchased here.

Posted on Monday July 14



NEW SHOWS ON SALE
ON SALE TODAY @ NOON
Saturday, August 16: THE O'MY'S
Friday, November 21: DALE EARNHARDT JR. JR.

ON SALE NOW
Wednesday, July 30: NELARUSKY: AN OFFICIAL LOLLAPALOOZA AFTERSHOW with TWIN SHADOW
Tuesday, October 14: THE RURAL ALBERTA ADVANTAGE

Posted on Friday July 11



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