Nikhil Korula Band

THE NIKHIL KORULA BAND

Singer-songwriter-instrumentalist Nikhil Korula has weathered many highs and lows during a 20-plus year career. Many of the tracks on this full length release spotlight an unbridled verve and spirit that’s refreshingly transparent. Korula writes from the heart and draws from an eclectic pool of musical delights. “Survive—Just Let Love” is a multi-dimensional piece that targets overcoming hardship. The timely title track addresses socio-political issues that are emerging as we speak. “All Night” shifts gears, with a sexy and soulful Ray Charles meets Dr. John inspired ballad. Fans of Dave Matthews, Little Feat and world beat will find joy as well. – Eric Harabadian

SCHOOL OF ROCK GENEVA

School of Rock in Geneva is proud to offer music classes to help teach our community and surrounding areas such as Batavia, St. Charles (called the Tri-Cities), West Chicago, Elburn, Aurora, and South Elginhow to play instruments with skill and confidence. We teach everything from keyboard to bass guitar, songwriting, and vocals for all levels. At School of Rock, students can perform live shows and develop their musical ability in a supportive and encouraging learning environment. For budding musicians, they can study at School of Rock and rise to the skills of playing at The Arcada Theatre in St. Charles or onto the large music hub of Chicago, a great spot for emerging artists.

SCHOOL OF ROCK PLAINFIELD

Every day, we watch our students grow from beginner musicians to confident and inspiring rock stars in their community. Browse photos, videos, posts and more to find out why School of Rock Plainfield is more than just your local music school.

SCHOOL OF ROCK SCHAUMBURG

Every day, we watch our students grow from beginner musicians to confident and inspiring rock stars in their community. Browse photos, videos, posts and more to find out why School of Rock Schaumburg is more than just your local music school.

SCHOOL OF ROCK HIGHWOOD

Every day, we watch our students grow from beginner musicians to confident and inspiring rock stars in their community. Browse photos, videos, posts and more to find out why School of Rock Highwood is more than just your local music school.

SCHOOL OF ROCK EVANSTON

With over 325 schools and 62,000 students worldwide, School of Rock knows how to make incredible musicians. Whether an absolute beginner or a budding rockstar, School of Rock students will achieve the next level of musical proficiency. How? Our patented performance-based education system, the School of Rock Method™ includes individual lessons, group rehearsals and live performances, all with the goal of getting our students on stage performing at a real rock show at a real music venue.

Warfilth

WARFILTH

A bunch of old koonts and a young un making some filthy noise.

Hellfrost

HELLFROST

Hellhammer / Celtic Frost worship

Apocalyptic Tales

Mors Vitaque

MORS VITAQUE

Dungeon synth merging the old and new worlds in a celebration of life and death.

Sombre Arcane

SOMBRE ARCANE

Sombre Arcane weave illusionary spells to recount events and places from different worlds and planes of existence.

Phranick: Spells
Naginah: Strings

Save Ferris

SAVE FERRIS

Save Ferris is a ska-punk band formed in Orange County, California circa 1995. Their name is a reference to the 1986 film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

Lead by the inimitable front-woman Monique Powell, the band enjoyed mainstream success in the late 1990s with radio hits, constant touring and appearances on a variety of television shows and movies.

The band released their debut EP “Introducing Save Ferris” on Powell’s own Starpool Records, in 1996. They ended up selling close to 20,000 copies of their EP out of the trunks of their cars, thanks to loyal fans and huge support from Orange County independent record shops. That same year, Powell provided vocals on the Reel Big Fish song “She Has A Girlfriend Now” on their album “Turn the Radio Off” (Mojo).

Alain Johannes

ALAIN JOHANNES

The list of musicians that Alain Johannes has worked with reads like an encyclopedia of California rock history. In high school he was in bands with Flea, Hillel Slovak, Jack Irons and Anthony Kiedis, all of whom would form the Red Hot Chili Peppers.Later Alain formed Elevenwith Natasha Shneider and Jack Irons. They toured with Pearl Jam and Soundgarden, and for several years recorded and toured with Queens of the Stone Age. As a writer, producer and engineer, Alain has worked with Chris Cornell, No Doubt, Mark Lanegan, Jimmy Eat World, Queens of the Stone Age, Brody Dalle and Arctic Monkeys. Alain has been a touring member of PJ Harvey’s band, as well as Them Crooked Vultures which featured Dave Grohl from Foo Fighters, Josh Homme from Queens of the Stone Age, and John Paul Jones from Led Zeppelin. As a composer, Alain has written music for films such as “Eagles of Death Metal: Nos Amis” and for video games such as Tom Clancy’s “Ghost Recon Wildlands.” Alain was part of the Sound City Players which performed in connection with the documentary, “Sound City.” Alain co-wrote and performed “A Trick With No Sleeve” with Dave Grohl and Josh Homme for the movie and the soundtrack. Alain recently finished his third solo album, ‘Hum,’ while also teaming up for the Alain Johannes Trio with brothers Felo and Cote Foncea, accomplished musicians in their home country of Chile. The first release is “Luna A Sol” featuring guest vocalist Mike Patton.

Mutilation Barbecue

MUTILATION BARBECUE

From the fertile death beds of Ohio rises Mutilation Barbecue. Spawned in 2019 from the ashes of death-thrash rippers Subtype Zero (who also gave birth to 200 Stab Wounds), the band featured Nick Mcgroder and Peter Blanchet on guitar, Dylan Andras on bass, Chris Frederick on vocals and Harrison Good on drums. Upon the release of their self-titled EP (2021) the band stormed onto the local Ohio scene with devestating riffs, horrific lyrics and an explosive live show. Their unique style of catchy, groovy death metal landed them under the Maggot Stomp umbrella. 2022 saw the release of their “Abortion Ambulance” single followed by extensive local shows opening for everyone from Frozen Soul to Sanguisugabogg to tours with Gates to Hell and Hanging Fortress and an appearance at Full Terror Assault Open Air Festival. With a year of shows under their belt, Mutilation Barbecue entered the studio in the summer of 2023 to work on their debut LP, “Amalgamations of Gore.” Mixed and mastered by Will Killingsworth at Dear Air Studios with cover art by Colter Masson the album is set to release on March 29th via Maggot Stomp.

