San Fermin, Ellis Ludwig-Leone’s self-given moniker, kicked off the Palladia stage Friday afternoon at Lollapalooza earlier this month. Tristate Indie had a chance to sit down for a chat with the Brooklyn-based composer and songwriter after the fest. Ludwig-Leone shared his thoughts on writing from the dream state and the spirituality he finds in it. He touched on the darker, heavier sound that is permeating the band’s new music. The front man says that he wants to “keep people on their toes while giving them a catchy hook.” Metro is excited for the band to bring their Baroque pop to Chicago on Monday, October 27, alongside Courtney Barnett. Tickets are now on sale.
Nashville outfit The Wild Feathers premiered their video for “Left My Woman” earlier this month. The track appears on their self-titled album. Spending a busy summer at Bonnaroo, Firefly, and Summerfest, these men span a music spectrum of country, blues, folk and rock, blending it into a “roaring web of warm, cosmic melodies with vintage roots and modern tones.” Metro is excited to have the group here Friday, November 7 with support from Apache Relay and Desert Noises. Tickets can be purchased here.
Kasabian are well known to be pretty outspoken about their music and in a new NME article, the band say if you miss the upcoming tour and stay home “you’ll regret it for the rest of your life.”
Coming off a recent headlining slot at Glastonbury, Kasabian’s Serge Pizzorno says the band learned about “inciting chaos” as part of their live show. “The shows are gonna have an intense, tribal, hypnotic vibe,” he says. Metro is excited to welcome Kasabian for a stop on this exciting tour on October 1 with Bo Ningen on the bill. Tickets are on sale now.
Foxes In Fiction premiered a new single, “Shadow’s Song,” a few weeks back. The dreamy track is a long way coming from Warren Hildebrand’s first effort under the Foxes In Fiction name, “Swung From The Braches,” back in 2010. Since then the project seemed to be on hold as he founded Orchid…
Deer Tick Named Time Out Chicago’s Critic’s Pick
The fine folks over at Time Out Chicago have named the upcoming Deer Tick show at Metro as a critic’s pick and for good reason. Now touring in support of 2013’s ‘Negativity,’ Deer Tick’s fifth full-length on Partisan, the band is a blast to catch live. As Time Out says, “those seeking rollicking, Southern-tinged roots and alt-country rock (or those who really miss the Replacements) will not leave this gig disappointed.”
Coming from a solo duo named My Other Face started in 2002, Deer Tick showcases John McCauley’s grizzly, whiskey-soaked vocals and guitars, highlighting the ups and downs of American life. ‘Negativity’ was recorded with Los Lobos’ Steve Berlin in Portland, and the basis actually stems from a rough time in 2012 for McCauley himself.
The critics have this one correct as one that you don’t want to miss. Deer Tick graces the Metro stage once again on August 23. Tickets can be purchased here.
Metro News: Even Dum Dum Girls Get Starstruck
You know the feeling you get when you happen to run into an idol? Maybe its even happened on Clark after a Metro show, the sudden realization that you could go up and meet and talk to one of your favorite musicians? In an interview with the Huffington Post at this summer’s Pitchfork Music Festival, Dum Dum Girls founder Dee Dee Penny says it still happens even to her.
In the interview, she talks about the progression from a solo bedroom record to now having a full band, touring and having to recover from vocal issues, putting out three extremely well-received records on the way. The chance encounter with Patti Smith is a highlight, happening just after she relocated from LA to New York. Penny was with a friend eating lunch and they spotted Smith walking down the street outside. The gut reaction to run out “and try to just say hi or something” didn’t quite work, as Smith was actually coming into the same restaurant for a meal. Then a waitress actually tried to seat Smith at the group’s table!
Read the full interview over at the Huffington Post. The article also includes a small review and highlights from Dum Dum Girls performance at Pitchfork a couple of weeks ago. If you were there and want to go back, or if you unfortunately missed it, you’re in luck! The band will be back in Chicago this fall, playing a show at Metro on October 24th. Tickets are now on sale via this link.
Check out who’s coming to Metro these next few months! Our Concert Calendar is available for your listening pleasure via Spotify.