#ROCrecommends | October 19th – 22nd

Are you wishing it’s the weekend as much as we are? It’s time for #ROCRecommends! To ensure that we stick by #AllChicagoEverything, we’re including events that feature artists of interest! These are the events that we’re excited for this weekend.


Only The Bones | These Beasts | The Ableist
Emporium Chicago – Arcade Bar Venue
1366 N Milwaukee Ave

Only The Bones (members of Snow Burial/The Swan King) is a Chicago trio melding angular punk rock with atmospheric soundscapes to create their own musical world with sounds absorbed from Fugazi/Refused/Drive like Jehu and sights painted by Kubrick/Lynch/Carpenter. Their debut LP “Death and His Brother Sleep,” recorded at the famed Electrical Audio with Greg Norman (Pelican/Russian Circles) manning the boards, will be released at the show. Be the first to get it on audio cassette or digital!

These Beasts are a three piece from Chicago, IL consisting of Todd Fabian on Bass and Vocals, Keith Anderson on Drums and Chris Roo on Guitar and Vocals. The debut, Salvor, was recorded by Mike Lust (Tight Phantomz, Lustre King) at Minbal. Mastered by Jason Ward at Chicago Mastering Service and art by Scott Shellhamer.

Chicago’s the Ableist plays punk that resides on the dismal side of hardcore. In addition to discussing political and social issues, their willingness to tackle subjects such as depression, addiction, abuse, and disability, works to their advantage, creating an honest approach to a genre often confining. The Ableist is currently recording their debut LP.


Nashon Holloway | Astrosamurai

Emporium Chicago – Arcade Bar Venue
1366 N Milwaukee Ave

Nashon Holloway is a singer-songwriter with a five-octave range whose credit is live performance. Residing in Chicago, Holloway performs unparalleled in any genre, including classical music. For this reason, her compositions attract audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Be it for her accomplished skill as a solo guitarist and vocalist, her intimate unplugged jazz sessions or her accredited funk and rock band, Holloway’s presence invites listeners to feel free, to heal, and to participate.

Astro Samurai from the absence of space and time. Soul visions and intergalactic projections. A dynasty of fresh, soulful, sweet, psychedelic music.


Molly Coleman | Elle Casazza | Liz & The Lovelies
North Bar
1637 W. North Av.

Chicago based singer songwriter, Molly listens to a bit of everything and that feeds into her music style, but she mainly draws her inspiration from folk, rock, pop, and jazz.

Liz and The Lovelies is the band of singer/songwriter LIZ CHIDESTER, originally from the mountains of Virginia. Moving to Chicago in the winter of 2013 by train with 4 bags and 2 guitars, Liz immersed herself into the Chicago music scene, releasing her debut record “People Pumping Pedals” in 2014 under CAU Dog Records. In 2015, she released the EP “Otter Hill”, an intimate recording of 5 songs about her family and home life in Virginia.

Elle diversifies the pop scene with her own refreshing and authentic blend of jazz, soul, funk and pop rhythms that are seamlessly crafted into her songs. Elle’s commanding vocals, defying songwriting and versatile approach produces infectious and timeless music that garners fans worldwide.


Abbi Rajasekhar | Tyler Sjostrom | The Little Family Band
Quenchers Saloon
2401 N Western Ave

Abbi Rajasekhar is known best for her powerful vocals and her soulful, story-telling songs. She is currently recording a new album entitled ‘Nienna’, bringing her love tight harmonies and and haunting soundscapes together with themes of hope and endurance. On Oct. 22nd, at Quencher’s Saloon, Abbi and a small set of her band will be previewing this new album! Come get an inside listen and a sneak peek before the album is released this winter!


Tyler Sjöström’s gritty vocals and vintage guitar tones have reverberated from the Chicago music scene since the release of his freshman EP, What We Say We Are, at the end of 2014. Since his debut, rooted in Americana and Folk, Sjöström has released a his matured sound on a sophomore effort–Bones, Hold Me Up. Taking the stage with the simplistic evolution of his sound, Tyler employs his soulful vocals and a singular guitar to allow the listener to revel in his story. In his pursuit of meaning amidst complex realities, Sjöström’s visceral lyricism could very well rattle your bones.


Born in Detroit, Michigan, and now calling Chicago home, lifelong musician Jacob B. Little has cast an impressive presence on the folk and indie worlds. With songs that hone a masterful quality, telling a story of distance, loss, and life lived in between, his music has been described as “strong, subtle…” and often “evokes a sense of home” within his listeners. Little has recently been hard at work on his debut album and is looking forward to releasing it in the spring of 2018.

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