Twocell

TWOCELL

Lauren Kenyon (Twocell) began her minimalist indie-rock mischief in her childhood bedroom while being trapped by the suffocation that only living in a small town in Colorado can bring. Starting with her phone and the garageband app, she slowly developed her sore-throat style that only the D.I.Y approach can elevate. The Twocell sound has been likened to that of simplistic folk rock following artists like Alex G, Angel Olsen, and Jackie Cohen. With poetic yet bare lyrics that capture the feeling of loneliness along with distorted guitar, she is able to create a reminiscent sound landscape.

Zhuzh Girls

ZHUZH GIRLS

Zhuzh Girls is a songwriting duo with Asher Sizemore on the cello and Jennifer Femme on vocals/guitar. Zhuzh Girls love to walk the lines between dramatic and camp, silly and sincere, passionate and playful. These small town divas started performing together after winning the Chicago Music Scene’s 2023 Pride Show competition, and have been performing regularly as a duo ever since. Stay in touch on Instagram @zhuzhgirls for updates about shows and their upcoming debut EP.

Dogs With Hats

DOGS WITH HATS

Life Looks Good

LIFE LOOKS GOOD

Chicago Pop Punk Band

Marc Alan Prince

MARC ALAN PRINCE

Marc-Alan Prince is a punk rock singer/songwriter who has toured the globe playing his acoustic guitar. This nomad sings with his heart and encourages everyone to sing along! His high energy and catchy tunes make it easy for everyone to become part of his show.

Red At Night

RED AT NIGHT

After more than 10 years on the road with his punk rock band “Rebels’ Bay”, Al decided to unplug his electric guitar and dive into his acoustic.

With a touch of Americana, never giving up the punk rock roots, and an hopeless romantic soul, his new singer/songwriter project “Red At Night” tells stories about love and life.

Red At Night’s first album “Empty Seats” was recorded, produced and mixed during the summer of 2022 by Davide Rosati at ACME recording studio in Raiano, Italy, and then released through the Italian label Indelirium Records on February 24th 2023.

Red At Night released a brand new single, “Long Road Ahead” on October 6th 2023

Cultura Pop

CULTURA POP

Experience the magic of Soda Stereo like never before with Cultura Pop, the ultimate tribute band dedicated to honoring Argentina’s legendary musical icons. Get ready to be transported back in time as Cultura Pop faithfully recreates the electrifying energy and timeless music that made Soda Stereo a cultural phenomenon. Join us for an unforgettable celebration of latinamerican musical heritage with Cultura Pop, the definitive Soda Stereo tribute.

Z.A.T.O.

Z.A.T.O

Jeremy Sorenson – guitar/vocal
Kareem Rabie – guitar
Arman Mabry – bass/vocal
Jeff Rice- drums

Recorded and mixed by David Wolf
March/April 2024

Softspoken

SOFTSPOKEN

New song “I Against Me” out now!

Founded as a solo passion project by guitarist Chris Wethington while living abroad in Japan, Softspoken transformed into a fully-fledged band in 2016 shortly after his return to the US. They released their first EP “Pathways” – produced by Cameron Mizell (see: Sleeping With Sirens, Memphis May Fire) – in 2017, and have continued to blur the lines between post-hardcore, metalcore, and alternative rock since.

The band’s sophomore release, 2019’s “Deaf Perception” – produced by Matt Goldman (see: Underoath, As Cities Burn, etc.) – landed within the Top 20 on two different Billboard charts; but it was their third release in 2021’s “Where the Heart Belongs” with hit tracks “Sleight of Hand” and “Bones” that fully established Softspoken within the greater core scene.

Over the past seven years, Softspoken has toured across the US and supported acts such as Eyes Set To Kill, Makari, Nonpoint, Picturesque, A Skylit Drive, Until I Wake; has collaborated with artists such as Rory Rodriguez of Dayseeker (“I Feel Fire”), and ALESTI (“Closer”); and made festival appearances at Welcome to Rockville (2021), Rock Fest (2024), and Havoc Fest (2024).

Dedicated to writing impassioned music that reinforces the idea of being true to yourself, and not letting others determine your self-worth, Softspoken show no sign of slowing down any time soon.

Learn more about the band, and join their free music community @ www.softspokenmusic.com.

Clementine

CLEMENTINE

“Clementine is a grunge/emo/punk band originally from Rockford, IL, now relocated to Milwaukee, WI. The band consists of vocalist/guitarist Joe Altamore, lead guitarist Bennett Gillies, bassist Mackenzie (Mack) Sima, and drummer Oliver Wink. 
 Probably the most energetic band of the evening, a mosh pit began up front during Clementine’s set, making the floor wobble. 
 ‘Some dude kicked my pedal board, but it stayed on so that was pretty tight,’ Gillies chuckled. Clementine have been a band since the late 2000’s, originally Altamore, Sima, and Gillies with drummer Max Christofferson. They moved to Milwaukee for college, and prefer Milwaukee’s music scene for its opportunities and voluntary support from the scene. Their first show here was in JJ Kaiser’s basement. 
 Altamore gave some backstory. “I think what really spurred it was, I had an ex-girlfriend that I was dating on and off for like eight years and she’d asked me why we didn’t go with the name “Clementine”, and so I’d think about it and flirt with the idea. She died in a car accident and it was horrible… I think that was what solidified us playing as Clementine. When shitty things like that happen to you, you have no choice. You can either implode or you can do something constructive, and this is what made sense to us.” 
 Altamore shares what the band’s working on now. “We have two LPs, and one was originally going to be two EPs. We’re releasing that first one with singles and we’re excited to do that.”

War On Women

WAR ON WOMEN

Baltimore’s War On Women were born screaming—at the world, at the status quo, in the face of oppression.

Riff-fueled manifestos are nothing new for War On Women. The co-ed feminist punk troupe has been tackling injustice one song at a time since their 2010 inception. Storming out the gate with teeth gnashing and spitting venom, War On Women’s self-titled 2015 debut crossbred riot grrrl ferocity with the nimble aggression of thrash. Hailed for their crystalline jabs at societal ills, War On Women prove that hardcore can incite change that ripples far beyond the parameters of the stage.

With hundreds of shows and years of activism behind them, Capture The Flag finds War On Women more dogged than ever. The band’s sophomore effort delves into injustices at both the macro and micro levels. Religious subjugation, gun violence, armchair activists, gender orgasm gap, female genital mutilation, the fetishization of motherhood, and toxic relationships—no breed of oppression defies War On Women’s purview. Recorded with J Robbins in Magpie Cage Recording Studio, Capture The Flag finds the band in their sonic wheelhouse, wedged somewhere between rebellious and rousing.

War On Women are neither a crew of young bucks nor a contagion of seasoned legends. They don’t fit neatly into metalloid machismo or hulking hardcore tropes. They have nothing to prove, and there’s nothing more delightfully dangerous than that.

Paige and the Kizers

PAIGE AND THE KIZERS

Paige and the Kizers are a live band product of the original music written by the band’s creator and lead singer Paige Kizer. The group embraces authenticity and human connection through live performance. Paige and the Kizers have played several Chicago live venues such as Reggies, Cubby Bear, Montrose Saloon, Gallery Cabaret and Epiphany. Every member brings a spark of creativity and bright spirit to every show.

We Weren't Invited

WE WEREN’T INVITED

DIY Punk est. 2021.
We Weren’t Invited is Johnny Wynne (vocals), Isaac Rodriquez (guitar), Walker Wilson (drums), Clinton Coronado (bass) and Michael Locascio

BLKODYSSY

BLK ODYSSY

BLK ODYSSY project is pushed by liberation. On his first album under this new moniker, titled BLK VINTAGE, BLK ODYSSY―born and raised in Plainfield, NJ, based in Austin, TX― dives into his personal history as a Black musician and the world he’s grown up around. It’s an album deeply informed by individual experiences but applied to the plight of Black Americans everywhere. Even when the album chooses smooth vibes and laid back lyrics in favor of overt activism, there’s a philosophical bent that inspires BLK ODYSSY’s work. BLK VINTAGE is inspired by a few key moments and artists. There’s the death of BLK ODYSSY’s brother, who was killed at the hands of police officers while BLK ODYSSY was living in New Jersey. It’s the seminal moment of BLK ODYSSY’s life, the moment he was forced to become an adult and reckon with the harsh reality of being Black in America. It fuels everything he does, especially his activism.

After making a name for himself as an Americana musician, BLK ODYSSY decided to ditch the popularity he gained in favor of creating music that would reflect his own experiences and worldview. The result is BLK ODYSSY, and this first project, BLK VINTAGE, moves with the urgency of an artist finally realizing their true sound. “I want to create something that will be culturally impactful for my people. I want to do something that is impactful on a larger scale, something that is for groups of Black people across the country.” There’s “1980,” which slinks with the rich funk-soul of artists like Anderson .Paak and Knxwledge, but BLK ODYSSY’s half-rapped cadence is wholly unique and utterly intoxicating. The moments of levity hit equally as hard as the work refracted through the trauma BLK ODYSSY has experienced. Still, though, BLK ODYSSY has the rare ability to present multiple sides of himself. “Hang Low” is a sultry love jam, strutting with velvet harmonies and a bass line straight out of the Pino Palladino school of indestructible grooves.

The good times occasionally give way to introspection and remembrance, though. The death of BLK ODYSSY’s brother makes its way into the powerful “Drinking Good,” but he balances it with a desire to inspire the next generation. “My goal is to connect with the black youth, and my goal is to connect with my people and speak to them on a level where we can stop suffering from happening,” he explains. “There’s only so much we can do for the dead. This record asks: ‘How can we stop this from happening again?'” Though the music is deeply tied to BLK ODYSSY’s own identity, he speaks a universal music in his language, one easily relatable for those that want to see a better world.

Neo-soul artists like D’Angelo and socially conscious MCs like Kendrick Lamar are clear touchstones, but BLK ODYSSY also takes cues from the celebratory funk of Parliament who also came from Plainfield, on tracks like “Funketology.” “All the musicians that I grew up with are relatives of Parliament members. We grew up in that culture, it inspires who we are,” explains BLK ODYSSY. This potent combination of politically-charged street anthems, party-ready funk jams, and top-down, head-nodding beats makes BLK VINTAGE a sterling debut and one of the most powerful and timely releases of the year. BLK ODYSSY speaks to his predecessors, but the new concoction is all his own. It’s a triumphant testament to Black power, a message to the kids that look like him that there’s someone in their corner. “The Black youth has been poisoned numb because of the shit we have to deal with,” BLK ODYSSY explains. “I want to speak to our experiences and let people know it’s okay to shed that layer and really, truly feel.”

K-Nein

K-NEIN BAND

K-Nein is a six piece Americana Band playing in the tradition of The Grateful Dead, The Band, and Paul Simon with deep roots in improvisational music as well as composition.

K-Nein’s third and most recent studio album Magic, Myth, and Rhyme is available on all streaming platforms. During quarantine the band also performed a faithful recreation of the legendary Shakedown Street album with videos on Youtube and audio on streaming platforms.

Cashbox Kings Joe Nosek and Oscar Wilson

THE CASH BOX KINGS & OSCAR WILSON

With deep feeling and top-shelf talent, houserocking blues masters The Cash Box Kings play tough, real deal classic Chicago blues with boundless energy. They also deliver raw, passionate Delta blues, jumping proto-rock ‘n’ roll, and steamrolling “bluesabilly,” their original mix of Chicago blues and Memphis rockabilly. As anyone who has ever been to one of the band’s raucous performances will testify, The Cash Box Kings know how to throw a party. They’re fueled by the powerhouse harmonica work of Madison, Wisconsin-based songwriter Joe Nosek and the huge, gritty vocals of Chicago bluesman Oscar Wilson. Their original songs range from humorous stories of Internet love to harrowing tales of Chicago’s violent gun epidemic. Every song they perform—be it a striking original or a scorching Chess, Sun or Vee-Jay cover—explodes with contemporary authority and radiates old-school authenticity. According to Grammy Award-winning blues legend Charlie Musselwhite, “The Cash Box Kings play with real taste and feel. Not only is it good blues but it’s a jumping good time, too! I ain’t lyin’!”

Ani Mari

ANI MARI

Singer-songwriter Ani Mari’s debut solo album, girlfriend, explores the ambiguities of coming of age in a beautifully precarious world. Across ten warmly combative tracks, her songs fight for grace and connection amidst the anxieties, desires, heartbreaks, and oftentimes wearying joie de vivre of being young in America’s heartland.

Though just 21-years-old, Ani Mari has been performing solo and with her folk duo, Ani & Kora, around her home state of Michigan for almost a decade, along the way sharing stages with The Accidentals, Lindsay Lou, May Erlewine, and Joshua Davis, among many others. On tracks like “whitefish bay” and “the prettiest things,” listeners will hear echoes of the forests and waters of the Upper Peninsula where she was raised, and the bluegrass and folk musical influences she grew up around. While the title track, “girlfriend,” might triangulate Ani Mari’s current temperature somewhere between Liz Phair, Waxahachee, and Ratboys, comparisons ultimately fall short. Compelling, alive, humming, and hungry, her indie-folk songwriting is 100% original, and definitely not to be missed.

girlfriend was produced, recorded, and mixed by Erik Koskinen, mastered by Tom Garneau, and released by production house Real-Phonic Records, St. Paul, Minnesota. Songs by Ani Mari (guitar, banjo, lead vocals). Backing musicians include long-time collaborator Kora Melia (violin, mandolin, backing vocals), Michael Michaud (bass), Jack Harris (drums), Ruby Howard (cello, backing vocals), and Koskinen (guitar).

When not traveling and performing, Ani Mari lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she attends the University of Michigan.

Ben Noble

BEN NOBLE

Legally blind and insanely funny, Ben Noble’s charisma and nimbleness on the mic has made him one of comedy’s best kept secrets. Born in Chicago, Ben has performed for many colleges and cooperate events. He’s also a regular at the Laugh Factory, Zanies, and made the semi-finals for the 2017 NBC: Stand-Up auditions. Ben’s battle with a degenerative eye condition along with dating, jobs, and friendships has made for some hysterical stories that even you wouldn’t see coming.

Nova One

NOVA ONE

NOVA ONE makes lush, dreamy music that celebrates and centers vulnerability, self-love, self-expression, and queer futurity. This Providence-based band performs songs from their newest LP, create myself (Community Records), celebrating self-acceptance, becoming, and inviting each of us to find our own voices and see ourselves with compassion and love.

Bent Knee

BENT KNEE

Bent Knee is a fiercely innovative group bridging the gap between the experimental and the familiar, merging texture and style into music that’s moving, addictive, and unapologetically original.

Imperfections

IMPERFECTIONS

Latino Darkwave/Post-punk trio from the Southside of Chicago

Neon Noir

NEON NOIR

Neon Noir is a Chicago-based New Wave band. New Wave Classics & Rarities for your delight.

The Four Horseman

THE FOUR HORSEMEN

Dedication to excellence is what separates U.S. metal heroes THE FOUR HORSEMEN from the ocean of ‘tribute’ bands in existence today. The only Album-Quality Metallica tribute band on the planet, they deliver the unforgettable, note-for-note, perfect experience that is guaranteed to surpass even the wildest dreams of Metallica aficionados. The speed, the precision, the signature riffs, and the look – THE FOUR HORSEMEN are the real deal.

They have the talent to deliver the sonic authenticity of the vintage thrash songs with high caliber execution – including the blistering vocals of the albums, like no one else. No gimmicks, just sheer energy, chest-pounding, crowd-pleasing power.  The very same intensity that drew millions to Metallica in the 80’s

Ruth Theodore

RUTH THEODORE

‘Original folk voice’ Ruth Theodore signed to Ani Difranco’s Righteous Babe Records, has collaborated and shared stages with iconic international artists, adopting the role of international co-producer, and unleashing four critically acclaimed studio albums to date, with an imminent fifth eagerly anticipated.

Ruth’s music reflects her naturally transient personality, actively avoiding being pinned down in all aspects of life from sexuality to physical location, Ruth’s compositions, like their creator, delve deep into various realms and genres whilst never lingering long enough to become entangled in the details. With this panoramic vista, Ruth creates and performs with a unique and instantly recognizable style that effortlessly pushes the boundaries of gender and genre, and defies the confines of the conventional “singer-songwriter” archetype.

Ruth’s emotive, often political, but always playful stage show, radiates joy and energy, earning her the honor of appearing as special guest alongside US political folk icon Ani Difranco, gracing iconic venues like the illustrious London Palladium. Influential publications such as ‘The Guardian’ sing Ruth’s praises and editor and founder of ‘fRoots’ heralds Ruth as ‘one of the most innovative, original, exciting – and underrated – artists in the UK’.

Ft. Write Way

FT. WRITE WAY

GRLwood

GRLWOOD

We call it SCREAM-POP.
Made up of guitarist/singer/songwriter/dummer Rej Forester, the self-proclaimed “Kentucky-fried queerdo” established GRLwood novemeber, 2016.
Since then, GRLwood has been playing nonstop and have formed a strong following in their hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. They have been praised for the community they’ve cultivated, their explosive live performances, and most of all for their fearless and tireless gusto when it comes to dismantling the patriarchy and other toxic heteronormative ideologies through their music.
GRLwood has been featured by the likes of Billboard, NPR, AV Club, BTRtoday, Pandora Blog, Wussy Mag, and many more.
Aftertime

AFTERTIME

Since their inception in 2011, Minneapolis-based band AFTERTIME have been perfecting a potent blend of Symphonic Metal and orchestral film scores. Their songs are larger-than-life and unapologetically epic, with a special focus on adventurous storytelling and marvelous atmospheres.

In 2020, AFTERTIME took the aforementioned sonic formula to the next level with the release of their debut album, titled “The Farthest Shore”. The record’s first-class production showcased their amazing range and powerful tone, and it was commended by the audience for being both an exciting step forward and the best possible introduction to their sound.

In 2021, AFTERTIME released a new EP, titled “Infinite Legacy”, whose storyline picked things up right where they were left off at the end of the album. To further manifest its title track’s message, a music video telling the history of mankind through several enticing animated sequences visually akin to cave paintings was also made available online.

Thanks to another successful crowdfunding campaign and the loyal support of their fans, AFTERTIME’s second full-length album, titled “Arcane Horizons”, will be released on May 10th, 2024. It marks the return of the incredible MPLS (imPulse) choir, features orchestrations by Vikram Shankar, and was mixed and mastered by Jack Kosto from Seven Spires.

In addition to their studio activity, those five companions have honed their live performance skills over the years, sharing stages nationwide with bands such as Epica, Within Temptation, Hammerfall, Delain, and Sirenia. They recently returned victorious from a tour with Seven Kingdoms and Osyron, and their prior history includes a North American run with Seven Spires in 2019, as well as an acclaimed performance at Mad With Power Fest in 2021.

To celebrate the release of “Arcane Horizons”, released on May 10, 2024, AFTERTIME gave a unique dual live performance titled “Requiem Metallum” alongside MPLS (imPulse) choir in their hometown of Minneapolis. On that special evening, they performed new songs, revisited fan favorites, and honored the musical tradition by playing tailored arrangements of some of the most beloved pieces of the classical repertoire.

Sugarman

SUGARMAN & FRIENDS

Eve Casino

EVE CASINO

Eve Casino is a four-piece independently produced rock band from the suburbs of Chicago consisting of Ryan “Haggy” Hegarty (bass/vocals), Marco Obaya (lead guitar/vocals), Sam Skilnik (rhythm guitar/keys/vocals), and Chris Taylor (drums/percussion). Dabbling in genres such as psychedelia, blues, and punk rock & drawing comparisons to a vast array of bands from The Doors to Weezer to The Cars; the band is noncommittal to any specific form of rock music and prefers instead to celebrate their diverse range of influences. The band strives to make each live performance vary from their last, with many songs never being played the same way twice. With their upcoming album releasing in late 2022, the band hopes to continue reaching new fans & reminding audiences that rock is very much alive.

Gooseberry

GOOSEBERRY

Gooseberry is a trio from Brooklyn, New York born during the Fall of 2019. Their combination of alternative rock, indie, and blues is a recipe for a unique sound that Gooseberry delivers in each song. The band consists of Asa Daniels (guitar, vocals), Evin Rossington (drums), and Will Hammond (bass).

Since the release of their 2022 debut EP, Broken Dance, Brooklyn, NY indie rock trio Gooseberry has been busy. Their eminently engaging music has tickled the ears and stirred the hearts of both music fans and the industry itself. The band has racked up hundreds of thousands of streams, garnered praise from editorial stalwarts Under the RadarOnes to Watchand more.

Yet, more than anything, in the ten months since the release, Gooseberry has been focused on doing what they do best: playing shows. Deeply connected to the scene in NYC and Brooklyn, they have dazzled crowds from the iconic Baby’s All Right to the legendary Knitting Factory. “We are super fortunate to call a lot of really great – and buzzing – NYC bands our friends” says Daniels. “We feel ourselves part of that community and eternally grateful for being welcomed with such open arms. Our hometown has truly shaped what this band has become.” Gooseberry has played all along the east coast, often with local heartthrobs (My Son The Doctor, Meyru, Cab Ellis) and major touring acts (BabyJakeGrady Spencer & The WorkTanner Usrey, Maybird) alike.

Now, the power trio is back with a new slate of songs born in Greenpoint and honed to perfection on the road. Conceived and fleshed out over the course of a year, Validate Me as a cohesive piece of art eloquently showcases the unique alternative rock sound that is wholly Gooseberry. “Life as a trio allows us to really lean into dynamics,” explains Daniels. “We can hit you with a squall of distortion and guttural shouts, then shift on a dime and sing you a lullaby.”

Thematically, Validate Me grapples with the relationship between love and making art, magnifying the sacrifices and leaps of faith both require. “Anger as a device can lead to both polished and rough expressions of passion,” says Daniels. “Much of that anger manifests from fear, which drives us down many wayward paths, whether it be fear of rejection, fear of too much understanding, or fear of losing control.”

In addition to Daniels, Rossington, and Hammond, the record features performances by honorary fourth member, Dan Janis, on saxophone and flute. Tracked at two Manhattan studios, Precision Sound Studios and Orbital Music & Sound, the record was produced by the band along with Grammy-nominated engineer Colin Bryson. Longtime collaborator and Grammy-award winning engineer James Meslin (Dream Theater, Liquid Tension, John Petrucci) mixed the record.

What the trio created during these sessions is a record that is foundationally, fundamentally, whole-heartedly Gooseberry. No more, no less. Daniels’s dynamic songwriting soaring over Rossington’s bombastic drums; Hammond’s fluid bass lines the glue holding it all together. Road-keen musicianship wrapped around witty lyricism. More than anything, though, Validate Me proves that Gooseberry knows exactly who they are – gritty rock born at the nexus of DIY and arena-ready pop – and good god they are unapologetic about it.

Pulsifier

PULSIFIER

Pulsifier is a progressive rock band from southern Maine founded in 2023 by guitarist Christopher Skehan and lyricist/lead singer MeA, with bassist Patrick Ouellette, and drummer Jay Allen Grant. Pulsifier’s music is a raw and passionate style of progressive rock with a little edge at times, and a lean towards complexity; an eclectic mix of poetry and riffs, exploring the bounds of reality. The name “Pulsifier” is emblematic of the band recognizing that as musicians, they are a channel through which vibrations flow, transforming into something new to share. 

After listening to Pulsifier’s debut album “Scars” you will know them intimately through songs that bleed with emotion, and hold nothing back. The provocative and introspective lyrics and unique sound reflect the bands diverse array of influences. Pulsifier aims to connect with fans on a deep level, in an immersible experience for audiences with performances that are both intensely visual as well as audial. Reach out and let them hear from you or come say hi at a show. This group loves to meet and vibe with others looking to connect through music! Check back for upcoming shows and tour dates!

Vapor

VAPOR

Vapor formerly known as VX36 is a powerhouse mix of thrash, death, and speed metal mixed with a newer kind of vocal and drumming. Their musicianship, uniqueness, and dedication make for awesome riffs, crushing lyrics, and an energy explosive live show! Exploding onto the metal circuit in 2004. With the release of their first demo in 2005 entitled “DEMOlition” they started playing shows around the Bay Area and Sacramento gaining notice from many.

Embarking on their first Regional tour in 2007 doing a 14 day West Coast tour they began to conquer the North West. After returning from tour they went into the studio to record the first full length album titled “VX36.” Released in March of 2008, the CD flew off the shelf selling all available copies at the CD Release show! Planning tour after tour playing 500+ shows gaining numerous fans and recognition from 2008 till 2010 when the “Violence E.P.” was released, a short run CD that was the doorstep of the new album that was in the works.

In October of 2011 they took it to the next level with a 4 week United States tour supporting the upcoming release and full length album “A Violent Existence” recorded by engineer Zack Ohren. This release in just its short time has sold over 5000 and counting physical copies and over 10,000 Digital downloads. It has been praised and said to be a favorite record thus far.

In 2014, they hit the road again to support Thrash legends Onslaught(UK) and Artillery(DK) on a 40 Day North American tour. Gaining more exposure and ready to conquer anything.

Following up in 2015 they did a 3 week U.S. tour supporting Artillery. In 2016 and 2019 they played Loud as Hell Festival supporting GoatWhore and some of Canadas biggest metal names.

Also a North American tour in July/August/September included support dates with Death Metal legends MASTER

After taking 2019 and 2020/2021 off to write and due to the global pandemic, Vapor is back and just completed a North American tour with Destruction, one of Germanys top 4 thrash bands, and the mighty all female thrash group Nervosa from Brazil in 2022.

2023 marked the release of Vapor’s new album “Mass Mortality” and signing to Cell Arts Records. Also completing European tours in Spring with brutal death metal band NILE doing 5 weeks across 17 countries, then returning in the summer of 2023 to play direct support for metal legends Possessed on their European tour covering another 8 countries including the UK and ending in Canada returning to Loud as Hell festival.

2024 is shaping up to be a great year with tours in the U.S. planned and Europe on the horizon for the Fall.

Vapor is taking the world by storm. With their DIY attitude and determination there is no doubt Vapor will become a staple in the metal community.

Vapor is:

Nate Klug • Lead Vocals / Guitar

Nick Altenburg • Bass / Vocals

Tom Barrett • Lead Guitar

Edgar Canaan – Drums

x.ORACLES.x

x.ORACLES.x

This electrifying Chicago punk rock band that is taking the music scene by storm! Formed in early 2023 by the talented quartet of Tone Bonezz, Ms. Lynch, Boe Jangles, and Rev. Dracula, x.ORACLES.x brings a fresh twist to the genre by infusing it with the early sounds of 1st wave punk.

Drawing inspiration from iconic bands like CBGB era punk rock, x.ORACLES.x delivers a brutal and bluesy sound that will have you headbanging and moshing in no time. With their thunderous pocket drums and infectious guitar riffs, they create an energy on stage that is simply unmatched.

But what truly sets x.ORACLES.x apart is their supreme female vocals. With raw power and emotion, their lead singer commands attention with every note she belts out. Her captivating presence adds an extra layer of intensity to their already electrifying performances.

If you’re a fan of punk rock or simply love discovering new music that pushes boundaries, x.ORACLES.x is a must-listen. Their electrifying stage presence and infectious tunes will have you jumping up and down in no time. So get ready to experience the rebellious spirit of Chicago’s very own x.ORACLES.x. Get ready to be blown away by their unique sound and unforgettable live shows. Don’t miss your chance to experience this rising star in the Chicago music scene! High-Octane Punk Rock that Pays Homage to its Roots While Pushing Boundaries.

DJ Bink

DJ BINK

​DJ Bink will be spinning classic and obscure Punk/Alt rock hits for a hour before the bands go on.

Tuk Smith and the-Restless Hearts

TUK SMITH AND THE RESTLESS HEARTS

Tuk Smith, along with his signature blend of Cheap Trick licks, AC/DC swagger and a guitar wizardry reminiscent of Thin Lizzy, is not just a recognized name amongst the gluttons of rock music: he is an absolute force.

If charisma and talent were all it took to be a star, than Tuk would have long ago cemented himself among the world’s most notorious and beloved songwriters. But in a business filled with loaded die and bloated suits, Tuk remains a rock n roll outcast. Paradoxically, he continues to strive for that coveted spot of musical immortality that, in today’s modern world of algorithms and social media trends, is almost-entirely reserved for those with the money to buy their way in or for those who are willing to lose themselves.

Never willing to settle, never ready to stop, Tuk is slated to release his anticipated sophomore album in 2024. Listeners can expect more hooks that stay with them for days and choruses they can scream along to the first listen through.

The kid is rockin’ like the rent’s due… because it is.

Pendulum Hearts

PENDULUM HEARTS

The Pendulum Hearts conjure up a hip-shaking, two-stepping cocktail of Western Swing, Honky Tonk, and Jazz Manouche. Whether they’re at a swanky night club, a sweaty honky-tonk or a rowdy backyard barn dance, the band pour their souls into every single performance each and every night.

BLOODBELLY BLUES

BLOODBELLY BLUES

Hardcore Soul, One Man Rock & Roll Outlaw

When The Sun Sets

WHEN THE SUN SETS

WHEN THE SUN SETS BRIDGES THE GAP BETWEEN MODERN AND CLASSIC POP PUNK. THE GROUP PULLS INFLUENCE FROM BANDS LIKE A DAY TO REMEMBER, FOUR YEAR STRONG, FALL OUT BOY, AND REAL FRIENDS. THE CHICAGO NATIVES USE STRONG AND RELATABLE LYRICS PAIRED WITH DRIVING RIFFS TO GRAB AND HOLD THE ATTENTION OF THEIR LISTENERS. WITH PURE ENERGY ON AND OFF STAGE AND A MISSION TO BRING AWARENESS TO MENTAL HEALTH THROUGH THEIR MUSIC, THEY AIM TO MAKE A MARK ON THE SCENE.

THE BAND RELEASED THEIR HIT SINGLE “FEBRUARY” AT THE END OF 2019 WHICH PUT THEM ON THE RADAR OF MANY IN THE SCENE WITH OVER 825,000 PLAYS TO DATE. NOW FULLY INDEPENDENT, THE BAND IS CURRENTLY GEARING UP TO RELEASE A FULL-LENGTH ALBUM AMONGST A STRING OF SINGLES. THE RELEASE WILL FEATURE ARTISTS SUCH AS: 408, BLUPRINT, L E A, + DEFINITELY MAYBE TO SHOWCASE SOME OF THEIR TALENTED FRIENDS IN THE SCENE AS WELL AS DISPLAYING THE NEXT CHAPTER IN THEIR CAREER. THEIR MOST RECENT EP “YOU + ME 4 NEVER” HAS YIELDED OVER 400,000 STREAMS ACROSS ALL PLATFORMS.

WHEN THE SUN SETS HAS PLAYED ALONGSIDE MAJOR NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS SUCH AS: BEARINGS, THE HOME TEAM, 408, SLEEP ON IT, EVERY AVENUE, CAROUSEL KINGS, BOYS OF FALL, MAKEOUT, STORY UNTOLD, AMONGST MANY OTHERS AND ARE READY TO BRING THE ENERGY ON THE ROAD. THE BAND HAS CONSTANTLY DONE WEEKEND RUNS WITH ON-THE-RISE BANDS SUCH AS: FRND CRCL, ALONE I WALK, YEARS LATER, AND GOLD STEPS TO BRING THEIR MUSIC TO THE ENTIRE COUNTRY. WITH THEIR EYES ON THE PRIZE, THIS CHICAGO POWERHOUSE ISN’T GOING ANYWHERE BUT UP. TAKE A FEW MINUTES, GET TO KNOW US, AND REMEMBER THAT YOU ARE NEVER ALONE.

Smokey Mirror

SMOKEY MIRROR

Spicy 4-piece psychedelic-blues Boogie from Texas.

Pascuala Ilabaca & Fauna

PASCUALA ILABACA & FAUNA

Hailing from Valparaiso, Chile, singer-songwriter Pascuala Ilabaca is a unique and treasured voice in both the Latin American and World Music scenes.  In little over a decade, she has released six albums and performed on multiple world tours. She is known for her flamboyant and refreshing performances.

Ilabaca’s debut album, Pascuala Canta a Violeta, was released in 2008 featuring her arrangements of legendary singer-songwriter Violeta Parra’s songs.  In 2010, Ilabaca receives the Guitarpin de oro prize at the Festival del Huaso de Olmué, and by 2012, she had completed her first two European tours, which included two nights of performance at the German TFF Rudolstadt Festival.  She also released her second album, Busco Paraiso, that same year.

In 2013, Ilabaca and her band Fauna were the Audience Award winners for Best World Beat Album at the Independent Music Awards.  They also performed at the Music and Politics Festival in Berlin and at the Barnasants Festival in Barcelona.

In 2014, Ilabaca released her third and fourth albums: the solo project Me saco el sombrero and her second album with Fauna Diablo rojo, Diablo verde.  That same year she returned to the Barnasants Festival and also performed at the Pirineos Sur Festival in Spain and at Fusion Festival  and the Berlin Philharmonic in Germany. In addition, she completes an 11-concert tour in England that includes a performance at the London Jazz Festival.

Exciting 2015 brought the release of Ilabaca’s fifth album Rey Loj and performances at Shambala and WOMAD in the UK, Circulart in Colombia and La Mar de Musicas and the Bidasoa Folk Festival in Spain.  Then 2016 brought an official showcase at WOMEX and a tour of Brazil, Peru, Argentina and Mexico.  She also received the Pulsar Prize, the most important Chilean music industry award, and she was named Best Artist by Songlines Magazine in the company of Mariza, Seckou Keita and Lura.

In 2017, Ilabaca performed 22 concerts in Europe that included stops in Belgium, Holland, Germany and Spain.  This European tour was followed by her first US tour with concerts in 12 cities across 9 states and performances at such festivals as ¡Globalquerque! and the Chico World Music Festival.  In 2018, Ilabaca released her sixth and most recent album El mito de la pergola. She spent the next two years touring Chile, Europe, Colombia and the United States.  

Pascuala worked remotely throughout the COVID pandemic, performing multiple internationally streamed concerts with her band for the likes of such organizations as the Americas Society.  She also wrote a trove of new music, including collaborations with other Latin American women artists, and she continued her work leading creative musical workshops with school children from remote villages across Chile, bringing the classes online. In 2021, Pascuala also released her EP “Amatoria” recorded with an all female string quartet.

Upon the world’s reopening Pascuala Ilabaca & Fauna began touring South America, North America and Europe immediately.  Some of the standout concerts include the mainstage of the Montreal Jazz Festival in front of 26,000 people, Lollapalooza Chile, and the closing ceremonies of the 2023 Pan American Games.  Additionally, in 2022, Pascuala was named 1 of 12 Spotify Equal Artists and was featured on billboards in Times Square, and in 2023 she was invited to perform on Chinese National Television.

Pascuala Ilabaca & Fauna are currently signed to Warner Music Chile and released the albums “Lucero” in 2022 and “Alegriste” and “Portena” in 2023.

New Divine

NEW DIVINE

A current 3-piece alternative rock band from Chicago, Illinois. Vicente Zarazua (vocals, guitar), Eric Esquivel (guitar) and Austin Lopez (drums).

Pepper Said

PEPPER SAID

Pepper Said is an indie rock band that specializes in sharp lyrics & storytelling through emotive, dance-inducing hooks. This is accomplished due to the artistic collaboration & dramatic performances by Pepper, Brian Zellmer, Thomas McCollum & Ben Proctor. Born in Nashville, but Chicago based as of late 2023.

Their live show is electric, authentic & dynamic. Pepper, was raised on Blondie, Paramore, Cage The Elephant & sarcasm – it shows. Through vulnerable yet relatable stories, humorous authenticity between songs, & addicting melodies, it’s a show you always want to see again.

Pepper Said has played classic venues and events like The Basement, The East Room, The End, Sofar NYC, Festival of Ghouls, Muscian’s Corner Nashville, Mile of Music and more. In April 2021, they opened for Nashville locals – The Criticals – at Schuba’s Tavern in Chicago, which they sold out. Their music has been featured on local radio around the world;102.9 The Buzz and Lightning 100 in Nashville, CCR in Chelmsford, UK and 91.9 KSOIFM in Iowa.

Their 2021 debut EP, So Dramatic, is an anthology about discovering yourself through pain & reflection as well as fun & nonsense.

Hotel Burgundy

HOTEL BURGUNDY

Hotel Burgundy is a high-energy alternative rock outfit, formed in 2021 with aspects of post-grunge and psychedelia, in the likes of Cage the Elephant, Naked Giants, and Arctic Monkeys.

Jon Dell

JON DELL

Jon Dell is an American songwriter, guitarist, and music educator. Currently based in Brooklyn, his upcoming release “I Love You & Wish You The Best” explores weighty topics such as terminal disease, lost love, second chances and most things in between. All this, while still maintaining his trademark gallows humor. The fact that his songs tread the line between dolor and blissful jubilance so well is a testament to Dell’s deftness as a storyteller and his uncommon sensibilities as a songwriter. Having played in bands since his early teens, he has played hundreds of shows coast to coast, sharing the stage with artists such as Charley Crockett, BJ Barham, Justin Wells, Wayne “The Train” Hancock, and many, many others.

Low Water Bridge

LOW WATER BRIDGE

There’s a sound the Shenandoah River makes as it rumbles over old stones in the shallows. It sings songs the way they used to be – plain and honest. No frills, buckle that belt before you head to the hills and hollers. It’s there under a Virginia moon that you’ll find the Low Water Bridge Band.

Forged by firelight picking, the band’s romping, stomping, country-grass Americana ain’t for the faint of heart. Since their founding in 2020, they’ve gone from barnstorming the Shenandoah Valley to festival stages along the East Coast. Venues from the Carolinas to Kentucky and, yes, Nashville, Tennessee ring with their sound and are asking for more.

They’re led by guitarist and lead singer Logan Moore’s searing melodies. The precision thump of brothers Alex and Riley Kerns’ bass and drums and their pitch-perfect vocal harmonies fill out the sound. Justin Carver’s pedal steel and banjo swirl through songs like smoke from the campfire.  And it’s all brought together with the crunch and crackle of James “Chainsaw” Montgomery’s electric guitar riffs.

From the first time you see them, your boots will be worn from kicking up dust. By the time a second chorus comes around you’ll be hooting and hollering their memorable originals alongside their die-hard fans. You’ll join a crowd who travels far and wide, bringing the party to your town. If you’re a fan of good music done right, be sure to keep a lookout for this fast-rising outfit from Clarke County, Virginia. Chances are, they’ll be blowing through your way one of these days soon.

You can check out the latest Low Water Bridge Band news, information, and merchandise at www.lwbbmusic.com. And give them a like and follow on Facebook, Instagram, Tinder, and Tik-Tok. Their music is also available everywhere you stream or download your favorite music.

Yung Van

YUNG VAN

Songwriter and producer yung van has been steadily making waves in the underground. The Kentucky-based alternative singer has built a strong and loyal fanbase by being vulnerable in his lyrics and staying true to himself on social media.

With the underground success of “I waited on you, you never came” released in 2017, yung van followed up with 2021’s “Goblin Kid” Album. Including features from guardin, demxntia, and Powfu, this project is packed with genre-bending tracks that push the boundaries of yung van’s already massive catalog. After a successful release, yung van dropped “don’t change the channel”, an alternative album he started working on shortly after Goblin Kid.

With over 50M+ streams worldwide on Spotify alone, yung van’s impact on the underground music scene is immense. Battling with the trauma of losing his best friend and the ever-changing emotions of growing older yung van delivers a message that is both simple and honest. Using music as his emotional outlet the motivation for each song comes in the moment.

thanks for listening to my music, I love you ❤️

Heavy Temple

HEAVY TEMPLE

A trio of psychedelic doom metal deviants, here to take you on a wild ride.

Abyssal Rift

ABYSSAL RIFT

Death Doom, Columbus

JULIA COLE

Nashville recording artist and television host, Julia Cole, encourages empowering self-worth and good vibes to her growing #ColeTeam community. Julia has amassed well over 200,000,000 streams, is a CMT Next Women of Country, made her GRAND OLE OPRY DEBUT, and has been featured on CMT, SIRIUS XM, CIRCLE TV, CBS, Audience Network, The CW, and more. Julia is hosting festival lifestyle series “Circle’s Ultimate Fanfest” on Circle TV as well as appearing on Circle’s 2023 “My Opry Debut” series and CMT’s 2023 “Viral to Verified” season.

Influenced by the genre-crossed locker room playlists she and her Texas volleyball teammates blasted, Julia’s musical style blends authentic country storytelling with a little Houston rhythm and attitude. Julia got her start performing the Star-Spangled Banner before her own high-school volleyball games, and was soon performing for NFL, MLB, MLS, NASCAR, and ESPN events before crowds of 75,000. She’s since toured globally in over 10 countries opening for acts like Dan + Shay, Jon Pardi, Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney, Kane Brown, The Chainsmokers, Dierks Bentley, Chase Rice, Lee Brice, Eli Young Band, Chris Lane, Michael Ray, Jake Owen and more. Julia brings her love for music and sports full-circle by advocating for women’s athletics and empowerment and collaborating with the Boys and Girls Club and Mizuno athleticwear.

3-Point Sinker

3-POINT SINKER

Rock’s played out, dog.